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Rain gauge shut off

We have a Nelson SmartZone EZ timer for our irragation system. There is a gauge on the roof that shuts the water off if it rains a certain amount. Ours is not working any more and we would like to get a new one but don't know were to purchase this. Can you help?

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Let me answer your second question first. The rain sensor should take a day or two to dry out, it is supposed to duplicate drying of the earth. It is, however, adjustable so it requires more rain to shut off and comes back on quicker.
Your timer may be operating properly but you may have a faulty control valve for Zone 2. In many systems, there are control valves for each zone.

Gary

Posted on Aug 10, 2011

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