Newby question about Rachio 8 station Gen 2


#1

I installed my new sprinkler control last weekend. So far so good. My first question is: When I run various zones manually with my iPhone app, do those minutes get factored into the scheduled minutes? Or, do the manual minutes not count?


#2

@glssr - I think the answer depends on the type of schedule that is subsequently run. Fixed and Flex Monthly I don’t think will take into account any minutes that are from manual runs. Flex Daily I believe takes into account the manual runs to increase the water in the field.

Welcome to the community.


#3

Yup. It all counts if running full automatic (flex daily).


#4

Thanks for the quick replies. Now I just have to figure out if the control is in “Flex Daily”.
I bought this house with sprinklers and controls already installed. Never gave it much thought. I’m now realizing what a horrible job was done. Everything is mixed up on common loops: trees versus grass, fixed nozzles versus rotating spray heads, Slope versus level. What a mess. Still trying to figure out the best settings for the Rachio. Hopefully, I can get pointers from this forum.


#5

@glssr - ask away, there are some real irrigation experts in the community (not me!).

Slope can come in handy even on a flat yard as Rachio will cycle soak - water, wait, water, etc. so that the ground has a chance to absorb the water and not let it run off - so don’t just automatically change it to flat.

I think the two big things to get right are the soil type (there is a web survey site or the mason jar test) and the precipitation rate - you may want to do a catch cup test if you want to really, really fine tune it so that you know exactly what is being put down.


#6

Well, I did my own little experiment and here’s what happened: Before manually running one loop for 5 minutes, I saw the program was going to run 9 minutes times three (27 minutes total) on 10/16. Then just now I manually ran 5 minutes on that loop. Then I went back and looked at the schedule. It was still scheduling 9 minutes times three BUT now it is set for 10/17. So the 5 minutes done manually pushed the schedule out by one day for that loop. I can tell I’ve got a lot to learn about this controller and proper irrigation.


#7

@glssr Welcome to the community! We can absolutely help fix your configuration, feel free to post your settings if you want others to review.


#8

This ain’t your grandma’s sprinkler controller! Although, my son’s grandma now has a Rachio. :grinning:

We are all learning. Lots of support here and from Rachio itself. I have never seen an irrigation forum this active for end users. Welcome.