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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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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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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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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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Mathematical formula for capturing amount of 1 inch rainfall on a tin roof messuring 4 ft x 8 ft?

Thats 4 X 8 X 1/12 cubic feet or 2.67 cubic feet. 1 cubic feet is 7.4805194805 gallons So the answer is almost 19.95 or 20 gallons
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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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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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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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14k gal/week irrigation system design -- am I missing anything? Who can I pay to review it?

So, first you need to know what the well can sustain for output. No point designing for 18 GPM if the well recharge rate is 15, 10, 5 or 1 GPM, unless you insert a huge storage tank. If it's more than ...
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Home DIY Irrigation system maximum sprinkler particle size

One Supplier (no endorsement) suggests 80 mesh (177 micron) for "sprinklers and rotors" (think the big ones) 120 mesh (125 micron) for "drip emitters, sprayers, and spray jets" (...
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Feeding Tomatoes via an irrigation system

I feel it is fine to have an automated system IF you know what you are doing and check virtually everyday what is happening with the plants. Otherwise, anything automated is going to get you in ...
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Hose timer on outdoor spigots with built-in anti-siphon valve

The typical screw in device for garden hoses is a vacuum breaker. Anti siphon valves are different ways of handling the same need. I don't know of an anti-siphon valve meant for hose connections. Are ...
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Hose timer on outdoor spigots with built-in anti-siphon valve

I have used this product very successfully. It is more expensive but works on city tap pressure or gravity feed from water barrels. It must be brought indoors in the winter. It has one threaded ...
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Are there any tricks to make irrigation even?

You need regulated emitters such as this pressure compensating emitter or these. There are other brands that I've used as well, but the idea is the same. I've seen them from 0.5 gallons per hour (GPH)...
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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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Is it possible to over-water a fruit tree?

It would be pretty hard to over water anything in open ground, unless the area was actually flooded, or there was a solid surface below the soil. In pots, so long as there are drainage holes which are ...
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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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Backyard Mister System

Yes, you should have used larger tubing. Tubing has friction losses with flow (dynamic head) - those losses are quite profound with small diameter tubing. There are web-hosted Total Dynamic Head ...
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What needs to be considered when rerouting irrigation lines?

Some people will think this is over the top, but here's the process I use when expanding an irrigation zone, or re-tasking it. Gather information What's the static pressure at your house? (If you ...
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Should rain water be allowed to flow directly into greenhouse?

Two things: Most rainwater collection systems have a diverter to allow the first few minutes of rain to NOT go into the collection barrel, or what have you. This first water tends to have a lot of ...
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Automatic Sprinkler: Calculating how much and how often - based on weather and other parameters

Here is what I (committer of the Spinkler open source project) found so far How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn? Watering Home Lawns: How Much and How Often CIS 1157 - ...
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