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Old 07-25-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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Orbit Controller & Rain Sensor(hard wired version)?


I just installed an Orbit Rain Sensor on my Orbit Control Star timer with pump start relay. It has been raining like crazy while I am trying to do this install. I don't think it is wired up right, it's the weekend and can't call anybody. Hopefully someone can help.

My timer has two yellow connection ports for the sensor, but according to the sensor instructions i don't think I am suppose to use them. I have two white common wires (one from relay and other from valves) that go into two white common ports on timer. Per what I thought I was reading, I twisted the two white wires and one side of the sensor wire together, then ran other side of sensor wire the the timers white common port. Does this sound correct? If so how do I check it? My timer says nothing about the sensor in the view window.
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:56 PM   #2
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No all timers have sensor connections which is why the directions tell you to use the common wire. Since your timer has sensor connections, you should use them. Depending upon your timer, it will provide info on the sensor. I have a Hunter that indicates when the rain sensor has interrupted watering.

Also, don't expect the rain sensor to interrupt watering if your system is on and it starts raining. It won't shut down until enough rain has fallen to trigger the sensor.
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The sensor instructions do appear to be written in a generic manner; but the instructions do explicitly address if you have a pump relay or not. But in both cases they still use and talk only about the common wires.

If I understand you; I should ignore all that common wire stuff with or without a pump relay - and just use the yellow sensor connectors on the timer. Correct.
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The sensor instructions do appear to be written in a generic manner; but the instructions do explicitly address if you have a pump relay or not. But in both cases they still use and talk only about the common wires.

If I understand you; I should ignore all that common wire stuff with or without a pump relay - and just use the yellow sensor connectors on the timer. Correct.
If you have the manual for the timer, see if it says anything about the sensor and pump relay. The sensor should kill the pump relay if it's tied into the sensor connections on the timer. However since models vary by design, it's best to see if the timer manual says anything.
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