Which is better in your opinion? I can see where the "manifold" concept would cause a higher initial cost due to more pipe (I am planning on using 1" 200 for all laterals, off a 1" SCH 40 mainline), but from a layman's view, I like not having to bury a few hundred feet of wire that later may have to be troubleshot. Now, I am talking having maybe 2-3 zones in per underground box, and not cramming too many in there. One zone will be within 10 feet of the timer (left side of house, pop-ups), one zone about 20 feetaway (front of house, rotors), and the third zone on the far right side of the house (80+ feet away, pop-ups or rotors), with the lateral being run under the drive to the heads. Of course, there will be future expansion when I install sprinklers in my back yard. The bottom line is, what are the pros/cons to doing it each way? I imagine you pros have seen it done many ways, and can help me head off future headaches by doing it right the first time. Thanks!