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My vigoro water timer i bought at home depot will not stay on manual off/om or on its program. I have installed the new 9 volt battery correctly since i can program ok but it shuts off in a short time thereafter.same with the manual ?? any ideas ??

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I have a Vigoro 271-687 in which has worked well except when i change the batteries it wont reset and will not work do you have any solutions to this problem i really like this product just dont understand the prob

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This may help with part of your problem, but if you want to water manually (overriding the program) and you press the manual button, the water will stay on for only half an hour, so to continue you need to simply hit the manual button again. The 'shutoff' after half an hour is automatic.

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I have the same problem. Good to know on the 1/2hr shutoff. I guess it is going back to the store. I'd say this is not a good timer. I bought a nice one with more options for things like skipping days, multiple times per day. This one is not only low tech, but it doesn't work. Nice job!

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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    I have 5 of them and they are all doing the same thing, great product until the batteries die then it is junk. And try and call to get anyone to take care of it. Good luck.


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I am having the same problem with my vigoro water timer. I called the number given on the package and left a message.

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