Yearly Archives: 2013
Written on July 11, 2013 at 9:41 am, by Orbit
For smart irrigation month we decided to put together a small planter to grow herbs (they’re the legal kind, don’t worry). Herbs are a great plant to grow. We’re growing ours outdoors, but they also do well indoors. They smell good, grow fast, and are great for cooking.
To speed up watering, we decided to install some soaker hosing. Ours hooks to a hose and is expandable, but these could easily be linked to an existing sprinkler system and other drip lines.
Here are the supplies we’ll use.
We’ve got 18 inches of … Read More
Written on June 14, 2013 at 8:20 am, by Orbit
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ve noticed we’re talking a lot about wateringschedule.com. This is our newest development here at Orbit and is a free website that we hope will help people cut back on water usage and make their lawns look better. What’s not to love about that?
Catch cups and sprinkler audits have been around a long time and are nothing revolutionary. But in the past they required expensive and inaccurate devices. After a sample was taken the user had to shuffle through confusing … Read More
Written on June 12, 2013 at 8:10 am, by Orbit
Recently, a customer asked one of our representatives why they should perform a sprinkler system audit, like the ones available through wateringschedule.com, when water wasn’t an issue for them. This customer lived in an area that wasn’t affected by drought conditions, so there were no municipal restrictions being placed on their water. In fact, for a small flat fee ($100/year in this case) they could use as much water as they wanted. So why not just water every day?
Well, the answer isn’t what the customer expected. We all know … Read More
Written on June 10, 2013 at 10:46 am, by Orbit
A sprinkler audit may be all your system needs to realize big savings
Written on June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm, by Orbit
Did you know the average American home uses 3,000 gallons of water per lawn watering? Irrigation is far and away the highest single activity in the consumption of water. We’ve heard reports of local homes using 300,000 (yeah, you read that right) gallon of water in a month. That means they’re watering using an average of 10,000 gallons a day, every single day! So we’re highlighting a few tips and tools to prevent wasted water. Today we’ll briefly discuss timers.
Maximize Your Timer’s Performance
Most modern timers allow for interval watering. … Read More
Written on June 4, 2013 at 11:28 am, by Orbit
Orbit is excited to announce a product designed to greatly improve watering efficiency and conservation: Orbit Catch Cups. These nifty little cups are used to perform water audits on your lawn. When used in tandem with our website wateringschedule.com, the perfect watering schedule is just minutes away.
The process is simple. Just place the cups around your yard and run your sprinklers for a short amount of time. Record the findings and enter them in to wateringschedule.com, along with your zip code and soil type, and you’ll get a schedule … Read More
Written on June 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm, by Orbit
Now that you are officially an expert in connecting to the water source with backflow protection and pipe placement, we’ll cover the rest of the installation process. We’ll go over how to connect the mainline, install your manifolds, connect each zone, install risers and heads, and connect sprinkler wire. Sounds like a lot, but it really will be easy once you get started.
How to Install the Valve Manifold
The first step to installing your valve manifold is to install a valve box. Select a location that complies with … Read More
Written on May 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm, by Orbit
Did you know that you can save water and get a healthier lawn at the same time?
Visit our website wateringschedule.com to learn more about conserving water, reducing your water bill, and getting a healthier lawn!
Written on May 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm, by Orbit
Last week we discussed the different types of pipe used commonly used in sprinkler systems. We discussed how to lay out the pipes for your system and how to dig the trenches. Finally we discussed timers and their placement. This week we’re going to go further in the process by connecting to the municipal water source, installing any necessary backflow prevention and putting pipes in the ground.
Connect Water to Main
Where your water comes from will determine how you connect into it. … Read More
Written on May 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm, by Orbit
Last week we covered how to select and place heads, as well as how to create zones and place manifolds. This week we’ll be moving further along in the design process and even get into some installation.
Picking up where we left off, we are now going to diagram our pipe layout. First, you will choose where to cut your mainline to add a tee fitting. This tee fitting will make it possible for you to maintain water flow to your home, while still having water flowing … Read More