Out With the Old, In With the New!

From translating blinking lights, numbers 1-7 identifying days, a flashing station start time to indicate am or pm, a flashing clock indicating whether the system is on or off to one of the most easy to use clocks out there! We took out this old sprinkler timers, assumed to be from the 80’s, (no joke), and installed a brand new one. This new one, as you can maybe see in the photo, has all of the days on the side, so when you select a station you simply click the days and watch it light up indicating your selection. Even more simple is changing the time, date and station start times. What is even cooler about these new clocks is there is no need for backup battery power anymore. Want to know how they store your settings??? Flash memory! This is an awesome technology used in new computers. It requires zero power to store the info, yet it’s always there. So, no need to switch out batteries each year, the computer (excuse me- timer) will remember all of your settings- ALWAYS!

Old to new!

Believe it or not, you can do this yourself!
Here are the six, very easy, steps to replacing your timer!
1. Pick your new timer. Choose one that allows multiple start times if you have a yard with slopes on it. Also make sure it can handle as many stations, or zones, as your system has.
2. Take out the old one! The first thing to do is pop off the cover, it usually just snaps on and off… Grab some masking tape, and mark the wires. For example, see which slot each wire is in and mark it accordingly, 1,2,3…, and then there is always the white wire, or the common wire, no need to mark it, just remember what it is. Lastly, generally there are just a couple of screws holding the timer on the wall. Pull out the screws, and remove!
3. Install the new timer. It’s just like pulling the old one off… Simply figure out where you want it, and use the screws to remount it. Unfortunately, many times, you will need a drill to do this.
4. Put all of the wires back in the new timer. The common will be marked for the white wire, and zones 1-? will also be marked.
5. Simply plug it in to the outlet, set the date, time and your preferred settings!
6. Sit back and enjoy your new timer which may start saving you money!

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