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07 Feb 2014 

How to Use a Rain Bird Sprinkler System



             I
remember when we first moved out to the Western United States from back
East.  We moved from an area where there
was plenty of moisture (snow during the winter and scattered rain during the
other seasons) to a dry climate where water use is regulated and many times we
are in a drought.  One of the biggest
changes was learning about how to use our sprinkler system, something we never
had to use in the East.



            We
moved into a home that the previous owners were still living in until we
purchased it.  They ran the system up
until the day they moved out which means the lawn still looked great when we
moved in.  At first, I didn’t realize
that there was a system installed and that it had been turned off.  I started to notice that the lawn was looking
a little less green than before so I decided to find out what was going
on.  We had a neighbor next door who
brought some of his sons over to help us move in and who had a great looking
lawn, so I decided to talk to him about it.



            He
said he noticed that our sprinkler system hadn’t been running and that could be
the issue.  I told him that I had never
had a sprinkler system in my entire life and never had to worry about watering
the lawn.  We went into my garage and
found out that I had a Rain Bird sprinkler controller for the system.  It had been unplugged and so none of the
previous settings had been saved.  My
neighbor explained to me how to set up watering times, showed me where the
valves for each zone was located, and how everything worked with the system.



 





 



            The
timer we have is pretty user friendly with a control knob, up and down arrows
to adjust settings, and buttons on the side to select watering days and times.  To make sure that the system would run at the
times I needed it to, I turned the dial to the “Set clock” circle, then
proceeded to set the date.  Then I was
ready to program the clock for the four zones that our yard has.



            To
do this, I turned it to the zone I wanted to program.  I then looked on the right side and pushed
buttons to correspond to the days of the week that I wanted to have that zone run
and the number of times it would run. 
Using the arrows on the left side of the timer, I was able to program in
the time I wanted the zone to run.  On
the right I used the arrows to select the amount of time the zone should
run.  Since there are restrictions during
the summer not to have the system on between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., I was able to
set the zone to run once at 7:30 a.m. and again at 8:00 p.m.  The timer also allows me to turn the nob the “Off”
position, just in case I want to have a BBQ or other get-together in the
backyard.  Keeping my lawn green is easy
with my sprinkler system!



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