Please visit rachio.com/flow for step by step install instructions for the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter and FAQs.
@Brandon, nope you can mount it either direction; just make sure you have the arrow pointed the right direction (arrow should match the direction of water flow) and don’t mount the meter upside down.
It could it you have enough pipe (~10" to allow for 6" straight pipe before the flow meter, 3" cut for the meter, and ~1" for fittings; you might need additional length if mounting to 3/4" pipe to allow for reducing couplings)
Nope! You can blow-out/winterize without removing the flow meter.
You shouldn’t see too many leaks at the back flow if it’s properly charged. If it leaks frequently, you might need to replace the poppet and/or bonnet assembly.
Yes, this would be recommended for easy access. You should not direct bury the flow meter. Please note, above ground installation is recommended as below ground could affect signal quality/distance.