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codymnelson

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Running multiple valves simultaneously
« on: June 04, 2020, 02:03:50 pm »
Hey,
I set up some drip zones with pretty low flow. I separated them in order to have flexibility of relative water application so i don't have to change flow rates on drippers to tune everything.  My well pump and pressure regulator aren't super exited about running one low flow zone at a time. The pump needs some flow to keep the seals cool and the pressure regulator is pulsing more than healthy.

My question is, how do I turn on multiple valves simultaneously? This is stated as a feature on the Bluespray website.

If they were all running for the same amount of time i could wire them together, but that defeats the purpose of splitting them up.
 
The only way I can figure out is to have each zone assigned its own program and schedule and then turn off stacking runs.  Having 8 zones to do this seems like it cant be right.  If i want to change the start time I have to edit 8 schedules instead of 1 which is cumbersome.
Can anyone help me with this?
Thank you!


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Re: Running multiple valves simultaneously
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2020, 04:07:51 pm »
In order to run multiple zones concurrently, you'd want to set Stack mode (Settings->Operation) to No, then schedule your programs to start at the same time.

Please be careful not to have 1 zone overlapping the same time.  The best way is not to repeat the zones in your programs i.e. if program 1 has Zone 1 in it, program 2 should not.

For example:

1. Program 1 has zones 1, 3, 5, 7 on for 10 min, others 0 min.
2. Program 2 has zones 2, 4, 6, 8 on for 10 min, others 0 min.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2020, 04:12:10 pm by bluespray_admin »

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Re: Running multiple valves simultaneously
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2020, 10:18:23 pm »
This makes sense. I set this up as you suggested but i had one more hiccup.  At first i thought i did something wrong because i could only see one scheduled program on the calendar view for that given time. I changed the time of the one schedule a few minutes and then saw that indeed it was there but apparently the calendar cant handle showing concurrent schedules for the same time. Is that correct at this point?
Thanks for your help!

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Re: Running multiple valves simultaneously
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2020, 11:35:19 pm »
The calendar view doesn't impose one run on the other well.  But you can see the runs under Today's Runs when the run day comes.