An irrigation controller should be selected with care, especially if the irrigation system is operating a combination of sprinkler and drip zones. If your irrigation system is currently manually operated, consider the benefits of automating, including convenience and reduced labor, watering a number of valves automatically with full landscape coverage, and the ability to control the days, durations, and irrigation start times for each valve. Automation also allows the installation of a rain sensor to stop irrigation when it is rainy. It is important to review and adjust your irrigation program schedules frequently to avoid over-or under-watering when there is a change in weather pattern. The 8006 controller offers automated programming flexibility for drip irrigation or sprinkler systems by allowing each of the zones/valve to be programmed independently, according to plant water requirements. The 8006 controller permits each valve in the system to operate independent of the others, offering durations from 1 minute to 11 hours and 59 minutes in one minute increments, up to four start times, and independent operation for any day of the week for each valve.
- Select an indoor location near a 120 VAC outlet. The location should be protected from moisture and sunlight.
- Remove the mounting bracket from the back of the controller and place the mounting bracket slightly below eye level.
- Secure the bracket with #5 or 6 x 1” screws (if installing into drywall, install screw anchors).
- After bracket installation, place the controller down into position on the bracket.
- Install control wires from the controller to valve location(s). We recommended using 18-gauge multi-strand color-coded direct burial irrigation control wire.
- Splice one of each valve’s solenoid wires to the white (common) wire by using waterproof wire connectors.
- Splice the remaining of each valve’s solenoid wires to a separate color-coded control wire by using waterproof wire connectors.
- Remove the lower faceplate from the controller to access the controller terminal strip compartment.
- Cut the control wires to length and strip the ends back about 1/4 in. Secure the white (common) wire to the terminal marked C by inserting the wire into the slot and tightening the screw with a small standard screwdriver.
- Secure the color-coded station wires to the numbered terminals by inserting the wire into the numbered slot and tightening the screw with a small standard screwdriver.
- Insert the two transformer wires into the terminals labeled AC (polarity does not matter), and secure by tightening the terminal screws with a small standard screwdriver.
- Insert 9-volt battery.
- Program the controller.
- If connecting a master valve or PumP start relay, please consult a qualified electrician. Make sure to mount the controller 10 to 15 feet away from the pump start relay and the pump.
- An interrupt type, normally open rain sensor can be connected to the controller. The sensor can be connected directly to the controller sensor terminals by connecting either wire from the sensor to the two sensor terminals on the controller. Follow the sensor manufacturer’s instructions for calibrating the sensor.
Note: Do not plug AC transformer into the power source before connecting the transformer to the controller.
Note: Do not plug in the transformer until the controller is mounted and all valves have been connected.
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