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Are valves needed to control my irrigation zones or are digitally controlled hoses are good enough?

I'm a newbie to backyard irrigation. I'm developing my backyard now, part of it is going to be lawn (2 zones) and drop irrigation (2 zones) for plants and trees. I'm strongly considering adding ...
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Valve connected to Hunter Node not opening

I've got a Hunter Node that operates a single zone in my yard. After "dewinterizing" the system, noticed that this zone was not operating. The valve looked a bit old, so just replaced the ...
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Splitting 1 Zone into 2

My front (small) and back (large) yard were put on the same zone. My front yard is in direct sunlight with little shade while my back yard is completely shaded. So watering them the same amount wastes ...
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How to pull apart root ball that grew around a sprinkler valve?

Just bought a new house, and after a great deal of searching I finally found one of the sprinkler valves (manual) to the sprinklers I keep seeing around the yard. When I opened it up, I saw a very ...
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Sprinkler Troubleshooting

I added a couple of branches to my sprinklers over a year ago to add some more sprinklers to cover some brown spots on my backyard grass. There are now 16 sprinklers with 4 off of two branches and 8 ...
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How to avoid hitting sprinkler lines when aerating lawn or cutting sod?

Besides pre-marking and avoiding sprinkler heads: Can an aerator dig deep enough to strike the underground sprinkler lines? Can a sod cutter cut under grass deep enough to strike the underground ...
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Are rigid poylethylene irrigation pipes more reliable than soft ABS sprinkler hoses for residential sprinkler systems?

My experience with the typical household dripper hoses - like the ones pictured, made of soft ABS, and connected with nipple connectors secured with plastic rings - is that they fail frequently; under ...
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Sprinkler system does not rotate

I have several of these sprinklers in my front garden: https://www.bauhaus.es/aspersores/neptun-profi-aspersor-de-impacto/p/22600185 But 2 sprinklers stopped rotating. I checked the water lines, but ...
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Blowing out sprinkler lines

I've done some research online about how to blow out my sprinkler lines and everything I've read says not to push air through the backflow preventer. However, I have no other place to hook up an air ...
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What thread type do standard sprinkler nozzles have?

I am assembling a sprinkler system for my gardens and decided to use these standard lawn sprinkler nozzles as they are pretty cheap and seem to do what I want, however I can't find anywhere what the ...
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What are the reasons against shallow pipes for popup sprinklers?

In each description I've seen for the installation of popup sprinklers, the pipe is being dug deep into the ground, below the lowest point of the sprinklers. I was thinking of making a pretty shallow ...
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Why is anti-siphon leaking with just one zone?

About a month ago I started to notice that the anti-siphon leaks or seems like it is trying to pressurize like it would when turning the system on in the spring. As far as I can tell this only happens ...
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Is using sprinkler system in orchard a wise choice?

My orchard has walnut, apricot and apple trees and I have alfalfa as cover crop. For now I am using surface irrigation. I am planing to change my system to drip irrigation or sprinkler irrigation. ...
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Sprinkler head pools water while running only

My sprinkler head pools a good amount of water only while it is running. Looking online, I can only find reference to low head drainage, which I don't think this is since it doesn't pool once that ...
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No pressure in irrigation system

Last summer the sprinklers worked fine but when trying to replace them with drip we found the water no longer flowed. I opened the pressure regulator to inspect if it was blocked but it seemed fine. I ...
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Why are my neighbor's front yard sprinklers causing a large water build up on my front lawn?

Whenever my neighbor's sprinklers go off it leaves a huge amount of water on my lawn. How come this is happening? See large puddle around the tree:
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Work mechanism and added value of higher speed of simple sprinklers?

What is the use of higher rotating speed of standard lawn sprinklers (assuming there is a large family of similar non-special devices) you see around in Northern Western Europe and many other places? ...
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Automatic Sprinkler: Calculating how much and how often - based on weather and other parameters

At http://wiki.bitplan.com/index.php/Sprinkler#Requirements I am gathering requirements for a sprinkler software that I intend to create and make available as open source. The hardware is already in ...
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Identifying/operating an automatic watering system

I recently bought a house built circa 1970 in France, and it came with an automatic watering system (date of setup unknown, so any time between then and now), controlled by this: I've been unable to ...
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Sprinkler / garden watering advice

I live in London and am about to have the beds planted (late I know). I'm thinking about watering... I currently have an oscillating sprinkler (and a timer) that I place in the middle of the garden ...
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What is this Sprinkler Component?

I am turning on my sprinkler system for the year and I am very unfamiliar with this setup. The system was winterized by a professional last year and I am not sure what all was turned off, opened, etc....
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Pipe Leak in Irrigation Box

I have a leak in my sprinkler/irrigation box. Not sure where to start. Is this something I can easily fix? What steps would be necessary? Here is a short video of the leak: https://www.dropbox.com/s/...
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Why are my Sprinkler's no longer rotating?

I have an irrigation system that's about 7 years old. I started to notice that some of my sprinkers' (MP Rotators) are either not rotating or doing so at an extremely slow rate. I've done several ...
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Does a sprinkler or spray nozzle increase the PSI exerted on a garden hose?

I am looking to buy some garden hoses and I want to be sure they will be strong enough to use with a sprinkler, spray nozzle, or drip irrigation system if I buy one in the future. My water pressure ...
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What needs to be considered when rerouting irrigation lines?

So I have a perpetual dead spot in my yard. I did some testing with the irrigation system and found that the sprinklers must have been installed before the landscapers put in the trees; the sprinklers ...
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Does a sprinkler system by a house attract termites?

Does a sprinkler system by the foundation of a house attract subterranean termites up into the house? I heard subterranean termites (at least in the desert) come out of the ground at night to seek ...
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What is the difference between a Rain Bird SP40 sprinkler and Rain Bird 1800 series with the same nozzle?

Can someone please explain to me the difference between the Rain Bird SP40 sprinklers that already have a nozzle, and the 1800 series, which is spray only with the same nozzle type. Why would I use ...
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Why are my squash and pickle plants just producing flowers?

Location central Jersey (USA). I have a small garden next to the house. All my plants get watered nightly from the sprinkler system. My tomatoes and hot peppers are producing bumper crops, but the ...
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Broken Saddle Tee In Irrigation System

I notice a broken line in my yard and when I dug the line up I have a white tee connector. Looking online it looks like a Poly Pipe Kwikseal Saddle Tee. The nut is missing, which I assume has caused ...
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Using rotary and spray sprinklers on the same zone?

In my front yard I have two sprinkler zones. I have all areas working great, except for one area of the yard. The area gets no water and I would like to install a spray head to take care of that. I ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

My lawn has an underground sprinkler system. Many of the heads are old, leaking, and hard to adjust. So I've been swapping them with Rainbird 5000 series heads. They look like this: Here's the thing. ...
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Finding solenoid box

Hello I have an err 1 on my rain bird controller and all the zones work except for one and two which are in the same place could this be a solenoid gone bad. If so I have found the wire that runs out ...
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Spinkler System Layout

I am planning on doing my own backyard to save a bunch of money on labor. The first step will be digging the trenches for my sprinkler system. Before I begin, i was hoping to get any thoughts or ...
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Is there a special hose to tap connector that doesn't splash?

I have a garden tap inside my conservatory/summer room. The problem is that every time I disconnect the hose from the tap, I get a gush of water that sprays on the wall and floor. I've tried using a ...
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How can I find sprinkler valves buried in my yard?

I had a lightning storm hit my house and my sprinkler system stopped working. I replaced the Irritrol KD9 controller. The controller powers on and I have ~25 AC V on the line according to my ...
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What are the main kinds of permanent sprinklers and what they are best used for? [closed]

I have a lawn and a garden. That's about the extent to my expertise in keeping them tidy and healthy. I have some permanent sprinklers in some areas, but they downright stink, so I'd like to redo my ...
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How to conceal anti-siphon irrigation valves?

I'm rebuilding the valve manifold of my residential irrigation system. The existing system seems to have no backflow prevention, so among other changes, I'll be swapping out the globe valves for anti-...
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How can I check quality of sprinkler blowouts?

We just had our sprinklers blown out, and are starting to suspect the quality of the work we got. Within 5 minutes of discovering that we had a blowout scheduled, our fee was charged and the guy left....
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Is it safe to use silicone spray on sprinkler heads that do not retract?

Is it helpful to use silicone spray on a sprinkler head that does not retract?
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Are there any issues with using an on ground sprinkler system with impact sprinklers?

I recently bought a home, and now I am tired of watering the lawn every day. I considered under ground sprinkler system but they are very expensive. I thought to do my own diy on the on ground ...
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How can stop my sprinklers from spraying the house after replacing house main?

Recently bought at 90+ year old house. While a plumber was going through our first punch list of issues, he replaced the main pressure regulator to stop both our toilets leaking. Then first time DIY ...
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Is it possible to use micro-sprinklers to irrigate the lawn?

While trying to solve the same problem I’ve inquired before — using shrub sprinkler heads in drip-irrigation system to water narrow side lawn — I am coming to realisation that even if pressure is ...
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How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn?

I just bought a new house and I want to program the irrigation system. I don't know anything about the lawn or the system because I just moved in. I want to know how often I should water the lawn, ...
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Simple DIY Sprinkler Sets: A bad idea?

My wife & I purchased a home in November in Los Angeles. There's a fully automated, underground sprinkler system in the front, but nothing in the back. The backyard is a bit of a mess. Not ...
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Dividing a sprinkler zone into two zones

I need to split an existing sprinkler zone into two zones. The issue I have is I cannot remove the valve that currently controls to flow. So, I want to have the system turn on both the original valve ...
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PC controlled irrigation system

I am investigating the use of a PC to control my yard irrigation system. The research that I've done has only revealed one system with the (unfortunate) name of Irritrol. Have you used your PC to ...
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Utility lines blocking off areas of my designed sprinkler system entirely, what to do?

So I'm starting the design of my Home Sprinkler system, and the first thing I do naturally is call the utility company and have them mark everything. The problem is, they've essentially "boxed off" a ...
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How can I attach three oscillating sprinklers to one hose?

Is there a way I can plug three oscillating sprinklers into one hose? I have a big backyard and I don't want to stand there and water it every morning. I have one sprinkler because I only have one tap/...
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Is it possible to connect a funny pipe to a polyethylene tube?

Title says it all. Is it possible to connect a funny pipe to a polyethylene tube? If so, what exactly do I need? Here in Southern California, I tried going to Home Depot and Lowes, but none of the ...
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What is the best way to automatically water my garden?

I am in the process of starting a small garden (6'x9'). My current sprinkler system doesn't do a great job of covering the area where I have placed the garden, so I would like to tap off of my ...
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