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Rain Bird PC-206-PS Installation guide
Dual Program
Sprinkler Timer
Owners Manual / Operating Guide / Installation Guide
For Model Numbers:
PC-204
PC-206
4 Station
6 Station
PC-204-PS
PC-206-PS
4 Station with Pump Start
6 Station with Pump Start
Rain Bird National Sales Corporation
Customer Support Center
6991 E. Southpoint Rd., Bldg. #1
Tucson, AZ 85706
1-800-RAIN-BIRD
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Introduction
Congratulations! Your new dual program Rain Bird sprinkler system timer makes
automated watering a reality for you. The state-of-the-art features will enable you to
precisely program how you want your sprinkler system to operate.
The Rain Bird PC-200 series timer allows you to match your landscapes watering
needs in four ways:
Dual programs
You may require different frequencies of watering in different parts of your yard. For
example, your lawn may require watering three times per week but your garden may
only need water twice per week. This water-conserving feature is called "Dual Programs" and it allows you to assign any station to either the “A” program or the “C” program or both programs. Each program can have its own watering day schedule, its
own daily start times, and each station can have different run times on each program.
Flexible watering days
In this era of water restrictions, you may have to water every other day and other times
you may have to water only on certain days. Fortunately, Rain Bird PC-200 series
timers have a built-in program called “Flexible Watering Days” which allows you to
switch from cycling (i.e. every third day) to day of the week watering (i.e. Mon-WedFri). The “A” and “C” programs can have different watering cycles or watering days.
Watering run time per station
Since different types of landscapes -lawns, shrubs, flowers, ground cover, etc.- require different amounts of water, Rain Bird timers are designed to allow each station to
water its own length of time, from 0 minutes to 99 minutes in one minute increments. A
“station” is made up of one valve plus the sprinklers that the valve operates. If you
want to assign a station to run on both the “A” program and on the “C” program, you
can assign different amounts of run time for the same station.
Daily start times per program
The PC-200 timer can start watering the "A" or "C" programs once, twice or three
times per day, at any hour you select. The "A" start times can be different from the "C"
start times. For example, the "A" program could start once per day at 8:00 am and the
"C" program three times a day at 7:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. The timer keeps
track of the particular start times for each day.
Special features
§ Solid state design for digital accuracy,
§ A 9-Volt battery (not included) holds programs for up to 24 hours and remembers
time during a power outage,
§ A built-in emergency program of 10 minutes per day, every day for each station automatically starts if the power is out and the battery is dead,
§ A System Off button to shutdown the system in the event of rain.
Important: The PC-204 and PC-206 are designed for use with standard 24 volt AC
electric valves regardless of brand. However, some older brass valves and commercial
duty valves have power requirements higher than this timers capability (1/2 amp for
PC-204 and PC-206 and 3/4 amp for PC-204-PS and PC-206-PS) and should not be
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KEYPAD FUNCTIONS
Use to set the
days to water
Press to set
the current time
and to select program A or C
Press to set
the watering
duration for each
station
Use to set the
daily start times
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
STATION
TIMING
MANUAL
START &
ADVANCE
SYSTEM
OFF
/AUTO
Press to operate
system manually
A
PGM /C
Press to adjust
time up, days to
on, and change
program A to C
Press to adjust
time down and
days to off
Press to put timer in
rain shutdown mode
If you're already familiar with this Rain Bird timer, here's a quick guide to what each
key does when programming the PC-200 series. For step by step explanations, turn to
the following pages. Note: use the ARROW keys to adjust any of the following func-
Quick Programming Guide
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
£
£
£
£
Press once to set current day
Press again to set hours
Press again to set minutes
Press again to select program
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
£
£
£
£
£
Sets current time and program
Sets the day watering schedule
Press once to set Sunday
Press again to set Monday
Press again to set Tuesday
And repeat this for other days
To water on a variable day cycle (like
every 3rd day), press the down arrow
and hold.
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
Sets up to three start times per
£ Press once to set 1st start time
£ Press again to set 2nd start time
£ Press again to set 3rd start time
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STATION
TIMING
Sets run time per station from 1 to 99 minutes
£
£
£
£
Press once to set station 1
Press again to set station 2
Repeat for other stations
To remove a station from watering on a
program, set time to "00"
MANUAL
START &
ADVANCE
Allows watering cycle or station to be manually started
£ Press once to set station 1
£ Press again to advance
SYSTEM
OFF
/AUTO
Cancels any in-process operation and turns system off during rain
(Last digit flashes)
Mounting Instructions
Location
Select an indoor location within six feet of
a grounded electrical outlet.
FIGURE 1
CAUTION! This is not an outdoor timer.
Do not mount it where it is exposed to water, moisture or direct sunlight, as
failure may occur.
Lift
Tip! To avoid power fluctuations, do not
put the timer on a circuit controlled by a
switch, or on a circuit supplying high
power equipment.
Cover Removal
Remove the front cover by depressing the
bottom tab and lifting as shown in
figure 1.
Press Here
Mounting
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Mount the timer to a wall using two #10 screws installed at centers 3 /16" apart at eye
level. Use plastic anchors to secure screws if the wall is plastic or masonry. Leave the
screw heads extended ¼" and hang the Rain Clock using the keyhole slots on the
back. Install a third screw through the mounting hole (located below the battery area)
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Wiring Instructions
Running the sprinkler wire (wire not included)
For runs of less than 800 feet long, use 18-gauge plastic jacketed "thermostat" or
"direct burial" control wire, installed alongside your piping runs. Thermostat wire uses
a PVC jacket and is suitable for most indoor and underground installations. Direct
burial wire is similar to thermostat wire, except the jacket is made of a UV resistant
material, and it is suitable for any indoor or outdoor installation, including sunlight exposure.
Note: Some areas require by code, the use of UL approved cable. Most "direct burial"
wires have this approval. Most thermostat wires do not.
Your dealer can provide this wire in 2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8-wire color-coded strands. The
number of valves plus one extra wire for the common wire determines the number of
strands. For example, in a three valve installation, a four strand wire is needed.
Tip! Some thermostat wire referred to as "sprinkler wire" may be smaller than the 18gauge wire we recommend. This wire will not have a UL listing, nor the capacity to run
long distances. In addition, it is more likely to weaken. Be aware of its shortcomings if
this is your choice.
All outdoor wiring connections must be sealed with a water-tight connector. Wire run
FIGURE 2: WIRING CONNECTIONS
Mounting Holes
1
FUSE
/2 A 250V 3AG
YELLOW
1
RED
OR
2
FUSE
3
/4 A 250V 3AG
BLUE
3
Station
Output
Terminals
AS INDICATED ON
THE UNIT
4
5
Plug Transformer
into 120 volt AC
electrical outlet
6
ONLY ON SIX
STATION MODELS
Key Pad
MV
COM
ONLY ON PUMP START
MASTER VALVE MOD9 Volt Battery
Mounting Hole
To
Control
Valve
!
ATTENTION
Battery must be installed to
ensure proper operation
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Connecting to the valves
Each valve connects to the timer through two wires. One wire from each valve
solenoid must connect to the output terminal of the timer through a color-coded strand.
This is the "HOT" connection. Connect valve #1 to terminal #1, valve #2 to terminal
#2, etc. (Figure 2, previous page).
The second wire must connect to the (COM) common terminal of the timer. This is the
COMMON connection. If the valves are grouped closely, it is easier to join the common wires from each valve and run one wire (usually the white wire) to the timers common terminal.
Note: Only one valve may be connected to each station’s output terminal.
Transformer and Battery
Connect the transformer
Refer to Figure 2 and connect the yellow wire to the terminal marked "YELLOW, red
wire to "RED," and blue wire to "BLUE".
Tip! To avoid short-circuiting the transformer, always connect the wires to the terminal
before plugging in the transformer.
Install the battery
A 9-volt battery (not included) is used to maintain the programming for up to 24 hours
if a power failure should occur. The battery will not allow the timer to open any valves.
The timer will remember the approximate clock time and all programs. If the power
outage occurred during a watering cycle, that cycle will resume and be completed, as
will any missed cycles.
If the battery is dead, none of the programming will be retained. In this event, the timer
will revert to the emergency back-up program, which waters once per day, every day,
starting 8 hours after the power is restored. All programming needs to be reset.
Using the pump start circuit
Pump start or master valve capability is available only on the PC-204-PS and PC-206PS models. This circuit allows the timer to be used in conjunction with a "pump relay
switch" (Rain Bird model PCR-1) which when activated by the timer, will in turn activate the pump. The pump start circuit can also be used to operate a standard 24 volt
"master valve.”
The hot wire of the relay switch connects to the terminal marked MV. The common
wire connects to the regular system common terminal. See the pump relays instructions for details.
Caution! Be sure the total current draw of the relay switch plus the station valve
doesn't exceed 650 milliamps. If it does, your fuse will blow.
Tip! To avoid possible pump damage during an emergency backup schedule, wire
each unused station to a station being used. This prevents the pump from operating
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How to set the current time
STEP 1: Set current time and select program “A” or “C”
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
The PC-200 Series holds a seven day program which repeats after the seventh day. The days of the week relate to a number as follows:
Day of the week>
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Display Number>
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
This timer displays in military time. To convert from AM/PM time to military time, see
the reference chart at the bottom of this page.
1-A: Set the current day of the week
Example
Press
Once
To set today to Tuesday adjust the display to read “d 3.”
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
and adjust
the right digit
by pressing:
OR
Day
A
PGM /C
Tues.
1-B: Set the current hour of the day
Example
Again
Press
To set the hour to 2:00 p.m. adjust the display to read “h 14.”
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
and adjust
the right
two digits by
pressing:
OR
Hour 2:00 p.m.
A
PGM /C
1-C: Set the current minutes of the hour
Example
Again
Press
To set the minutes to 20 adjust the display to read “n 20.”
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
and adjust
the right
two digits by
pressing:
OR
Minutes :20
A
PGM /C
Normal
Military
Normal
Military
12:00 Midnight
0000
12:00 Noon
1200
1:00 AM
2:00
3:00
4:00
5:00
6:00
7:00
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
0100
0200
0300
0400
0500
0600
0700
0800
0900
1000
1100
1:00 PM
2:00
3:00
4:00
5:00
6:00
7:00
8:00
9:00
10:00
11:00
1300
1400
1500
1600
1700
1800
1900
2000
2100
2200
2300
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How to select a program
1-D: Select the “A” or “C” program
This step selects which program will be set by completing steps 2 to 4 on the
previous pages.
Example
Again
Press
Example
To select program A, adjust the display to read “P A.”
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
and adjust
the right
two digits by
pressing:
OR
Program “A”
A
PGM /C
To select program C, adjust the display to read “P C.”
Program “C”
1-E: To display the current time
Again
Press
SET
CLOCK &
PROGRAM
and the current or just
programmed time should
appear:
Time
2:20 p.m.
Tip! Pressing the SET CLOCK key during any other programming operation will return
the display to show the time of day.
How to use two programs in your sprinkler system
More often than not, different areas of your yard need different amounts of water. For
example, a station watering in a shady area should apply less water than stations operating in sunny areas. Shrubs require less frequent watering than lawns while tropical
plants require more watering. Drip irrigation needs long but infrequent watering.
Dual programs permit your stations to be assigned to one or both programs. Each program is completely separate, watering its own days, its own times and its own durations.
Here's some suggestions on how to divide your yard by watering need:
Program A
Backyard
Sunny areas
Lawn areas
Flat areas
Normal sprinklers
Program C
Frontyard
Shady areas
Shrub areas
Hilly areas
Drip irrigation
Note: Because program "A" is preset at the factory we recommend setting program "A"
first as your primary program and then set program "C."
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How to set the watering days
STEP 2: Set the watering day schedule
When shipped from the factory, the PC-200 series is preset to water every day
on program "A" and no days on program "C."
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
The PC-200 series can be set to water either on specific days of the week (i.e. MonWed-Sat) or on an interval of days (i.e. every third day). The "A" program and the "C"
program can have different schedules, but both have to operate the same way:
specific days or day intervals.
2-A: Watering on specific days
Remember, days of the week are shown as the first digit in the display, and the program is the second
digit.
Press
Once
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and set Sunday to “on” by
pressing:
A
PGM /C
or set Sunday
to “off” by
pressing:
Sunday
Program A
On
Sunday
Program A
On
To advance through each day of the week, repeat this step.
Press
Once
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and set Monday to “on” by
pressing:
A
PGM /C
Monday
Program A
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On
2-B: Watering on an interval of days
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and set day 1
to “on” by
pressing:
Now
Press
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and set day 2
to “off” by
pressing:
Now
Press
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and set day 3
to “off” by
pressing:
Now
Press
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
Press
and remove
day 4 through
day 7 by
pressing and
holding for 3
seconds:
Day 1
Program A
On
Day 2
Program A
Off
Day 3
Program A
Off
Day 4
Program A
None
This is now set to water every third day. The timer waters on day 1, does not water on day 2 and 3, and
then goes back to day 1. The same procedure is used to set watering in other cycles (such as every fifth
day). See reference chart 2 below for detailed schedules.
Reference Chart 2: Display Settings for Interval Watering
Day Number and Setting
Desired watering cycle
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Every day
Every other day
Every third day
Every fourth day
Every fifth day
Every sixth day
Once per week
On
On
On
On
On
On
On
-Of
Of
Of
Of
Of
Of
--Of
Of
Of
Of
Of
---Of
Of
Of
Of
----Of
Of
Of
-----Of
Of
------Of
2-C: Return to a specific day watering
To return to day watering from interval watering, you must first advance to the first station showing “- -”
in the display.
Press
WHICH
DAYS TO
WATER
and adjust the
day showing
“- -” to on by
pressing for
2 seconds:
A
PGM /C
Day 4
Program A
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On
How to set the start times
STEP 3: Set the time of day to start watering
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
The PC-200 series can be set to water once, twice or three times per day on
each program. All stations on a program will run in sequence at each start time. For
example, if stations 1,2,& 3 are on program A, and program A has start times of
8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., all three stations will run in sequence at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
When shipped from the factory, the 1st start time on program A is preset at 8:00 a.m.
All others are blank. Start times can only be on the hour.
3-A: Setting up to three start times
Remember, the start time number is shown as the first digit in the display. The program is the second
digit, and the hour is represented by the last two digits, displaying in military time.
Press
Once
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
and change
the 1st start
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
Start #1
Program A
8:00 a.m.
Start #2
Program A
1:00 p.m.
Start #3
Program A
6:00 p.m.
Start #3
Program A
None
To water a second time each day, follow this step:
Press
Again
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
and change
the 2nd start
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
To water a third time each day, follow this step:
Press
Again
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
and change
the 3rd start
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
3-B: Removing a start time
Press
TIME OF
DAY TO
WATER
and remove
the 3rd start
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
When the right two digits change to “- -” between “23” and “00” hours, the start time is elimi-
Note 1: If "00" shows in the display the timer will start a cycle at midnight.
Note 2: Although Program A and Program C can have different start times, all stations
on A will run on all Program A start times, and all stations of Program C will run on all
Program C start times.
Note 3: Remember to leave enough time between programs for all the stations to
water. If you don't, the timer will simply delay the other start times until the previous cycles are completed.
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How to set station run times
STEP 4: Set the length of watering time per station
STATION
TIMING
Each station on the PC-200 series can be set to water from 0-99 minutes, in
one minute increments. When shipped from the factory, all stations are preset to run
for 10 minutes on program A only. If a station is watering on both programs, you can
set different minutes for the same station on each program.
4-A: Setting the run times per station
Remember, the station number is shown as the first digit in the display. The program is the second digit,
and the run time is represented by the last two digits.
Press
Once
STATION
TIMING
and change
station 1
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
Station 1
Program A
10 minutes
Station 2
Program A
99 minutes
To advance to station two, follow this step:
Press
Again
STATION
TIMING
and change
station 2 by
pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
Repeat this step for stations 3 through 6.
4-B: Removing a station from a program
This is the step that determines whether a station will run on program A, Program C, or both. If you do
not want the station to operate, you must set the run time to “00.” The timer will then skip this station.
Press
Again
STATION
TIMING
and remove
the station
by pressing:
OR
A
PGM /C
Start #3
Program A
No time
When the right two digits change to 00, the station will be skipped. In this example, Program A
would skip station 3 and go to station 4.
IMPORTANT! On any program, if you do not want a a station to water, you must set the station to “00.”
Any station not set to “00, ” will follow the normal program watering schedule.
After programming the last station, the display will show “0 00.”
Press SET CLOCK to return to the normal time of day display:
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MANUAL
START &
ADVANCE
Step 5: Manual operation
Press
Once
MANUAL
START &
ADVANCE
Station 1 should
start operating and
the display should
change to:
Station 1
Program A
10 minutes
“blinks”
The timer will now water through the cycle. You can advance to the next station by pressing “MANUAL
START” again and you can stop watering by pressing “SYSTEM OFF/AUTO.”
Step 6: To stop watering for rain or shutoff manual start
Press
Once
SYSTEM
OFF
/AUTO
and the system will
shutoff, and the last
digit of the time of
day display will
blink
Time
SYSTEM
OFF
/AUTO
0 “blinks”
The timer will not operate the clock until this button is pushed again. Do not use this button as a
winterization mode; if the emergency program kicks-in, the timer would try to operate the valves.
General Information
Power failures and back-up systems
In the event of a power failure, a new 9-volt battery (not included) will maintain the watering program for up to 24 hours. However, the battery will not operate the valves.
When the power returns, the clock will have the approximate time and the programs
should be the same.
If the power is off for longer than the battery can supply power, the entire program is
lost and when the power returns, the entire display will blink "00 00". The timer is now
in the "emergency back-up" mode: eight hours later, the first station will water for 10
minutes, followed by the next, etc. You'll have to reset the timer’s program from step
one.
When should you water?
The early morning hours just before dawn are the best hours to water. There is low
evaporation, less wind, and higher water pressure. Be careful when watering mid-day,
because water can act as a magnifying lens and "scorch" the grass, and use late
evening watering sparingly because mildew can form overnight in humid areas.
How long should each station run? The length of watering depends on temperature,
humidity, type of soil and type of landscape. Hot and dry climates require up to 2" of
water on lawns per week. Cooler climates may require only 1/2" per week. Sandy soils
need frequent watering, but clay soils need infrequent watering to prevent runoff.
Shrubs and trees require deep but infrequent watering, and new lawns grow best under frequent short bursts of watering. See our special brochure entitled “Watering
Tips" at your dealer or check at your local garden center for local conditions.
Also, it is important to remember that different types of sprinklers water at different
rates. Sprayheads water more quickly (>2" per hour) but impulse and rotors water
more slowly (<1/2" per hour). To check your watering rates, place a flat bottom pan at
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Limits and Troubleshooting
What should be done in the winter?
If you live in an area where you don't use the timer in the winter, we recommend
removing the battery, unplugging the transformer and possibly storing the timer. Do
not use the "Auto/Off" rain shutdown mode because it is possible to have the
"emergency program" kick-in after a power failure. If this happens, the timer will turn
on your valves, which will burn out if no water is in the pipes. In addition, be sure your
lines have no water left in them.
Limitations of the timer
Although the PC-200 series is a very flexible timer, there are things it will not do:
1) It will not operate more than one valve per station, except for the PS models, which
will operate a master valve.
2) It will not run stations independently: all stations are tied to Program A or C.
3) It is not designed for outdoor installation: it is not built in a waterproof case and the
transformer should not be plugged into an outdoor outlet.
If you need these capabilities, Rain Bird manufactures a variety of consumer and
Trouble-shooting
Although problems should be infrequent, sometimes solutions can be found in easily
overlooked possibilities. So before you call your dealer, check here as it could save
IF YOU'RE HAVING THIS PROBLEM:
CHECK FOR THIS CAUSE AND SOLUTION
Automatic cycle won't turn on and the manual start won't
operate:
£
Automatic cycle won't operate but the manual start does:
£
Part of the display won't appear:
£
If the display is blank, check the fuse.
If the display is OK, check the wiring.
If the last digit blinks, the timer is in the
Shutdown mode.
Press "Auto/off" to cancel
Check programming.
Check programming
This is probably a valve related problem:
check the solenoid and inside the valve
for obstructions.
Check the fuse
Check the transformer
Circuit problem, replace timer
Keypad doesn't respond:
£
Circuit problem, replace timer
All digits blink:
£
Power/battery failure: re-program
Fuse blows often:
£
There is a short in the wiring or wires are
not waterproofed
Maximum current is being exceeded
Check amperage draw of solenoid
£
£
£
Automatic cycle or station doesn't turn off:
£
£
Entire display is blank:
£
£
£
£
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