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Wrong controller for intermittent misting?  RSS feed

 
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I purchased a controller last year to set up an intermittent misting system and just finally got around to setting it up. The controller is a Galcon 8006 - AC 6
I can’t for the life of me figure out how to set it up for intermittent misting. I saw a few other people have the 8056 - AC 6. Did I just purchase the wrong controller or am I missing something?  I’m looking to set up for softwood cuttings and want to get it rolling this week. If I need to I’ll buy another controller but I’d love it if I didn’t have to.
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Brent
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It's easy once you get there.  LOL The getting there is not so easy - it's not intuitive!!!

Here's a video on programming it.  Don't be concerned about the difference in model numbers. It's the same controller.

You'll also need a solenoid valve which is controlled by the timer.

 
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Brent, it looks as though your controller can do exactly what you want.  To get the intermittent misting, you are going to schedule a program.  With your unit, each valve can be controlled independently.  The instructions start on page 11 of this manual http://galconc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/GDB442-instructions.pdf ;

Just remember that you will need to program each valve number separately. 

Probably your best bet would be to set a "window" of irrigation, which you can set for like 10 minutes every hour during specific hours.  This is described starting on the bottom of page 16 of the instruction manual linked to above.
 
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Ok so I did more research and found out that my controller in fact isn’t able to do an irrigation window. Apparently the S series are only able to do that function. I purchased a new 8054 - AC 4s and plan on setting it up tomorrow. I’ll use the other one for irrigating my holding areas and grow out areas. Thanks!

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We have a galcon controller but a battery driven one. My partner had to ring the shop it is damn hard to program! But it is very neat because it is the only battery driven on which can do intermittent misting. How do you set your timer, how often and how long? For general watering we have what is called 'hunter node controller' battery too, significantly easier to setup (not that I did it!)
 
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Angelika Maier wrote:We have a galcon controller but a battery driven one. My partner had to ring the shop it is damn hard to program! But it is very neat because it is the only battery driven on which can do intermittent misting. How do you set your timer, how often and how long? For general watering we have what is called 'hunter node controller' battery too, significantly easier to setup (not that I did it!)



I will be needing it to turn on every minute to two minutes for 10 to 15 seconds throughout the day. I’ll be experimenting with it to see what works best. I have two 6’ x 12’ propagation beds and will be adding at least one more this year. The two existing beds are plummbed together and my water pressure is plenty to run the needed misters for two to three beds. 
One good thing is that my original controller will do all of my general watering. I was hoping buy a new controller to run my holding as well as my grow out beds but wasn’t planning on buying one yet. Of course now I have to buy more valves and set up a new rig, but I’m good with that if it makes my life easier and I have less watering to do. 
 
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What kind of propagation are you doing? I used way less mist, but without soil heating  - 10 to 20 sec per hour. Maybe it would be better to increase that.
 
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