I didn’t see any topics about this in particular so I decided to start one since I just put one up last Sunday on Feb. 19. Bought an Acu-Rite model 01079 for $166. on Amazon late Jan. and just got my butt around to installing it. If I waited a couple of more weeks I could have got it for $133. when they were having a daily lightning special but at this point it didn’t matter since I already bought it.
The installation was to be done as a one man operation which was myself and had to be factored in to where and how I was going to install it. The best that I could come up with will be pictured below. I used a 10’ and 5’ piece of 3/4" galvanized steel pipe, a union and instead of using conduit straps, I opted for using conduit hangers. The conduit hangers helped quite bit in holding the conduit up on it’s own while tightening up the bolts for it. The sensor unit fits perfectly on to a 3/4" steel pipe which I drilled and tapped two holes in to secure the sensor to the pipe. The screws included with the sensor installation kit won’t cut it because they are too short. I have seen some people use just 1 screw to secure it but I went with 2 anyway. What is needed are a #4 and #6 screw both being 3/4" long. And here’s the photo of my setup.
If anyone is wondering what the wire is coming down the pole and going to the box that is mounted on the side of the deck, it’s an optional remote battery pack for the sensor that costs $20. Included is 30’ of wiring that plugs directly into the battery compartment under the sensor and is self contained, wire ties to hold it the pipe and screws for mounting the remote battery pack. Sorry, they don’t include 4 Lithium “AA” batteries which supposedly are good to use in down to -40F here in the north. It’s said that Alkaline batteries are only good down to around -4F.
Before I go on to the display, I did test the rain gauge which takes 20 mins. or longer in the procedure that they provide before putting it up and it was right on the nat’s *ss! Also so far with having up to 21 mph winds I have yet to experience a ghost rain event with my setup. We had rain last night and it is close to my LaCrosse rain guage(which is dying after only 8 or 9 months) and to other weather stations in the area that are on Wunderground.
The display is fairly easy to setup and I had no problems with the units communicating with each other. There were some calibration adjustments I had to make for the indoor and outdoor temps. The display comes with an AC adapter for it’s main source of power and uses 3 “AA” batteries in case of a power outage. Also included with the display is a USB cable for connecting to a computer. I don’t have the display connected to a computer right now so don’t ask me any questions about it.LOL
Guess that is it for now. If anyone else has any questions, photos of their stations and setups you can post them here.