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The last 10 posts

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 10:06am

by wsommariva

I guess you are planning now for a Spring install?

Sometimes it's hard to insert barbed filling into the poly especially in cool weather.

I carefully used a propane torch to heat the poly. Got a valve that has a trigger switch, very very useful.

BUT if you heat too much you distort the poly and it will leak - I had one instance and the fix is not fun or easy, so a few seconds of heat only.

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 10:00am

by wsommariva

You mentioned buying manifolds? That's no fun, make your own.

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 9:56am

by wsommariva

Go to the poly section in Lowes or Home Depot. They will have the adapters you need. Yes one adapter for each SJ. Always buy extra parts when you go to Lowes/HD. When project is done return the extras.

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 8:52am

by My Dream

Thanks again for the reply wsommariva;

Let me recap and by the way, Rainbird did not suggest any Rotors based on the maximum throw being around 23 ft.

I've done head to head.

Reduce throw rating by around 10%,

Check for leaks before filling in trenches.

Consider an extra zone.

Use poly rather then pvc based on freezing tempertures in my area.

Purchase swing joints for every sprayer.

Use a PVB preferably Watts or Febco listin on SW.

Purchase shut off valve for winter blowout between backflow and valve.


I noticed the swing joint has a male fitting, what adaptor/fitting is needed to screw into the 1" lateral poly line? I guess I'll need one for every swing joint?

Wednesday, December 12th 2012, 8:20am

by wsommariva

4 zones with 42 heads? That's 10 per zone, sounds very high. My max is 5 heads per zone although I have lower psi and gpm.

Each head has a gpm usage. If a rotor has a 2.0 gpm rating you can use 7 heads for 14 total. Use 6 to be safe.

Head to head is an important term. Seems overkill and maybe it is in certain instances, but the pros will always design head to head coverage as will the RB and Toro programs. They are responsible for creating/installing a design that leaves no dry spots. Since you are the homeowner you can do what you want.

Also if they claim a 20 foot throw, use 18 to be safe.

Don't cover your trenches until you have tested for leaks and coverage.

Leave extra capacity - maybe consider 6 zones.

I guess you will use poly tubing since you are in upstate NY.

Use swing joints between poly and sprinkler bodies.

For backflow protection use a PVB - Watts or Febco preferred on this site.

Provide for a tee to allow you to blow out in the Fall. Between the PVB and the valves.

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 9:25pm

by My Dream

Thanks for the reply wsommariva;

I placed a partial order today with the exception of the drip irrigatio which seems to be where the most discrepency is. I'll try to make some more progress tomorrow.

To answer a couple of your questions;

Location Niagara Falls NY.

Most will be Rainbird, what SW doesn't have in Rainbird I'll have to find a substitute which most likely will be Hunter.

Land is flat 2.5 degree grade, but not wide open.

I'm at 60psi with 14 gpm.

I'm going to stick with 4 zones for standard irrigation and one for drip, since it's a small lot with 42 heads, not including drip.


Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 11:31am

by wsommariva

Hunter has an excellent DIY manual. Check it out and you learn some more. I installed my own system in two phases and learned a lot along the way. I recommend using the Hunter DIY manual and buying Hunter products. Hunter has excellent customer service. Toro is not great in my experience.

I also got the Toro and RB free designs. I made major changes to them once I got out and started laying it out.

I would recommend Hunter and Rainbird products, which are rated highly here. I used Toro and Hunter.

Sprinkler heads, valves and controller as Wet Boots says. I have 3/4" water service. I used 1" from the water main to 1" valves to 1" laterals that go to the sprinklers. I could have used 3/4" but 1" is probably better.

If you have all flat wide open land that's one thing, maybe you can use all rotors. If you have hilly land, tight spaces, flower beds, etc you may need a combination of rotors, sprays, etc. I used no drip in my beds. Just used sprays with proper watering time.

Pressure loss is very important. Hunter DIY sort of takes that out of the equation using average homeowner losses.

We need to know where you live to help properly. Also what's your psi and flow rates? - If it's 60 psi and 14 gpm you are very lucky as it's much greater than what I had to work with.

Tuesday, December 11th 2012, 8:47am

by My Dream

This is what confuses me, "Sizes of pipes and fittings and valves affect pressure losses, and pressure losses depend on the amount of flow.", if you have two different designs based on the exact same amount of flow, why change the size of mainline pipe, fitting, valves, etc, since as you say it affects pressure loss.

This was based on 60 psi at 14 gpm.


5 zones with one being drip irrigation,
all 4" pop ups with drip irrigation being all drip-line.


6 zones with 2 being drip irrigation mixed in with lawn.
62 heads, 5', 8", 12" both pop ups and rotor.
Drip Irrigation has both adjustable flow stream emitters, flow bubblers, hose emitters.

In conclusion, I believe I'll just place a partial order this afternoon based on what I'm sure about.

Thanks for your help Wet_Boots and I apologize for my tone due to my frustration.

Monday, December 10th 2012, 5:40pm

by Wet_Boots

May be that nothing you express concern about is worth said concern. Sizes of pipes and fittings and valves affect pressure losses, and pressure losses depend on the amount of flow. (and the amount of flow is a detail you haven't shared yet)

Worry about what matters. Sprinkler heads, valves, and controller.

Monday, December 10th 2012, 3:05pm

by My Dream

Can anyone shed some light on any of the discrepancies, for e.g. why would you go from a 3/4" rough in supply line to 1" valve/mainline only to
go to 1/2" sprinkler head and the other Toro stay at 3/4" valve/main line from
3/4" rough in?