We totally agree with your suggestion are working through some options.
Do you have one of our controllers and did you go through an outdoor installation?
Also, when you mention the 10 steps, are you referring to our support article?
The only reason I ask is that those steps are for a hardwired outdoor installation. Many outdoor controllers are hardwired and you would need to either go through a process like this and keep it hardwired or you would need to install an outlet, if one wasn't available, near where you would plug in an outdoor ready, pluggable controller.
Please let me know if I can be of further help to you and we appreciate your feedback here.