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The last 10 posts

Wednesday, February 11th 2004, 5:21am

by aquamatic

You might have a reulator that is set at 40 somewhere on your system. Tap into near meter then get a readiing

Tuesday, February 10th 2004, 7:31pm

by HooKooDooKu

I too have been reading and learning alot from and I can tell you that there is alot of good information at this site. Yes, I agree that it sounds like "Jess is a high-end commercial installer", but much of what he talks about is valid for both home and commercial situations. In the case of what causes pressure losses, the science is still the same.

Because of the nature of hydrolics, it doesn't matter where you take a static pressure reading, it will be the same every where. If your static water pressure reading is 40psi at the end of a 1/2" hose bib, it will be 40psi at the water meter and it will be 40 psi at the end of a one mile long 1/4" poly-pipe connected to your hose bib (assuming that the end of the poly-pipe is at the same elevation as the hose bib).

Once the water starts moving, you lose pressure in the following locations (the amount of presure loss greatly depends upon the gpm flow rate).
1. Water Meter (the meter acts like a constriction device and the moving water has to advance the reading on the water meter).
2. The back flow preventer (and the nature of a RPZ should cause a loss of about 10psi).
3. The pipes (mains, latterals, etc)(the longer and smaller the pipes, the greater the pressure loss)
4. Elevation changes
5. Automatic Valves

The reasons some are raising doubts about this design is because the numbers should be something in the following ball park (and I'm being generous with these numbers):
Water Meter = 1-2psi
RPZ = 10psi
Pipes = 2psi (you've got some big pipes and low gpm, so not much loss there if short runs)
Valve = 4psi

So if you started with a static pressure of 40psi, you can't have more than about 22psi of usable pressure at the spray heads. But these numbers could also work out to something like this:
Water-Meter = 2psi
RPZ = 16psi
Pipes = 6psi
Valve = 6psi
Leaving only 10psi at the spray heads.

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I'd like to point out that the picture referenced looks like what is needed for a drip irrigation system (the valve is followed by a presure regulator to get the pressure down to the max of 25psi a drip irrigation system requires, and that is then followed by a fine mesh screen filter to protect drip irrigators from fine sediments that can be found in any water supply). Jess has another valve detail for sprinkler systems that doesn't include all the extra pieces after the valve.

Tuesday, January 27th 2004, 2:33am

by paterjb


So far I have 9 zones planned with the largest zones at
7.0 GPM (sprays) and 6.16 GPM ( 6 rotors)

Monday, January 26th 2004, 4:09pm

by rain man

I thought you would get a bit more than 7-8 gpm. Your flow is going to depend on your meter since your meter is 1" get 30 gpm. Definetly do not design your zones for this capacity unless you plan on running 2" pipe everywhere..which is not really feasible..since your static pressure is low to begin with you want to minimize any further losses in pressure..stick with 1" pipe and keep the flow &lt;10gpm per zone.

rain man

Monday, January 26th 2004, 2:18am

by paterjb

If Peter means paterjb, I'm located in northern Illinois.
Thanks again for all the help.

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 6:12pm


This is one of the reasons why I think it's more for a commercial-based system.

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 1:04pm

by Tom

rvli- 20 years doing irrigation systems. The majority of my work is redesigning and repairing systems that were not done right the first time. I'm not trying to be a know it all by any stretch of the imagination, but I've seen some really awful systems out there. I've been trying to offer Peter some sound advice. My conclusion is that his system will be ok at 10 gpm max. I believe if he tries to design it at a higher gpm, he will get poor results due to his intial low pressure.

If your supplier says the bucket test is accurate, I'd find a new supplier.

I pointed out the irigation tutorial website because it provides easy tounderstand info to the novice. Those principles apply to a 7 gpm home system as they do a large commercial system.

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 7:32am


Peter, where are you located?

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 7:21am


You are good to go.

Sunday, January 25th 2004, 1:26am

by paterjb

Tapped in to the 1" copper main last night. Meter is actually 1", not 3/4".
WOW!!!! Getting 30GPM with the bucket test. Did it 3 times to be sure. Even weighed the water on a digital bathroom scale. 4.3 lbs (2.5 gal) in 5.0 seconds.
If my math is correct, thats 30 GPM. Far better than my 7-8 GPM from the outside hose bib. Still, the pressure is 38-40 psi. Hopefully this will help out my system reuirements. I know these rates (30 GPM)
don't agree with may of the tables out there, but that's what I got. That's why I did it 3 times to be sure. If I'm not accurate, at least I have way better than the 7-8 gpm stated previously.
Thanks for all your guys help!!!