Welp, I’ve discovered it folks – the DIY venture I most lament undertaking: introducing a water system framework in our yard. Try not to be tricked by my well disposed wave beneath.

introduce water system framework pipe along walkway

Why? The short answer is that it was significantly more debilitating and took any longer than I anticipated. An expert group could’ve thumped it out in a day or two (I know this since I watched two neighbors get theirs introduced in a matter of moments while I sweated and worried through my own establishment over a three-week time span). Without a doubt, DIY extends quite often take additional time and elbow oil than simply composing a check – however more often than not, the fulfillment of doing it without anyone’s help, taking in another ability, or sparing some mixture makes it all justified, despite all the trouble.

In our previous ten years of DIYing huge amounts of things, this has been the situation… yet while this task left me with hints of that fulfillment, it simply didn’t feel like it compensated for the time, stress, and agony that wound up being engaged with this specific venture. So I’m keeping it genuine with you all and saying it as is it: eventually I think it was the precarious expectation to absorb information (this was my first huge pipes venture) and extensive scale (our yard never felt so enormous) that about destroyed me.

water system framework sprinkler head showering garden quit for the day

In any case, the occupation did at long last complete, regardless of a few hiccups (more on that later), and the silver coating is that now I know HOW a water system framework functions and I can ideally spare myself some cash not far off on the off chance that I ever need to investigate or reconfigure the framework. Indeed, and now our arranging will at long last have a battling chance against the late spring heat.

irrigaiton framework mister head in mulch bed

So I figured I’d share how I did it so any other individual who is thinking about the undertaking can settle on a good choice about whether they need to take it on (like on the off chance that you had a littler yard or more past pipes involvement).

water system framework watering grass of block pilgrim home


For our commemoration a year ago, we got ourselves a scene design from a scene engineer (it was around $300) in light of the fact that we had a feeling that we required an expert to set us on a course for the yard we needed. She drew us this arrangement beneath, however she prompted us not to put any cash into new plants until the point that we illuminated our water issue (the mid year sun fundamentally prepares everything in July and August). So I’m sharing her graph here for reference, however we’ve gained fundamentally ZERO ground on it – and in the year since getting it, we as of now have two or three things we’re considering evolving. So our property DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THIS, however the general grass regions are sufficiently close – so I will utilize this to indicate how the framework is orchestrated.

scene engineer drawn scene design

So in light of her proposal, we got a couple of appraisals from experts to introduce a water system framework. The expenses were about $3,500. We were juuuust going to pull the trigger on one when a neighbor found out about our arrangement and offered to enable me to introduce my own. He had done a couple in his past homes (his present home had one when he moved in) and said it was a truly possible. Indeed, even may have depicted it as “simple.” After demonstrating to me the nuts and bolts, he offered to help thump it out with me. So last September we at last made history.


The initial step was heading off to our area’s utility office and asking for the establishment of a “friend meter.” This is fundamentally a different water meter from the one that gives water to whatever remains of the house. The explanation behind this is we just get charged for water on this meter, not water and sewer like our other meter. That is on account of the province knows the greater part of the water from this meter is winding up in the yard, not backpedaling into their sewer framework. Everybody we conversed with said this additional progression spares a considerable measure of cash after some time and is certainly justified, despite all the trouble (even the professionals who cited establishments for us). The different meter additionally enables us to turn it off amid the winter when the water system framework isn’t being used, without influencing whatever is left of our home’s water. This cost us $500 and it took two or three weeks of sitting tight for it to get introduced. So while we held up, my neighbor helped me design our framework.


We really got two or three design thoughts from getting those earlier expert appraisals, however our primary objective was to get water where we required it at all entangled course conceivable. For one thing, you need to distinguish two vital sources: (1) where your water is originating from and (2) where your energy is originating from. The province decided the arrangement of the sidekick meter, and since we needed to control the framework from our carport, that would be our energy source.

water system framework scene design with key power source water source

From the water source, we’d introduce a “fundamental line” to supply water to each of the “zones.” These zones are essentially gatherings of sprinkler heads that turn on or off together. The zones fill two or three needs. For one, contingent upon the measure of your yard, you might not have enough water strain to get ALL of your sprinkler heads to shower at the same time. Making zones additionally gives you more control of your watering – like on the off chance that you have a range that gets drier than another, you can run only that region longer or all the more regularly (and spare water/cash on all the others). Each zone is bolstered by its own water line that branches off the fundamental line. Our own looks a touch of something like this:

water system framework scene design with key water line zone lines

When we had a general thought of where we’d run our water lines, we utilized some orange banners to stamp precisely where the sprinkler heads would go. We just strolled off our separations between heads (around 8-10 extensive strides between every one). We put most around the border of the yard, attempting to restrain overspray into ranges that wouldn’t require watering (the forested areas, the carport) or things that shouldn’t get wet superfluously (the deck, the house). You can alter the circular segment and splash remove later to ensure you contain the water to the yard, while additionally making some cover to enough to adequately water the grass.

water system framework scene design with key sprinkler heads


With a general thought of the design, I could begin looking for my materials. So let me go over what I required (other than yards and yards of PVC pipe and a buffet of PVC fittings and connectors). To start with up, the sprinkler heads. I ran with these Hunter Rotor heads at my neighbor’s proposal for the vast majority of the yard, and some littler mister heads from Lowe’s for our front mulch bed. In the two cases, a large portion of it is covered underground and sits scarcely over the earth line. At the point when the water turns on, the weight pops it up (as demonstrated as follows) and pivots forward and backward in whatever circular segment you decide, or in an entire 360 degree work.

water system framework sprinkler head chart with associations

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Each make a beeline for the PVC water line by means of some adaptable swing funnel (additionally called “clever pipe”) and some swing channel elbows on either end (one screws into the base of the sprinkler head, the other into a strung tee introduced in your line). I’ll demonstrate to you how this functions later, however realize that for every sprinkler head, you’ll require these too.

Each zone is controlled by a valve. It’s a little electronic gadget that is introduced toward the begin of each of your zone water lines, and controls when water streams into that zone. So you require one valve for every zone, alongside a valve box for every one. Since the valves live underground, the case keeps earth off the valve and gives you access to it without digging.

water system framework materials valve box racchio controller

The valves are controlled by a controller, which is the place you’ll program your watering plan (otherwise known as: when each zone turns on, and for to what extent). We picked this “brilliant” Racchio sprinkler controller and we LOVE it. All the writing computer programs is done by means of an application on your telephone (or even your Alexa!), so it’s substantially simpler than decoding handles or catches on the real box. Also, it interfaces with a neighborhood climate station so it will skirt a planned watering when it knows it has as of late rained OR if rain is in the figure (which means you don’t need to purchase and wire your very own rain gage – it’s so brilliant and has effectively spared us a huge amount of water on days we needn’t bother with it).

You likewise can select in to get a content or an email warning when a planned watering begins, stops, or is skipped. It’s more costly than an essential controller, however it’s been WELL WORTH IT. Simply ensure you purchase a rendition with enough zones for your yard (we have 6 zones, so I purchased the 8 zone adaptation – which gives us space to develop on the off chance that we ever need to include more).

water system framework scene design with key valve control line controller

The controller connects to close to your energy source (once more, our own is in the carport) and is wired underground to each of the valves. So you’ll require some underground wire with enough strands so each zone has it’s own particular committed line (we got this 10-conveyor rendition, since 10 strands were bounty for our 6 zones). It’s fine if it has additional, you simply don’t need excessively few. The keep going thing on the rundown is a reverse preventer, which is a gadget our region expects you to introduce to keep water in your framework from streaming once again into the central conduit. It’s one of only a handful couple of over the ground parts of a water system framework, so you may have seen them in yards with a sprinkler framework.

water system framework materials underground 10 conduit wire reverse preventer


The initial phase in introducing your framework is burrowing trenches for your channels to run. CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG ANYTHING.

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