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Old 07-11-2014, 10:58 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel View Post
haha my water main is 1/2", 1" is WAY overkill. This is not a commercial situation, just a home.

This is going to be a small setup. Reason I want to go DIY route is I want to be able to use commonly available hardware that I can just get at Home Depot. If I get into proprietary stuff it will get expensive and a hassle to maintain.

I was looking on ebay real quick and found lot of Rainbird stuff. Just need to figure out how it actually connects and whether or not I can even find that kind of connector at the hardware store. We don't have any in ground sprinkler companies here. In fact I'd be one of few homes that has one.

I may even jsut put some hose outlets around the yard to connect standard sprinklers to with a short lenght of hose. Then take them down off season. Though I like the idea of the adjustable popup heads.

When I design the system I will overshoot, so I can componsate for wind and what not. I can probably get away with 1-2 heads for the front lawn, the side lawn will be the trickyest as it's long and narrow, so may need a bunch of small heads in a line there. Back yard maybe 2-3 heads. Going to be a pretty small system. Front, side, back will be 3 valve zones so when I go on my phone or computer and activate the system it will only activate one zone at a time and alternate. Will probably be a simple web page where I can set it on a timer.
I'm in the same situation (and location) as you, but I already decided on the right controller, valves and sprinkler heads. I spent quite some time deciding on these based on features, quality and price, in this particular order
See if these might work for you too (sorry, I cannot post links yet, but a web search will lead you to the right pages):

Controller: ER-8 - EtherRain 8 Valve Controller from QuickSmart. Their rain sensor is highly recommended for a smarter irrigation schedule.
Main reasons: Accessible from web, scheduling logic not hard-coded into it (use their free website or code your own scheduling logic using available API), scheduling logic works with weather forecast and rain sensor to water only when necessary without manual intervention. You will also find Jim Lemezis from QuickSmart is very helpful and nice. Thank you, Jim!

Valves: Rainbird 075-ASVF 3/4" Inlet Residential Anti-Siphon Sprinkler Valve w/Flow Control (bought online from Westside Wholesale)
Main reasons: Very reliable according to other users, anti-siphon, manual control. Also, they are on sale now for only 15.60 USD. I'm currently waiting for them to be shipped.

Sprinklers: Little Tuffy 6" with Toro PRN's (precision rotating nozzle) from Valvette Systems
Main reasons: they are very efficient sprinklers: individual flow control, pressure-compensating, significant water savings, no overspray, replaceable seals if leaking, uniform watering, no misting, can be serviced individually without turning off the whole system. On top of all the great features, Ted Sirkin - the Operation Manager at Valvette Systems - is a great guy, always ready to help you with your irrigation project. Thank you, Ted!

I should also mention here that I'm not affiliated in any way with the people and/or companies I mentioned above. I simply believe they provide the best solutions for a home irrigation project.

I'm also considering PEX pipes for the system, and any related information would be appreciated!
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:10 AM   #17
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Re: DIY lawn sprinkler system

Thanks. It is helpful article.I think that we should leave this world better than we found it. And so, to better our landscapes and save valuable water, time, and money of responsible people like you.
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