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    Hello - I'm relatively new to the HomeSEER environment. I recently installed a HomeSEER Zee at a lake house I just bought. The house has a bunch of X10 devices, among them an outlet at the dock to control a bubbler. The bubbler is used during the wintertime to keep ice from forming and damaging the support for the dock. It was suggested that we operate the bubbler 3-hours on and 3-hours off to save on electricity. How would I provide this as an event timer? I already have all the X10 devices setup in the HomeSEER and working ok.

    Thanks.

    Dave

  • #2
    Welcome to the HS Board.

    There are many ways to accomplish what you want. The way I would start is with a recurring event and a delayed event.

    If this event is triggered every 6 hours.
    Then <turn on the bubbler> (Since this is X10, you will probably want to have a 2 second wait and a second on command.)
    Then Wait 2 seconds
    Then <turn on the bubbler>
    Then <run an off event> after a delay of 3 hours

    The off event would have a manual trigger
    If this event is manually triggered
    Then <turn off the bubbler>
    Then Wait 2 seconds
    Then <turn off the bubbler>
    Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
    HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.548

    HW: Stargate | NX8e | CAV6.6 | Squeezebox | PCS | WGL 800RF, Rain8Net+ | RFXCOM | QSE100D | Vantage Pro | Green-Eye | X10: XTB-232, -IIR | Edgeport/8 | Way2Call | Ecobee3

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    • #3
      There is also a trigger for a device being X for exactly Y amount of time. I use it frequently.

      i.e.

      IF bubbler has been ON for exactly 3 hours
      THEN turn the bubbler OFF

      IF bubbler has been OFF for exactly 3 hours
      THEN turn the bubbler ON

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      • #4
        If you really wanted just a single event you could do:
        1. Turn on bubbler
        2. Wait 3 hours
        3. Turn off bubbler
        4. Run event (specify this same event) after a delay of 3 hours

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tillsy View Post
          If you really wanted just a single event you could do:
          1. Turn on bubbler
          2. Wait 3 hours
          3. Turn off bubbler
          4. Run event (specify this same event) after a delay of 3 hours
          HomeSeer does not allow an Event to call itself in an Action.

          Randy Prade
          Aurora, CO
          Prades.net

          PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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          • #6
            Originally posted by logbuilder View Post
            There is also a trigger for a device being X for exactly Y amount of time. I use it frequently.

            i.e.

            IF bubbler has been ON for exactly 3 hours
            THEN turn the bubbler OFF

            IF bubbler has been OFF for exactly 3 hours
            THEN turn the bubbler ON
            I would use "At Least" int\stead of "Exactly", use the bubbler switch as a condition, then put in a 5 second "Cannot Re-Run for", just to make sure it keeps toggling. If the Exact trigger is missed due to HomeSeer being down, the toggling is broken until manual intervention.
            Randy Prade
            Aurora, CO
            Prades.net

            PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rprade View Post
              HomeSeer does not allow an Event to call itself in an Action.
              Oh darn Okay single event could still be done by:
              1. If the time is 00:00, 06:00, 12:00, or 18:00
              2. Turn on bubbler
              3. Wait 3 hours
              4. Turn off bubbler

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              • #8
                That will work as will using Easy Trigger’s toggle action.

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                Aurora, CO
                Prades.net

                PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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                • #9
                  Even better, I like that one! đź‘Ť

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rprade View Post
                    That will work as will using Easy Trigger’s toggle action.

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                    I'm don't think a toggle is appropriate for X10. X10 is notorious for missing commands, and there is typically no easy way to confirm. I made it a practice to repeat any command whose execution was at all important.

                    Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
                    HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.548

                    HW: Stargate | NX8e | CAV6.6 | Squeezebox | PCS | WGL 800RF, Rain8Net+ | RFXCOM | QSE100D | Vantage Pro | Green-Eye | X10: XTB-232, -IIR | Edgeport/8 | Way2Call | Ecobee3

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                    • #11
                      You very well may be correct. I remember playing with BSR’s X10 4 decades ago and how unreliable it was at responding to commands. Even with improved filtering and other enhancements, it sounds just as unreliable today. If all that is true, then the best solution might be two events

                      IF bubbler has been ON for at least 3 hours
                      THEN turn the bubbler OFF
                      THEN Wait 10 seconds
                      THEN turn the bubbler OFF
                      (Cannot Re-Run for: 1 minute)


                      IF bubbler has been OFF for at least 3 hours
                      THEN turn the bubbler ON
                      THEN Wait 10 seconds
                      THEN turn the bubbler ON
                      (Cannot Re-Run for: 1 minute)
                      Randy Prade
                      Aurora, CO
                      Prades.net

                      PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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