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Saturday, May 8th 2010, 7:19am

Rain-Clik Rain Sensor

I am not a professional installer but I thought I could install a simple Sensor. I opened my sprinkler box and located the common but became confused as to what to do with the other wire. I have four zones connected and the pumps are underground. Do I need to dig up pumps in order to connect sensor?


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Location: Metro NYC


Saturday, May 8th 2010, 9:58am

Did you read the owner's manual? Quite simple, actually.


If all else fails, disconnect the common wire from the controller, and connect one of the rain-detector wires to the common wire. Connect the other rain-detector wire to the controller's common terminal.


Active Member


Saturday, May 15th 2010, 8:54pm

Rain sensors are nice, but they do not work to help the customer most times....


Supreme Member


Wednesday, May 19th 2010, 11:24am

The valves work by having power applied between the terminal for the valve and the common. Most rain sensors work by simply breaking the connection in the common when they are wet. So the way to wire the typical sensor is to remove the common wire from the common terminal on the controller, connecting the common wire to the sensor, and running another wire from the common terminal to the other terminal on the sensor.

Once installed, the controller will still try to apply power to the valves at their scheduled time, but if the sensor is wet, it will keep the connon to common broken and the valve will fail to open.

Now there are some smart controllers out there where rather than inserting the sensor inline with the common, there is a dedicated sensor terminal on the controller. I beleive that for this type of controller, you connect the sensor across the sensor terminal and common WITHOUT removing the common wire from the common terminal. The sensor still works by opening/closing an electrical connection, but these smart controllers utilize the senser terminal to effectively ask the sensor if it is wet before it bothers to attempt to send power to the valves.

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