Right? It's insane! I could have probably knocked out a raspberry pi interface that could do all of this and more in the time I have invested... there are more steps to programs than there are variables!I have a Computer Science degree from MIT and 25 years of professional software design & development experience. My field of concentration was usability and user interface. So naturally the EasyTouch drives me insane any time I need it to do something possible but non-obvious.
I've actually been resisting adding ScreenLogic, considering the native EasyTouch UI a challenge, and not wanting yet more hardware on my already crowded home LAN. But I may change my mind.
That works for the pool. I don't see how it would work for the spa because the valves need to turn. Is there any way to turn the valves to the spa without actually being in Spa mode?In my mind pump speeds are the easy part.. One speed for each circuit .. If you want the same basic thing to have three speeds than assign the slowest speed to the main circuit and the other speeds to Feature circuits.. As an example.. If you want the Pool to run at three speeds of 1000, 2000, and 3000, you assign 1000 to the Pool circuit, 2000 to Feature 1 (and name it Mid Speed) and 3000 to Feature 2 (and name it Max Speed) You could schedule Pool from 7 am until 7 pm and Mid speed from 10 am until 11 am and Max speed from 5 pm until 6 pm.. or only schedule Pool and then just manually turn on the Feature circuit by using the main panel, your PC or your phone..
Yes, That seems like how I will do it... So much for automation. Ironically one of the reasons I got this system was so I could have it help with the manual water changeovers we do every month or so (separate spa). EG schedule it to pump out to pool for 5 minutes then back into spa for 5 minutes... Looks like I'll be out there switching valves again... Again thank you all for your help!RJ,
A better option would be to schedule the spa with no heat at all (Spa Manual Heat) and show the wife she has full control all on the same page. Push the Spa button to turn the spa on, push the Spa Speed button to set the speed and the push the heater button to turn on the heat..
Good idea... The relays would work, although I think I'm out of relays on my ET4 to control them. I have been messing around a bit with connecting the valves to the A/B positions rather than pool and spa. It seems to have some more flexibility. The reality is I spent a bunch of money on an "automation" system that I was expecting to make my life easier. I really don't want to spend time having to kludge on to this system.W,
If this were my pool, and I was as sharp as you are with Raspberry pi stuff, I would build a simple relay circuit that does what you want to do.. Basically, when off it would allow the EasyTouch to control the valves.. When the relays were energized, it would open the Intake and Return valve connections to the EasyTouch, and allow you to turn the valves the way you want with an external input.. The EasyTouch controls the normal operation, but your R-pi does the daily water exchange...
You would not even need the R-pi as you could just use a couple of DPDT relays and turn them on or off with the ET's scheduling..
This would also make it so that anytime you went into the Spa mode, the pump speed would be correct, and the heater would come one all at one time.
I am surprised there is not at least a pipe between the spa and the pool..
I now understand your frustration with the ET...
Thanks for your patience..