Just purchased a Rachio, 3rd gen, 8 zone controller. The switch from my old controller to the Rachio was very easy. The only challenge was Rachio’s labeling the pump terminal as “M.”
The programming was also easy, although I was not prepared for all the questions for each zone. Obviously Rachio is much more complex than my previous controller. Weather Intelligence is an awesome option and better than sensors.
My irrigation lay out only used 7 of the 8 zones. My pump is in the lake under my dock. Zone 8 is not hooked to a solenoid. Would it hurt the controller to use zone 8 simply to turn on the pump? I want to add a hose bib on the dock and this would allow me to turn the pump on/off using the Rachio app.