What to do if the outer case door breaks off?

Irritrol RainDial Interior/Exterior Case Configurations

The Rain Dial series of controllers come in two main configurations – interior and exterior.   The exterior models have fairly solid housing and hinge mechanism.  They also have the transformer contained on the rectangular section to the right.
The interior irritrol raindial models contain an separate transformer that plugs into an AC outlet.   The hinge on the case is just a thin layer of plastic that can eventually wear down and break off.

What do do when the Case Door breaks off

Here are my thoughts on what to do with a broken hinge:
Unfortunately, there are note any good “official” solutions that I’m aware of. However, several customers have reported reasonable success with the following options:
  1. Use the extra thick black “Gorilla” duct tape; it’s very durable and has a good adhesive, better than typical duct tape.  They sell this at lots of stores including Home Depot and Lowes. 
  2. Use the packing tape that has the nylon strings built into it
  3. You might be able to add your own metal hinge to it, but that a bit more work; they sell small hinges in most hardware stores.
  4. Check with a local landscaper – sometimes they purchase the interior models because they’re cheaper and then take the controller module out of them to put in an exterior case (they’re actually the same, it’s the transformer that is rated external or internal).   Thus, they often throw out the interior case…

If anyone has other solutions, please comment below.

(c) copyright 2017 Brian Keller – aka the RainDialDoctor

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