Spec Out A Dream System

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Kiril, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Just for giggles and grins, let's spec out a dream system.
    Property is a multi-million dollar residence and the sky is the limit for cost.

    We can start with the following guidelines:

    1. 10 hydrozones
    2. Valves to be located within each hydrozone
    3. Water use efficiency is absolutely required
    4. AE must be over 90% for all hydrozones

    So I will start the list.

    Item 1: CSI research grade custom weather station with all the bells and whistles appropriate for the site.

    Item 2: Weighing lysimeter (optionally per hydrozone)

    Item 3: Soil moisture sensing per micro-climate for each hydrozone.

    These three items should push the system to about 100K or more without even installing a single valve or laying a foot of pipe, however it will provide extremely accurate ET data for each hydrozone and should be sufficient to meet or exceed item 4 of the guidelines.

    I made the weighing lysimeters optional for each hydrozone given they are so damned expensive to construct.
  2. Squirter

    Squirter LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 172

    Dream System??? Beautiful 25 y/o bikini wearing blonde with garden hose and spray end nozzle who is happy to leave when the job is done and willing to return on short notice when things get dry? $25.00/hr (good value), cook too??? (priceless) :laugh:
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    First post and already off-topic. :nono: Anyhow, your suggestion gives new meaning to your name. ;)
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    A redhead would be okay

  5. Would she have a Lincoln Moisture Meter?
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,978

    Now where did I put my Piche evaporimeter & thermometer screen to go with
    my lysimater? Damn that "osais effect".www.llansadwrn-wx.co.uk Click on "articles", click on "Lysimeter".
    You are out there, wonder boy!:dizzy: :)
  7. Squirter

    Squirter LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
    Posts: 172


    I offer my sincere apology for going off topic. I tried to resist, but couldn't. Put me in the penalty box?

    Now, I really hope we can get back on point and post those dream systems because I visit this forum to learn from you pros and Kiril started a good thread. It was just a dumb blonde moment.
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm sure Kiril would agree, there is no penality box,as much as it freaks out
    the administrators...."off topic" is the norm around here.:laugh:
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,978

    We have five systems that were designed & built on "dream specs". They have Rain Master DX-2 "Evolution" clocks w/ permanent remote recievers.
    The future will be the "Oasis" software & big gun computor to remote manage
    the sites. All have flow sensing & normally open & closed master valves,
    Weather-Matic valves, Hunter I-20 stainless "ultra" rotors, Toro "Stream Rotors", MP Rotators, all sch 40 main & laterals, Weather-Matic brass nozzles,Rain-Bird SAM 6" & 12" pops
    Oh yass, on all sites, there are gobs of spare thirteen strand for expansion &
    mainline stub-outs all over where ever I could think we'd want it down the
    road. Kirils "dream on" suggestions are exact mirrors of our future plans,
    tho he's got me with the Lysimeter. My only "dream" would be a web cam
    system that would cover each zone so as Central warned me of flow/no flow,
    I could zoom in & pinpoint the offence!:) As sites get bigger & water gets
    less available, this stuff mite become mandatory! Last comment...up to you
    pups to wring-out 2-wire!:hammerhead:
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    I was thinking more along these lines.


    Pretty hard to plant shrubs and trees on your tiny Lysimeter. ;)

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