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Category: Sprinkler Systems

May 28
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How to Connect Main Line, Backflow Prevention and Pipe

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

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May 21
Anatomy of a Sprinkler System

How to Diagram and Install Pipes, Trenches & Timers

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

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May 14
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How to Layout an Underground Irrigation System

How to plan your underground irrigation system. We discuss everything from picking out the right sprinkler heads, valves & manifolds and zones.

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Apr 05
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Starting up your Sprinkler System

Did you know that starting your sprinkler system right can help you conserve water and save money?

Sounds complicated, you say.

Trust us, it simpler than you think.

Just start off with four simple steps.

When you turn you sprinkler system on for the first time this season:

1. Inspect and repair manifolds, valves, and sprinkler lines for any leaks.

2. Replace any broken sprinkler heads or nozzles.

3. Clear any debris interfering with sprinkler heads and nozzles.

4. Adjust sprinkler patterns to prevent watering sidewalks, streets, and driveways.

These steps, along with smart watering, can help you save … Read More

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Aug 10
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Midsummer Watering Tips

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

With the very top of summer sliding past,
I often wonder, what’s up with my grass?
It’s brown, it crackles,
It raises my hackles,
And I despair
That it is beyond repair.

It would be a midsummer night’s dream,
For my grass to appear a lush green,
Just in time for my soiree
Where we will play a lively round of croquet.

So dearest Titania, send me a fairy
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire. . . .
Swifter than the moon’s sphere . . .
To dew [my herbs] upon the green”
And thus … Read More

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Jul 26
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The Very Top of Summer

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

Natalie Babbitt’s classic book Tuck … Read More

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May 23
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Orbit Sprinkler System Designer

The Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ is a unique combination of technology and Orbit’s high-quality irrigation products and service.  It is the world’s first and only online, real-time, free sprinkler system design tool.

What does it do?

In a few easy steps the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ allows you to design a personalized sprinkler system based on your own property.  When your design is complete you will have a visual plan to follow in addition to a parts list, price estimate, and instillation instructions.  The parts list is compatible with all hardware/home improvement stores, … Read More

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Apr 28
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part V

Do you need drip irrigation or garden valves in certain areas?

Drip irrigation is a very cost effective to install a system and it also happens to be a very cost effective way to water, as well. The valve, filter, and pressure regulator combination that is required for a drip zone will cost more than a control valve for a spray head or rotor zone, but the overall cost of the zone is much lower, especially if you are using emitter tubing.  Drip zones require careful planning, but are well worth … Read More

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Apr 27
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part IV

Do you need anti-siphon valves?

There are two basic types of valves: inline and anti-siphon. An inline valve is the most common type of valve and when it is used on a municipal water supply you must install some type of backflow prevention further up the line from it. Anti-siphon valves serve the function of a backflow prevention device and, although an anti-siphon valve typically costs more than an inline valve, it saves money on the installation by eliminating the need for a system backflow prevention device and a valve box … Read More

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Apr 26
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How Much do Automatic Sprinkler Systems Cost? Part III

Do you need certified backflow prevention to protect the municipal water supply?

Depending on your part of the company and the rules of your local water district, backflow prevention can a significant part of your system cost. Because protection of the municipal water supply from possible contamination through sprinkler systems is so important, the general trend is for communities to adopt codes that require a $300 or more in equipment, professional installation, and independent certification of the backflow device.  This can put backflow prevention out of the realm of the do-it-yourselfer … Read More

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