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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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What adapter do I need to install sprinkler head?

A sprinkler head was damaged and removed by the previous owner but never replaced. I bought this replacement sprinkler head (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ML3ILG4?psc=1&ref=...
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Can I run sprinkler wire under the house and not bury it?

I have direct burial sprinkler wire. It's running from the controller to the solenoids under the house. Since there's no shovel risk there, is it fine to not bury it and just leave it on the ground?
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Sprinklers not turning on

I recently replaced my sprinkler valves as my old ones were leaking and none of my zones were turning on. Even after replacing them none of my sprinklers turn on. Checked my controller and the ...
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Orbit 57069N Rain and Freeze Sensor with Rain Bird ARC6 App-Based Indoor Smart Irrigation WiFi Timer/Controller [closed]

I have 2 stations sprinklers, now combined into one as few sprinklers are closed/not required. I am considering to replace my old hard wired manual controller with Rain Bird ARC6 App-Based Indoor ...
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Hose valve in the middle of lawn

My wife would like a hose connector (or a couple) in the middle of the yard, as she often needs a lot of water in certain spots far away from the house and does not want to pull a 100ft hose and later ...
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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 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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Do I need to winterize black polyethylene sprinkler pipe?

A gentleman at the sprinkler supply store told me black polyethylene sprinkler pipe doesn't need to be protected from freezing; that it can handle the expansion. I'm looking for a second opinion on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How can I complete these repairs to my sprinkler system?

I have two (hopefully small) repairs that I need to do for my system. Luckily most of it is in a control box, so it is easy to get at. Here's the setup: At the top was a valve that was broken, and at ...
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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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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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How do I cap off / remove a single sprinkler head?

I have a corner in my yard that is getting too much water from the sprinkler system. The grass is drowning and moss is growing because it's constantly wet. The adjacent zone seems to throw enough ...
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How do I increase the pressure in my sprinkler system that runs off a well?

I'm trying to build a sprinkler system for my large yard. I've set up 2 zones each one with 8 heads being supplied by a 2HP well pump. I'm using 1" pipe everywhere. The first zone works fine and ...
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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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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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Adjusting pop-up sprinker range with the top screw

The previous owner of my home primarily used Rain Bird and Toro brand sprinklers (both pop-up and shrub types, all non-rotary) for irrigation, along with a few Orbit shrub risers in the front yard. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Leaking sprinkler system area top of valve?

I noticed a small leak of water when I turned on the sprinkler system this year. The leak seems to be coming from the top of the pressure vacuum breaker. Note this is not the exact picture of what I ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is my sprinkler system backflow leaking after being winterized?

After having my sprinkler system winterized, I noticed water leaking from the spigot. I thought it would stop once all the extra water came out but it is still leaking after 1 week. I turned the ...
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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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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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