can rain bird run multiple programs

Setting up multiple programs is generally not advised as it can result in start time conflicts. For example, Program A could be scheduled to begin at 2 am and run for 3 hours total, ending at 5 am. Program A might not finish a full cycle if Program B is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Station Run Time: the number of minutes you wish to dedicate to a particular station Shaded lawn areas are set to 12 minutes, and most sunny lawn areas are set to 20 minutes. Shrubbery has a time limit of eight minutes, but not more than twelve. When a station has a run time of zero, it will not activate.

All controllers have the capability to run multiple programs. Typically, a program is designated as Program A, B, C, or D. You might want to run different parts of your system at different times and days in some circumstances. Perhaps your large property has a well that supplies water, and you would like to run half of the system on even days and the other half on odd days. Program B could run on even days and run stations 9 through 16, while Program A could be configured to run on odd days and run stations 1 through 8.

Seasonal Adjustment: The two up/down buttons will raise or lower the total watering run times for all stations and all programs by a percentage. Assume for the moment that you are dealing with extremely hot weather and decide to raise the watering percentage from the baseline of 20100% to let’s say 20150%. All you have to do is tell everyone to increase the number of run times above whatever the original base line run time was for each station. This will result in the station run time being displayed in the menu. On the other hand, you can reduce watering globally by turning the selector switch to 20%75–80%, which will reduce all watering from the initial 10%–80% base line settings.

Station: Sometimes called a zone, a station is a part of your system that is managed by a zone valve that, in accordance with the controller (Timer), opens or closes the water supply to the system for a predetermined operation run time. A typical system consists of six to eight stations, some of which may be designated for the front or back yards or shrubs.

Due to summertime watering restrictions imposed by my city, I will need to use my Rainbird ISM-9 controller for two different programs. I’ve been tinkering with the controller, but I can’t seem to figure out if I can run an A and a B program simultaneously.


Can Rain Bird run 2 programs?

If you want to assign a station to run on both the “A” program and on the “C” program, you can assign different amounts of run time for the same station. The PC-200 timer can start watering the “A” or “C” programs once, twice or three times per day, at any hour you select.

Why does Rain Bird sprinkler system run twice?

A common reason why a program is repeating is that you have a second start time set. The start times control the exact time your ESP-Me timer will begin to water and they also control how many times a day your timer will water. The ESP-Me allows you to set up to 6 start times per program.

How do you set multiple watering times on a Rain Bird?

The time moves in 15-minute increments. Be sure to pay attention to AM/PM when setting the time. o Add a 2nd start time by pushing the right arrow (?) button. Display will show OFF, add a time by pushing + or ? o Continuing to push right arrow (?) again will bring up additional start times.