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Old 06-16-2014, 04:36 AM
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My install documentation

I installed a small system on my own for a friend the other month. This is my documentation to him. Feel free to comment and b!itch, or take a chapter and learn something - apply it and create your own methods. My documentation at my real job is just about as detailed , just much much more streamlined.

I personally think asbuilts are a waste of time and to most people they are greek. The only think I'm okay with is a vague map of valve box locations.. Anything else more detailed as a map .. What's the point? When a customer brings out there asbuilt and wants to show me a head... ' I swear the head is right here!!!' It's a waste of time to me. It doesn't help me save time at all. I have to stare at lines vs just getting things turned on my self.

In any case, aside from a smart controller and soil tests.. I feel documenting is very important... which takes about 15 -30 minute to gather data and some time to write it all up. I wrote these up in a format I cant upload so I have to copy and paste. Of course the layout is going to be way different to what I wrote up- No underlines/ font size/ color changes/ bolds ect...



Irrigation System information
Shut off Location : Next To Water Meter- 1" Double Check Backflow Assembly.
Controller Location: West Side of House- Weathermatic Smart Line 1600 Series. This system has a wireless rain sensor.
Zone Count: 4
Valve Location- All 4 valves are located on the NW corner of the house in a single box. All valves are 1", Main line is 1" @ 60' in length.

Water Pressure- 75 PSI - Zones 2,3,4 all have individual drip filter with built in 25 PSI reducer .



Zone Guide
Zone Description Sprinkler Type

Zone 1 - Back Lawn Sprays

Zone 2- Back Shrubs Drip Netafim

Zone 3 - Back / Green House/ East Side of house Veggies Drip Micro Spray

Zone 4 - Front Shrubs/ Veggies Drip Netafim




Water Programming Schedule

Controller- Weathermatic SL1600 Series
Zone 1- Back Lawn - Sprays - Moderate to Full sun South Sun Exposure
Program A - Zone 1 (Only)
Start Time - Cycle and Soak Method 6AM,7AM,8AM
Duration- 4 Min (Each Start Time) - A total of 12 Min Peak
Water Days- 2 Day Interval
Water Budget- May 70%, June 75%, July 100%, August 85%, September 60%
Zone 2- Back Shrubs- Drip Netafim 12" Spacing .9 GPH- Moderate Sun- Seasonal/ Established plants
Program B - Zone 2 ( Only)
Start Time- 8AM
Duration - 25 Min
Water Days - 3 Day Interval
Water Budget- May 70%, June 75%, July 100%, August 85%, September 60%
Zone 3 -Back /Green House/East Side of house Veggies -Drip Micro Sprays
New Plantings, Seedlings, Veggies. South Side Moderate/ Full Sun exposure.
Program C- Zone 3 (Only)
Start Time - Cycle and Soak Method 5AM , 9AM, 11AM, 1PM
Duration- 2Min ( Each Start time )- A total of 8 Min Peak
Water Days- 1 Day Interval
Water Budget- April 100%, May 100%, June 100%, July 100%, August, 100%.
Water Budget for veggies is set at 100% to help produce high yield. It's set in April so seedlings can grow and not turn on other stations
Zone 4- Front Shrubs/ Veggies- Drip Netafim 12" Spaying .9GPH and 6" spacing .6 GPH. North Sun Exposure- Moderate Sun
Program D- Zone 4 ( Only)
Start Time- Cycle and Soak Method 6AM, 7AM, 8AM
Duration- 8min ( Each Start Time) - A Total of 24 Min Peak
Water Days- 2 Day Interval
Water Budget- April 100%, May 100%, June 100%, July 100%, August, 100%.
Water Budget for veggies is set at 100% to help produce high yield. It's set in April so seedlings can grow and not turn on other stations. Cycle and soak Method is in effect to reduce runoff on hanging baskets and to reduce wasted water between the 2 different precipitation rates of drip line.

All other months are set to 0% Monthly Budget- If the controller is still set to run during these months, these zones will not run!




Watering Consumtion Report
Based on Programming Schedule
Gallons Per Month- GpM , Hundred Cubic Feet per month - HCF
Following the implented watering schedule will provide adequate coverage to all plant material for our watering season. The total cost annual in water usage will be around $175.
http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Fin...unts/Water.htm
Zone 1 - Back Lawn-10.5 Gallons Per Minute- 12 Min Peak- 2 Day Interval
May- 70% - 8.4 Min @ 15 Days - 1320 GpM/ 1.7 HCF
June 75% - 9 Min @ 15 Days- 1415 GpM/ 1.9 HCF
July 100% - 12 Min @ 15 Days - 1890 GpM/ 2.5 HCF
August 85%- 10.2 Min @ 15 Days- 1605 GpM/ 2.2 HCF
September 60% 7.2 Min @ 15 Days- 1135 GpM/ 1.5 HCF
Zone 1 Total Seasonal water Usage: 8.3 HCU - Roughly $40

Zone 2- Back Shrubs- 4 Gallons Per Minute- 25 Min Peak- 3 Day Interval
May- 70% 17.5 Min @ 10 Days - 700 GpM / .9 HCU
June- 75% 18.85 Min @ 10 Days - 750 GpM / 1 HCU
July 100% 25 Min @ 10 Days - 1,000 GpM / 1.3 HCU
August 85% 21.25 Min @ 10 Days- 850 GpM / 1.1 HCU
September 60% 15 Min @ 10 Days- 600GpM/ .8 HCU
Zone 2 Total Seasonal Water Usage 5.1 - Roughly $20

Zone 3 Back Veggies -7 Gallons Per Minute - 8 Minutes - 1 Day Interval
All Months From April to- August are at 100%
Per month 1,680 GpM / 2.25 HCU
Total Season water usage : 11.25 HCU - Roughly $50

Zone 4 Front Shrubs/ Veggies- 3.5 Gallons per Minutes- 24Min Peak - 2 day Interval
All Months From April to- August are at 100%
Per Month 1,260 GpM / 1.7 HCU
Total Season Water Usage : 8.5 HCU- Roughly $45
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:36 PM
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Just noticed I put hcu instead of hcf. , woops
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:52 PM
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The total cost annual in water usage will be around $175.
How cheap is your water? That annual cost is nuts.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:29 PM
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It rains all the time up there. Water are cheep.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:09 PM
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It rains all the time up there. Water are cheep.
At certain summer times, the NW has less precipitation than Arizona.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:25 PM
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At certain summer times, the NW has less precipitation than Arizona.
Yeah, we know. That one Tuesday in early July. Wow, one whole day of no rain.
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:25 PM
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Thats great documentation. I wish there'd be a lot more contractors to perform that step.

Personally, I've started taking photos when we trench, lay pipe, dig valve boxes, etc. Especially where pipes cross and a couple of items run in the same trench, like mainline + conduit for wire.

I'll post up photos of my latest endeavor soon.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:05 AM
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That's great information. I'm wondering if you do meter reads for your GPM for each zone or use published rates?

Overall an excellent write-up and more useful to a homeowner than an as-built.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:10 PM
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Nice job
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:32 PM
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I'd have to disagree that assbuilts are a waste of time. Somewhere down the line someone, maybe not you but someone will appreciate them. They don't have to be exact to scale drawings but a general idea where lines or things run.
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