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  • in reply to: Split Smart Watering into two short cycles #82152
    shewb1
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    For your problem, CMARK, you can try changing the type of soil, or maybe the number of emitters for the problem zones. It’s trial & error, though. I don’t know the effects of the changes. One of my zones always waters in two segments with a short pause in between, presumably to allow the water to soak in… I’m not sure you can water once in the morning and again in the evening.
    I have the same type of problem – I would like to trick the “smart” system to water more frequently. Here in Phoenix, we are having one week of 80 degree highs, and another week of 100 degree highs. The smart watering doesn’t water often enough during the hot weeks, in my opinion. There should be a way to trick the system to water more often.

    in reply to: Two zones at once #82088
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    Does B-hyve say both zones are running, or are you just seeing water coming out of your emitters? If the latter, I wonder if zone one valve is sticking?

    in reply to: new system #81899
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    With mine, it waters twice with smart watering on purpose, in order to let the water soak in longer.

    in reply to: new system #81893
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    With my system, I tried to water every other day AND use smart watering. But it didn’t work. I had to do one or the other. I had to turn the program OFF and leave smart watering ON in order to get smart watering to work.
    My trick is to add drippers to the plants that I want to have a lot of water, and be happy with the amount of time the smart watering decides is right.
    I use the “Calendar” page to check the actual number of minutes of watering, but it doesn’t read the truth until well after the watering is done.
    Good luck, techieguy.

    in reply to: B-Hyve Wireless Soil Moisture Sensor #81880
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    YES YES YES!!! This is the next logical step for Orbit, to stay competitive.
    Why?
    My weather forecast calls for rain, but we don’t get any at my house sometimes. BUT my smart timer quits watering anyway! It’s going to be 111F today. I have a young orange tree that needs careful watering. I have to go out and stick my finger in the dirt, and I don’t know what I’m doing!

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