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SportTiger1
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DIY Sprinkler System?

I'm tired of dragging around 2 hoses and moving my sprinkler heads everyday. So i figured i'd setup a simple undergroud system that hooks up to water spigot.

If anyone of you has every done this, i am looking for a little help.

- I think i'm looking for 7-8 total rotors, so can i run this on just 1 zone? or should i create 2 zones with 4 rotors?
- Is there a typical size mainline i should run, and should this be the same size as the line to each rotor? 3/4?

any other considerations i should make before attempting such a thing?


djangochained
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
just beware of the loss of pressure in farthest spigot in zone

i would go no more than 6 per zone, 1/2" or 3/4" PVC is fine
This post was edited on 4/30 at 2:27 pm


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Chad504boy
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
you need to make sure you have good enough water pressure to run a big enough zone.


bbvdd
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
4 heads max per zone.

And if you're planning on burying the lines why do you want to have it hook up to an faucet? Hook it to the main line going to the house so you have enough pressure. Just turn the water off and put a T with a cutoff.

My sprinkler system is 1 in lines if I rememeber right.


SportTiger1
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
I checked my GPM last year and it wasn't very high, that's part of the reason i was thinking of going to two zones with only 3-4 rotors each. Haven't test the PSI yet.

I would like to run it off of the main line, but i couldnt even tell you where it comes into the house. I guess i could figure it out if it will get me better volume/pressure.

PVC or POLY? does it matter?


NYCAuburn
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
for the lawn or landscaping?


bbvdd
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
quote:

I would like to run it off of the main line, but i couldnt even tell you where it comes into the house.


Connect it just a few feet off the meter.

Mine is all PVC


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SportTiger1
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
Lawn only, for now.


Tiger-Striped-Bass
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
I did my own, very extensive system. If you go to Rainbird's website, you can download a sheet and draw in your lawn, give your flow and pressure specs, and they will design it for you for free. Of course it will specify Rainbird components. I'm sure the other sprinkler component companies have the same thing.


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NYCAuburn
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
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Lawn only, for now.


was going to say if landscaping , do a drip irrigation.


GEt your yard marked for utilities, rent a trench digger and go to town.
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CoastieGM
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re: DIY Sprinkler System?
Rain Bird used to do free sprinkler system design (spec-ing their products, of course).

They did this for me once on a house in '95. I just sent them a drawing of my yard with dimensions, and the PSI of my water supply.

They sent me a drawing, materials list and instructions. I just followed their steps and it worked like a charm. Just don't say you're in Texas (if you are in Texas)...they won't do it due to some stupid Texas law.


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