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    Default Pump Start Relay (I think)

    Ok guys I need some help newbie to all of this

    here is the setup trying to help my pop out

    3/4 horse lake pump plugged into outlet 10 feet from shoreline 115 line run from outside outlet to a 30 amp circuit which is on the main electrical panel for house

    Coming directly off the pump has a 4 valve spicket like this http://www.berryhilldrip.com/images/62032FauPic.jpg in which 3/4 inch polyethylene tubing is connected. He primarily only uses 2 of the four lines. First line has the "stake in ground sprinklers" coming off the tubing for watering the lawn covers the lawn great...

    2nd line is for watering a garden bed

    The most efficent way @ the moment is he walks down into the basement to turn on the circuit which turns on the pump (not very pratical)

    Question for this post so I can better understand the fundemntals

    Is their such thing as pump start relay with a timer built in timer? This way its simply turns on the pump and only 1 valve is open (single zone) which waters the lawn based on a schedule. In my limitied reading it sounds like most pump start relays are connected to a irrigation controller. However its sounds like a controller is neccessary when you have multiple zones (valves)? If we wanted to keep this really basic as to simply control 1 zone....Does such a pump start relay exist.

    Any other suggestions are welcome

    thanks in advance

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    I haven't heard of a pump start relay that acts as a single station irrigation timer. You can get a single station timer though. I would just get a regular 4 station controller along with a pump star relay.


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