The Q&A Archives: Installing a Sprinkler Timer

Question: How do I install a timer for sprinklers?

Answer: There are a variety of timers available for your system, so depending upon which you have (or will have), installation might be a little different. But, here are some general guidelines:
You will need one with a "station" for each of your valves. You might even purchase one with extra stations in case you add to your system at a later date. Locate your timer in a place that's easy to get to, like the garage or basement, near a 110 volt outlet. To wire a timer use coated irrigation wire which is rated for underground burial. Buy irrigation wire with one more strand than the number of valves you will be wiring (for example; if you have 4 valves, buy 5-strand wire, one strand per valve and one "common wire"). Get enough wire to reach from the timer location to the farthest valve, then add a few feed just to be on the safe side. The connections at the valves should be made with water tight connectors (gelcaps). Get two for each valve.

Hope this information helps!

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