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  • mminehan
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    Originally posted by clafa View Post
    Hi,
    i have the rachio sprinkler controller.
    i use the plugin to control zones with the screens I built in hstouch . wife likes the rachio app,
    i have a hard wired rain sensor and the rachio app has predictive forecast built so I dont have the need for hs3 to read the weather and take action.
    i like that rachio takes care of future rain and the local ran sensor of prior rainfall. i have the 1st generation of rachio...you can find them cheap on ebay..
    cheers
    Same here. I used to use Rain8 but switched to Rachio and have never looked back. There is a HS plugin (UltraRachio3) that works as expected.
    I do like the water savings from Rachio as it is 'weather forecast aware'. And you can control it with the native app even if HS is down.
    The only drawback is that it is 'cloud based' so needs an internet connection to work.

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  • Michael McSharry
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    I'm not sure where they are coming from, but sure. Is this procedure in the manual?
    The Other Page of mcsSprinklers, at the bottom, has provisions to collect debug data for various forms of internal execution analyses. If something is occurring that you do not expect then the debug should be enabled so data is collected. A debug file will be created each day when enabled and intermediate files can be pushed out using the button on the same page. The files can be emailed to the email that is setup in mcsSprinklers or they can be copied from the \Data\mcsSprinklers folder. If you want some analysis then open a thread on the mcsSprinklers forum so this thread is not hijacked any more.

    The data in post #24 is user data showing the log of what happened. The debug data is about why it happened.

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by wpiman View Post
    ...Are you using MCS Sprinklers? Does your log show the CAPI controller turned the valve off pretty quickly after it is turned on?
    I am not. I got my controller prior to Michael adding GoControl to the questionnaire installation process. I am using the base commands for the valve and some pretty intricately timed events.

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  • wpiman
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    I think you mean this?
    6/23/2020 4:06:36 PM A1:R3 Rain8 Front Lawn Inner OFF
    6/23/2020 4:06:49 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer ON
    6/23/2020 4:07:00 PM A2:R10 Rain8 Porch Back OFF
    6/23/2020 4:07:15 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer OFF
    6/23/2020 4:07:31 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer ON
    6/23/2020 4:07:42 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer Forced OFF
    6/23/2020 4:07:42 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer External ON
    6/23/2020 4:08:01 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer OFF
    6/23/2020 4:08:16 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer ON
    6/23/2020 4:28:17 PM A1:R4 Rain8 Front Lawn Outer OFF

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  • wpiman
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
    If you think there are OFF commands from mcsSprinklers that should not be there then provide the debug log for analysis.
    I'm not sure where they are coming from, but sure. Is this procedure in the manual?

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  • Michael McSharry
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    If you think there are OFF commands from mcsSprinklers that should not be there then provide the debug log for analysis.

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  • wpiman
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    Originally posted by outbackrob View Post

    I only know because my wife told me! :-)
    Rob,
    So I was outside trying to turn on my sprinklers cause I installed a new head and wanted to adjust it...

    I am using MCSSprinklers and I turned on valve 4. It pretty quickly shut itself off, and then the log shows about 3 CAPI Controllers off. I think I did the next OFF myself because MCS Sprinklers showed it being on. Turned it back on, and it did it again. Third time it worked.

    Are you using MCS Sprinklers? Does your log show the CAPI controller turned the valve off pretty quickly after it is turned on?


    Jun-23 4:08:16 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Valve 4 On for 30 min (7684) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:08:16 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:08:01 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:42 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:31 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Valve 4 On for 30 min (7684) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:31 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:27 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:15 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:07:00 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:06:49 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Valve 4 On for 30 min (7684) by/from: CAPI Control Handler
    Jun-23 4:06:36 PM Device Control Device: Basement Water Closet Sprinker Controller Valve to Off (0) by/from: CAPI Control Handler

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by wpiman View Post
    ....Now you have me questioning whether my sprinklers are all coming on when they say they are......
    I only know because my wife told me! :-)

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  • mmnissan
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    I have used the Rachio controller for several years. They have great customer service as well. As for your valve, you probably have the wires spliced near the valve. If they get wet corrosion could form and interfere with the current to the solenoid on the valve. If the valves have been in use for a long time the the solenoid might just need to be cleaned out. I have never had a zone not turn on because on my controller.

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  • wpiman
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    Originally posted by outbackrob View Post

    I have checked connectivity several times, I am fairly sure the voltage has been checked, but I am NOT sure that CURRENT has been checked. Maybe that power supply ISN'T beefy enough for those trouble making valves.... Good call. I will check into that
    You should just be able to check the voltage at the valve head. If it isn't putting out enough current, you won't see ample voltage. Be sure to set your meter to AC (I always make that mistake). I think the valves are 24 VAC.

    It looks like the GoControl uses Z-Wave plus (if you has the one I have). I've found this stuff to be very reliable on the network side.

    Now you have me questioning whether my sprinklers are all coming on when they say they are......

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  • AllHailJ
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    I just checked and I left the most important script out of my earlier post - The one that actually waters the lawn.

    WaterLawn.vb.txt


    My apologies

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  • Stuart
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    After finding the issue with timers in Hs3, and seeing a problem like this way back with the Hs3 plug for Rain8/Relay8 I dont believe these plugins had a problem themselves. I think it was all the wait statements and timers in my logic. Using the same Rain8 device and writing my own set of timers and logic this has worked flawlessly. I also used to get one zone on, then maybe two would start together or another would pop up on its own. See if you have a bunch of waits in your logic and if so you should be able to resolve this.

    Stuart

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by wpiman View Post
    .... Have you checked the AC voltages coming out of it? Perhaps your power supply isn't beefy enough? Maybe check them at the sprinkler head as well. Might be an IR drop.
    I have checked connectivity several times, I am fairly sure the voltage has been checked, but I am NOT sure that CURRENT has been checked. Maybe that power supply ISN'T beefy enough for those trouble making valves.... Good call. I will check into that

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  • wpiman
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    Originally posted by outbackrob View Post
    I am just about fed up with my GoControl irrigation controller. SOMETIMES it will turn on a valve, sometimes it won't. SOMETIMES Valve 2 for 20 minutes works, sometimes only Valve 2 for 30 minutes will work. It's bizarre, and I am tired of it. Truth be told, I'm tired of trying to get it to work after my wife has tried a million times and says, "It always used to work with our old system." LOW WAF statement! I've had all the wires tested from the controller to the valves. All are perfect. I have a second oontrol controller that I used at Halloween so I swapped it out with the sprinkler one and it has the same issue. Sometimes the valve will work, sometimes it won't, but if you jockey around with them, most of the time you can get it to work. It's a PITA! Oh, and I have purchased a few power supplies, too thinking it may be them. It does not appear to be.....

    SO, I'm going to punt. I NEED nine zones but could use more. Wife needs a decent phone app or an EASY(er) HSTouch screen.

    Do Raintree or Orbit interface with Homeseer? Is EtherRain still available? I REALLY need a solution!!! HEEEEELLLLLLPPPP!!
    I have a GoControl with MCSSprinklers pro. It appears to work well for me: but if a valve didn't come on: I might not alway know.

    It is very close to my Znet though.

    Have you checked the AC voltages coming out of it? Perhaps your power supply isn't beefy enough? Maybe check them at the sprinkler head as well. Might be an IR drop.

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  • clafa
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    Hi,

    i have the rachio sprinkler controller.

    i use the plugin to control zones with the screens I built in hstouch . wife likes the rachio app,

    i have a hard wired rain sensor and the rachio app has predictive forecast built so I dont have the need for hs3 to read the weather and take action.

    i like that rachio takes care of future rain and the local ran sensor of prior rainfall. i have the 1st generation of rachio...you can find them cheap on ebay..

    cheers

    Leave a comment:

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