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# 207817 15-Jan-2017 12:30
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Hi folks,


I have an old battery dc watering system that I want to update and automate.


The controller is a Toro DDCWP-6-9v with two zones, using Hunter DC latching solenoids.


I have wifi and z-wave in the house, so I am looking to replace the controller with something that can do Wifi or Z-Wave and can hook into openhab.


I would prefer to not replace the solenoids, but I will if that is the best option.


I can also go AC if required for the controller if that is my best option.


My ideal solution would be a z-wave solar powered controller that will work with my existing DC latching solenoids. :)


Any suggestions?

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  # 1703495 15-Jan-2017 12:52
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I was going to do this but ended up not worrying about it




If you can get a power cable to your solenoids, just get a Fibaro double Z-wave relay, DC power adapter into the Fibaro then that can split out to the two solenoids


I was considering though using a relay with MQTT and just doing it a little bit smarter (i.e. failsafe to switch them off automatically if they've been running for X hours) - in case have an issue with Z-wave controller for example




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  # 1703678 15-Jan-2017 18:58
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I was building an arduino based watering system that never got finished. If you can connect an arduino with wifi module to the taps it would be easy to do. I had it doing a complex watering system, so it would water in small bursts so it gave the water time to soaking instead of running off.

I had a mains powered arduino, realtime clock and motor controller (not wifi) and write a terminal like app that was controlled by the serial port.

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  # 1703717 15-Jan-2017 19:43
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I was going to do all that, then just bought an irrigationcaddy controller off ebay for not much. 24v ac solonoid switching, web page I can set times on and then it started doing them.


Then the garden was taken out. So back to not wasting water for now, but it has support for 8 zones so when I redo outside will probably re-deploy it and move the planters off the current battery powered on tap cheapie onto proper valves too.


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