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Old 07-30-2013, 02:30 AM
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1/4 drip line on cement patio

I need to install drip line to several pots around a stamped concrete patio with no access underneath.

This is a contemporary house that's roughly 75% all window's so the drip needs to be flawless.

Typically we install 1/2 conduit strapped in with molly anchors , then running drip packs to the pots. Making it hidden as possible or what ever the situation may be of course the goal is to make it as clean as possible. Anyways 1/2" is out of the question

I'll be installing my main piping around this 25' x 80 ' patio and installing drip to each pot. There's a multi tiered water feature in the middle of this so I was able to sneak several drip lines under the rocks to gain access to the middle of the patio. Which helps from running drip from the outside of the patio to the middle. There are no arbors that I can run up and over

Basically, do you guys have any well known products for keeping 1/4 drip straight?

So far my idea's are 1/4" wire strap and molly anchor every few feet, Small sections of double sided sticky tape and also small dabs of super glue. I'm not sure how weather effects the last 2

Suggestions, ideas?
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:40 AM
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How many emitters are you planning to feed from a single tube? Best practice is one emitter tube for one dripper.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:07 AM
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Hydraulic cement sticks well to masonry (get it wet first) and pops off cleanly if you need to remove it. I use it as glue to stick copper anchors on brick walls for plant support.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:35 AM
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Can you core drill under the pots Mitch?

That would be the cleanest way i can think of.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:18 AM
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I agree with Jim, and will note this. Whatever you do Mitch, keep in mind these pots are not necessarily a permanent feature, so however you decide to run your line you should try to avoid anything that is permanent (i.e. molly anchors may not be the best option here).
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:44 AM
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I agree with Jim, and will note this. Whatever you do Mitch, keep in mind these pots are not necessarily a permanent feature, so however you decide to run your line you should try to avoid anything that is permanent (i.e. molly anchors may not be the best option here).
I agree with Chief and for the record view sites such as these, products of piss poor planning and preparation.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:56 AM
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I agree with Chief and for the record view sites such as these, products of piss poor planning and preparation.
Yes. If there is any potential for patio pots, then a sleeve should be run to a 6" round.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:23 PM
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6" spacing 0.5gph 1/4" drip line does wonders for using 1/4 drip tubing and multi pots.

There's no way to drill under the pots as there is no access under the cement.

Windflower do you have a link to a product for hydraulic cement?
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:58 PM
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6" spacing 0.5gph 1/4" drip line does wonders for using 1/4 drip tubing and multi pots.

There's no way to drill under the pots as there is no access under the cement.

Windflower do you have a link to a product for hydraulic cement?
You can drill through the footing and push a 3/4 in galv. pipe through the footing with a backhoe or mini-ex.

The pipe can be located and the slab core drilled over the pipe.

The pipe can be cleared of soil and drip pvshed out from the slab. The metal pipe can then be removed and you are in business.

If more than 20 ft or shorter lengths are used due to space constraints, I use gas pipe thread protectors rather than couplings because they are smaller and smooth.

Google BURKE water plug or anti hydro products.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:16 PM
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There's no way to drill under the pots as there is no access under the cement.
There's always a way to get access under the cement, it just takes money. If it needs to be clean, the pots are pretty "permanent" and they budget allows, you should core-drill it and run a horizontal bore (directional drill) to get your pipe in to the cores. It's going to be difficult and expensive but it will be "right."

Otherwise, I'd probably tell them to have the maid water the plants, anything you run on the surface is going to look like an afterthought, no matter how neatly done, and be a trip hazard.
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