Can you confirm you removed manual watering from 2.0? I have been going nuts on my phone and online looking for manual control in the new version.I am considering removing my unit because this is the most annoying thing I have ever seen…I can’t believe that you think it is ok to have a sprinkler controller where you cannot manually activate a zone.
Why can’t I manually control a zone, the whole point of the unit was to have easy control over the system and now I cannot control my system. There are plenty of reasons to want to control a zone manually.
Testing zones and checking heads for damage. I don’t want to have to crawl through my bushes, pry up the valve box cover and then get a screw driver to manually turn on each zone and hope that I remember which valve is which zone. I needed to check my system after some work was done at the house to see if there are broken heads and now I need to manually turn on each zone at the box, wander around the yard to find the running zone and then return to the box, shutoff a valve and start a new one. I have 16 zones spread over an acre so this is a huge pain in the ass compared to walking around with my phone, turning on a zone and checking each head quickly.
Adjusting heads is much easier walking around turning zones on and off while I adjust the heads, again I do not need to crawl around in the control boxes running all over my yard each time I want to turn a zone on and off.
My kids wanted to play in the sprinklers the other day and I was going to throw a zone on in the back yard to let them get wet and I could not do this any longer.
Right now I appear to have a stuck valve and I wanted to cycle the zone to turn the valve on an off to see if I could get it to close but since I cannot control the individual zone now I can’t do this. So now how do I test if there is a problem with the Iro unit or the valve? I can turn the valve off manually but can’t control the electrical component to see if I can get the solenoid to activate. Even if I replace the valve and want to test if the zone is working now I need to setup a watering schedule to see if the Iro is properly controlling the valve? Why can’t I just turn the zone on?
I have been doing a lot of work lately around the yard and there are areas that have been seeded and I temporarily need to water more, I like to be able to look at the seeded area and decide if it needs additional watering, how does the Iro know a zone has been seeded and needs to be watered more frequently for a specific period of time. It is my yard why can’t I just control the zone as I see fit?
You can’t think the Iro really knows the amount of water in all situations because the forecast station is miles from my house, there have been many times where the amount of precipitation was dramatically different at the reporting weather station vs what actually happened at my location. We have seen the Iro delay watering due to rainfall when we have had no rain and the opposite.
PLEASE give me back the ability to control my system at the most basic level. I am a responsible enough adult to control my sprinklers.