Programming the 100 X-Core Timer

Hi, I’m Bill Whelchel of Whelchel and Gleason Landscaping Company, and today I want to talk about one of the timers that we most commonly use here in our landscaping business – it’s a 100 X-Core. It’s a good timer. It is pretty easy to program so I’m just gonna kind of just go through some basic steps today that might help you if you get into a jam with setting your timer. The best way to think about the timer is really just a series of questions, and there’s basically four basic steps that you’re gonna go through, and you’re just gonna answer all of the questions in that particular step.

To start off setting your timer, you want to go to the first set of questions which is the current day and time. So the timer wants you to set the current day and time. With this timer, you can only change what’s blinking. Right now, it wants to know what to do with the year. To change the year, you just push the positive or negative buttons up or down – that changes to 2013 right now. If you wanna go to 2012, you go down; 2013, 14 you go up. It’s 2013, so we’ve done that; we’ve answered that question.

To get to the next question, you push the right arrow, and it has a little hand on it, and we’re going to go to the next question. And remember, you can only change what’s blinking. So right now, it wants to know what to do with the month – the month is blinking – it’s the seventh month; we know that’s fine, but again if you had to change it, you just use the positive or negative to go up or down.

Okay the next question: it wants to know what to do with the day. Right now you can barely see it, but the “pm” is blinking up there, and a lot of times that confuses people, but the “pm” is blinking, and again, that’s all you’re able to change right now is the “am” or “pm”. It’s “pm”; we’re going go to the next question: hour… minutes… and now we’re back to the year, so we’ve answered all the questions in that first set of questions, if you will.

All right so the next set is your start time, and right now – see this is on Program C, and that’s another big mistake sometimes that people make is they get off on their program – this timer reads A, B and C programming. To keep it simple I really like to keep everything on Program A. And so if you get into this first step where you’re doing the start times and see a B or a C, push this Program button and get to A.

Alright, we’ll talk about how to do A, B and C programming, but not today. Today I want to show you how to do the basic set-up – make sure you’re in Program A; that’s important.

Alright and what I want to do is get to the start time. I wanna get to the first start time also. So, now we know we’re in Program A. This number one over here means the first start time. Now, you only have to have one start time because, even if you have multiple zones, or valves, if you will – if you have three valves out there: let’s say you have two for the lawn and one for the drip – you only need one start time because the timer will automatically… if we set this to start, you’re first start time at eight o’clock that’s gonna do from 8 to 8:15 on Zone 1, and it will automatically go to Zone 2 and Zone 3. So they’ll run back to back consecutively, so you only have to have one start time.

The only reason for multiple start times is if you want to water in the morning and then again in the evening. So we’re just gonna set up one start time, and again we’ll want to change what’s blinking, so we know we have our first start time, and this is set to start at 1 pm. Right now, were in July, so it’s a better idea if you start early in the morning. I’m just gonna push the negative button down, so that changed it to “am”, and let’s just set this to water at 5am – it’s nice and cool out, and that’ll be before anybody takes a shower or anything like that, where we’re not disrupting anything in the household to water the landscaping.

So, our first start time is set to water at 5am, and that all the zones will water, back-to-back, starting at 5, okay?

So the next question – this is the second watering time – and again, the only reason I would do that is if, for whatever reason (I had a new lawn or something like that), and I wanted to water again in the evening; but, aside from that, let’s just have one start time for all of the zones.

So we don’t have a second watering start time or a third or a fourth, so, you can water up to four times a day with this timer.

So we’ve set our start time to water at 5am, okay?

The next set of questions are the run times. And these are for your individual valves, and right now, on this particular timer, we are only using two of the four actual stations that are available. And if you ever have a question about how many valves or stations that you have available on your timer, you can open up this lower section, and you can see these numbers right here – one, two, three and four – that tells me that this is a four station timer, and we’re only using the first two zones, so there’s only two being occupied here.

While we’re in here, we should look at this right here – this is your battery – and when your timer is new, there will be a little strip of plastic in here that you would pull out. This has a lithium backup battery in it, and annually you should take that little screw out and change that battery, and again, this is real simple to do; you just slide this down and slide it back up.

Alright, so on our run times, these are the actual amount of minutes that you want each zone or valve to water for. Right now, this Zone 1 or Valve 1 has a run time of one hour. So if I wanted to change that and only water for a half hour, you just push the negative button and get to 30 minutes. Okay, now I’m going to go ahead and leave this timer set the way it is because the client is watering Zone 1 for an hour, and I’m going to go ahead and leave it that way. So Zone 1 on this is a drip system, obviously, and they have it set to run for an hour. If you have a lawn zone, typically in the way that we set up our lawn zones with a typical pop-up type sprinkler head, you would want to water those for about 10-15 minutes, would be normal. But on a drip zone, having to water for an hour is not uncommon. So Zone 1 is going to water for an hour. To get to Zone 2, again in your run times – run times means valves – so you’ll get to your second valve (he has a second zone to run also for an hour). And if you had a third zone, you would get to your third zone, fourth zone and so on – keeping in mind this has an A there so we know that we’re in program A, which is where we want to be.

So again, you can only change what’s blinking; it’s telling me right now in program A, I have a total amount of minutes of 2 hours that are being occupied. So Zone 1 is an hour, Zone 2 is an hour; if you want to change that, more or less time, you just use the button. Alright, we’ve answered all the questions there.

The next one is your water days, and again, we’re in program A. This right here has the calendar down below, Monday through Sunday. And the days that aren’t being watered (if we can zoom in), actually have a little circle with the slash line through it, and that means that it’s not going to water on that day. But when you go to water days, it’s automatically going to pull that calendar up for you, and then it’s as simple as right now, Monday is blinking, and you just say, “No, I don’t want to water on Monday”. It goes automatically right to Tuesday, and now it wants know what to do with Tuesday. And I’m going to go ahead and leave this client’s timer the way it is. So on Tuesday, I’m going to say “yes”, Wednesday, “no”, Thursday, “yes”, Friday, “no”, Saturday, “yes”, and Sunday, “no”. Once I’ve answered it all, it just goes right back to Monday. And now you’ve answered all those questions in there – what to do with the watering days.

The Seasonal Adjust: leave it at 100%. If you are good with programming things like this, you can get in and adjust that Seasonal Adjust. And that basically says: (I’m doing) the timer’s going to do 100% of what I told it to do today. If you change that to 50%, it would only do 50% of what’s programmed, but you’d have to read and get a little more involved, and I really don’t like to get into that – I like the timer to do what I told it to do. So we’ll leave it at 100%, okay? So now we’ve answered all those questions. We’re going to go back up to “Run”, and you’re good. We’ve set this timer; it’s set to run. We know we have the current day and time, we have our start time at 5am, our zones are set to water for one hour each, and we have our water days chosen (the days that we want to water), and then we go back to “Run”.

Two more things that I want to talk about real quick: the “System Off”. Now you want to turn the “System Off” if we have inclement weather – it’s freezing or raining or something like that – and you don’t need to water; you just simply come out, turn the system off, and go about your business. Just don’t forget to come out and turn it back to “Run”, once we start getting the warm days again.

This “Manual-One Station” is how you use this timer to manually water your stations, if you needed to go out and check something. You come out here and simply go to “Manual” and click it back to “Run” real quick. The little sprinkler head indication down here tells me that Zone 1 is running right now. And if you wanted to, you could just come out – a lot of people do that in the winter time; they just leave it “Off”, and on a warm day, they’ll come out, turn it to “Manual”, back to “Run”, you can go about your business, because Zone 1 will go through, then all the zones will run consecutively again, and then it will just turn itself back off. Okay?

So right now Zone 1 is running. If I wanted to check other zones – like I was having problems with Zone 2 – right now, all I’ve got to do is just push that arrow; it goes right to Zone 2. Now Zone 2 is watering. If I push it again, it’s going to go to Zone 3 – there’s no time on there; the timer knows that – it shuts itself off. So now you’re back to “Run”.

That’s basically it. I hope this helps, and good luck, and remember: if you can imagine it, we can create it. Thank you!