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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
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
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
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
Do you live in an area with high labor and overhead costs?
Different cost of living from region to region is the main reason why there is no hard “average” cost for installing a sprinkler system. If you live in the suburbs of Detroit where there are plenty of sprinkler contractors and business overhead is moderate, all else equal you will find a lower average bid than you will in Long Island where overhead is high. If you live in a high cost part of the country you could end … Read More
With spring just around the corner, it is almost time to get your automatic sprinkler system up and running. Still pulling hoses around the yard? Try using our free sprinkler system designer to help you layout a system for your yard. Don’t want to dig? There are many hose faucet watering options to choose from to provide automated watering without the digging.
It is a good idea to test your sprinkler system each spring to ensure that everything is working properly. Here are some things you will want to look for as you … Read More
The following diagram provides a simple look at the anatomy of a sprinkler system. The starting point is the source of water for the system. In this case there is an existing supply from a city meter to the house. Local codes may regulate who and how you can tap into your source. A mainline pipe carries water from the water source to a backflow prevention device which helps keep the sprinkler system from potentially contaminating or polluting the drinking water.
Except for very small yards, the water pressure from the … Read More
The best answer to this question is that it depends on where you live, what type of equipment you plan to install, and whether you will do some of the work yourself. But the following will help you at least ballpark what you ought to be paying for an automatic sprinkler system.
Do you plan on having a professional contractor install part or all of the system?
A basic rule of thumb is that a sprinkler contractor will price things out so that he has 1/3 of the total bid price … Read More