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How important is it to install an irrigation system during a new build?

The cost should not be that much different. In fact, you might find that it is cheaper to do it after everything else is done. First, your builder will likely subcontract the work and add a percentage ...
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How do I remove a tube from a compression coupler?

If you wiggle the fitting from side to side while pulling, you can get it to step itself off the irrigation tube. This works for all sizes of these type push-in drip irrigation compression fittings. ...
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How to set up a very long (1600 ft) drip irrigation system?

Generically, go with large diameter pipe. Specifically, you'd need to run calculations based on water flow rate, pipe size, and dynamic head (pressure loss due to flow rate) against the available ...
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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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Will Irrigation spikes speed up oak tree growth?

No, not unless you're frequently in long drought periods which cause the tree to go short. The tree will grow as well and as fast as its genes allow with sufficient water for its needs, enough space ...
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Treating AC condensate water to make it good for plant watering

It is essentially pure water but has absorbed gases from air . The only gas that has an affect in this situation is CO2. It dissolves and makes carbonic acid, I forget the pH, it may be about 4. The ...
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Is there a practical difference between HDPE and LDPE irrigation tubing?

In terms of water? There is no difference. If you were piping and storing acidic or alkaline fluids, then there would only be one choice for each. HDPE will likely last longer if left alone once put ...
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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

I would use a shut-off ball valve (as opposed to a butterfly) such as the one pictured, turned to the required gpm.
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How to install irrigation for an unstructured garden

I prefer drip emitter tubing over soaker hoses. They deliver more even and consistent watering throughout the length. You can get them with various emitter spacings from 6" to 18" or so. If you lay ...
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PC controlled irrigation system

If you're techie enough to mess with code, feel free to use mine. I built an arduino-based solar powered one that cues off soil moisture levels instead of timing. https://github.com/kolosy/irrigation
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

There are a few tools available to help you with this process. I would suggest getting a donut sod cutter or a Sprinkler Head removal tool. They're designed to cut a small hole around the sprinkler ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Spray some WD-40 and then try to move the balls with a piece of rubber, or with your finger wearing rubber gloves. I've used this technique to free a sensor wheel from a thermal heater clogged with ...
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Is automatic drip irrigation possible without a timer?

It is very unlikely you'll be able to adjust the faucet so that the drip system works well and doesn't over water your garden while leaving it on all the time. plants also don't want to be ...
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How should I increase the amount of water coming from my irrigation system?

That's an unconventional setup with the 2 GPH emitters as connectors and I think it may be the cause of the problem unless that's how the 1/4" drip line was meant to be fed but I think that's unlikely....
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Do I need to change the irrigation for my Shamel Ash trees?

This does likely have something to do with watering, but there are several issues here. When watering, it is better to give the water all at one time, ideally over a period of ½ hour, and make ...
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How to install irrigation for an unstructured garden

You've mentioned seeds as well as transplants, so I'm assuming the bed has seeds planted in it already? If that's the case, trying to put in a soaker hose will be next to impossible without disrupting ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

A Strap Wrench would be the generic approach to this (intended as an example of the type, not a specific recommendation of brand or store) (and in my usual process of answer the question then read ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Thank you so much for the Silicone spray. This worked on the one of three that I found was 'stuck'. It took less time to fix this at the barn than trying to get the rubber washers in the correct way!...
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Feeding Tomatoes via an irrigation system

Sorry, I disagree with Stormy here - and this is 1 area I have experience - you absolutely can grow tomatos well on a schedule and with automated watering. (I've done it sort of - I have done it ...
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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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Will Irrigation spikes speed up oak tree growth?

I tend to agree with @Bamboo. It might be good to gently do a little exploratory digging around the base of the trees to make sure the contractors removed the tree bags used to hold the root ball ...
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Should rain water be allowed to flow directly into greenhouse?

One of the cool features of greenhouses is that you have more control. Storing water makes more sense rather than hit or miss by rain...to include over watering. Our gardens are always going to be ...
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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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How can I reduce the pressure and flow to only part of an irrigation system?

A twin faucet outlet simplifies things. If you really need to irrigate both trees and sprinkler at same time just add a metafim reducer to the line supplying the trees.ideally a twin faucet with two ...
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How should I increase the amount of water coming from my irrigation system?

a) Those emitters appear to deliver very little water even when under the correct pressure, and they really only deliver to a single spot. Water must move through the soil to reach other areas, and ...
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PC controlled irrigation system

I have used two wi-fi controllers for our irrigation from http://www.hottimesoftware.com/wifi-time-control.htm and are happy with the results. Uses the Raspberry Pi to operate the solenoids and can ...
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Looking for basic info/resources for drip irrigation

This is not a complete answer but may help with a few of your problems. Instead of replacing the whole hose, you can cut out the bad part(s), refit each end with threaded pieces, and get a small ...
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Can I use rainwater captured in Los Angeles to grow plants?

Let's ponder the concept of "so you put some plants out in the yard and they get rained on" - it's the same water - so it really should not be any worse. If you incorporate a standard trick of roof ...
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Can I use rainwater captured in Los Angeles to grow plants?

Safety is really difficult and/or expensive to attest as J. Musser has pointed out. Your storage containers and gutter material will determine the nature of what is in your water (Roof quality does ...
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How deep should drip irrigation be installed?

There are a variety of drip irrigation configurations, some are meant to be underground while others are meant to be above ground. An example of underground drip system could be found at: http://www....
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