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How to Hook up this Drip System?
June 20, 2012 11:10 AM   Subscribe

How do I hook up this irrigation/drip system? I have an outside faucet for garden hoses. What do I need to buy, and where can I buy it? How does it work? Bought a house with this installed.
posted by sandmanwv to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Go to an irrigation specialty store, and they'll show you the adapters to fit the small drip hose onto the faucet. You may, in fact, have them already--look around the garden. You may want a timer valve to do the job on a regular basis when you're away. Make sure you check the system for leaks--you don't want water on your porch or in your house.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:38 AM on June 20, 2012


Yes, get advice from a vendor that sells the stuff. You'll probably need a filter, a pressure regulator and an adapter of appropriate size to connect to the end of the line. You may also want an automatic timer to save you from having to remember to turn it on and off.
posted by jon1270 at 11:43 AM on June 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yes, get advice from a vendor that sells the stuff. You'll probably need a filter, a pressure regulator and an adapter of appropriate size to connect to the end of the line. You may also want an automatic timer to save you from having to remember to turn it on and off.

This is the right list of stuff, though I'd say that this is simple enough that you can almost certainly piece together the pieces yourself standing in the aisle at a store or looking at online drip irrigation stores.
posted by Forktine at 11:47 AM on June 20, 2012


Yeah, the main thing you might want advice for is determining the correct pressure regulator to buy. If you're lucky, the emitters (on the ends of the hoses at each plant) might have text specifying an appropriate range of pressures molded right on them. If not, take an emitter to the store with you (or email a photo to an online vendor).
posted by jon1270 at 11:58 AM on June 20, 2012


Eh, those lines looks pretty stiff and busted, so if I worked in your garden I would probably just replace them.

Do you have a valves and a timer already? If there's dripline, you need to look for these, because they may exist already. If not, you don't actually have a "system", you just have tubing.

What you ultimately need to run any irrigation system are: a timer, a valve, backflow preventer (if this is your potable water line), filter, and a pressure regulator. If it's just the lines to the hanging plants you can get away with a battery operated system that hooks up to your faucet (hose-end) , like this. You will need to add a pressure regulator after the valve. Any anti-siphon device needs to be higher than your highest emitter to be effective. I recommend downloading the drip irrigation manual from this site, or hiring a professional if this seems complicated. You should hire a professional irrigation specialist if you've got existing timers and valves that are not functional.
posted by oneirodynia at 1:40 PM on June 20, 2012


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