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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Manuel bleed screw won’t turn off sprinkler valve

I had the sprinkler system revised in May 2019. The installers replaced both valves with Lawn Genie 3/4” valves. About 6 months later, I replaced a sprinkler head (1/4 circle to 1/2). I turned on ...
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What size is the fuse on a watermaster/orbit sprinkler timer box? Blinking red

I've got a "watermaster" old sprinkler timer box. Fuse blew, it's got a blinking red light, what replacement fuse can I use? Appears same size as this box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Sprinkler pipe repair

What is the best to repair this, my sprinkler fit in the middle and I cut it off but to my surprise, there is a curve.
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Is there a reason to install anti-siphon valves and a backflow protector on the main line?

The irrigation system that came with our house (looks like a DIY job) has a backflow protector on the main line and all the valves are anti-siphon. The valves are old and some of them leak so we're ...
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Installing a yard hydrant from home water line, do I need a backflow preventer or vacuum breaker?

I'm installing a yard hydrant off my house water line (well water). The hydrant will sometimes be used for garden drip irrigation and so will be open for days or weeks at a time. The drip system ...
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Lawn Sprinkler's water pressure is low in one zone

All my sprinklers worked about a month ago. However, now one of my six zones are not producing enough pressure; all the other zones work just fine. I checked the voltage for this problematic zone ...
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What is this metal piece coming out of my sprinkler system piping?

Between my sprinkler system solenoid valve and indexing valve there is a T connector that adds some sort of metal piece on top of the pipe. I could not find a similar part on any of the sprinkler ...
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How would you repair this broken sprinkler irrigation PVC pipe?

Please see the photo. We had a (plastic!) stake hit this (red circle). There doesn't appear to be any leaking from the red circle. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of spray from the bottom of the ...
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How does everyone set up sprinkler timer with residential outdoor faucets?

I am trying to set up a timed sprinkler system. Everything mechanically works out. However, I noticed cautions such as the following. If we cannot keep the outdoor faucets on, there seems to be not ...
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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?

I recently bought this soaker hose kit for a couple of garden beds. In one section of the garden I have two beds with space in between. Is it possible to connect two stretches of soaker hose with a ...
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Looking for advice on sprinkler system anti-siphon valve placement

I'm looking to install my own sprinkler system in my backyard and I'd love some advice. Here is a picture of what I'm trying to do, a picture of a water valve (to be replaced by a T and a shut off ...
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Sprinkler Anti Siphon valve is leaking from cap

Tonight after I manually turned on one of my sprinkler zones for few minutes and after it was done I noticed that water was continuously leaking from the underneath the cap of the anti siphon valve. I ...
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helping with sprinkler conundrum

I would like some suggestions on how to solve this issue. My end goal is to add a zone for my garden area. Below is my rough drawing. I'm trying to avoid having to dig from my current manifold box to ...
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How to install this ball valve

The ball valve for the sprinkler system cracked over the winter. I managed to remove the old one that was broken but can't figure out how to install the brand new one. When I turn it clockwise it ...
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Why is my lawn sprinkler system timer on but not operating the valves?

My lawn sprinkler system was working perfectly last summer. When I went to turn it on this summer, I've noticed that the timer isn't working. Well, it is but it isn't. The timer's display is ...
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Is it safe to purge water out of sprinkler system using the garden hose water valve?

Hi I have a few questions. 1) The pic below is of the outdoor water pipe in my backyard. Inside the basement is a shutoff valve for the outdoor water supply. The red tap is another shutoff for the ...
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Removing lawn sprinkler pressure vaccuum breaker

My lawn sprinkler pressure vacuum breaker cracked over winter so I'm trying to replace it. There are threaded part's of piping and what seems like welded parts. All of the piping is metal and no ...
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New Sprinkler Installation - Rototill/Level Before or After? Any other “Pre-Sprinkler” Preparation?

I have a (mostly) dirt and weeds backyard to which I am planning to add sprinkling and new sod next month. However, my locality requires (and I agree since the soil is poor) that I rototill in compost ...
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Water usage when some sprinkler heads are capped off

I have removed several sprinkler heads. Does this reduce the amount of water used or do I need to reduce the time in that zone?
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I can only water lawn by manually opening the bleed screw

My sprinklers in one zone won't go on unless I open the bleed screw. I replaced the whole valve and yet still, in that one zone, I can only water the lawn by opening the bleed screw instead of it ...
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Will changing 1/2“ PEX from Main Line to 3/4” PEX increase flow to Sprinkler Heads

Not sure the question reflects my question properly, but let me try and clarify: Under my house (crawl space), I see where the 3/4" (cold) water line splits off into 3 directions to my outdoor water ...
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Well pump only works with on/off switch not control box

My well pump is setup with an on/off switch that works fine as well as a control box that should be turning it on when activated. Now it just makes a clicking sound and nothing happens. I am ...
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Is there an option to replace the vacuum seal in the main valve of a sprinkler system?

I tried blowing out my sprinkler system and the pressure blew right though the top. I unscrewed the top dome and found that the metal seal with a rubber seal had worn away, there was a thin piece of ...
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Is my irrigation system winterized properly?

I had a sprinkler specialist come over today to winterize my sprinkler system. I live in northwestern oregon (portland) and I'm trying to figure out if he properly winterized the system or if I need ...
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Does adjusting the body of a irrigation sprinkler to orient one side of the sweep cause a leak at the sprinkler unit?

Some irrigation sprinklers say to orient the sprinkler body in such a way as to set one side of the sweep, rotating the sprinkler body if that edge of spray is out of line (Example Video). This ...
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Drip water system low pressure

I've been struggling getting a simple drip water system running. I don't think the specific brand matter, but I'm using Rain Drip components from Lowe's. I have 10 rose planters I'm trying to ...
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Water heater noises when my neighbor's sprinklers are active

Hello I recently (few months ago) installed a tankless water heater following a failure of the old 55gal gas heater. Performance has been fantastic, it actually resolved a number of problems, but I ...
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Sprinkler valves are surrounded by tree roots

I discovered that I have 3 valves that are wrapped around a gigantic tree root; see picture. I noticed the dirt was moist. And I know that at least 1 valve is bad. Possibly 2 in this physical area. ...
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How can I make it easier to get to the sprinkler valves in the future?

I'm digging up my sprinkler valves for what is probably the 3rd time in as many years. I'm replacing this valve on the right which isn't closing to cut off the water properly. I dug for about 2 ...
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Sprinkler heads not popping up

What causes the sprinkler heads to not pop up? We have tested the pressure it's at 58. When adding one sprinkler head to the line (the other 4 are capped) the gauge goes does to 20.
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sprinkler pressure issues

One zone of my sprinkler system comes on at times and not at other times. We have 70 PSI at the meter coming to the house which drops to 20 PSI when the zone comes on. If the heads come up, the ...
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Is there any reason to seal/waterproof underground spliced sprinkler cable?

Since there isn't an electrical current going through sprinkler wire, it's just a single pulse that gets sent from the controller to the individual valve, is there any reason to waterproof crimp ...
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How can I protect my underground sprinkler PVC pipe from tree roots?

This is a follow up to a previous problem I had here: PVC Pipe for sprinkler system broken in multiple places Does anyone have any suggestions how I can install underground PVC pipe and protect it ...
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PVC Pipe for sprinkler system broken in multiple places

Roughly 2 years ago I posted this question: Need Sprinkler Cracked PVC Pipe Repair Suggestions There was a lot of good suggestions, but now the issue has gotten much worse. In the image below I'm ...
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Is it a problem to leave a sprinkler line through concrete shed footing?

I'm in the process of getting an attached shed built in my house (due to HOA restrictions). They seem to be very competent. The contractor is subcontracting the concrete foundation pouring. They have ...
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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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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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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 set up a basic single-zone irrigation system

I am thinking of installing a very basic irrigation system (one zone) to water the area but I do not know where to start. Below is a basic diagram of the area I want to water. I want the irrigation ...
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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 ...