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Building new house and want to do my own irrigation?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by BryPaulD, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. BryPaulD

    BryPaulD LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 392

    People say it's easy to install. I am construction literate. I thought I would start here. I need tips, a run through. A ditch witch :) Thank you
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Like others who come here that are going to install their own irrigation systems I'd recommend that you start with http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/ which will give you good all around advice.

    Besides that I'd recommend:

    1. Have the largest POC (point of connection) that you can; greatest pressure with greatest GPM makes for more leeway when designing zones. Test it! Don't assume what you think you have.

    2. Design head-to-head (or as close as possible). This will eliminate thinly watered areas that will be prone to weeds and other problems.

    3. Don't mix sprinkler types; i.e. spray pop-ups with rotors.

    4. Choose a zone sprinkler that has good matching precipitation and don't max out all the zones. Leaves room in case you add hardscape, shed, etc. at a later time which WILL be on your honey-do list in the future.

    5. Automate; don't go manually activated. You'll save money and time.

    6. Design with winterizing in mind; right materials at proper depths, PVB/BF that is easily drained/blown out, attachment for blowing out system, etc.

    There's plenty more but I'll leave it to some of the other guys/gals for now.

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