Home Community B-Hyve APP Forum How does "Rain Delay" work?

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  • #1011
    DavidRi
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    Hi–

    New owner here of the 12-Station system.

    I’m finding the “Rain Delay” concept a little confusing. I have 2 “custom programs,” but have indicated “Smart Watering” at the Device level. (I have not done this with any individual stations– again, slightly confusing.)

    Anyway, I now see a “Rain Delay” icon on the app home screen– not surprising, since the next scheduled Program A watering is tomorrow and it’s supposed to rain.

    But I don’t know what this is telling me. Will tomorrow be skipped automatically, or do I have to do something? When I click the icon, I see several options– “24 / 48 / 3+ days.” Do I select one, or has the app already made a decision based on the forecast?

    Then do I need to do it again for “Program B?” or again is it automatic?

    Finally, what, exactly, doe it mean to “delay 48 hours?” At that point, there’s another watering scheduled– does it just skip one? or is the whole schedule pushed forward into the future?

    I’m sure this is all obvious to people who’ve been doing this for a while, but for a newcomer it’s not intuitive.

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    #1024
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    Hello Davidri!

    Rain Delay is actually a cancellation of the watering. It will prevent the timer from running any station during the delayed period. The automatic rain delay will always set the delay for 24 hours, but it will check again the next day and create the rain delay again if it is necessary. The delay will be for every program in the timer, not just a single one. They are automatically programmed, so you won’t need to do anything about them.

    If you end up not wanting them to be automatic, this can be turned off by going to Settings > Devices > Your Device and turn smart watering off.

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    #1440
    Essentia
    Participant

    I’m also a new owner of a B-Hyve Smart irrigation controller and have questions about the rain delay function. If Smart Watering is turned on in Settings > Devices > Device Detail but is not enabled in Zone Details, will the controller cause a rain delay in my manually created programs? I don’t want to use Smart Watering but I do want rain delays in my manual programs.

    Also, my firmware is at DEBUG-0100 and I have not option to update firmware in Settings > Device Detail. Will my controller firmware be updated in the future, and will I get my Update Firmware button back?

    I have the “ABCD” model.

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    #1464
    einstein
    Participant

    I am also curious about whether rain delay’s are enforced for my scheduled programs (I believe I’m asking about auto mode, as opposed to manual mode, and smart mode).

    I agree, some clarity on what the difference is between turning smart mode on in settings (but not at the individual Zone level), vs. doing so at the Zone level (I think I know what this does).

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    #1594
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    @essentia if you leave the smart watering option turned on in the device detail page, then the automatic rain delays will continue. As far as the firmware goes, these are updated automatically on all timers that are not the Bluetooth only model. I can force an update to the timer, I will just need the MAC ID.


    @einstein
    the smart watering in the device details page is for the entire unit, as well as the automatic rain delays. If you turn this off, it will turn off the smart watering for all of the zones as well. The smart watering option in the zones page is for that particular zone only.

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    #1762
    Essentia
    Participant

    Stephan, Thanks for the reply. Yes, I’d like to do a forced firmware update. Can I get an email to send my MAC address to. I don’t want post it publicly.

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    #1803
    Ryan
    Participant

    hello essentia, our email is [email protected]

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    #3403
    mroe11517
    Participant

    I have a rain sensor switch wired in the system, it would be nice to be able to disable the weather rain prediction part without disabling smart watering

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    #3522
    Ryan
    Participant

    I’ll send that suggestion up

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    #77538
    Philippe Gadeyne
    Participant

    Can you change the rain delay

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    #77856
    Stephen
    Keymaster

    The automatic rain delay will only set a 24 hour delay, but you can set a manual delay anywhere from 24 hours to 32 days.

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    #77984
    sdtoddl
    Participant

    I am still a little confused. I don’t want to use the smart watering feature of having it water multiple times a day but I still want to use the rain delay. In my area, we have time of day and days of the week watering restrictions. This is why I can’t use the smart watering. Is there any way to do this?

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    #77987
    garyprud
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    I also have watering restrictions two days per week, and time of day watering is allowed. I use the automatic rain delay sent by the app, but can cancel it if local rain chance changes. I don’t use Smart Watering, but have my programs and zones set to water twice on allowed days for determined amount of time. Its easy!

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    #77988
    sdtoddl
    Participant

    I still don’t see it. I even logged into the web page to control my unit instead of the app. I don’t see any settings that give you the choice of not having it water when it is going to rain but not use “Smart Watering” It appears that you have to turn on “Smart Watering” to be able to not have it water during the rain.
    Here is a description of “Smart Watering” on Orbit’s web page.
    https://help.orbitbhyve.com/smart-watering-explained/

    “Smart Watering also includes Water Sense, which uses weather forecasting and actual rainfall to predict when to water. For example, as long as your B-hyve timer is properly connected to the internet and the forecast for your timer’s location is at a certain percentage toward rain, your timer will automatically receive a Rain Delay and delay any Smart Watering Programs from running during the specified Rain Delay.

    *Note: Custom Programs will run when scheduled, they are not affected by Smart Watering Rain Delays.”

    It is also unclear what a custom program is versus a regular program.

    It appears that I want “Water Sense” but I don’t want “Smart Watering”.

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    #77990
    sdtoddl
    Participant

    I want to further add that I realize that you can put on water restrictions with smart water but for various other reasons I don’t want to use the smart watering features such as watering multiple times a day. For example, in one location the water restrictions are so strict I need to have my zones on the complete time or my plants don’t get enough water. Therefore, to get to 100%, it would basically make smart watering useless because it would act like a normal sprinkler controller.

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