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Automated grounds watering (irrigation) systems that use heads to spray water over an area -- these are usually used with grass lawns or other turfed areas.

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How to set up lake water pickup for sprinkler system

I live on a lake and have a sprinkler system I would like to fix. A new pump is 350, but I don’t know what setup or how to setup tubing that goes into the lake to suck the water for the pump. Any help ...
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Rainbird ESP-4Si controller. In manual mode zone1 turns on no matter what the controller dial is set on

I have a Rainbird ESP-4Si controller with 3 zones wired. When i turn the knob to zone 1 it turns on zone 1 only. When I turn to zone 2 it comes on for 2 seconds and zone 2 shuts down and zone 1 comes ...
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Need to repair sprinkler line

I chopped off a sprinkler head with my lawnmower. This was the last sprinkler in the line, so I’d love to replace it with another head, but I’m also ok with just plugging this and adjusting the other ...
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Sprinkler Manifold Connector

I have a leak coming through the sprinkler manifold coupler that’s connected to the water supply. I tried replacing the coupler but I’m not able to detach the coupler from the manifold after ...
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Sprinkler Valve Chaos Bleed Screws

I've got 2 orbit manifolds with 5 valves each. I had one zone stay on when cycling manually through all other zones. When trying to fix this issue, I noticed that opening the bleed screw on any given ...
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Sprinkler Pump Outdoor Plug with Relay

We recently bought a home that had a shed, which we removed. The shed housed a run of cable to a sprinkler pump at the back of the property. It also housed the pump start relay. The shed is now gone ...
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How many extra unions are required to make a plumbed system easily servicable?

In an answer to the question Is it possible to stop weeping between threaded copper joint on sprinkler system?, @Ecnerwal suggests that the installer didn't put in enough unions to make it easily ...
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Is it possible to stop weeping between threaded copper joint on sprinkler system?

We just redid our sprinkler system last year and I found some weeping here when turning on the sprinklers for the summer. Is it possible to stop without having to take everything apart? [
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Hunter Controller immediately stops trying to water

We used this controller last year and it was working fine. It is a Hunter SRC. Now, when I try to start a station, the controller immediately displays the time and appears that it is not trying to ...
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When to use PVC cap vs plug

I am planning to cap off some sprinkler lines. I found the PVC line that leads there. I was watching some YouTube videos to find out what I needed to do and I see some that use PVC caps with PVC ...
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Help with steps for sprinkler blowout for winter [duplicate]

Someone helped use an air compressor to do the sprinkler blowout last year, but this year I have to do it myself and can't remember exactly what the steps were, especially which valves to turn on and ...
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Why is the pressure in the house faucets low when my outdoor sprinkler system turns on?

The pressure in the house is good but when the sprinkler system turns on outside the pressure drops in the house. I don’t believe this has always been the case or maybe I didn’t notice but it seems to ...
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Work done without pre-approval, should I pay this guy? [closed]

Long story short, have a rental in another state managed by an RE agent. Recently she sent someone to look at the sprinkler system because multiple heads are not working properly. She was expecting to ...
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How can I fix broken underground tee for sprinkler?

I have an underground sprinkler system and a t-joint broke and I'm wondering an easy way to fix it. It is about a foot underground and 3/4" PVC. The ground is a very strong clay that shifts ...
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All Sprinkler Heads Leaking

Introduction I have been installing a brand new sprinkler system into my yard. I have ran most of the water lines but have a temporary above ground set up right now, as my idea is to adjust their ...
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Sprinkler System - Winterization planning ahead

Introduction I am installing a new sprinkler system and this is my first time. I have done a lot of research including reading the plumbing code and what is required. I see that I need a pressure ...
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Is it normal for sprinkler heads to be a few inches under the soil level?

We bought a house with a 7-zone sprinkler system, and I'm currently inspecting and updating sprinkler heads. Some of the rotors are installed really low, a few inches under the ground. Is this ...
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Set Rainbird Sprinkler to run on certain days

I have a rainbird ESP-TM2 sprinkler system and in it I have programmed it to water: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun No water: Tue/Thur/Sat Simple enough but now because of this even odd mess it waters which ever day ...
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Can I put 1.5-inch Schedule 40 pipe inside a 2-inch metal pipe to reline my shallow well?

I use a shallow well in my backyard to water my lawn. It's about 25 feet deep and has water starting at about 12 - 15 feet yearly. The well pipe is 2" in diameter, and I believe has a leak that ...
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My sprinkler system has 4 zones. When switching zones I lose all pressure to pressure tank. I have replaced tank,pressure switch and pump. Not working

I have a sprinkler sys. with 4 zones. It loses all pressure when switching zones.I can manually pressurize tank and it will run thru cycle but it drops to 0 when it goes to next zone. I have put in ...
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Replacing irrigation spray nozzles with rotary, performance doesn't seem to be anywhere near advertised?

I'm replacing a set of Hunter Pro spray nozzles (no idea model number) and I'm trying out the RainBird 1800 45 PRS 4" rotary model 12SAPROPR. I replaced one of them (a 90*) to see how it ...
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My rain bird system has one zone that runs whenever any other zone is running

System is 10 years old and never did this before. Zone #6 runs whenever any of the other 7 zones are running even if each zone is turned on manually one by one. Zone #6 runs the same amount of time as ...
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Hard-Wiring Sprinkler Controller(s) Into Junction Box

So I want to install an irrigation system in my garden. I am starting with one controller but there may be more. I was told, rather than install an in-use outlet, where bugs and spiders etc will hang ...
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How can I repair older Hunter 12-inch popup sprinklers that have worn out riser splines? They rotate to a different direction each time they run [duplicate]

I have about 3-dozen of these worn out sprinklers and in every case the internal splines that keep the riser from rotating are worn out or stripped. Sprinkler replacement is difficult as they all ...
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What is the name of this valve from my sprinkler system?

This small release valve was broken on my sprinkler system and I want to get a replacement. What is the name of this valve?
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Sprinkler system 1st zone just started to recycle when turned on all others work fine

1st zone just started to recycle ... pressure gauge is up and down quickly system is set to 50/30 cutoff. Yes all heads in zone 1 are working and putting out proper sprinkler spray however pump keeps ...
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Why don't my sprinkler heads pop up when all zones are turned on?

Went to turn on my sprinkler system for the second time this year and nothing comes up. Confirmed water is flowing from pump (not sure if rate has changed though). No sprinklers come up, but every ...
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Can I set up sprinklers with my Sump Pump?

I have a MEDAS 1/2HP 1850 GPH submersible pump. I want to use it to water my garden. Sprinklers sounds good but I worry if I'll have enough water pressure. I was able to connect the pump to a garden ...
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Sprinkler system spraying water at the main pipe. How bad is this?

How bad is this leak will the whole pipe need to be replaced?
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Does the Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) supply water to the sprinkler system of the house or the entire house?

This Pressure Vacuum Breaker is between the city meter and the house. Usually when the layout is this way. If I shut these two valves off, does it stop the supply of water to the sprinkler system or ...
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Anyone know much about the Rainbird sprinkler nozzles, HEVAN, VAN, Q, etc? [duplicate]

Got a setup with sprinklers spaced every 8'. We installed a generator and I need to move sprinklers around to get coverage and prevent sprinklers from spraying the generator. I moved the sprinkler ...
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Good way to elevate and secure irrigation anti-siphon valves

My anti-siphon valves need to be 18 inches (half a meter) off the ground, due to local code, the water source and the slope of the yard. There are three valves connected to a horizontal manifold and I ...
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How to turn off the water valve to the sprinkler

I believe one of our sprinkler units is leaking…I have turned off the sprinkler system however I want to turn the water off to the sprinkler manual valve . Would I do it from the back flow I assume…...
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Is my sprinkler system broken?

In the past, to blow out my sprinkler system, I'd close my main in valve, hook up my compressor to a hose spigot, set the output to 40-60, open the spigot and it will charge my main line and I then go ...
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What is the name of this valve?

We are winterizing our sprinkler system.Does anyone know the name of this valve? Were looking for a replacement. Thanks
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Replacing a solenoid valve under water?

I have a Rainbird valve right before the backflow preventer. Not sure why they did it this way. Anyway, it is leaking. I think my solenoid valve needs to be replaced. Replacing this doesnt seem so ...
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Trying to troubleshoot sprinklers; Zones not turning on

I've got a Rainbird Hunter system that came with the house. It is about 7 years old. The unit has power and turns on but fails to turn on the sprinklers. I have cycled through the various zones by ...
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How to do a small paver repair after sprinkler installation?

I had some guys come in and install a sprinkler system. We had to remove 6 pavers to put the pipe underneath, chipping away at some of the concrete under the sand. They wanted quite a bit to put those ...
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Can anyone give a valid argument against running sprinkler wire in 1/2" pvc water line? [closed]

Most sprinkler systems directly bury the wire next to the water line. So, this is a big upgrade from that. The main purpose is to protect the wire from being cut if someone digs there. Why not use 1/...
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Multiple sprinkler valves failing at once

I have a house that's about 5 years old and had the front yard landscaping with 3 zones using Brand H control valves. I added another 3 for the backyard running from the same control box using the ...
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Well pump reads 125v on each terminal but wont come on

When we bought the house the pump was wired directly to the breaker on a 240v circuit. I went to add an outlet and a sprinkler controller between the two. The picture shows the old vs new set up. The ...
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What to do with sprinkler pipe under spiral staircase foundation?

I am planning on adding a spiral staircase to my roof, but after preparing the hole for the concrete foundation, I noticed there is this sprinkler pipe 12 inches under the ground which would be ...
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Is it ok to split the hose bib for underground irrigation

I'd like to install an underground irrigation system for 4 zones. There are 6 - 7 sprinkler heads with Hunter MP rotator nozzle per zone. The main poly pipe will be 1" and it runs to the most 1/2&...
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Does sprinkler control wire entering the house need to be grounded?

I'm installing a sprinkler controller in my basement. I will be running control wires and sensor wire from the outdoor valves into the house. Does these cables need to be grounded? If so, how? ...
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Rainbird emitters not emitting water

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 ...
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Low water pressure in one zone

I have just one of my 7 sprinkler zones that seems to be at half pressure when operated with my controller. However, if I manually turn on the zone at the valve, it turns on with full pressure. Does ...
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How to find which zone on Rain Bird sprinkler system is for backyard?

When we did pavers in the backyard, contractor simply capped off sprinklers and did pavers. That means, if sprinklers are running in the backyard, I cannot see it. We have Rain Bird ESP-RZX sprinkler ...
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Low sprinkler pressure - sudden onset

I have five sprinkler zones. Zones two through five are working well. Zone one pressure is so low that the heads don't even pop up. They trickle and flood the immediate area (a few square feet) but ...
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Sprinklers pattern for a trivial rectangular plot (27' x 34')

I have a rectangular patch of lawn 27' x 34'. What is the correct placement of sprinkler heads for such a shape? I would like to use Hunter MP rotators. Rainbird online design tool suggested putting 4 ...
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How do I locate sprinkler heads on a winterized system so contractor doesn't damage them?

I have a contractor that will be doing work in my yard. I would like to locate and mark the sprinkler heads for them so they don't get damaged. How can I do that if my system is already winterized? ...
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