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Melnor

Model 558-219

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4-Zone Watering System

$39.98 /each

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This 4 zone timer is 1 of the most innovative timers available on the market. Program up to four zones to water automatically or switch to manual watering with the twist of a knob. Each independent zone can be easily programmed providing you with total watering control.

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why does the flow of water from ports not stop when I turn the switch to manuel on the melnor timer?

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gifty jr
August 27, 2013
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May 2, 2016
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Where is the source input?
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June 14, 2015
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I have had several of their timers. The problem that I had with mine. Well water had sediment that will clog them up, and that is the end of them.Have about 6 of them now sitting in the shed that will not work. They did replace 2 of them. Now, ,,,,, I have purchased inline filters and wala, stops the gold from messing them up. Now when the water flow slows down, I take the filter off and clean them, I Read More
I have had several of their timers. The problem that I had with mine. Well water had sediment that will clog them up, and that is the end of them.Have about 6 of them now sitting in the shed that will not work. They did replace 2 of them. Now, ,,,,, I have purchased inline filters and wala, stops the gold from messing them up. Now when the water flow slows down, I take the filter off and clean them, I say gold because the sediment clogging up the screen, is yellow and looks like gold dust. It is sand.
So, could be your problem
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chicago, il
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June 24, 2014
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The manual setting is open. Turning to manual will open the valve. If you want to turn it off during a timer session you have to turn the program off.
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Waco, Texas
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June 24, 2014
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Shoddy construction causes the valves to stick.
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Charlotte, NC
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June 10, 2014
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You need to reset it as described in the set up manual.
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New York
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May 20, 2014
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There are two ways to set Manual on the Melnor 4 way automatic timer.
1) On the LCD, you scroll down to the 'Manual' option and turn it from OFF to ON.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program is not scheduled for now.
2) Use the yellow knob to turn from 'Timer' to 'Manual'.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program or the Manual option (1) is not on.
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There are two ways to set Manual on the Melnor 4 way automatic timer.
1) On the LCD, you scroll down to the 'Manual' option and turn it from OFF to ON.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program is not scheduled for now.
2) Use the yellow knob to turn from 'Timer' to 'Manual'.
If you do this, your port will open up even if the Program or the Manual option (1) is not on.
So, the reason you would use Manual is to turn your port ON, not to turn it OFF.
If you want to turn your port OFF when it is actually ON at the moment, you need to use the LCD to turn Program to OFF (turning off the Program for that Port) and also ensure that Manual is also OFF for that Port. Read Less
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May 2, 2014
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My personal experience is the valve does not completely close. I do not know if the electro-magnet is not strong enough (check batteries) or if the plastic valve just sticks after a while. I have talked to Melnor a few times and they act like there is no systemic problem but I could never get all four valves of ANY of my four 4-zone Melnor Watering Systems to work at the same time. There is at least one Read More
My personal experience is the valve does not completely close. I do not know if the electro-magnet is not strong enough (check batteries) or if the plastic valve just sticks after a while. I have talked to Melnor a few times and they act like there is no systemic problem but I could never get all four valves of ANY of my four 4-zone Melnor Watering Systems to work at the same time. There is at least one valve stuck and usually two or three will not close 100%. I now have four paperweights. Call and talk to Melnor. They will send you another one but it will be no better after a few uses, in my experience. Read Less
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Columbia, MD, USA
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April 29, 2014
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When you turn it to manual, that is opening up the port. Turn it back to Timer to turn it off. As long as you haven't set a timer for that port, it won't ever turn on.
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Las Vegas, NV, USA
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April 8, 2014
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Because on the 'Manual' setting it allows for free flowing water. I use the 'Manual' setting when I want to use one port like a regular spigot.
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Calfornia
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January 26, 2014
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On control panel first turn on "Manual" and then turn off for each zone.
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October 8, 2013
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My guess would be that the batteries were installed before plugging the timer into the valve body. Try removing the batteries, plugging the timer into the valve body, and then re-installing the batteries.
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Rochester, NY, USA
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September 19, 2013
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You have to do it using the programming module if you've never used the device before. If you set "MAN" to "on" and then back to "Off," the valves should close.
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Auburn, WA, USA
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September 10, 2013
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When set in manual mode, it just like the spigot off / on switch, so manual means that you will turn the water off/on when you want it to flow thru that port.
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August 27, 2013
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Gifty Jr. The same thing happened to me today. For me at least, there was a slight delay...15 seconds or so before the water stopped.
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what batteries does it take and how long do they last?

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May 2, 2013
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October 7, 2014
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Update: I informed melnor about my problems. They said one set of batteries should last the watering season. They sent me a new timer.
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Kansas City
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October 1, 2014
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I ran 2 valves every 4 hours - lasted about a month. I ran 3 valves 2 every 8 hours, 1 every 12, lasted about a month.
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October 8, 2013
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The unit takes 2 AA batteries. Sorry I can't say how long they last, but the manual seems to say they will last for a season.
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California, USA
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August 25, 2013
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It takes 2 "AA" alkaline batteries. Depending on how often the programs are in use will determine the drainage of the batteries. Probably the best way to determine this is to look at the battery check system on the screen of the timer. You can do this by waking the timer by pushing any button or looking at it when it is in use. If the battery is good it says OK on the screen. When the battery is low, it Read More
It takes 2 "AA" alkaline batteries. Depending on how often the programs are in use will determine the drainage of the batteries. Probably the best way to determine this is to look at the battery check system on the screen of the timer. You can do this by waking the timer by pushing any button or looking at it when it is in use. If the battery is good it says OK on the screen. When the battery is low, it says Low. After awhile you will get a feel for how often they might need to be changed. Also the timer has a memory in case of a battery failure. It will retain the existing programs. You will just need to reset the current time when you put in a fresh battery. Read Less
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July 24, 2013
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2 AA's. Have it installed and running for 3 weeks now.
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July 18, 2013
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Two double A Batteries. Mine have lasted for 3 weeks. Some reports I've read..say that the batteries are lasting up to a year. Hope this helps.
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Brevard, FL, USA
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July 16, 2013
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it takes two AA battery's
my melnor 3100 has lasted 6months with the same battery's now
and it is set to every day every 12 hours for 30 min
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Plano, TX
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June 27, 2013
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The Melnor 4-Zone Digital Water Timer uses two alkaline AA batteries. I have had the product in use for almost four weeks and have not had to replace the batteries. I would expect the battery drain to be greatest when the valves are open, so the batteries would drain faster if all four valves are set to open multiple times per day. I am currently running all four valves one time per day for 15 minutes Read More
The Melnor 4-Zone Digital Water Timer uses two alkaline AA batteries. I have had the product in use for almost four weeks and have not had to replace the batteries. I would expect the battery drain to be greatest when the valves are open, so the batteries would drain faster if all four valves are set to open multiple times per day. I am currently running all four valves one time per day for 15 minutes each. Read Less
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Vallejo, CA, USA
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June 20, 2013
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It comes with a lithium battery that is to be replaced annually.
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ks
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June 4, 2013
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double a, other reviews have mentioned poor battery life but have not had any problems the 2 weeks ive had it
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May 28, 2013
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Requires AA batteries. I have heard they will last a whole season, but have only personally had it 2 weeks. Probably depends a lot on how often the valves are opening and closing.
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May 7, 2013
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It takes 2 AA batteries and based on the perceived consumption, they will last the whole growing season.
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Kalamazoo, MI, USA
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May 2, 2013
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The unit takes (4) AA batteries. They lasted the entire season for me last year, but I didn't get it until June. It probably depends on how often it needs to turn on/off the valves, but the batteries do not seem to need to be replaced very often.
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can you water each zone at different times

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July 8, 2015
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In my experience, no. Valves don't shut off as they are suppose to.
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May 21, 2015
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YES!!!! Each zone has a completely independent program and schedule.
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Stamford, CT
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May 5, 2015
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Each zone can be setup independently for times and watering rates. For example, zone 1 can be setup to come on daily at 7am and water for 30 minutes. Zone 2 can be setup to be every other day, at 8am for 1 hour and so on.
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LA California
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April 21, 2015
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No problem, if the thing ever worked properly, stay away from this junk.
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Lakewood, WA
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April 18, 2015
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Yes, a real time saver. Since I only need three zones, I set three and leave one on manual.
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October 5, 2014
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Each zone is independently programmable, but each zone is at its own interval (i.e., every 12 hours, every 6 hours, every 2 days, etc.). Each zone can do that separately. However, one zone cannot be programmed to do 9am, 2pm and then 7pm - that is not a regular interval.
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Sunrise Beach, MO
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October 1, 2014
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Yes, each of 4 zones is independently programmable. There is a rain delay feature that affects all 4 zones. Everything else is independent.
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October 1, 2014
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It is better that way, full water pressure.
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yes
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Edison, NJ
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September 5, 2014
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Yes, that is the best part. We don't have enough water pressure to run four sprinklers at the same time so we set it up to start and finish at four different times.
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September 5, 2014
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Yes the 3280 can be programmed so that each zone comes on at different times . Each zone can also be programmed for different "Water Every " cycles - one zone can come on daily, one up to 6 times daily, another weekly and the fourth ever other day.
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September 4, 2014
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Yes each zone is separate and need to be set separately.
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Has anyone noticed their sprinkler spray diminishing severely when the zones turn on when using this timer?

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Wi
August 22, 2013
We have a newly seeded backyard that requires regular watering to start the new seed. Each zone on the timer hardly sprays, but when hooked up independent of the timer works just fine. Anyone else notice this issue or have this issue and discover a potential solution? We don't have a crazy setup. For example one zone is two impact sprinklers on a total of 75 feet of hose. Another is an oscillating sprinkler on 25 feet of hose.
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May 28, 2016
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Yes, I had significantly diminished pressure when I set mine up as well. The problem was actually two fold.
1. The valves had shifted while shipping and must have been in a partially open/closed position. I reset the valves by removing the batteries for 30 seconds, then replacing them. My problem was improved, but not resolved with this. I have very high pressure at my home, and my sprinklers were Read More
Yes, I had significantly diminished pressure when I set mine up as well. The problem was actually two fold.
1. The valves had shifted while shipping and must have been in a partially open/closed position. I reset the valves by removing the batteries for 30 seconds, then replacing them. My problem was improved, but not resolved with this. I have very high pressure at my home, and my sprinklers were still running at about 2/3 of normal.
2. Remove the filter screen from the grommet in the female adapter that attaches to your water spigot. Replace the grommet before you reattach the device to your spigot.
Between these two, I have nearly full pressure back. Key word is nearly as the unit certainly restricts some level of flow. Read Less
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August 21, 2014
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The problem you are having is due to the water pressure at your home. Divide the load and put on a different outlet. Then set the outlets to come on at different times. Also if you are governed to water at a specific day and time, everyone is trying to water at the same time. This cuts the water pressure to the whole neighborhood. Mine works great!
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chicago, il
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June 24, 2014
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You should expect that the spray will diminish if several valves open at once. The balve size appears to be 1/2 to 5/8 inch so would be like a normal 4 way valve with all valves open.
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Charlotte, NC
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June 10, 2014
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If you have anything else running and then the timer turns on something additional you might see a drop in pressure and/or volume. This would happen if you had multiple sprinklers hooked up anyway.
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Southwest Georgia
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May 27, 2014
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Check your strainer on the inlet of the timer. I had a similar situation when I set it up and found it stopped up. Also, what size supply line do you have, and are you trying to run multiple zones at once? I piped mine with 3/4" PVC to the timer and have good pressure. There shouldn't be much restriction in the timer.
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May 20, 2014
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I make sure I only use one zone at time and program them so that they stagger. I have not noticed a decline in a single zone being on versus without the unit attached at all. I was having problems with 2 sprinklers on at once before I installed the Melnor unit, so your water flow rate may be better than mine off the bat.
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October 8, 2013
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Two things to check on here. First is that you make sure that you have the timer unit plugged into the valve body before the batteries are installed. The valving doesn't seem to work properly if you install the batteries before you plug the timer into the valve body. Second is to make sure that all zones are not running at the same time. I don't know how many zones you are trying to run or if you are Read More
Two things to check on here. First is that you make sure that you have the timer unit plugged into the valve body before the batteries are installed. The valving doesn't seem to work properly if you install the batteries before you plug the timer into the valve body. Second is to make sure that all zones are not running at the same time. I don't know how many zones you are trying to run or if you are turning them on at the same time or not, but I have found the best success when I set each zone to run by itself, then set the next zone to run after the first zone has shut off, etc. Read Less
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September 19, 2013
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The water pipe coming to your house is probably only 3/4"...maybe 1". If you have all 4 zones running at the same time, there's no way that pipe can supply all 4 zones at full pressure and volume. Run the zones at different times and it should work fine.
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August 25, 2013
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No I haven't noticed that happening. This may be the problem. I, like you used this to start a Bermuda lawn from seed. I have the 4 hose unit. If want to start at let's say 11:00 AM and water 4 zones. Each zone would be watered for 10 minutes. Zone one I would start at 11:00 AM, and would input 10 minutes for the length of time. I'd start Zone two at 11:11 and would water for 10 minutes
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No I haven't noticed that happening. This may be the problem. I, like you used this to start a Bermuda lawn from seed. I have the 4 hose unit. If want to start at let's say 11:00 AM and water 4 zones. Each zone would be watered for 10 minutes. Zone one I would start at 11:00 AM, and would input 10 minutes for the length of time. I'd start Zone two at 11:11 and would water for 10 minutes in this zone. I'd start Zone 3 at 11:22, and again water for 10 minutes. I'd start zone 4 at 11:33, for 10 minutes...and watering would be over at 11:43. Be sure you're not turning on multiple zones at the same time. Water flow through two hoses at once would diminish the out put in both considerably. Hope this helps..
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August 25, 2013
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We noticed that there is a screen on the water inlet to the stations. We get quite a bit of sand in our pipes that catch and then reduces the pressure to the stations. Try checking the screen to make sure it is not obstructed. If you see any debris, clean the screen.
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August 23, 2013
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As a follow up- Turns out when I remove the mesh washer and replace with a standard one the water pressure improves to regular levels. So for now that fixes the issue. Now if I could get the program to work on all channels. Right now zone 1 works fine, but zone 2-4 won't turn on at the scheduled time. They are all programmed correctly, the time is set correctly on the unit, fresh batteries, and the Read More
As a follow up- Turns out when I remove the mesh washer and replace with a standard one the water pressure improves to regular levels. So for now that fixes the issue. Now if I could get the program to work on all channels. Right now zone 1 works fine, but zone 2-4 won't turn on at the scheduled time. They are all programmed correctly, the time is set correctly on the unit, fresh batteries, and the program mode is set to on with each individual channel. Read Less
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August 22, 2013
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We've got our timer set for four zones of soaker hoses so really can't help you with the sprinkler question but can't think of why they wouldn't function normally. The timer just seems to work like an automatic shut-off valve. Would be very interested to hear how your problem works out...
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Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 388 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Valves do not turn off = Water never shuts off. 2nd timer down with same problem. Valves do not turn off. First timer had 2/4 of the valves that would not fully close when in the "off" position. Second timer had ALL 4/4 of the valves that would never turn off. This means that the water was constantly on when it should be off. Just the same as leaving the hose running 24/7. What is the function of the timer then? Could have led to a very high water bill had I not tried the units first. Very disappointed is an understatement. I had built an entire outdoor plumbing system built specifically for this exact unit. Now I have to search for a better manufacturer with a similar product, I suggest you do the same. August 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Valves Stuck I have had the same problem with the valves not opening. It's easy to program but doesn't work at all. It looks good but it is worthless. August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Awesome timer! This timer is amazing. It works like a charm. It is very easy to install and program. I was surprised to see that some reviews indicated problems. I did not have any problems at all and I use 3 different timers (16 zones). August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 4 Zone sprinkler timer I like this product overall. I most like the manual knobs. One thing I don't like about timer is you cant set for a specific day. It does not have a weekly layout just only how often do you want to water. So if you say every other day then the day you set you would have to write it down and keep track because each week will be a different day. If this timer was like most and had M-F you could select what day and know for sure what days your watering. If you find that water comes out of zone while turned on during installation like it did me just pull battery out of unit for about a minute. This will reset system and now it will work properly. June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent product features I am a big fan of Melnor. I have the 2 and 4 station model. Amazing product, user friendly. I can go on vacation without being worried about my plants . My garden was never the same. I have recommended it to my friends and sure they were all happy with it. I just had a minor issue with one of the stations and got immediate action to my concern. August 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by valve 4 doesn't close Set everything up to find out that valve 4 is stuck in the on position. Will be returning August 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Great till it dies Thought I like the system, but after one year just went dead. June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by We have used our Melnor 4 zone for a year and a half and bought a second one for 4 different zones for 2016. I love these and they work great. I broke the older one and contacted 'customer service' and they replaced it with a new one with in one week. Boy was I surprised and thrilled. Would recommend these to everyone. Sorry to the people having trouble, have you contacted customer service? June 17, 2016
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