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Home Depot Irrigation deals: ex. Rachio 16 Zone Smart Sprinkler Controller, 2nd Generation, Refurbished $159, Scoitts 6 zone $79, & more Free Shipping 4-25-18 only

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Noob here, can someone help? Just bought a house with irrigation system, it has 3 zones I believe since it has 3 of those sprinkler knob stick thing in the ground. There's a controller in the garage already, I just don't really know how to use it. I have Google Home so ideally if I can use hey Google to control it then it'll be cool?

How's the Orbit compared to the Scotts? The Rachio looks sexy but is it overkill for my usage? Being in SoCal there's $80 rebate from the water company, I don't mind paying a little extra if the Scotts is better than the Orbit. Tia
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Just looking at the sprinkler controller. get the orbit 6-station one with WIFI.
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A zone is a collection of sprinkler heads that work at once. Usually 3-4, like front left of house, front right.....,
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Noob here, can someone help? Just bought a house with irrigation system, it has 3 zones I believe since it has 3 of those sprinkler knob stick thing in the ground. There's a controller in the garage already, I just don't really know how to use it. I have Google Home so ideally if I can use hey Google to control it then it'll be cool?

How's the Orbit compared to the Scotts? The Rachio looks sexy but is it overkill for my usage? Being in SoCal there's $80 rebate from the water company, I don't mind paying a little extra if the Scotts is better than the Orbit. Tia
A zone is a collection of sprinkler heads that work at once. Usually 3-4, like front left of house, front right.....,
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I have orbit byyve 12 zone

AMA just be sure to quote me.
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Any advantage of the Rachio over the other controllers? I have 4 zones with an old-school controller right now. I sort of built my own setup using a z-wave power outlet but it would be nice to get something specific designed with weather control built in.
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I am a new homeowner and my lawn was not taken care of by old homeowners.

If I wanted a DIY sprinkler system, can I buy a smart controller, some tubing, and a couple of sprinkler heads to rig something up myself? Anyone else done this? What was the cost? I know Home Depot has a kit for $120 but I'd like to have a few zones.
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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rachi.../301386997

10 bucks cheaper than the one posted yesterday just Refurbished.
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Not good at all. You could have gotten the brand new 3rd generation version for 159&179.
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Not good at all. You got have gotten the brand new 3rd generation version for 159&179.
Where's the link?
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Just got mine for $179 16 zone at Best Buy. Gen 2

Not lowest price. But it's new and not refurbed.
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I am a new homeowner and my lawn was not taken care of by old homeowners.

If I wanted a DIY sprinkler system, can I buy a smart controller, some tubing, and a couple of sprinkler heads to rig something up myself? Anyone else done this? What was the cost? I know Home Depot has a kit for $120 but I'd like to have a few zones.
It's not technically super difficult but it is quite a bit of labor if you want to dig everything and run pipes yourself. Basically, you have to tap your water main to connect an irrigation pipe Put a manual shut off valve on this line and a back-flow preventer to stop water from your sprinklers from entering your house. From this irrigation line, split off as many electrically controlled valves as you want for zones. These valves are what is controlled by the controllers being discussed in this thread. Basically, when one of them gets electricity from the controller, it opens and when that voltage goes away, it closes. From each valve's output, you run another pipe that goes to the zone you want and branches off to each sprinkler head. So each valve (zone) can control 1 or more sprinkler heads.
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