irrigating with trash pump

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenmonster304, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I see time and again where a homeowner goes into the local hardware store, buys a centrifugal pump then calls me saying "it doesn't work".
    My favorite is when I ask why there are pvc sewage fittings all over instead of schedule 80 components. Costs too much is what I hear in reply.
    Never could figure that one out, by the time I get the Northern Star cheap-assed pump reinstalled and all the piping sorted out the dude has just paid me over $500 to straighten out his Ace special.
    I have always applauded the knowledgeable verse cheap do-it-yourself kind of guy, especially the guys similar to the o.p. Go in, get the system set-up properly so the dude has something to mess around with - then usually get invited for a beer or three while sitting on the back porch watching the water fly.
     
  2. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Since irrigating with a trash pump is out of my league, my only comment would be galvanized in & galvanized out. One question at this point, what's with all the right angles?

    The other question is regarding the flex pipe, what's it made of? I haven't seen it in FL, usually to custom fit steel pipe, I have to cut it and thread it. I like the idea of the flex, offers a lot more, shall we say... FLEXIBILITY?:laugh:

    Really nice clean installation, you can be proud of it.
     
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    what type of yield does the well produce ? and for how long ?
     
  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    The right angles I did just so that it's kind of like a swing joint. If things settle and move around I can still get it to line up. The flex is just vinyl suction hose it is reinforced with some kind of webbing.
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  5. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I did a quick test and got 16 gpm the max presure it would only build was 25 lbs even with all valves closed. I was running it for atleast an hour today. As I have it set up now it has a manual zone of drip for ten 15' maples and a few copper beeches. Also a main with hosebibs around the property and a feed for the garden.
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