Im adding a drip system to my backyard garden and plants. I’m adding rainbird emitters, both half gallon per hour and one gallon per hour. When I turn on the water though, no water is emitted through the emitters.

I’ve added a video showing that when I unkink the end of the netaphim hose the water sprays outs quite a bit.


Any ideas on how I can get my emitters to emit water? I have about thirty emitters connected and sometimes when I turn off the water some of the lower emitters start emitting.

  • what is the size of the feeding line
    – asinine
    Jul 8, 2022 at 2:38
  • @knowitall the tubing is 1/4”
    – j will
    Jul 8, 2022 at 2:43
  • I meant the big one
    – asinine
    Jul 8, 2022 at 2:45
  • I would say close to an inch
    – j will
    Jul 8, 2022 at 2:53
  • My neighbor just came over and he uncorked one of the emitters and then the rest of them started flowing
    – j will
    Jul 8, 2022 at 2:53

1 Answer 1


As per your video, you installed the emitters the wrong way. It should be opposite


The emitter has two ends

One with pointy end and one not.

You do not need the additional connector at 1/2 inch hose.

Attach the emitter to the 1/4 hose (on the colored part), then use to other end of the emitter (the pointy one) to puncture the larger hose. So the emitter sits on the large hose and the 1/4 inch hose goes where you want it to drip.



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