Home gardening is one of those engagements that require total dedication. Whether you intend to have a flower garden around your house or water the flower vases on your window sills, having your own sprinkler will always count toward ensuring everything is a success. From the onset, I always wanted to perfect my home gardening skills, and one of the things that become eminent was that I had to install my own sprinkler. I had to make a choice on what type of sprinkler I need. Choosing an underground sprinkler and an overhead sprinkler was quite a challenger; however, I eventually landed on the former. The next stage was to install it and the experiences I encourage were both challenging and educative. Below are some of the lessons.
Following his advice I started by acquiring a simple pressure gauge which I used to measure the pressure of water in the outdoor tap. Then with a clock and a bucket I measured the quantity of water the tap delivered in a minute. I then took this information together with my compound drawn to scale to a manufacturer of sprinklers.
The manufacturer in return gave me a material list and the system layout. These were heads, valves and a control panel. In the system layout provided the lawns were divided into 5 zones. Controlling each of these zones were zone valves. In my case the five zones required 36 sprinkler heads.
With the materials and system layout already in place I embarked on installing the pipes. I first tried digging by myself but found the work too cumbersome and time consuming. I therefore decided to hire a pipe pulling machine at a small fee per day. This greatly eased my work. Given the warm climate of my region I used the PVC pipes rather than the polythene ones as recommended by the local plumbing codes.
Lastly I installed a back flow preventer. This is very crucial given the fact that at low pressure the water in the sprinkler system can easily flow back into the water supply and cause its contamination. The back flow preventer thus ensures that such kind of contamination does not occur. The one I used is the surface level backwater preventer. This is the standard on and is acquired for $150. I installed it 12 inches above the highest point in the compound as required by the manufacturer.
After completing the installation I could not believe I had done the whole thing by myself. The assembling of the entire system was not even half as hard as I had imagined. What’s more, I found out I had saved a whopping 50% of the amount I would have paid a professional installer of a sprinkling system.