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Category: Sprinkler Systems

Jul 15
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Become A Sprinkler Nozzle Expert

So it’s July, for many the hottest month of the year, and you’ve got a broken spray nozzle.  You go into the local hardware store to get a new one and you’re greeted with dozens of options.    We understand that all these choices can be confusing, so let’s run down the different types of nozzles you’re likely to see and make you a nozzle expert!

There are really three things you need to know when going in to purchase a new spray nozzle: 1) spray distance, 2) pattern and 3) threading.  … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jun 20
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Orbit Sprinkler System in Parade of Homes

Orbit has sponsored the sprinkler system, landscape lighting, and temperature control (thermostats) of a home in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

Remember back on May 21 of this year, we added a post about a hands-on installation that our team performed?? Well, this is it. The sprinkler system went in with ease (thanks to PVC-Lock and Eco-Lock), the landscape lighting is beautiful, and the thermostat isn’t just a box that controls temperature, it’s masterpiece in style and function.

The house is ready for touring.  The yard is landscaped with sod and beautiful … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
Jun 18
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Adventures in Lawn Maintenance

This last weekend, my family and I visited our beautiful lakeside cabin to do a little maintenance and get some R&R.  Because the cabin is located in mountainous valley of higher elevation, summer tends to break a bit later there.  Even in mid-June we were still getting night-time temperatures in the high 40’s and the days were in the low 70’s.  So while this may not translate perfectly into what much of the rest of the country is experiencing, we still did have to do some lawn maintenance and thought … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 1
Jun 10
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10 Orbit Products You Didn’t Know You Wanted

We’re constantly getting ideas for new products.  Each comes from a specific problem a customer is having and, when we can’t solve with our existing product line, we go to the drawing board.  Here are ten Orbit products you didn’t know you wanted.

 

The Orbit Emergency Tool is smart to have around in case of a earthquake, fire, water main break or other natural disasters.  When precious seconds count, you want a tool that will stand out, day or night.  This tool is made in high visibility yellow plastic that is … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 3
May 21
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First Summer Install

This past week a group of Orbit employees got the chance to experiment with some of our products in the real world.  These were employees who don’t work in the field doing installs of sprinklers, but they volunteered for the opportunity knowing it could generate some out-of-the-box thinking and get people’s minds going in new directions.

Orbit is sponsoring the sprinkler system, landscape lighting and thermostats in a soon-to-be-featured new home in the Utah Parade of Homes.  We wanted to specifically highlight the ease of Orbit’s Eco-Lock and PVC-Lock products, to … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 01
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Fixes the Easy Way With Orbit PVC-Lock

Sometimes your PVC pipe is in need fixing. Sometimes that’s because of freeze damage or damage from lawn equipment. It could come from ground shifting or old age. Maybe you’re changing the landscape around or adding a new line into your pipes. Whatever the cause, there’s a hard way and an easy way.

You’re probably familiar with the hard way of doing it. You have to dig several feet back from the broken PVC pipe so you can get enough flex to lift up the pipe and stick on a coupling. … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 30
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Common Question: How to Water Behind Trees?

A couple days ago I was talking with a friend who moved into a new house late last year and will be putting a sprinkler system in over the next month.  He’s gotten a landscape architect to come up with a plan and now it’s down to designing the sprinklers around that.  He raised a question that we get frequently enough that we figured a short post would be helpful.

His yard plan calls for shade trees to be planted at various spots and, for the next few years at least, … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Apr 24
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Sprinkler Wiring Done Right

A few years ago, I noticed some of my valves weren’t turning on. All these valves were in one sprinkler box and I could soon tell the problem was with the wiring. The wire for this particular valve box started at the valves, snaked its way through a rock retaining wall and under a deck (filled with creep-crawlies) and then under a rock walkway before being buried in a few inches of dirt and entering the garage where it was joined with timer. Needless to say, repairing it wasn’t a … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
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: 1