Having a plan is the most important step for installing an automated sprinkler system in your yard. I learned several lessons when installing my system that you may find helpful when installing your own.
I may be hard to believe that installing an automated sprinkler system in you lawn is a great method of water conservation. Compared to watering your lawn with a water hose by hand, or moving around a sprinkler manually, a properly installed system can direct water with much more efficiently.
Some municipals have water conservation policies and an automated system can be programmed to conform with whatever city regulations are required.
It is very important to read the contract and understand the terms if you are having someone do the installation. Make sure their quote includes a complete parts list of exactly what components are being used.
Research the components on the parts list. Especially pay attention to the brand and quality of the sprinkler heads.
Pay More to Pay Less
The brand and quality of the sprinkler head is an important consideration. The head takes the more abuse than any other component in the system.
Properly installing the right sprinkler head will you a lot of time, money and aggravation over the life of the system. Constantly replacing faulty heads can defeat some of the reasons for having an automated system in the first place.
Many sprinkler systems that I have observed seem to always have a sidewalk or two that is being watered. I never really thought about this until discovered that watering a sidewalk is due mostly to poor planning and trying to save a few dollars.
Drilling under a sidewalk to install an additional head will add to the total cost due to using more parts and labor. Saving water and having total access to the sidewalk makes it well worth spending more. It gives greater value to the system and thus the value of the home.
The control of the flow of water can be controlled very precisely. This precision control is only as good as the quality of the plan and the installation. I have been experimenting with and using the Open Source Automation software for monitoring my home and automation projects.
The progression of the Internet and computer systems in general has given us great power. Anywhere in the world a homeowner can control the watering of his lawn and the homes other automated systems.
My lawn usually suffered many hardships under my care, including not getting enough water at times. The installation of a sprinkler system took care of that, you could say, automatically. Using these lessons learned will help you succeed in the proper installation of you own automated system.
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