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Fine-tuning smart watering for rotors

Ken Laberteaux
Updated at 2021-06-22 04:16:23 UTC 

I have a smart zone comprising rotor heads.  As I understand, rotor heads need to be run for longer times than other types of heads because they are only delivering water to one direction at a time (the current direction of the stream of water from the rotor).  Further, the amount of water delivered in a given time depends on how large of an arc the rotor passes through.  For example, if the rotor sweeps through only 180 degrees for 10 minutes, that ground gets 2x the water per unit area than if it runs through 360 degrees for the same 10 min.


So, it seems that, since the choice of rotor head does not include information about the arc it will travel through, there is no way for the smart watering algorithm to know how much water is being delivered per unit area, i.e. a zone with rotors going all 360 degrees is likely under-watering.


I believe this is happening on my lawn, and i would like to make a change in order to increase the time of watering for this zone.


What dials do I have at my disposal to make the smart watering algorithm water this zone for a longer period of time?

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Programs that ignore sensors?

Jacques
Updated at 2021-06-20 19:10:17 UTC 
Is it possible to create a program that ignores the data from the whisper sensors? When its above 90, I like to run a 3 minute session on all zones to cool the blades off, but if the moisture is too high it skips those zones. I'm fine with my other programs skipping since they're more about the soil. 
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Smart watering with an irrigation pump

klzig
Updated at 2021-06-15 14:16:19 UTC 
My irrigation system runs off of a pump.  If I enable smart watering, will zones automatically enabled for a certain day run sequentially such that the pump will be turned on at the beginning of the daily cycle and off at the end of the cycle?  I don't want the pump cycling on and off multiple times during the day.
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whisperer + smartzone

Alfonso Olias Sanz
Updated at 2021-06-14 20:59:45 UTC 

I irrigation zones attaches to the same sensor. 

I do not understand why the smart schedule do not schedules the same amount of time, and dates for the 2 zones.


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Skipping watering

Sid Smith
Updated at 2021-06-10 21:05:17 UTC 

I have 9 zones which water every even day. 2 of the zones (flower beds) also have separate program for odd days. When the forecast predicts rain on an odd day and it does not materialize I run the flower bed program in late evening. The problem is that the full program the next day skips the 2 flower bed zones. Why is this?


Can we also add a rain probability % as the inch/rainfall parameter is not shown in weather forecasts. How does the program know when measuring minimum rain restriction.

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Skipping watering

Sid Smith
Updated at 2021-06-10 21:04:56 UTC 

I have 9 zones which water every even day. 2 of the zones (flower beds) also have separate program for odd days. When the forecast predicts rain on an odd day and it does not materialize I run the flower bed program in late evening. The problem is that the full program the next day skips the 2 flower bed zones. Why is this?


Can we also add a rain probability % as the inch/rainfall parameter is not shown in weather forecasts. How does the program know when measuring minimum rain restriction.

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Gianluca De Virgilio
Updated at 2021-06-07 16:13:28 UTC 

Good afternoon,

I have two sensors that register always the same % of humidity. One, about 4/5% and the other about 98%.

For a test, yesterday I poured direct water in the sensor that indicate 4% and it jumped imediatelly to 95%, V but after a few minutes it returned down. Also during a small raining it didn’t change. Is there some suggestion to be function them right? Position, mode of positioning into che garden ….


Thanks 

Gianluca

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Best time for irrigating

Alfonso Olias Sanz
Updated at 2021-06-04 19:44:57 UTC 
I want o know when is best for the gras


Early in the morning? 6am etc...

Late in the night, 21, 22.h

Thx


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Weather

Gianluca De Virgilio
Updated at 2021-06-03 14:47:01 UTC 

Good afternoon,

Is it possibile to ad new site for the weather forecast? The ones available aren’t accurate.

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Moisture level correction

Junglim Huh
Updated at 2021-06-02 21:51:35 UTC 
Different zones have varying moisture levels even when I get rain. How do I adjust individual zone to have more accurate moisture level?
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How program without smart program

Pedro Abad
Updated at 2021-05-30 08:18:01 UTC 
Hi friends, I have a doubt, how can I program my controller without the smart program? What I want is to schedule my lawn to be watered EVERY day at the same time: for example, every day at 8:00 a.m. for 15 minutes.
Thanks and best regards

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Recharging whisperer in spring after winter shutdown

Ken Wiens
Updated at 2021-05-28 19:17:48 UTC 

I buy a new whisperer every year (on my 4th year now). I also try to charge the old ones each year. I set them in the direct sun. At night I put them under a direct indoor light source. This year they have been charging for a little over 4 weeks now. This gives them enough power to run for 7-10 seconds. As the watering season where I live is only about 4.5 months, this means that every whisperer only lasts me 4.5 months. It's a pretty expensive solution at this rate. 

Is my experience common? Has anyone gotten a whisperer to work after being stored over the winter (and I do charge then fully before turning them off for the winter)?  I assume the internal rechargeable batteries just aren't that good. Has any one had any experience changing the batteries?

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How do I do long uninterrupted watering?

Douglas Peale
Updated at 2021-05-28 02:59:54 UTC 
The Sprite is breaking the watering of my trees into a whole bunch of short bits of watering. Given the way my soil sucks down water, I'd prefer to water my trees for 4 contiguous hours of watering every two weeks, but there does not seem to be a way do specify this directly.
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Sensor usage

Ilya Lifshits
Updated at 2021-05-22 08:17:29 UTC 

Hi ,

I have a grass area that a split for 2 watering zones. How can I use 1 whisperer to serve both. 

How it possible to assign sensors to multiply zone or setup the zone to follow watering pattern of another zone. 


Ilya 

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Learning

John Conley
Updated at 2021-05-21 12:05:43 UTC 
How long should it take to the senors to learn?
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If I stop one of my zones from watering it keeps trying Help!!!

Mitch Green
Updated at 2021-05-20 22:11:37 UTC 
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Watarering modes

Alfonso Olias Sanz
Updated at 2021-05-16 07:44:57 UTC 

Hi there


I would like to learn more about the watering modes. Specially I would like to know the difference between EPA and Deep. 

Make´s sense to use it in summer? specially in hot areas over 30ºC

Thanks

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Whisperer not providing any readings

John Lillistone
Updated at 2021-05-15 09:23:08 UTC 
Whisperer installed and working for over a month. Self learning completed and just getting great control of the watering. 

This morning, battery level 89%, no firmware updates available and all readings have been at 0% for the last 10 hours. 

Any ideas anyone?
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Rainfall from weather station

Jannis Drew
Updated at 2021-05-14 16:50:13 UTC 
I have a weather station that is connected to WU. I have linked the station on the app, but it doesn’t seem to use actual rainfall. It only uses the forecast weather. 

Is there anyway to change this so the actual rainfall is used? 
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Smart water regulation

Albert Heinold
Updated at 2021-05-13 09:40:49 UTC 

How do I turn OFF the “All Day Smart Water Regulation”?  It is on for just 2 days a week and screws everything up.

Thanks for any help.

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