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Offline curiousB

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2014, 02:14:18 pm »
Probably a stupid question but what would happen if the valve was open, the sprinklers were running and then the internet went out but the power stayed on? Wouldn't the sprinklers run forever?

No control is local from vera. Vera is not a cloud based service.
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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2014, 02:18:00 pm »
Do I get this right?

Yes Vera just allows the sprinklers to be on or off, the controller determines the sequencing and run times of the various zones.

I set my timer to run everyday with the sequence and run times for summer, then I just disable days of the week in Vera to get the amount of water I feel is right. If its a cool and damp week in spring I might never turn it on.
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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2014, 10:21:52 am »
I just purchase LINEAR FS20Z-1 Z-Wave dry-contact relay to control my traditional irrigation controller box through rain sensor (or main valve).
http://www.paydeals.com/LINEAR-FS20Z-1-Z-Wave-Fixture-Control/dp/B00ER6MH22

$12 more but more versatile and I can reuse it in 120v applications once I switch to a network controller.

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2014, 02:11:28 pm »
Hi I'm just getting started with my Vera system. I have a single zone irrigation system that I'm trying to get set up. I have a 24v irrigation valve, a z wave appliance module and a 24v plug in transformer. Can I wire the 24v valve directly to the transformer and plug the transformer into the z wave appliance module and then plug the module into the wall and use the module to control the power to the transformer and thus the valve? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2014, 01:43:17 pm »
Hi I'm just getting started with my Vera system. I have a single zone irrigation system that I'm trying to get set up. I have a 24v irrigation valve, a z wave appliance module and a 24v plug in transformer. Can I wire the 24v valve directly to the transformer and plug the transformer into the z wave appliance module and then plug the module into the wall and use the module to control the power to the transformer and thus the valve? Any help would be greatly appreciated

Did you ever try this?  I was thinking of doing the same thing. 

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2014, 11:04:48 am »
That would work but if you already have the traditional irrigation controller I would keep that as well. Use vera to enable or disable the timers output either by the rain sensor input as theal states or by switching the common line to the valves as I note earlier in the thread.

The rationale for this is some degree of failsafe. If for some reason Vera got locked up or the ZWave device didn't get the turn off the command, sprinklers could run for several hours/days. If the timer is still used the sprinklers will shut off if either vera shuts then off OR the tier shuts them off.

Sometimes in HA it isn't the general case you need to think about, rather the degenerative or failsafe case....
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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2014, 05:11:00 pm »
This setup is just what I need.  In trying to source the relay and power supply, the question of how much amperage is needed in the power supply.  Any input on this?

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2014, 10:34:31 pm »
Power supply only has to power the relay coil so something small is just fine. 12VDC output. I just bought 12v power supply and auto relays on eBay for a couple $, very inexpensive. Try to use magnetic power supply and not a switch power supply. I found electronic ones can cause false turn ons of receptacles. I have other post on this regarding CA3500 spurious turn ons.


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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2016, 03:20:31 am »
why not just put the existing sprinkler power on a simple appliance module . . . and either turn off/on when you dont want it to run or setup scene to check weather and built LUA to perform what you want?  (most all systems are battery backed up and just dont open the valve if not plugged in)

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2016, 05:55:54 pm »
why not just put the existing sprinkler power on a simple appliance module . . . and either turn off/on when you dont want it to run or setup scene to check weather and built LUA to perform what you want?  (most all systems are battery backed up and just dont open the valve if not plugged in)

Just a thought ~

Anyone?  I was wondering the same thing as I already have an applicance module ready to go and an existing sprinkler timer installed.  Any reasons why just this won't work?

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Re: Add Vera Z Wave Control to Existing irrigation for $20
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2017, 09:38:06 pm »
Sure that will work. Be aware if you disconnect power the backup battery will drain to keep the click running so it won't last forever. Also the battery backed clock may not be accurate so time could shift a few seconds here and there.


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