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Complete system question

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mike33, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    okey guys i hate to ask stupid questions, and most of you know me in other forums that i am a prof. landscaper. I am building a new home next spring and thinking about putting in a irrigation system for my yard. We dont have anyone with in 75 miles of my area who does this. Where do i start out? system purchase and how to install. Thanks for the help.
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Start at the beginning. Make sure your line coming off the water source is big enough to handle your house and irrigation system simultaneously. A little planning and extra cost at the beginning will save you a LOT of headache in the future.

    Then go to http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/ , http://www.hunterindustries.com/Resources/FAQs/homeowner_faq.html , http://www.hunterindustries.com/Resources/Design/design_guide.html , http://rainbird.com/diy/design/index.htm, http://www.toro.com/sprinklers/guides.html and read up on design and installation information and/or services. A local supplier, even if 75 miles away can often offer free (or reasonably priced) design services if you buy your parts from them.
  3. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    I agree, pay a little extra for a 1" line going to the house.
  4. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    and 1-1/4" irrigation main line
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    The only time its worth going to 1-1/4" is if he has more than 10-15 gpm at his source. If his feed is a 5/8" meter, theres not much point unless the mainline has to run a very long way.
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Okey guys another stupid question. When do you run your lines to the head after yard is final top soil graded or when.
  7. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829

    I have one landscaper that always wants me to do it after rough grade but before final grade so that I don't mess up the yard for the sod. I did it for him once and after I charged him for all the heads he tore up we decided it was best that I do it after the final grade and he can give it one more rake when the sprinklers are in.
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,267

    What's the point of a 1" service line if you are going to have a 5/8 meter?
  9. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,267

    We always go in after the beds are installed with plant material and before they rockhound.
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Your common residential water meters are often made with various inlet/outlet pipe sizes. It may be a 5/8" meter but it could have a 1/2", 3/4" or 1" inlet/outlet. You can also purchase and install larger water meters and depending on local codes you can/must install a separate water meter for irrigation supplies. On new construction you can get with your architect and request a larger service line and appropriately sized meters. For large residential properties this is a "must" in my book. Work with the largest from the very beginning and it'll pay for itself in the long run.

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