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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by tocs93, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. tocs93

    tocs93 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    I am a Landscape Maintenance Contractor who wants to install an irrigation system on my own property. What do you pros recommend? Toro, Hunter, Rainbird? Is this something I should be able to handle myself? Property is approx 14,000 sq. ft. of lawn with foundation beds and a few beds in the lawn area. Thanks for any advice.
  2. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    A quick search and some reading would tell you what you want to know about Brands. We all have our prefrences, what you want to avoid are the things we all hate, not what one or the other of us prefers for whatever reason. What do you have ready access to? And will the stand behind it for you? Can you handle the install on your own? That is like asking about the prices in a restuarant whos menu doesn't show them. Best recomendation would be to find an irrigation contractor in your area and work with him. Who does your irrigation work now? I can't believe any company that does Landscape Maintenance operates with out the need of an irrigation specialist in some manner. Good luck
  3. F6Hawk

    F6Hawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I am a homeowner who recently installed my own system, based on advice from the good folks here. I suggest you do a name search on me, and you will find several posts that will answer MANY of your questions. I know they answered just about all of mine, and that coupled with about 2 months of research on my own into RB, Hunter, and Toro literature, I came up with my own system.

    What do I now have, you ask? Why, sit right back and let me tell you...

    A RainBird Modular controller, with wireless rain sensor.
    Hunter I-20 rotors with stainless steel risers.
    RB DVF-100 valves.
    RB 1804 sprays w/VAN nozzles (needed the distance on one side, and the
    variable arc on both sides of the house).
    1-1/4" SDR 21 mainline from the 1" meter to the two side-by-side manifold
    1" SDR 21 to all the heads except the last heads in each zone, which got
    3/4" SDR 21.
    Toro Funny pipe at all heads.
    About 25' of sprinkler wire, because I chose to keep my valves in one
    location, in jumbo boxes, so I did not have to pay a $1,000 bill like the lady
    across the street did last week when her system needed repairs.

    That is about it, but if you have other questions, feel free to ask, and I will tell you what I did. Some may not like the mixing of brands in a system, but with the internet these days, getting parts is a snap, if not always cheap or handy. And I got a couple extra of everything except the valves, so on-hand parts are there for most items should they fail.

    And with some pride, I do say that I think I have the BEST sprinkler system in the neighborhood, bar none. No hammer, like some have, and no dry spots. Even if the installer was a tad hard to get along with, it was worth it.

    The cost? About $1,400 outta my pocket. And a HUGE appreciation for why the pros here charge as much as they do to do a job. If I have to do it again, I will pay someone to do it, and will specify the parts I want them to use. Period.

    Oh, and one more thing that you will pick up as you read in here.... don't use Lowe's, Home Depot, or similar parts. Contractor-grade parts are available for nearly the same price, and will offer you much better quality. As anm example, the cheapo Lowe's rotors are around $11.90 here, and I got the Hunter I-20's for about $14.45, and they are stainless steel covered on the risers. And they are awesome, I love them. (Though I have read that some prefer the RB nozzles for the larger droplet size... I may have to look into that in the future).

    Good luck, happy reading, and if you value your time at all....
    Pay someone else to do it!

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