New sprinkler installation questions.


Old 04-25-19, 10:27 AM
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New sprinkler installation questions.

What is required to install a lawn sprinkler system?
How deep are the pipes buried?
Best brand of components? Where to buy them?
Different controller types?
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Old 04-27-19, 06:10 AM
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After doing some more research I realize there are a couple routes with many options.
Obviously, I could call a contractor.. which Ive done but no quotes yet.
Next I could install an underground system myself. This could be as simple as buying a prepackaged kit at homeD or buying individual components to better suit my needs. This could be connected to my existing hose bib (HD has timers for this purpose) or can be more properly tied into the water system itself. Either connection method would require an anti-backflow device.
Last route would be a surface system consisting of different sprinklers connected to hoses layed on top of the ground. There are more options going this route than I thought. Stake mounted misting, impulse and shower heads all with pass thru hose connections. This system could be manually controlled via valves at the bib, or probably also using timers similar to the DIY underground system.
any thoughts?
Old 04-27-19, 07:29 AM
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My lawn is about an acre andy my sprinkler system is going on 11 years.

Every year it's something, primarily replacing heads that seem to sink in the ground, changes in nozzles, or heads replaced due to simply wearing down/getting hit with the line trimmer.

The system itself has been pretty robust no issues with controller, lines, valves but many years it gets very little use and I find it easier to just take the big impulse sprinkler out and run it for an hour.

I find the whole thing to be a pain, this year I'm going to not even turn it on and in retrospect wish I had just avoided the entire system altogether!
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Visit the homeowner side of the Rainbird website. They offer a free irrigation system design service. They have instructions to walk you through measuring your water supply. Then you send them a sketch/drawing of your yard and they come back with a plan. They tell you how many zones, what type of emitter to use where and provide a parts list. You might not decide to go with them but their design could be a good place to start.
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