How I finally conquered the sprinkler timer in Sun City West homes

Real Estate Agent with Award Realty

 Sun City West the destination

Sun City WestAs many of you know, I live in Arizona, Sun City West to be exact.

My mother leaves each year to her second home in Oregon. She has a small backyard with 400 sq feet of grass. When she leaves her winter home, in Sun City West, she has the timer turned off on the grass. We maintain a home warranty on her home in Sun City West so she may have quality contractors do repair work. She has kept the name of the "sprinkler man" so she can call to have the timer changed. He does this for a fee of $45.00 per visit. 


The Sun City West opportunity

We are nearing the conclusion of summer, and it is time to reseed the grasses. The golf courses in the region, Sun City West, are converting to Rye grass. My mother will be returning before long, and she wants to see green when she returns home.

I go to the nursery section and choose the Rye grass seed and mulch for the job. I will do no good if the sprinklers do not operate. I decide I will program the timer myself! Please understand, my mothers Sun City West home is over 25 years old.

I take out the torn, falling apart, not in sequence directions. I open the door of the timer to see knobs, dials and whatnot on the inside. At this point, I am contemplating calling the repairman. I get defeated at first and then I remember my friend, Google! I find a link that takes me to a video,  After viewing this, numerous times, I can program the system.

Eureka, Sun City West job executed

Sun City West Golf Course

I recently returned from inspecting on my mothers backyard. There are tiny grass shoots arising from the earth! What am I going to do with the additional cash? I am proceeding to the Silver Club in Sun City West and making a new piece of jewelry!

Praise you Google!

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Comments (12)

Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

That is funny! And rye grass is pretty in the winter, however, according to my allergy testing a couple of weeks ago, I'm allergic and can no longer plant it in my yard.

Sep 05, 2013 06:56 AM
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


I am sure there is another type you could plant.  Go to Google!!

Sep 05, 2013 07:18 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Pamela, great story and the funniest part "after viewing this, numerous times" - that would apply to me also if I were learning to program anything :)

Sep 05, 2013 08:14 AM
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

I viewed it for over 45 minutes!  To program the darn thing only required 3 buttons.  I do have to admit though, I could do it again!  Why are there over 9 buttons!

Sep 05, 2013 08:44 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.


Congratulations on your upcoming purchase that will allow you to make a new piece of jewelry!  I'm glad that you was tenacious by watching that video multiple time.  Google paid off. 

Sep 06, 2013 03:09 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Pam, I went through a similar experience the other day at friends house who are gone for the summer also. Luckily, they left little stickies for me or I would have felt a little overwhelmed with all those buttons! Enjoy your new jewelry!
Sep 06, 2013 10:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good for you! You are the kind of neighbor I need.

Have an outstanding week.

Sep 08, 2013 02:50 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Pamela, persistence sure pays off!  Well done!!!  It sure would be tough trying to grow new grass out there in Sun City!!!

Sep 09, 2013 10:01 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Pamela, I'm with you - I don't know anythng about those dials.

Hey, did you see that Sun City West made Money magazines top 10 places to retire? 

Sep 13, 2013 03:40 AM
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


All I require is "On" and "Off" buttons.  

I will get a copy, thank you.

Send me an email about our friends.

Sep 14, 2013 12:25 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

lol, I remember I decided it to do the same few months ago, because even the system showed the right days and times, it was watering the grass 3 times in raw! My bill was huge and I could not make the gardener or my bf to fix it. So I did it myself and my bill dropped significantly:)

Sep 20, 2013 05:57 AM
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Congratulations Inna.  Issues like this drive me crazy, they make it so difficult.

Sep 20, 2013 07:04 AM