Installing sprinklers for your gardens, flower beds, and/or lawns can take the headache out of irrigation as well as offer a number of other advantages. With that said, there can be a bit of a learning curve associated with using a sprinkler system and getting them to do what you want them to can be a little tricky at first. To help you out, we’ve provided a guide on how to set and operate most all of your sprinkler’s controls. Follow these steps and you’ll have your sprinkler system up and running in little time at all.
Set Your Automatic Sprinkler System Timers
One of the biggest advantages of sprinkler systems is the fact that they let you set specific times when the sprinklers will turn on or off. You can set them to turn on once in the morning, multiple times a day, or anything else you choose. How to set these timers will depend on which type of sprinkler you have: digital or mechanical
Setting Digital Timer Sprinklers
Most sprinklers installed now come equipped with digital timers. To set these, you will want to start by sliding the “program” switch until you have accessed your “settings”. If you would like to put different sections of your sprinkler system on different schedules, you can elect to create these sections at this point. If not, you can skip this step.
Next, you will want to set the date and time. To do this, turn the master dial to the setting titled “current” and set the time using the plus and minus buttons. Then, you will want to proceed to the “run time” section of your settings and select how long you want your sprinklers to stay on. After this, all you have to do is turn the master dial to “schedule” and select which days and times you would like your sprinklers to turn on.
Setting Mechanical Timer Sprinklers
Setting a mechanical timer can be a little confusing, especially since there aren’t as many of them around, but it still doesn’t need to be difficult. To schedule a mechanical timer sprinkler, all you have to do is use a series of brass pins to select which times you want your system to turn on. Just push a pin into the hole that indicates the time you want the sprinkler to come on. One pin equals twelve minutes of irrigation time, so you’ll want to add additional pins to increase the irrigation time by increments of twelve.
Skipping a hole allows you to switch the sprinkler to a different zone. To set the current time, just rotate the yellow dial until the indicator is pointing to the correct time. Setting the current day is done by turning the black wheel, and pressing the pins down allows you to select which days you don’t want your sprinkler to turn on.
Making Use of Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Once you learn the controls, making use of automatic sprinkler systems can make irrigation a breeze. If you would like to learn more about installing or repairing your sprinkler system, feel free to contact us today.