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Old 05-03-2004, 11:00 AM   #1
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Faucet with Remote Control?

This might not be exactly 4Runner related, but that's what we have Off-Topic for, right?

Well, I'm about to install mist system on my patio, but the faucet for water supply is all the way around the house. Running tubing is pretty easy, but what I was thinking is to have some sort of remote control for that faucet. So instead of going all the way around, I can just turn on/off the faucet remotely. Is there a such thing as faucet with remote control even exists?

I've seen that done somewhare, but I can't remember the name of that place for the life of me....

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Old 05-03-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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I picked up a Orbit Underground Faucet Timer at Wal-Mart. Works like a lamp timer. I don't have to remember to water a very small section of my lawn that ALWAYS gets baked during the heat of July-September. Plus it works while I'm away on vacation.
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Old 05-03-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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This might not be exactly 4Runner related, but that's what we have Off-Topic for, right?

Well, I'm about to install mist system on my patio, but the faucet for water supply is all the way around the house. Running tubing is pretty easy, but what I was thinking is to have some sort of remote control for that faucet. So instead of going all the way around, I can just turn on/off the faucet remotely. Is there a such thing as faucet with remote control even exists?

I've seen that done somewhare, but I can't remember the name of that place for the life of me....

Thanks,
-- Andrey
What about a Sprinkler Valve all you have to do is wire in a remote or just a way to supply the trigger voltage to the valve for it to turn on and off, Just a idea. Could maybe use a X.10 Power module to open and close the circuit from inside the house or anywere you have a controller.
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Old 05-03-2004, 08:20 PM   #4
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Ok, I've found this:

https://www.smarthome.com/3103.html

Looks like what I need, but no remote control. Unless there is a possibility of wiring remote control there somehow....

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http://www.wonderpuppy.net/canwehelp/sprinklers.htm

http://www.smarthome.com/3102.html
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Maybe I am misunderstanding, but why don't you just run the line from wherever the faucet is to where you want to be able to turn it on off and install a valve in line there. Then always have the faucet turned on.
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Maybe I am misunderstanding, but why don't you just run the line from wherever the faucet is to where you want to be able to turn it on off and install a valve in line there. Then always have the faucet turned on.
You can buy a Faucet with a supply valve in it and you won't have to keep the faucet on. like this one

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Is there a power outlet near the faucet? If so this is what you do....

Parts needed - All rated for Outdoors use.
1) Water flow control valve solenoid 120VAC NC (normally closed, power to open). Plumbing supply store or maybe Lowes / Home Depot
2) Remote controled power outlet relay, like a christmas light remote control unit. Make sure the one you get is rated for the amperage of the solenoid. Lowes / Home Depot.
3) 3 conductor (2 conductor w/ ground = 3 cond) 14 AWG, SO / SJO type or similar cable. (SO / SJO is a type of outdoor use cable). Only needed if outlet is farther away from the hose bib than the leads on the solenoid. Lowes / Home Depot
4) Male 120VAC plug. Lowes / Home Depot
5) Misc. plubing fittings to adapt hose bib to solenoid and solenoid back to hose connection + pipe sealent. Lowes / Home Depot.

Assemble as follows

Attach misc. pipe fittings with sealent to solenoid and hose bib. Install solenoid onto hose bib.
If leads for solenoid are shorter than distance to power outlet. Connect solenoid leads to outdoor rated cable and wire plug to other end. Eventhough water pipe is technically grounded it is good practice to terminate ground wire in cord to the hose bib.
Turn on water at hose bib and check for leaks.
Plug remote controled power outlet relay into house outlet, plug solenoid into relay outlet.
Operate remote control. The relay should close and power the solenoid, which will open the solenoid allowing water to flow.
Check for leaks on other end of solenoid and hose connection.
Enjoy your new remote controlled faucet.

PM me if you need ideas for water solenoid types, or want any other ideas or instructions.

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An in-line valve seems much more practical! Not to mention easier!
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An in-line valve seems much more practical! Not to mention easier!
Very true! I was just hoping for convinience of remote control. Plus the convinience of not walking around the house to turn mist on or off.

I already have irrigation system that is remotely controlled, so keeping things on the same level is sort of my goal. If it is achievable, of course!

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An in-line valve seems much more practical! Not to mention easier!
not really, after you got all of the parts it would only take about 15-30 mins to assemble and test.
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