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  • #830
    cldtx
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    Is there a feature to set a delay between the end of one station and the start of another?

    I have a well, and I would like to provide some recovery time (e.g., 5min) between each station. Previously, I only had five stations, so I would just add in “delay stations” that were in the program but not wired to a valve, to run between two actual stations. Now I am expanding to 11 stations, and do not have the extra stations available to create a delay station. I know other timers have the ability to inject a delay between stations, but I have not been able to locate that feature on the bhyve. If not on bhyve, does anyone know of a wifi timer that does have delay?

    Thanks!

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    #835
    Justin
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting CLDTX! Currently there isn’t really a way to be able to set a delay in between stations, without setting up a separate program. We are having a meeting tomorrow to discuss ways to B-hyve and I will definitely mention this feature request to my team in our meeting.

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    #856
    JO ORLANDO
    Participant

    Add me to this wishlist also (+ more well & lake users). I’m pulling water through 50 feet of pipe and a 6 foot vertical rise to reach my 2 horse power electric pump motor. The motor gets hot and needs a cool down time to extend it’s life before rebuilds. Right now with B-Hyve I can only use the Zone-Test feature for 6 zones. If I ran 90 minutes continuously during the dry months, it would dramatically shorten the motor life. There are TONs of B-Hyve users on lake or shallow well pumps that are separate from our drinking water pumps/supply. P.S. I bought B-Hyve because I really like the quality Orbit solenoid valves.

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    #859
    Justin
    Keymaster

    Thank you so much for your feedback JO ORLANDO. We are always looking for ways that we can improve our products. I will present this to my team and see if we can integrate this into a future update of the app. Thank you for being a B-hyve user!

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    #866
    cldtx
    Participant

    Dear Meranda – Thank you for checking on this. If you happen to have any updates, please let me know. I have multiple watering locations, and I would like to purchase more B-Hyves so I can control them from the same app. If this will not be possible, I may have to go another route. So far the B-Hyve has worked for my needs, and I would prefer to stay with Orbit. I am not sure if it helps to get sales/R&D on board, but I am in a rural area that benefits from wireless control and I have several neighbors (and family members in other areas) that are impressed with the wireless control, but concerned about their pumps. This being said, I can certainly see insertion of a software delay helping to promote sales in certain markets. Thanks in advance, Chris

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    #914
    cldtx
    Participant

    Hello, having not received an update, and my window for returning my controller approaching, I began looking for an alternative. I found that the Hunter HC line of wifi controllers include the delay I am looking for. Unfortunately, it looks like I will need to abandon the Orbit line of controllers, and shift to Hunter.

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    #991
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    Hello CLDTX,

    The request for a delay of stations has been forwarded to the team, but it may take a few months for it to be implemented if it passes. The best way to bypass this may be to use programs. You can have the A program control stations 1-4, B program 5-8, and C program 9-11 or some sort of interaction that way. It won’t be able to delay between every zone, but you can have at least 2 delays in between certain stations. Depending on when you’ve purchased your timer, you may even have a D program that can accomplish this as well.

    You can have any amount of timers on your account and control them by simply swapping between stations.

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    #1214
    nwelch
    Participant

    Hmmm. It looks like I will also have to return the bhyve product in place of the Hunter. I don’t think bhyve realizes how many of us have wells and other needs to delay between stations.

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    #1330
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    We are discussing this feature and working on how we can get that into the app and timer. We appreciate your patience in the matter.

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    #2556
    bluehenn
    Participant

    Add me to the list needing a delay between zones. My well can’t do all of my zone continuously and using all of the programs is not optimal. I would also like to use the Smart watering, but I would need the delay between zone.

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    #2698
    DILLIGAF
    Participant

    I’ve figured out how to do it. I’m using 11 zones: 1-3 each run 6 minutes; 4-6 each run 8 minutes; 7 runs 12 minutes; and 8 & 9 run 15 minutes. I run Program A for zones 1-3 and have it run for 3 minutes (total of 9 minutes). Then I added a second start time 3 minutes after the 9 minutes is up, which gives the well pump time to get caught up and shut off.

    Program B is for zones 4-6. It starts 3 minutes after the Program A, 2nd start is done. The first start for Program B runs each zone for 4 minutes; then there is a 3-minute delay (total of 11 minutes) until the second start begins and the program runs again, followed by a 3-minute delay.

    Program C is for zones 7-9. Zone 7 runs for 4 minutes; zones 8 & 9 run for 5 minutes each, followed by a 3-minute delay (total of 17 minutes). A second start time runs the sequence one more time – another 17 minutes; then a third start time following the 3-minute delay at the end of sequence 2.

    Program D is for zones 10 & 11. It starts 45 minutes before Program A starts and zones 10 & 11 each run for 5 minutes, followed by a 3-minute delay. Then, a second start repeats the sequence, leaving a delay of 22 minutes before Program A starts.

    The longest the well pump runs is 14 minutes at a time, then it gets a 3-minute rest period. It’s a little complicated, but the pump has a recovery period a various points through the entire watering cycle and isn’t running constantly.

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    #3456
    leon
    Participant

    Please let us know here when this feature is available or being developed. I live in CT close to NYC and we have well water. Without the delay the well pump will not keep up with more than 30 min of watering. My leagacy Hunter toner had ability to add a delay between zones. I had 15 min set and this worked great for many years.

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    #3533
    Ryan
    Participant

    you will just have to use multiple programs for now. Either that or decrease the runtimes and space out the start times.

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    #3731
    brentp
    Participant

    Funny, I asked for this feature last January as in my NH house I am forced to use programs vs Smart watering which is what I would like to get to. Maybe now with more voices the design team will realize this is a real life issue that should be addressed to keep the product viable to a wider population.

    See: Smart Watering with a Well

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    #5017
    Doublej5783
    Participant

    Has anything been done to correct this issue yet? I just spent all the time installing, testing, setting this up and was just now looking for the zone delay settings. I figured it had to be there somewhere. My 10 year old controller has this function. Sadly I found this post and will most likely be sending this back. I’d love to keep it if this is fixed though. The setup was great and really excited about the unit until this moment. Being on a well makes this not an option otherwise.
    Any updates?

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