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  • in reply to: Apple HomeKit #78821
    Houston
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    My 57950 died today after less than two years of use. Orbit provides no warranty so I will definitely switch to something else now.
    Over the last two years I have developed a love-hate relationship with this device. Smart watering being the biggest issue. I have seen many, many gallons of water drain from my lawn into the gutter despite how much I adjusted (slope, soil etc.).
    The 3rd party app support (like Homekit), firmware issues and the fact that the app often does not show what is going on (and thus does not allow me to stop the watering) were very frustrating.
    I really wanted this device to work and invested a lot of time in it but if it doesn’t even survive 2 years then I give up.
    Luckily there are many other alternatives these days that seem to be well appreciated by the people who use them

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    Houston
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    Unfortunately it does not work. I do not want to water for 30 minutes on one day but rather a little bit every day. Even spreading it in 3 sections does not work, I have large puddles in my lawn killing the grass turning it into a swamp and large amounts of water ending up in the drain. After Orbit is done I can’t walk in many sections of my yard – this never happened when I used an old fashioned computer.
    I deliberately increase the slope of the garden to try to fix this but nothing works. Previously at least I could adjust the amount of water but they have even taken that functionality away.

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    in reply to: Smart timer just a waste of money???? #78539
    Houston
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    Once again fighting with this device. Forecast is a solid week of rain and this shows in the calendar in the app. But still it decides to turn the sprinklers on for a solid 3 hours (with again the majority of the water ending in the drain)!
    But what is worse is that I can’t even turn it off unless I pull the plug. The app shows that the sprinklers are off while they are clearly on. In the end I found that the web application does know that the sprinklers are on and this way I could intervene.
    The sprinklers were on for 3 hours but nothing shows in the app calendar.
    I have many home automation devices in use but have not seen a device with more bugs than this system. Looks like Orbit sold some early prototypes and forgot to fix things afterwards.

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    in reply to: Smart timer just a waste of money???? #78503
    Houston
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    I am also starting to get frustrated with the Orbit Bhyve solution. Massive amounts of water run in large streams down the street on their way to the drain when the unit is going crazy again and irrigates for hours continuously after days of no irrigation. And all zones are set up with ground type (clay!), angles etc so it should know that water does not drain well into the soil.
    Now I am convinced that this unit has not saved me a drop of water so far but instead consumed way more. And my lawn does not look any better.
    I really wanted this to work and have been messing around with it for a year with continuous overrides/adjustments. Even if I manually set it to rain delay (because it actually rains) it will happily irrigate the next day for a long time.

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    Houston
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    I would like to know the same. Since my soil is mainly clay the ‘smart’ watering, even if split into sections like you describe turns my lawn into a swamp with most water ending up in the drain. I much rather have daily watering than once every three days for a very, very long time. The result now is that my lawn looks bad and I waste more water than with my manual timer.
    Before I could adjust the watering down but I do not see the option anymore in the app.

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