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The Ins and Outs of Installing Your Own Drip Irrigation System

WP Law - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Installing drip irrigation is not as difficult as you might think.


Installing Your Own Drip Irrigation System

Some people are put off by the fact that there seems to be a million parts to a drip irrigation system, but the process itself is very simple. Once you get started, all the parts make a great deal of sense.

Here is all you need to know:

Drip irrigation consists of four main parts. Those parts are:
• the control valve/timer,
• the main line,
• directional lines, and
• emitters.
The control valve is how the system is turned on and off. In smaller gardens that my simply be the hose bib on the spigot. Most drip irrigation systems will connect to a timer so that your labor is reduced.

The first step is to place the main line where you need it to go. Usually this is in the furrows between rows. Once that is in place, it is time to connect your main line to your water source. Some kits come with a twist on connector already attached to the line. If not, the connector can be attached as a snap on, or screw on application.

Once the main line is connected, you begin the longer task of attaching the emitter lines. You might have to pierce the main line and then fit in a connector. There is a special tool available to help you pierce the main line. The connectors are easy to insert into the mainline.

The next step is to measure, cut, and stake your emitter line from the main line to the plant. The emitter line is made to snap onto the mainline connector. The last step is to insert the emitter into the plant end of the emitter line. Test the system and make sure you don't have leaks, and you are done.

Most drip irrigation systems can be set up in less than a day, depending on how large the project is and how much help you have.

Check out the line of drip irrigation systems the pros at WP Law recommend. Then if you’ve got questions, send them to us here, and we’ll get right back to you with answers you can trust.

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