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macminn

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Thursday, May 17th 2007, 7:27pm

Replace Controller

We have an old controller, Rainbird C-71, I believe, totally mechanical, that I'd like to replace. We finished our lowere level where the controller was, so had to disconnect it, and now makes sense to move it out to the garage. Thanks to the information here, I think I'll go with the Hunter Pro C controller.
I have 7 zones, so I ran thermostat wire (I'm cheap), didn't have to go outside with it, into the garage. Since thermo wire is 5-strand, I ran 2 lengths of it. I didn't install the original system, but would like to do this.
Is this a pretty simple job? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

jmduke7

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Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida

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Friday, May 18th 2007, 3:30am

It is a simple job, but I would not recommend the Hunter Pro-c over the controller you presently have. You listed the model number as a C-71, but I am thinking you meant RC-7BI or maybe a RC-7C. If that was the case I would keep your old controller instead of switching to a newer one. The only advantage to a newer controller would be more features. The controller you presently own is completely repairable and very user friendly.
Josh
Irrigation /Landscape Lighting / Pump and Well Specialist

macminn

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Friday, May 18th 2007, 4:24am

Yes, It's a RC-7B1. My wife wants more bells and whistles. We have watering restrictions she wants to program. I figure it's worth the $100 to keep the misses happy :)



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<br />It is a simple job, but I would not recommend the Hunter Pro-c over the controller you presently have. You listed the model number as a C-71, but I am thinking you meant RC-7BI or maybe a RC-7C. If that was the case I would keep your old controller instead of switching to a newer one. The only advantage to a newer controller would be more features. The controller you presently own is completely repairable and very user friendly.
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jmduke7

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Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida

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Friday, May 18th 2007, 4:30am

Ok, well with watering restrictions you will need a different controller that the one you presently have (as you already know). I would recommend the Rain-Bird ESP-4M modular controller with an expansion module. In my area, it has proven more reliable than the Hunter Pro-C. But, bottom line is to go with what is in your budget with the features you want, and above all, KEEP THE MRS' HAPPY! LOL!
Josh
Irrigation /Landscape Lighting / Pump and Well Specialist

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Thursday, September 6th 2007, 4:14am

I have an RC-7Bi that will not advance to the next station automatically. At the advise of R B I have replaced the rapid advance motor and the timing motor with no success. Can anyone help me please?

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