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    Jestered

    I used PVC and it turned out pretty nice.  I need to hide the black power cable that's running to the left of the PVC better, but I'll do that soon enough.  Picture itself is pretty bad, but...

     




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    Jon Alan (Edited )

    @Jestered looks great...  cleaner than my setup...  Is that the plastic cover wrap protector in the picture ?

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    Jestered

    Yes, that's the plastic screen cover that I haven't pulled off yet.

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    Doug Shotts

    Here's my exterior installation.  There are a lot of extra wires as I have a mosquito magician wired into my system as well.  The mosquito controller has the ability to turn sprinkler zones on independently from the Rainmachine.



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    Shrinks (Edited )

    This is my own idiosyncrasy: I can't stand seeing wires.   I ran everything in the wall.

     

    Edit to add:

    I didn't do anything special.  I just cut the hole in the drywall high enough that it was mostly covered by the Rainmachine.  The wire cover then hides everything.

    This was installed last year before there was a workaround for running wired ethernet and this was just out of reach of consistently good wireless signal, so I had to add another access point in the attic above this area.  Since there was an AP that had to be plugged in, I also added a receptacle.  This made running power in the same wall cavity easy.   And since this was on a garage wall and is GFI protected, this makes it easy to cycle power on the controller when it occasionally locks up.  Just hit the 'test' and 'reset' button on the GFI and you get a hard power cycle.

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    Harold Sonnier (Edited )

    I have 18 zones with a master valve, so I have a HD-16 and a Mini-8. I also hate wires and clutter and put together my own box and power with parts from amazon. Still have a couple holes to patch in the sheetrock from my old unit.



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    Ed Scherer

    I'm with Shrinks above... I don't like visible wires. I just got my installation done a few hours ago.

    Made a mounting plate/spacer out of some scrap poplar. Made this a few days ago on a ShopBot.

    Spray painted it white.

    Attached the mounting plate/spacer on the wall (this happens to be a part of the garage that's covered with StoreWall) where the previous controller lived.

    Fastened the HD-16 on the mounting plate/spacer, leaving the wires dangling underneath; excess wire can be pushed back up in-between the HD-16 and the custom mounting plate/spacer.

    Screwed down all the wires to the terminal strips.

    Powered it up.

    Put the cover on.

    Here's what it looks like like straight-on.

    View from underneath so you can see how the wiring is done under the HD-16.

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    Brandon Moyer

    Very nice indeed.

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    Gary Werth (Edited )

    I installed my mini8 and a Orbit Rain Sensor today. I decided to go with the wireless rain sensor which can be mounted up to 200' away

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    Nicholas

    Most of the pictures here are so good looking ! Some look better than our own marketing materials :).

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    Gregory Feiner

    Dang, you guys are pros.  I bet you have really tidy networking cabinets at home too.

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    Sebastian

    Finally finished with installing the irrigation and finally had the chance to move my Mini-8 to its final install location:






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    Nicholas

    Very clean and nice enclosures ! Can you give me a model number or link to this wall cabinet ? Will 2 Mini-8 fit side by side ?

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    Sebastian

    Hi Nicholas, 

    the enclosure is a Legrand Plexo³ 12 TE (12 units wide), 2 rows. The Legrand part number is 001922.

    I replaced the upper row with a mounting plate, part number 001962.

    To leave the RM accessible, I did not put in a cover for the mounting plate and I drilled holes into the edges of the plate to mount it on the same level as the DIN rail, instead of the back of the enclosure.

    The plate measures 150mm x 236mm (HxW). So yes, two minis will fit. Quite snug, if you mount it like I did, but it will fit if you move it more to the edge of the plate.

    The enclosure and plate are also available as a 18 division units version, which would leave more room.

    I bought this one with a possible upgrade to a touch screen model in mind. Not that I would need it. They are damn expensive here in germany....

    (What are the shipping costs to MEX? Im there next week and would be able to bring a PRO back without having to pay customs)

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    Nicholas

    Nice guide thanks, the enclosures are also waterproof I might change my setup to Pro version with this enclosure. 

    Not sure about shipping to MEX but should be much, if you know the address I think you can use it on https://shop.rainmachine.com. Should also be available in EU (although not yet on the website but they should have it on stock) with similar prices and if you order from EU you won't pay customs taxes (https://shop.rainmachine.eu)

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    Sebastian Kuhn

    Yes, the enclosures are IP65, if mounted correctly and all provided seals (for the mouting holes, cable inserts, etc.) are used.

    Just, checked, shipping is 50USD to Mexico. Is rainmachine.eu affialiated with RainMachine? The pricing is very different. Guess I'll wait for the Pro-8 anyway.

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    Nicholas

    Yes, we have offices in EU and rainmachine.eu is operated from one of our offices, they will handle the shipping and support/replacements. Pricing is similar, converted to euros, which probably accounts for customs taxes for the import from US.

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    Muthu Vellayan

    In Search Of new a junction box. 

    Here are now messy wires... The old rainbird box was big enough to hide all these wires...

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    Shrinks

    Muthu, can you just run the wires inside the wall?  I've found the rainmachine was plenty big enough to hide a nice sized hole in the wall.

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    Muthu Vellayan

    Shrinks, 

    Thanks for the reply. I'll try to get the wires behind the sheetrock... (not my specialty =).

    If not, I'm going to get a junction box bigger then the unit to hide the wires inside and mount the unit on top of it.  Similar idea, but these things will be protruding out.

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    Steven Carmichael

    Mini-8 replaced RainBird ESP-6, which had a relatively roomy housing and 40VA transformer.

    Swapped out RainBird guts for the Mini-8:

    I considered anchoring the Mini-8, but adding metal would not improve Wi-Fi signal, and it's not going anywhere when the cover is closed...

    FWIW, 40VA 26.5V transformer measures lower (30.3) than 31.2V from RainMachine transformer.

    Similar transformers (Cin-Tran 30-BD24341) for attachment to conduit are available online for around $16.

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    Muthu Vellayan

    Update.  Installed with a junction box.   

    Since the RainMachines's screen is so nice and worth admiring and showing off, I installed it on top of the junction box: 

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    Tracy Rogers

    Ed Scherer mounting plate is so nice he could sell that for $10.

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    Mental405

    Mine is just tacked up on the wall in the garage. I did bother to wrap the wires in conduit though.

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    Lucas Johnson

    I was inspired by some of the photos here to try to conceal the wiring on mine. This is the end result. I've used a media outlet box which happened to fit the Touch HD nearly perfectly. (I did look for quite some time.) Still, I had to modify the box and even the Touch HD enclosure to make it work out.

    I mounted a terminal block inside the box, and used a few switch plates on top of each other with cuts to cover the 1-gang cutout in the box but still allow wiring to fit under the controller. I metal tab in the top of the box secures the top so I just use two wood screws through the bottom to secure it.

    I filed away a corner of the controller to create a wiring channel.

    This is like, iteration 3 of the power supply which is now down in the crawl space, below and adjacent to the wall of the garage the controller is mounted on. At iteration 5 I'm just going back to the original rainmachine transformer though because it is the only one I've found so far that doesn't have that annoying 60 Hz hum I can hear a room away. Don't ask me why on earth I threw it away because I never do things like that and this is why!

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    Steven Carmichael

    Kudos to RainMachine for including a transformer that is cool as well as quiet. 
    Other transformers with similar ratings that I have tried run warmer, wasting power.

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    Chris


    I put mine in the electrical meter box.

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    Meebers

    Here is my installation

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