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Questions tagged [sprinkler-system]

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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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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A plumber replaced my vacuum break after it was damaged by ice. My sprinkler system still doesn't work. What to do next?

Last week, I had a plumber come to my house because the vacuum break in my sprinkler system froze and broke. This came as a surprise to me because we have always had the system properly winterise. I ...
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Can I cool my south facing wall by spraying it with water?

I've been researching options for cooling a south facing exterior wall on my house. One thing I've been thinking about is what if I just spray the wall with water and let it evaporate? The wall is ...
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Last sprinkler head leaking water

I have a row of 6 sprinklers and the last one constantly leaks. I originally thought it was leaking because of underground roots. I dug up the pipe before the last sprinkler where the roots were not ...
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Single Zone has Little Pressure, New Problem

My in-ground sprinkler system worked well, all zones. Now today, I try one single zone and the heads don't have even close to enough pressure to even pop. They dribble, barely. I'm thinking it could ...
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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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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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Water pressure inside house drops to zero when sprinklers are on

When any one zone of the sprinkler system turns on, the water pressure inside the house drops to zero (no water coming out of the faucet) for a 3-7 seconds before returning to normal. After that drop, ...
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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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How would you winterize this sprinkler system?

I typically have a local landscaping place blow out my sprinkler lines for winter, but they went out of business this year so I'm trying to figure out how to do it myself. I've done a lot of YouTube ...
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Do these pipes need to be winterized? How?

I already winterized the sprinkler system itself and I am wondering if I need to winterize these copper pipes as well. Should I open up the bottom plug to drain the verticle pipes? I live in the ...
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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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Siphon system for winterizing Sprinkler System

I have a sprinkler system that I winterize each year by blowing air to remove water. The system looks similar to the picture below. Can I use the siphon to winterize this system if 1. I add a new ...
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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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How to identify what outdoor pipe is for sprinkler system?

I am planning to add a shut off valve from a hose bib to the sprinkler system. I am having some difficulty identifying what the pipe to the left (image below) is or what it does! Seems random - but ...
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Low Water Pressure after sprinkler work

I just recently had to do some work on my main sprinkler shut off. All went well but when I turned my house water back on (had it off from the street and in the house) our pressure is low. It's a bit ...
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How can I fix sprinklers inside concrete?

I have two sprinklers that some genius installed into concrete: And second one: One of them is starting to give out. My initial thought is to: Hire somebody to run new sprinkler lines. Cut these ...
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Conduit for future sprinker system before sidewalk pour

Our street is getting new water mains and they've pulled up the sidewalks which will eventually be replaced. I don't have plans for a sprinker system but am thinking I can't pass up putting an empty ...
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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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Water leaking from sprinkler system (by house) after opening up this spring

I have my system winterized every year, when I started it back up this year, I noticed a pretty significant leak coming from under the circled black circular thing on top of the system (see picture ...
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How can I replace this connection? (sprinkler system)

So this connection sprung a leak sometime over the winter, I need to add tape to it or replace the connector. How can I get the metal loops off? They aren't the kind that has a screw to loosen/...
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One sprinkler system zone has low pressure problems

I have a sprinkler system with low to no pressure on Zone 3 Zone 1 2 4 5 all have good pressure I had a guy come in and put in egress windows in my Basement He broke one of the sprinkler main ...
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How can I patch a leak in my sprinkler system manifold?

I found a couple tiny leaks in my sprinkler system manifold (see red circles in picture); While I already plan to have the manifold replaced, is there some way I can temporarily patch the leaks?
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Sprinkler System Wire cut accidentally

I moved into this house last year. When the cable guy came last year he cut the sprinkler system wire by accident. At the time I didn't know what these wires were for. After spending hours today, I ...
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Sprinkler system zone gets stuck on

While testing my sprinkler system (rain bird) one of my zones would not shut off and I had to turn the water off to get it to stop. I turned on that zone manually via the solenoid and the container ...
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Reinstalling backflow preventer. Do I need glue or grease or anything else

I am going to reattach my backflow preventer today (save 125 vs calling company). Do I need to apply any plumber grease or pipe glue to the pvc portion? Here are some pics of the preventer and place ...
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Is it safe to turn on sprinklers in spring and just drain backflow preventer if freeze is pending?

I live in Colorado, it's quite dry here and can be quite warm in the middle of winter. If I blow out my sprinklers before the first freeze and don't water again until after the last freeze of the ...
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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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Sprinkler System Low Pressure

Is there a way to determine if my sprinkler system has a pressure regulator installed? My neighbor and I both built our houses with the same builder at the same time, but had different landscaping ...
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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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Seeking ideas to correct and prevent sprinkler from spraying building

The neighbor is a plant nursery, which use sprinklers to water inventory late at night. The report is that their sprinklers are watering our building which is an issue. As I understand it, even if ...
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Why does a motion detector provide enough power for an LED but not a class 2 transformer?

So I am a bit out of my league on this so I am looking for help. I went to HD and bought a few things: Sprinkler Valve - Rain Bird 745407 Motion Detector (Used to turn on lights) 110vac 60Hz 23W to ...
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Type of valve to use on PVC misting system

I am making a misting system for my back patio that consists of 1/2" pvc and connectors that have the misting nozzle drilled. I am putting a nozzle every 2 feet and going about 30 feet down my patio ...
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Sprinkler solenoid won't activate

My sprinkler solenoid won't activate and I would like some advice on trobuleshooting. Here is a picture at the manifold: https://ibb.co/kRoR5Q Here are the facts: The solenoid at the top, attached ...
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Impact sprinkler-increasing spray distance as it sprays

Is there an adjustment on impact sprinkler that you can make where it increases the distance as it sprays going from a short radius to long radius and then back to short radius to long radius and ...
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Need Sprinkler Cracked PVC Pipe Repair Suggestions

The issue is this sprinkler was placed in a very bad location. It's next to a large stone and 1 foot away from a 40 foot tall tree. Over the years, the tree grew on top of the sprinkler pipes. I had ...
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Rainbird valve going on randomly

I have an underground sprinkler system. A few days ago a valve got stuck "on" with a loudly buzzing solenoid. I replaced the entire valve with a new one and wired it in, tested, and all was well: ...
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Look for a smart irrigation controller with a flow sensor [closed]

It seems like every sprinkler system I've ever owned (inherited from a previous owner) has eventually failed on me. In some cases, the water would not shut off, wasting lots of water until the leak ...
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Is it normal for a sprinkler system to increase water pressure to a house?

I'm having a sprinkler system installed and the PSI meter in my garage went from 85 psi to about 105 psi. Is it expected that a sprinkler system increases water pressure to my house? If not, is ...
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Is it common to layout sprinkler heads differently between front and back yards?

Context: I'm looking into hiring a company to install a sprinkler system. In both the front yard and back yard, we have some shrubs and small plants bordering the edge of the lawn, with sod in the ...
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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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Buzzing and leaking sprinkler valve

I noticed the other day that one of my sprinkler valves appears to be leaking. The valve still works, but when testing it I noticed the solenoid is also buzzing. I'm not sure if these two things are ...
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Can I install a sprinkler system timer underground?

I have a 4-zone sprinkler system. I had a construction crew at my house, and it appears they cut 1 of the 5 wires before pouring new concrete on top. Therefore, only 3 of the 4 sprinkler zones work. ...
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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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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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removing tree roots without stump grinder

I am installing a sprinkler system in my backyard but a thick tree root is crossing a pipe path. This tree was actually removed last year (cut & stump grinding) and the tree roots are the ...
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lawn sprinkler system pressure reducer settings?

my street water pressure is around 100 psi, my house pressure has a regulator on 70 psi. my yard sprinkler system is directly on my street water line before the house. I want to place pressure ...
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Is this Orbit Sprinkler Timer (Model 57894) compatible with Rainbird Valve(s)?

I recently purchased an Orbit Model # 57894, and I'm trying to use it with these Rainbird Valves. I've got it all setup and connected, however it won't turn on the sprinklers on schedule or on manual ...
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Repair sprinkler pipe

What is the best way to repair a pvc T joint that connects two 1 inch pipes and has a threaded half inch T extension, which has been stripped? I can't attach the sprinkler head to it without it ...
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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 ...