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Thursday, June 24th 2004, 9:37am

Long mainline

I am planning an irrigation system on a site where a large section is greater than 250 feet from the point of connection (PVB at building). I am planning on extending a 2 inch dia. mainline to this area (250 feet) then placing several valves at that point for laterals.

I am worried about the risk of damage to this line due to its length and size. To minimize damage if there is a break I am placing a master valve near the point of connection.

Some questions:

1. Is this a good approach? If not what are options?

2. If I use a master valve can I consider everything beyond as a lateral and use poly instead of SCH 40 PVC? From other posts on forum PVC was recommended for lines 2 inches and above but I live in a freezing climate (Minnesota) and am concerned about breakage due to frost.

Any help would be welcome.


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Thursday, June 24th 2004, 2:50pm

Use 2" mainline in PVC, laterals in Poly. Just make sure you blow your lines out before winter.....


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Monday, July 26th 2004, 3:28pm

Your approach is good and a master valve at the POC is recommended. I agree with RVLI with the PVC mainline and Poly laterals.
Richard Kersten

S&R Sprinkler Systems and Landscaping, Inc.
Destin, Florida


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Monday, July 26th 2004, 5:24pm

What is your water volume? 2" could be overkill!

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