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Settings for deep watering

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    RainMachine Nicholas

    I would put it with a frequency of daily (you can use every 3 days though) and set a minimum watering duration threshold for each zone involved to a duration that you need to deep irrigate. This way it will only start when at least that duration is meet. It still won't be perfect but it might be healthy for what you need.

    As for Auto-Cycle, yes it should work as you mention, it does depend on particularities of soil but in most cases it just does the job right.

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    Earl Adamy

    Setting a minimum time does not seem to be a viable solution since requirements change with the weather. It seems to me that once a watering has been skipped, the program should apply water when the requirements have been met.

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    RainMachine Nicholas

    With minimum time the RainMachine will accumulate water until threshold is meet. It does take weather into consideration and will just accumulate until threshold.

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    Earl Adamy

    I changed the settings on Feb 20 to water Zone 1 daily with a Minimum Rollover Threshold of 2400 seconds (40 minutes). The weather here is pretty constant so there is not a lot of variation in watering time. It has been watering 20+- minutes every 2 days on the daily schedule so the 40 minutes is a test before I bump the minimum higher. Unfortunately, RM has now ceased watering completely, apparently because it is not accumulating water until the threshold is met.

    • Feb 12 = 21 minutes
    • Feb 13 = AF skip
    • Feb 14 = 20 minutes
    • Feb 15 = AF skip
    • Feb 16 = 20 minutes
    • Feb 17 = AF skip
    • Feb 18 = 21 minutes
    • Feb 19 = AF skip
    • Feb 20 = 24 minutes
    • Feb 21 = AF skip
    • Feb 22 = 0 Min watering time
    • Feb 23 = 0 Min watering time
    • Feb 24 = 0 Min watering time
    • Feb 25 = 0 Min watering time

    I am attaching a screen shot of the settings page for Zone 1. I need help with this because it is not working.

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