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platinum
08-20-2011, 10:26 AM
I have a side yard that is 45x15. Currently have 3 RP5000 heads evenly spaced down the side. I have the nozzles pretty much closed so it doesnít over spray the area. Its working but doesnít seem very efficient.

Is there a different setup I can use with the RP5000ís or should I swap those out for some spray heads?

Wet_Boots
08-20-2011, 10:47 AM
Olden days might see three square-pattern popup sprays, but better to use eight standard popup sprays in head-to-head, so Kiril won't yell at you :)

platinum
08-20-2011, 10:54 AM
Yeah.. thats what I have on the ot her side. Its 45x7 though. 7 or 8 sprays.

Anything I can do on this side without adding heads?

Im expecting to get yelled at. I do everytime I post post in this forum :)

FIMCO-MEISTER
08-20-2011, 11:16 AM
If you have to stick with three heads I'd try WM's LA nozzles with adapters for popups. Use the 20s. http://www.weathermatic.com/index.cfm?page=100%20Series%20Shrub%20Nozzles

Put them on 6" popups. Hopefully you have enough slope to get some runoff to the edge.

Or you could try the LA version of these but its 15 degrees versus 10 degrees. Also in 20. If that doesn't quite do it then use the 24s. I'm banking on a little flood irrigation to reach the outer edge. These put out massive quantities of water.
http://www.weathermatic.com/index.cfm?page=B%20Series%20Brass%20Nozzles

platinum
08-20-2011, 01:23 PM
Yeah I have a little slope so that would work. Instead of WM brass ones, could I use the RP rotor nozzels. I have them in a couple other spots and they work great.

A couple 2/3rd nozzels and a 180 for the the center. The throw is 13-18 so that would be about perfect dialed in.

The only problem I see with either setup is a I have one more RP5000 on this zone. If I went to any type of popup spray setup the precipitation rates are going to be pretty off I would think.

GreenLight
08-20-2011, 01:30 PM
The only problem I see with either setup is a I have one more RP5000 on this zone. If I went to any type of popup spray setup the precipitation rates are going to be pretty off I would think.


That cat stayed in the bag a bit too long, lol. Your closest match is going to be MP rotators then most likely. And actually, you should be able to switch them all out to MPs and not keep the random rotor (if the 4th is dialed down a bit too), as the mp has versatility ranging from 10-30 feet.

As for the effectiveness of your setup, it has to overspray the top edge in order to avoid complete blank spots anyway so it has weaknesses to begin with. That being said, if you are looking for water efficiency with your current diagram the mp is much more efficient than a dialed down rotor.

Wet_Boots
08-20-2011, 01:30 PM
you can always re-nozzle the remaining rotor head to match precip rates

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Kiril
08-20-2011, 02:16 PM
Suck it up and add two more sprinklers giving you triangular spacing.

platinum
08-20-2011, 04:19 PM
If I need to swap the heads anyway and thats the right way to do it, then I guess that's what ill do. Are the other ways just not good setups?

assuming like this...

Wet_Boots
08-20-2011, 04:36 PM
Eight heads in square spacing would be textbook perfection.

Mike Leary
08-20-2011, 04:44 PM
Eight heads in square spacing would be textbook perfection.

Ditto........:clapping:

Kiril
08-20-2011, 07:57 PM
Eight heads in square spacing would be textbook perfection.

Agreed ... the triangular layout suggestion is a compromise given the lack of enthusiasm to install more heads.

mitchgo
08-20-2011, 08:04 PM
I say triangle space her out and convert to mp rotator

greenmonster304
08-21-2011, 01:34 AM
It would only take about an hour to add those extra heads, just do it
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platinum
08-21-2011, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the suggestions...

Everyone seems to always suggest the MP Rotors over the Rainbird spray rotors. Are they that much better? I run the RB's in some spots and they seem to work well.

Kiril
08-21-2011, 11:24 PM
Thanks for the suggestions...

Everyone seems to always suggest the MP Rotors over the Rainbird spray rotors. Are they that much better? I run the RB's in some spots and they seem to work well.

The RB5000 is not appropriate for that area. Your choices are a rotating nozzle or sprays, rotating nozzle (MPRotator) being the better choice IMO.