Drip filter

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by phareous, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    King had a problem with their early versions in that the sealant hardened-up. The newer ones seem better. If I thought I'd have a flooded condition, DBY/DBR would be my choice.
  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    The newer version of the king Dry Conn, with the clear goop is a lot better than the ones with the white grease.

    BTW, does anyone still use Penntite? Do they still make it? And wasn't it Spears that made the pre-filled Dry-Splice a.k.a. DS-400s?

    You could get by with 3M Scotchlok wire nuts wrapped in tape and dipped in Scotchkote. More steps involved and messier than the Dry Conn, but probably greater peace of mind long term.

    City water or not, I always use filters with drip. I prefer the 150 stainless mesh to the polyester or nylon or whatever it is. I always use some kind of pressure regulation too, unless the static pressure is already below 50 PSI.

    They ones on fixed stakes get damaged by kids, gardeners and rodents here. I switched to Rain Bird 6 inch Xeripop heads with 5 ft. or 8 ft. nozzles years ago and haven't looked back. Do the math to see if they'll work in your situation. I even used them with MP Rotator nozzles recently with no problems.
  3. phareous

    phareous LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I might look at the xeripops. They have a lot of options (xeribug, xeribubbler, xeri spray and mister, not to mention the XF dripline. I'm not quite sure what is the best - I'm using it for beds which are maybe 5 feet deep and then follow the length of my house or fence. I mostly have bushes but plan to plant more flowers in the future
  4. Cloud9Landscapes

    Cloud9Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ca
    Messages: 558

    I always use a filter with any drip system. I woluldn't say that it is always entirely necessary however. Some parts of the San Fernando Valley have awful water with lots of sediment from decaying pipes and passing through aqueducts. Other areas like Orange County have fine water that dosen't require a whole lot of filtration.

    I've come across small crustaceans living in systems fed off municipal water. Usually in a valve or a filter. Sometimes I come across small aquatic snails or their shells in filter screens on sprayheads.
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    So, who checks the filters regularly, your crew or the client? I've been on a ton of cold calls where we finally tracked it down to either a clogged DCV or filter, or both. Got to either put that in your service contract or instruct the client (who will always forget).
  6. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,928

    Something must happen to those drip filters when close proximity to the ocean (salt air exposure or something to that effect), never could figure it out, but on municipal water, the mesh filter and fittings up to the filter always clog up with a mossy type growth after non use during winter, when operational, no problems with clogging.

  7. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,928

    I've been a big fan of the xeri pop up and use them in flower bed situations. Easy to move if need be, can get them low to ground and pop up to 8" or so above ground.

    I use these on all my commercial color beds on my commercial maintenance accounts.

  8. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,304

    I use filters, just in case some numbnuts contaminates the main or discharge lines when damage/repairs happen.

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