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Category: Sprinkler Systems

Apr 15
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How to Pick the Right Sprinkler for Your Yard

One of the most asked questions from our customers is which sprinkler is right for their situation.  The choice is easy once you know a few basic principles.

As with most decisions related to sprinklers, you need to start by knowing your water pressure.  Water pressure often determines what type of sprinklers may or may not be a reasonable option for you.  Sprinklers that spray farther or which put out more water require more pressure, and if your pressure is too little, you’ll end creating way too many zones.

Next, you need … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 10
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Hose End Watering: The Ace Up Your Sleeve

We often see and hear about lawns and gardens that turn out beautiful with the exception of a couple problem areas that end up detracting from the whole. These could be dry spots, wilting plants or flowers or trees that look unhealthy. In all these instances a great solution can be hose-end watering. But this presents a new challenge because hose watering requires homeowners to adjust their schedules to make sure watering happens. Orbit has a full lineup of great hose tap timers which, when used in conjunction with our … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Mar 20
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How To Achieve A Beautiful Yard Even With Watering Restrictions

As we enter the spring and summer months, that means lots of people are turning their attention to their gardens. The deep freeze is (for most) thawing and revealing all the projects and cleanup that needs doing.
But even though it’s been a rough winter with record snowfall for many parts of the country, there are still large parts that are going to be facing water shortages this year. In fact, the situation is so serious that many municipalities are already planning on watering restrictions. So how can you still enjoy … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jul 26
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Smart Irrigation Through A Few Simple Steps

If you’ve been following our blog posts this month (or Facebook or Twitter), you’d know that July is Smart Irrigation Month.  And for us at Orbit, smart irrigation is anything that saves you time, money, or water.  Timers do all three.  We wanted to share some simple tips that can help you optimize your timer.

Adjusting the time your sprinklers come on is probably the biggest thing you can change.  Did you know that you could lose up to a third of your water to evaporation if you’re watering during the … Read More

By Orbit Comments: 0
Jul 15
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Smart Irrigation is About More Than Saving Water

Smart irrigation month is about more than just saving water.  It’s about saving money and time as well.  One product that we’re particularly proud of is our Eco-lock and PVC-lock fittings.  This ingenious product saves so much time.  Fittings no longer require primer and glue.  Just press the pipe into the fitting and it locks into place.  Don’t worry, it’s very durable, able to withstand over 1200 pounds of pressure.  Considering the average yard has 50-100 PSI, you’re good.

Eco-Lock Fitting

PVC-Lock Fitting

This is great whether you’re doing a new … Read More

By Orbit Comments: 0
Jun 14
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Wateringschedule.com Simplifies Savings

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

By Orbit Comments: 5
Jun 12
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Recognize the Signs of Overwatering

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

By Orbit Comments: 0
Jun 10
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Sprinkler Audits Can Bring Buckets of Savings

A sprinkler audit may be all your system needs to realize big savings

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Jun 05
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Interval Watering: The Future is Now

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

By Orbit Comments: 3
Jun 03
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Pipes, Boxes, Valves, and Heads

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

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