(Full concept, short version)
Wyze door sensor attached to Float in PVC
Water pump plugged into Wyze plug
When sensor is open = no action
When sensor is closed = plug activates pump (specific time)
If you would like to know how I came up with this idea, continue reading. Otherwise, take the idea, use your imagination and create your own.
(Breakdown of idea and concept)
Decided to grow veggies/herbs in 5 gallon buckets.
Thought a self watering system would be the best method for me, to ensure my plants get the water they need without me checking daily. I’m old and don’t always remember.
I wanted to water the plants with rain water, because of its nutritional value, not from the faucet.
I bought 10, 5gal buckets from a local big box store.
1 for plant, 1 for water reservoir.
(See YouTube video on growing in 5 gal buckets)
Attached a cheap water pump, (<$10) to irrigation hose (<$10) that will feed water to each bucket.
Put a PVC fill pipe (<$5) into reservoir bucket and ran irrigation hose to each pipe.
Plugged the pump into a Wyze plug so I could water when I wanted. Then put a simple piece of a noodle into the pipe as a float to observe when the reservoir would need water.
I put up a Wyzecam to observe the plant and float.
When I saw the float was down I would activate the Wyze plug and the water would flow.
Then I got to thinking (I sometimes do that), why not automate even more. Soooo, I attached a Wyze sensor to the float. Whahlah, automated irrigation.
Readjusted the Wyzecam to capture timelapse videos.
Have fun, make your own.
FYI, I didn’t look to see if anyone else has tried this.