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How do I go about planning the layout of a sprinkler network for my lawn?

There are several great questions and helpful guides on lawns and lawn-repair on this site. Since it's the lawn laying season now, I've started thinking about laying a sprinkler network prior to ...
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How do I prevent critters from chewing my sprinkler system?

I have a lot of trees in my yard...and squirrels. I'm not 100% sure the squirrels are the critters doing the damage, but it seems the most likely. My neighbor says he's seen a possum in his yard ...
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What are the differences between above and below ground irrigation?

Is there a major difference in effectiveness of delivery of water/nutrients through the use of above ground (sprinkler, flooding, etc) versus below ground (buried drip pipes) irrigation systems?
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How often/long should I water my newly sodded lawn?

I have some new sod getting rolled within the next few days and have a few questions. How many days out of the week will I need to water until the sod is established? How many minutes per zone should ...
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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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Sprinkler/irrigation system for new yard: DIY or hire a professional?

My backyard is essentially a wasteland; I plan on installing an irrigation system along with landscaping, hardscaping, shrubs, trees, retaining walls, etc. As far as I've been able to discern so far, ...
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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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What stops sprinkler heads from retracting?

I have a reticulation system in my lawn. Recently I replaced some of the sprinkler heads. But they don't always retract; ie when the water pressure is reduced or off they stick up above the lawn. The ...
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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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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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What options do I have for placing/installing a backflow preventer?

I'm installing a sprinkler system, and have to install a backflow preventer and pressure regulator at the start of the line. What I don't like about this is having random bits of plumbing sticking ...
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Why can't I get reticulation to work in spring?

Spring has sprung and it's time to turn on my reticulation (bore). My retic worked back in May but now (October) I turn it on and no water comes out. I can hear the pump going but no water comes out....
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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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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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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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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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How do I landscape a sloping and flood-susceptible yard?

My wife and I just moved into a house in Arkansas a few months ago and have noticed a few drainage issues with the back yard, it has roughly a 5 to 10 degree slope (east to west) and is fenced in. The ...
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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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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 there any way to estimate the gallons per minute that a sprinkler system would use?

I am currently in the process of trying to determine the cost benefit of installing a well to be used on my sprinkler system. In order to do this cost analysis I need to know how much water will be ...
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How do I figure out where the dead-end is in a sprinkler system?

I bought a new home that has a small area of grass on the other side of my driveway that is not part of the main yard about 10x16 in size and it has 6 sprinklers along the boarder. I want to remove ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 you learn about residential sprinkler systems in the US?

My sprinkler system came with the house and occasionally has issues. As I troubleshoot these, I've discovered that there's a lot of things about sprinklers that are not intuitive or obvious. It doesn'...
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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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Typically, where is the motor/pump of lawn sprinklers located?

My garage has the controls for my sprinkler system. Whenever I turn on the sprinklers, I could hear a motor starting. But I could not for the life of me find that motor. The home's been more than 20 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Home DIY Irrigation system maximum sprinkler particle size

I am planning on sucking water from a pond to feed an irrigation line with some sprinklers or drippers (the exact sprinkler/dripper is to be confirmed - but likely something like https://www.mitre10....
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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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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 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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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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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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