Installing a home sprinkler system can be among the most frustrating of home improvement tasks. Having installed my own sprinkler system a few years back, I can boast that I survived this difficult feat. Many problems can arise while setting up your own sprinkler system. Needless to say, I faced many obstacles along the way. After a full day of hard work, I had my sprinkler system. Of course, my lush lawn came at a price.
1) Ensure You Have Efficient Water Pressure
Before you even buy a sprinkler system to install, it is vitally important to ensure that the water pressure in your home is sufficient. If your outdoor faucet does not offer enough pressure, adjustments must be made before taking further steps. I was worried about my water pressure but had no idea how to measure it without a gauge. I was irritated and thought I’d wasted my money when I decided to figure out my own way. I was worried the pressure might be too low as I’d often had issues with pressure when washing my motorcycle. I decided that I’d take a bucket from the garage and run water into it while measuring the amount of time it took to fill to the brim. The bucket filled much quicker than expected. I decided the water pressure seemed good enough for me to continue my project.
2) Bury Your Lines Deep Enough
I was very foolish when I decided to take on this task. I had no knowledge of sprinkler systems and knew only what was on the manufacturer’s box. Since my yard was fairly small, I dug the trenched by hand. With such little knowledge, I decided a few inches would be deep enough to lay my lines. Without measuring, I dug my trenches. When I tried to install the lines, I found they would not fit. Had I buried them, they’d have protruded above ground which wasn’t very practical. I had to go back around my lawn and dig my trenches deeper. I measured the pipes which were roughly 3 inches around. Trenches six inches deep did the trick. Ensure that you measure the pipes to determine how deep you must dig to place them. If not, you may end up digging twice.
3) Tighten The Connectors Securely
Most modern sprinkler systems use polyethylene pipe that is connected by barb fittings and secured by hose clamps. These clamps are placed on the pipe, then the fitting is placed to connect the pipes. After you have everything in place, you can slide the clamps over the fitting to securely hold the fitting. I decided to test my system before curying the pipes so I could ensure everything was running efficiently. As it turns out, water was spewing from the pipes, right where they connected. I’d foolishly thought that tightening the clamps with the pair of needle-nose pliers I had handy would work. Although the clamps were tightly secured to the fitting, there were small areas that weren’t even touching the fitting, where the pliers had formed them awkwardly. If these clamps are not formed to the fitting, problems will follow. I found success in using crimp ring pliers. These pliers are made for such tasks and allow the clamps to form to the fitting better.
4) Pets Will Destroy Your Work
My dog was never really one to dig. Despite his size, he was rather calm and we’d never had issues with him chewing on things. Unfortunately, he saw the freshly laid dirt to be an unpleasant change to his home. Shortly after he’d been let outside, he dug up one of the lines and punctured the pipe. Even if your pet doesn’t seem like the type to ruin your hard work, they are quite capable of doing so. Ensure that you teach your pet to not mess with your system. I learned the hard way and ended up having to replace a section of my system.
If you’re considering installing your own sprinkler system, be aware of these issues and make sure you research first. I worked much harder than I had to because I foolishly assumed that I could figure it out. Sprinkler systems are complex and if you cannot afford professional installation, be prepared to face many hardships. Hopefully.Hopefully, you will learn from my mistakes. No one ever said it would be easy to have the lawn of your dreams.