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When it comes to underground irrigation products, Orbit Irrigation is recognized as the leader in the Do-It-Yourself industry. Customers look for the "Orbit" name.

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

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Jun 04
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Introducing Wateringschedule.com

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

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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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May 29
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Save Water and Get a Healthier Lawn

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!

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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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May 06
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How to Install an Underground Irrigation System

Why should I install an underground irrigation system?

Increase Home Value and Cost Savings

Underground irrigation systems offer a host of benefits. For starters, the upfront effort and cost pay for themselves after just a few watering seasons. You will see a decrease in your monthly water bill almost immediately. An underground irrigation system can also enhance your home’s curb appeal, which increases marketability and home value.

When properly installed, maintained and operated, an in-ground sprinkler system can easily save hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of dollars in annual water costs. Sprinkler … Read More

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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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