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What do I actually need to do in order to size/buy a DIY drip garden watering system?

You can assemble a drip irrigation system on your own. If you’re the least bit handy, it’s not difficult at all. The system operates at low pressure, so the seals are as simple as punching a hole ...
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How to convert inches to gallons?

I just went through the same thing myself when setting up my drip irrigation system. It's actually pretty easy. The formula is as follows: Pr = 96.25 x Total GPM of all emitters (gal/min) ------...
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Drip watering system drains water tank with inactive pump

If I'm understanding what you're saying correctly, it sounds like you need to install what's called a spring check, a little device that only opens when there's a certain about of pressure applied to ...
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Drip watering system drains water tank with inactive pump

A typical solution is to put a "vacuum breaker" in line (say as the pipe goes out the top of the tank) - this permits flow under pressure, but when suction comes into to play it vents the pipe to air, ...
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What do I actually need to do in order to size/buy a DIY drip garden watering system?

In general, I find ordering from Rainbird's website to be cheaper (and have more options) than ordering from Amazon for almost everything except tubing. Components (elbows, T-splits, emitters, etc...) ...
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What is the most efficient drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert?

Why not do what people in similar climates used to do for centuries? Use large flat rocks to conserve soil moisture. You can amend their methods to work with drip irrigation too if you wish. Use of ...
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Fixing drips that are no longer working

If your water is hard, you may find that calcium deposits have blocked the holes. Perhaps you can soak them into a vinegar solution of distilled/rain water over night to see if you can dissolve the ...
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Adjustable spray jet tips keep getting clogged

Most drip components I'm aware of, including this micro sprinkler you're using are very susceptible to clogging. It is not uncommon for there to be sediment in the water supply that will clog the ...
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Spinkler System Layout

@SBB I'm probably too late to be helpful but thought I'd answer with some pointer. First, a small helpful hint for your drawing, which by the way is very good. Where pipe from one zone crosses pipe ...
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Drip irrigation system

Without a photo, I'm only taking a stab at describing what I think you saw. There are many different names for this product, and it's made by at least Rainbird, Toro, and Netafim (probably others), ...
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What is the most efficient drip system setup for irrigating a tree in the desert?

I grew up in one of the hottest driest places in Australia. My mother still lives in this place... Adelaide, South Australia and she lives in a house on a quarter acre, surrounded by a large garden ...
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How to convert inches to gallons?

One US gallon is 231 cubic inches. One square yard is 1296 square inches. So "1 inch of rain" is 1296/231 or about 5 and a half US gallons or 21 liters of water per square yard. The flow rate ...
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Going up with a drip-feed system

Standard drip irrigation systems like this are like Lego used to be a long time ago. You can buy a couple dozen different shapes and sizes, to make all sorts of contraptions.. To branch off from ...
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Some True Date Palm Questions

Hey mxcoin great questions! Palm fronds are wrapped this way to help reestablish the tree after a transplant. This trussing helps to slow top growth, lower the tree's wind profile and reduce water ...
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Is it possible to irrigate a bonsai with a drip system?

If you have good drainage, you don't need a drip-system. Just water it daily in growing season, and surplus water will drain from the soil. Bonsai is practiced for thousands of years, before any ...
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Mist vs dripping irrigation for fruit trees

Mist is used in some nurseries and not for fruit trees. Overhead sprinklers or drips are used to trees. Both have pros and cons. Overhead wets leaves and expose them to diseases. It wastes water too. ...
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Using Rain Bird drip irrigation tubing with quick connect fittings

Ok, I did a field test myself. 1/2 inch Rain Bird tubing worked just fine with 1/2 inch fittings from Sharkbite and John Guest. No actual data on the 1/4 in tubing yet, but I’ll post a comment below ...
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What is optimal orientation of drip holes on driplines?

Found the answer: best is down or sideways because chance or getting dirt in is lower than if they would be oriented upwards. Still, there is not a very big difference between positions. Best to keep ...
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Drip system: how to achieve evenly moist soil in pots

There could be a few factors at work here: capillary action, water adhesion and flow rate. Taking the latter first, if there is not enough water going into the soil then clearly it will only wet a ...
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Drip line trial - leaking and some emitters not working

The length makes no difference. Normally the whole line will be at the same pressure because the total discharge volume is lower than the available supply volume. A drip type emitter can face any ...
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Identify this connector for my irrigation system

It is a compression fitting. The blue ring unscrews, a couple of wrenches on it and the black nut will be fine. For future fittings you need to identify the pipe size and material.
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Automatic drain valve for drip irrigation

Wow! After much googling prior to posting this, I found the answer just minutes after posting. Here’s one thing that seems like it will work (in case anyone has similar question). I just wanted to ...
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How much to water Raspberries on a drip line?

1 inch of water over a 18" wide area = 1/8 of a cubic foot of water per foot of bed. A cubic foot is about 8 gallons. If you are using 1 gallon drippers, then you would want to run it for about 1 ...
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Very small scale drip irrigation

You might be interested in a gravity feed auto-watering system. I use a float-valve watering system comprised of a 3.5gallon bucket inside a 5gallon bucket with a siphon feed into a garden olla. https:...
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Newer watering system lacks pressure

Could you answer how many heads are included per zone? When you turn it on, and one zone goes off, how many heads are included? How many zones do you have on your controller? Are the drip lines ...
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Drip lines not working

Given that the non-working pipes are buried, it's likely that they are broken, or blocked or both. Unless of course there's an inline valve you've not found... Drippers and other small irrigation ...
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Completely sealing drip system hole plugs

The holes you are trying to plug are a place where you (or someone) removed an emitter or connector. Depending on the procedure they used and the temperature, the hole in the mainline may have been ...
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How long and when to drip irrigate potted tomato plants?

I grow my tomatoes in 21" pots and use drip irrigation. I run them 10 minutes twice a day. I also have about 2-3" of cypress mulch on top to help fight evaporation. I sometimes have to adjust this ...
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Fixing drips that are no longer working

Use a 150 mesh screen filter on your water source to keep out sediment. Also, if this isn't city or well water, you can have issues with algae growing in the lines and clogging the drips. There are ...
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Is automatic drip irrigation possible without a timer?

If you really want to go to the extra effort, you do it with a siphon valve (basically a flush toilet, but it doesn't need to be designed to pass solids) a reservoir tank at sufficient height to ...
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