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any body have tips on a yard sprinkler system?

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Masada, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Feb 18, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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    Masada

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    I'm getting ready in the next few hours to go down to lowes and buy everything I need to put my sprinkler system in. I have sod being delivered Saturday morning! Right now I have a drip system hooked up to the front yard that was installed by the builder, I will be T'ing off that for the back yard.

    The area is 44' by 18' for all but only 750SF of grass, because we are bumping out the back porch a little (6' x 13').

    Just looking for some useful tips and tricks to putting this thing as smooth as possible. I've already started to dig trenches and what not.
     
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  3. Feb 18, 2010 at 12:07 PM
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    Sounds like a good story lol...
     
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    just dont use the really thin wall PVC. the previous owner of my house did, and I want to kick him in the shins if I ever see him again. It breaks soooo easily.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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    So are we talking the .125 stuff, sorry that's the only number i know :D
     
  6. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    Masada,
    Schedule 40 3/4" PVC is what you want to use.
    Cry once and buy your quality valve(s) at Sprinkler World or Ewing.
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  7. Feb 18, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    .Don't be like my brother and draw up a plan on a grocery bag.
    The basics are measure the water pressure
    Draw up a scale drawing of the area, deciede which sprinkler heads you are going to use. With this you will get the coverage and overlap and number of heads on a circuit. Don't stretch the calc and say thats good enough add more heads than you think you can get by with. Its a lot easier to put them in now rather than later.

    X2 on the Sch 40

    make sure you have something good and sharp to cut the Sch 40 pipe, you will be cutting a lot of pipe!

    Dig the trench deep, rent a good trencher. Don't think you can dig with shovel you will regret it

    keep the plan you drew up, you will need it when you put in the pool or what ever in the future
     
  8. Feb 18, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    Be sure to put your backflow (if you are required to have one in your town) so you can remove it during the winter so it doesn't freeze. This is how I did mine. I know it gets cold where your at!:D
     
  9. Feb 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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    Yep, I went to lows and got the schedule 40 pipe and some fitting and went at it.

    The back flow was already installed on the system so I didn't have to do this. I love my builder, they made it easy to do this house mod lol

    One of my neighbors saw me digging around and came over and started talking to me. He works in the industry and gave me a way better valve for free! Such a cool guy.

    All in all, it went pretty well for my first yard. I didn't have too many hiccups other than it raining while I was putting down the yard lol.
     
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