I just completed installation of a 2 system Gen-2 configuration with a Master Valve. The instructions available through the Rachio technical support were spot. Everything worked on the first try. I also have an Ambient Weather WS-2902 PWS as part of the total setup. I wish I would have read some posts from Gene (@gene). I might have saved me a couple of headaches getting the PWS connected to Weather Intelligence. Oh well Live and learn. At least the PWS is now recognized by Weather Intelligence.
I have not programmed the controllers yet. I figured the next couple of months could be used for that since my watering requirements will be fairly low and can be accomplished via manual methods. I did take the quiz from Laura (@laura.bauman). It confirmed what I originally thought. So, I am looking for any additional recommendations the community might provide from experience.
I live is a Northern suburb of the DFW (TX) area. We have watering restrictions. Right now, I am limited to Tuesday between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Hours are chosen to prevent (somewhat) watering that will cause ice on road or walking surfaces. As said before, I will probably just use manual for the time being.
From March through November, I am restricted to watering on Tuesday and Friday (midnight to 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM to midnight).
According to the quiz, a Fixed Schedule is recommended. Any other suggestions on programming so I can limit the amount of runoff. Is there a soak type of cycle where it will run for awhile then wait for the water to soak in based on the soil type?
Thanks in advance for any recommendations. I am hoping Weather Intelligence will at least turn the system off when it has recently rained or is currently raining. I am also hoping Weather Intelligence will turn off the system when the outside temps get close to freezing (Yes - it does freeze in North Texas. We have already had a hard freeze).