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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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Mar 22
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World Water Day 2013

Today marks the celebration of World Water Day, a day set apart by the United Nations to increase water awareness and promote sustainable management of freshwater resources. So, in honor of World Water Day, we’d like to share a few facts about water around the world.

World Water by Numbers

Water, energy, and food are intrinsically linked: water is needed to produce energy, energy is needed to deliver the water needed for food production [1]
In much of the world, water plays a role in gender inequality. Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women … Read More

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Mar 15
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Tips for a Green Yard this Spring

When someone mentions green this time of year, you may think of St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns, four-leaf clover, or the green hills of Ireland. But this tradition goes beyond St. Patrick and his holiday.

The Irish Tradition of Green

Long before green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day, the ancient Celts wore green in celebration of the Vernal Equinox and the rebirth of the earth. And who could blame them? Known as the Emerald Island, Ireland’s principal color is green. Some even claim that the island boasts over 40 shades of that … Read More

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Mar 13
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Spring

Spring. There’s something about the re-birth of the earth that has captured the hearts of people all over the world. For centuries, poets have lauded spring in poems like this one, artists have immortalized spring scenes like this one, and musicians captured the feel of spring in music like this one.

We don’t know about you, but here at Orbit, we are starting to get Spring Fever. The snow is starting to melt in the valley, the temperature is climbing, and spirits are rising. Our spring probably feels more like this … Read More

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Mar 01

Sow Your Seeds Indoors

Winter may be digging its icy claws into the world, determined not to give up its hold. But we all know Spring will come . . . eventually. You can speed up the process in your own house by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it helps beat the late-winter blues.

Sowing your seeds indoors will not only bring you that little burst of life that you need, it will also give your garden a kick-start. Starting your garden inside gives your plants plenty of time to … Read More

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Feb 15

14 Ways to Love Your Home

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing fourteen ways to love your home.

1. Set a regular cleaning schedule

There is a quote—often attributed to Benjamin Franklin—that says, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Don’t let this be the case with your house. Make a schedule to clean one or two rooms each day and then stick to your schedule. By doing this, you won’t have to feel overwhelmed by a day full of cleaning and you’ll feel happier and more comfortable in your home.

2. Take care of your yard

Whether … Read More

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