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Orbit 57069 Sprinkler System Hard Wired Rain and Freeze Sensor

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  • Delays watering during rain or freezing conditions
  • Adjustable rain sensitivity from 1/8 In. to 1 In. of precipitation
  • Digital freeze sensor prevents watering in freezing conditions reducing hazards and damage
  • Works with most existing sprinkler systems
  • Mounting options: threaded, slip and rain gutter, or flat surface
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  • ASIN: B000A7SPPU
  • Item model number: 57069
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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The Rain and Freeze Sensor prevents your automatic sprinkler system from watering during a storm. The rain sensor is adjustable to accommodate rainfall from 1/8 In. to 1 In. The freeze sensor reduces hazards and damage to your pipes from freezing water.

Product Description

Digital freeze sensor prevents watering in freezing conditions. Reduces hazards and damage from freezing water. It is universal and will work with new and existing sprinkler systems. Adjustable rain sensitivity with 5 settings from 1/8'' to 1''. Automatic rain delay with adjustable duration. 3 mounting options threaded, slip, and rain gutter.


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That causes a lot of waste of water if your system happened to start during this time.
QYZ
Works as advertised...great quality....easy to understand and install...several installation options available and all parts for several installations included.
Ryan Hanan
Besides being speaker wire, the place where the original cord and the speaker wire is spliced is sloppily done.
Jim

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Lawrence on July 28, 2011
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The rain sensor is hard-wired. There is also a model which is wireless. The hard-wired unit is wired to interrupt the electrical current going to the irrigation zone solenoids. There is no way to override it, so if it rains enough to trip the switch you have to either go up and re-adjust it, or just do without watering until it dries out. This can be bypassed by the user just installing a simple switch between the wires that go to the rain sensor, essentially bypassing the switch.

The switch does not contain a float mechanism. It works by rain causing expansion of some fibrous washers which in turn presses a micro-switch to interrupt the electrical current to the irrigation valves solenoids.

There are two adjustments on the switch- one for how much rain it takes to trip it and the other for how quickly it will be allowed to dry after it gets wet. There is a calibration on the side for how much rain is needed to trip it.

Overall the switch has worked quite well. I set it for 1/4 inch of rain when I installed it and that has been about right. I've only had one tim when it didn't come on and I wanted it to, and one time that it didn't turn off, probably because the switch didn't have time to react to the rain.

The system obviously can't predict if it is going to rain later in the day which would eliminate the need for the irrigation system to run earlier in the day. That is up to the user and there is a system delay button on the irrigation controller to do that.

Overall a 4 star rating. I'd give it 5 stars if it had a way to manually bypass the switch. I believe that the wireless sensor does have that feature. If I had known about the wireless sensor I would have gotten that, assuming it wasn't too costly. Not sure how reliable the wireless one is or how often one has to change the batteries. Probably worth a try!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By QYZ on June 9, 2010
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I bought this sensor and tried it several times under spring rain. The sensor will be triggered by the rain, but it took a while (about a half hour heavy rain) to start. That causes a lot of waste of water if your system happened to start during this time. I guess this is the shortcoming of this type (disc expansion) of rain sensor. In addition, the sensor supposedly can stay on for a period of 1 or 2 days depends on the evaporation setting on the sensor. I set the evaporation window to fully closed in order to test the longest delay time. After several heavy rains, the sensor can only stay on for no more than 10 hours. That means 10 hours later after a heavy rain, the system can still start to water your lawn. I am disappointed about this sensor. Nevertheless, the sensor looks pretty solid, and sleek.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gay Miller on June 2, 2010
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I recently purchased [4] rain sensors and installed them on my drip-system controllers at my ranch.Amazon has the lowest cost/no shipping $/and fast delivery! The [2] sensors that i installed on 'old' orbit controllers[wired in series with the valves 'common'wires tested fine. however the [2] sensors that i installed on 'new' orbit controllers [which contained sensor switches and connection lugs] would not work until i added a jumper-wire from the valve 'common' lug to the 'right-sensor-lug.then these [2] sensors also tested fine.[i sent an e-mail to orbit related to this problem but never heard back from them].we will have to wait for the Az summer monsoons to arrive[jly-aug-sept] to actually determine that the sensors shut down the drip-systems during rain storms.if the sensors work as stated they will be a major improvement in our drip systems and a large water cost saving also!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hanan on April 24, 2009
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Works as advertised...great quality....easy to understand and install...several installation options available and all parts for several installations included. Adds piece of mind of watering automation. Great for vacation properties or apartment complex installation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gonzy on March 11, 2011
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only works for a few hours after rain even when set to lowest amount with window closed its junk! Soaked in water and measured disk expansion very slow to expand.
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I'll never again come home to sprinklers running in the rain.

This unit functions well and is easy to install with the various brackets provided. It has an adjustment to control how much rain is required to activate and another adjustment for controlling how rapidly it dries out. These are both on the unit so if you follow the instructions and mount it at the top of your house like I did, you will have to go up there to change the adjustments.

The cable that comes pre-connected with heat shrink waterproof shield is heavy speaker zipcord. I was a little surprised not to find UV resistant jacketed cable.
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Cheaper here than at the box stores. Arrived on time, and replaced my 10 year old one that finally succumbed to the south florida sun. Set up was a breeze and connected right to the existing wiring so box to installed in less than 10 minutes. Florida rains have verified it is in operating condition and shuts down the system just as advertised.
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By Kace Productions on June 1, 2014
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Not a bad rain sensor for the price. Works as good as any other. Instructions are easy to understand and easy to hook up.
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