If you don’t remember the great flex wars of the 2.5 software release, I’d rather not open up fresh wounds, but document my personal story using flex schedules this year. Last year I tried, I really did, but had a hard time dialing them in, and I wrote a lot of the software. That alone has to tell you something.
New year, new perspective, new functionality. Let’s eat our own dog food again.
A little back story of my experience last year. Colorado had significant rain totals in all of May/beginning of July and flex worked wonderfully. Not watering for weeks at a time. What voodoo have we introduced into this world where it adjusts real-time based on Mother Nature’s whimsy? Things got more difficult when July weather hit its stride and things really heated up. I wanted a bit more water time, but not much, and increased frequency. The only simple tools at the time were adjusting the watering duration in large increments and changing characteristics that were inherently correct, but needed to be changed anyways, just to adjust watering frequency.
This year we allow for much finer grained watering duration control (+/- 5% increments) and allow customers to modify the crop coefficient, which is by far the best and easiest lever in adjusting watering frequency.
Now mind you the adjustment tools aren’t perfect, and will get simpler and more powerful, but are better than last year.
The following will be a chronicle of my personal usage of flex schedules during the 2016 watering season. I plan to document my yard health as often as possible and also document any adjustments I end up making to my individual zones.
I’m visitng California at the moment, and live in Colorado, and am still amazed that I can setup and fine tune my flex schedules from over 1,000 miles away.
My only ask is please don’t seek help in adjusting flex schedules from the Rachio support team. We simply don’t have the staff to individually assist everyone out there in irrigation land. Hopefully, there is enough documentation and community support to help in this area. If you believe there is a defect now that is another story, and we do appreciate those reported
Chronology will follow below as replies. I’ve made this a closed topic so as not to take away from the chronicling flow. If you have any questions please reference in a separate topic so as not to take away from the flow.