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How to expand my irrigation system

I would like to add an additional zone to my 4 zone irrigation system. I wondering if I can just add another manifold to my current setup. Below is what it looks like. The problem I think I will run ...
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leaking poly irrigation

I recently discovered the pavers in my back yard had a wet appearance. After tracing the leak I found that one of the 700 black poly irrigation lines had a leak. This is one of three lines I found ...
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How can I test if a PVC irrigation pipe is in use?

While digging in the yard I came across 2 PVC pipes. I broke one of them. I then ran the irrigation and discovered that (luckily) the one that I broke is old and no longer in use. The other I don't ...
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Low pressure in sprinklers troubleshooting

My sprinklers acts like they don't have enough pressure when they are turned on. If I start closing the heads, from the upper part of the lawn down to the lower part, the pressure seems to build up ...
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Troubleshooting sprinkler system pressure

Just moved into a new house and am trying to figure out the sprinkler system. The house was built in the 60's and it appears (Found the manual for the pump) the irrigation system was installed then as ...
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I have a broken Rainbird APAS-100 valve, how can I fix it?

I have a Rainbird APAS-100 which has stopped consistently opening when powered. I've isolated the problem to something in the "AVA-1 Actuator & Piston Assembly" - Rainbird part 145235. However, ...
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Use rainwater to partly supply a sprinkler irrigation system?

I'd like to start capturing rainwater and using it to help supply the irrigation system I already have. It's a standard Rainbird sprinkler system that runs on full pressure water supplied by the city. ...
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Filling in a small ditch

I have a small ditch that I dug to route some water. It turns out that it does not work, so I was wanting to fill it back in. The ditch is about a foot deep in some places. Can I compact new topsoil ...
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Irrigation system: Backflow Preventer -> Master Valve vs Master Valve -> Backflow Preventer

I am in the process of designing my irrigation system, and I saw many people install the backflow preventer (reduced pressure zone device) first and then connect to an automatic master valve. However,...
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running sprinkler wire over ground

I have a question about sprinkler wiring. The sprinkler timer is located on the front wall of my house (this was done by the previous owner) and I should run a wire from there to a sprinkler valve ...
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Irrigation Ball Valve Replacement

The 3/4" ball valve coming out of the house has cracked and is leaking. Is the only way to replace is to cut the pipe below the valve and then on the other down pipe going into the cement? I haven't ...
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130 PSI- Irrigation system, water line in house

Had irrigation system installed 2 months ago. Due to location of meter and PRV, the POC was after PRV. After done was told pressure too low even though static pressure was at 63psi, dynamic flow was ...
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Replacing piping only on sprinkler system?

I have a sprinkler system in my yard with 6 valves. Two are used for drip system piping (one to the front yard which is desert xeriscape), a second for shrubs/trees in the back yard. Additionally, ...
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How can I determine existing well PSI / GPM for dedicated irrigation well

I've purchased a home that has an existing irrigation system installed that is hooked up to a well that is exclusively supplying the irrigation system. I live in FL in a very flat area, so we have ...
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Is there a pressure activated water valve

I would like to buy a pressure activated water valve (for irrigation), so that when the water pressure is above P1, the valve will turn on, and when water pressure drops below P2, the valve will shut ...
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Do I need a pump for my sprinkler zones that are minus 70 feet elevation?

I have a water tank on a hill and some lawns to water at the bottom of the hill. The pipe that connects those two is a 2.5" pipe (yes, really) and when I attach a pressure gauge at the bottom of this ...
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How to setup a basic irrigation system (single zone)?

Summer is coming and I am already dreading the watering of the plants, shrubs and trees behind my house. I am thinking of installing a very basic irrigation system (one zone) to water the area but I ...
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Irrigation backflow preventer spigot location question.

I'm not sure if this is the right category to post this so here goes. Long story short I am getting ready to install my backflow preventer, Zurn 34-720A Wilkins Pressure Vacuum, on my DIY irrigation ...
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Running easily replaceable water line underground

I'm running a trench out to my shed for electrical. I'd like to use the same trench for a water line so I can have a spigot back there, and possibly future sprinklers. I'd also like to make it fairly ...
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Drip line irrigation system not outputting enough water to soil

We have system setup with c. 75m of drip pipe (spec : [Link: rainbird.com]). At the programmer end we get c. 2 bar pressure, 12L per minute flow. I stuck the pressure meter on the end of the 75m ...
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Why did my febco backflow preventer fail?

I'm working as a handyman for a non-profit, and they have an in-ground irrigation system that has been off for a while because "there was a geyser." I successfully determined that the geyser was ...
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What type of Piping for Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventor for Irrigation System

Looking into installing a above ground reduced pressure backflow preventor for my irrigation system. Looking at many examples and videos online, I saw different types of piping from PVC, Copper and ...
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indexing valve, all zones on at once

I have one of those indexing valves for my sprinkler system as is common in Florida. The system is pump-fed. Recently, all the zones come on at the same time and as a result the pressure is greatly ...
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What is this pipe sticking out of the ground?

This is connected to my sprinkler system. It has a crack in the side and leaks when the water to the sprinkler system is turned on, even when the sprinkler system isn’t running. Does anyone know what ...
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Sprinkler System Problems

I have an Orbit Home B-Hyve wifi sprinker system, which has worked great for like 18 months. However, three days ago it just stopped working completely. When I manually engage a zone from my phone, ...
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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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Drilling “misting” pin holes in PVC

I built raised gardens this year and added cheap DIY PVC irrigation. I used a 1/16" drill bit and drilled several holes in 1/2" PVC pipe. The 1/16" drill bit was the smallest I had but the holes ...
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Do i need a backflow preventer for drip irrigation system

A gardener just installed a drip irrigation system in my backyard. He didn't installed the back-flow preventer. When I asked him why, he told me for drip irrigation you don't need the back-flow ...
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Why would capping one sprinkler zone cause my toilets to whistle?

Ever since they capped one of the sprinkler zones in an area that no longer needs watering, two of my toilets start whistling when the sprinklers are running and only stop when I flush them. How can ...
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Is it advisable to connect a sump pump to pop-up sprinkler heads?

My home doesn't offer a great place to eject sump water due to a very level landscape. I'm thinking of adding 3-5 standard pop-up sprinkler heads to the output line. This would allow better ...
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Irrigation pressure vacuum assembly leaking

I am trying to dewinterize my sprinkler system the first time in a home we moved into. After turning on the water to it from the basement, the pressure vacuum assembly just outside the house was ...
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Repair of Sprinkler system [closed]

Help? My irrigating system peters out towards the end of the tubing. All I get is dripping on my last three plants. What causes that?
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What size RPBP/RPZ should I use for a 3/4" city water meter?

A friend has a 3/4" (0.75") water meter at their 1.3 ac property. We want to do some fertigation with their irrigation so we're looking at a Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer. The main line for the ...
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Off-Grid Garden Irrigation Pump/Plumbing Question

I am trying to design a system for irrigation of a garden area that has no access to grid electricity, but does have a 24V solar system. There is a spring/seep with a tank at relative elevation 0. ...
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Problem With Sprinkler Backflow Device

I recently moved into a new house. I was trying to test out the sprinkler system. I turned on the sprinkler valve in the utility room. I also turned on the valve on the backflow device (I think - ...
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Winterize Sprinkler System

I cannot find a service in northern NJ to winterize my sprinkler system for less than $100, so I want to try doing it myself, I just don't want to break anything. I've watched a few youtube videos, ...
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Can I connect a water hose to an irrigation system?

I am planing to install water lines as you can see in the picture. Right now I I have a water hose that runs along the house, I am referring to the segment that goes along the wall between the patio ...
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Charging Irrigation System, Can I Do This Myself?

Every spring some company comes out and "charges" our sprinkler system. Can someone explain what this is and whether or not this is something I can do? It basically seems like they come out, turn on ...
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What is this part near the entry point to my irrigation system

Here is the overall view of the valve access box: The valve is turned off because the pipe directly after the valve has come loose from the valve. I'd like to repair this, but I'm not sure what the ...
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How to seal small leak in buried irrigation system

I have 800 feet of buried 1 1/2 inch black poly irrigation line. It is fed from a well and feeds 8 frost free spigots. The well has a variable speed pump and I recently noticed that it was running ...
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What size transformer do I need to power a ¾" 24VAC solenoid valve?

I am trying to automate the irrigation and I read that buying a 24 VAC solenoid valve normally closed would be the best. 12V ones being less reliable due to heat and the big-AC ones clearly not ...
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How can I stop a barbed coupler from leaking?

This seems to be a common issue (drip line barbed couplers leaking) and I can't find any answers about this online. I'm wondering how others have fixed leaks in the fittings that are supposed to just ...
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Effects of changing pipe size on a water pressure regulator?

I am a biologist and am planning a research experiment. I need to control the water pressure into a drip irrigation system. The water supply is at ~60 psi through a 3/4 pipe. The irrigation emitter I ...
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Backflow Preventer / Vacuum Breaker that doesn't spray water everywhere?

I water my garden on a timer with an small irrigation system. Last year towards the end of the season, any time the water pressure changed inside the house, everything by the spigot was soaked with ...
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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Hunter PGV diaphragms tearing

I have a 5-zone irrigation system with 1" Hunter PGV valves. This year, I have replaced the diaphragms twice in the same two zones after 10 years of trouble-free operation. All four of broken ...
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What is the purpose of ABS pipe in an irrigation manifold

I need to replace a failed electric valve in my drip irrigation manifold. The pipes leading to each valve are 3/4" PVC, but they in turn are enclosed in what looks like black ABS pipe, at least 1/2" ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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How can I get low water pressure in sprinkler system fixed?

I have a new house that is still under warranty. Compared to at least two of my neighbors whose houses were built by the same builder and have very similar sprinkler systems, my sprinklers put out ...
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What is causing the last two heads in a sprinkler/irrigation system to have no water pressure?

Zone 2 of my irrigation system has 6 pop-up sprinkler heads but the last two do not pop up, nor is there any water coming from them at all. They are completely dry, even in the flex lines they are ...