I am in desperate need of some automation for my pumps. I am a forgetful person to say the least. I recently discovered that the timer motor isn't working on my Intermatic Timer and I am in the mood to replace it.
Right now I am thinking about going with a pump start relay and an inexpensive irrigation controller to do the pump controlling. They are usually used to start a pump if needed for your sprinkler system.
(Orbit) Pump Start Relay
I am looking for tried and true methods, if anyone uses and knows it works I want to know what you have and where you got it.
I've been doing research and already have an Arduino Uno but that seems the difficult way to go. I really want to turn it on/off with my phone and would love to get an email or text or tweet when the pump starts and turns off. Web scheduling and programming of times would be AWESOME!!!
Please if anyone has seen this work I want some details. I'm good with ideas and suggestions and am doing research in the mean time. I just wanted to get that feeler out there.