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Category: Sprinkler Systems
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
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
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.
This is great whether you’re doing a new … Read More
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
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
A sprinkler audit may be all your system needs to realize big savings
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
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
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
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