Purchasing your parts
We suggest to many customers that the best way to start out is to install a single watering zone first. This way you familiarize yourself with the components and see how everything works together. Remember that drip irrigation has a very small learning curve but it all starts when you actually begin installation!
If you try to design a complete drip irrigation system on paper, you will very quickly get lost in the details trying to plan it all without ever installing something. Actually working on a small section will give you experience and confidence; it is really much easier to install then we are making it sound! Starting the project will also let you see how the products work and will help you plan the needs of the rest of the landscape. Of course, it will also show you what other products you need to buy to complete the system.
A really good way to start installing a drip system is as follows.
Purchase the items needed for the first section we suggest starting with one of our complete kits such as K009 which contains everything you need from the spigot to the end of the line. A complete large drip system for shrubs, trees and groundcover.
At the same time purchase one or two different drippers, microsprinklers or other components you anticipate using in other areas.
Install the first section and get it complete and working correctly.
Find a place where you can install the other components used elsewhere and test them to see if they will be right.
By doing the above you might see that things work a little differently than expected and save yourself from purchasing large quantities of items that may not really work perfectly for your application. Believe us we are also being selfish here as this helps to cut down on returns, helping us to keep prices low for you! In this case we help each other.
Our complete kits are a very smart way to introduce yourself to drip irrigation. Each kit has all the components included to simply hook the system up to a hose bib and start watering. With these kits you can install just the items which you need or everything that is included. You can also add other items later that can be purchased individually.
This is the easiest way for a beginner to get started! Knowing that all the needed items are included gives you piece of mind and being able to expand and add too the system later makes it an all around smart choice.
What Do I Have to Have?
Making sure you have all the components for your system is always important! There is no easy way to address this but we thought we could make a simple list suggesting some basic points to check on your list. Remember each system uses specific components so we cannot list all the individual part numbers, only the areas to check.
Head Assembly or Manifold.
Be sure to check our Head Assembly section and then next walk through the parts one by one checking the water inlet thread type and the water outlet thread type. There is nothing more frustrating than having the correct parts only to find out they have the wrong thread types on them and they cannot be assembled. We know because this has happened to all of us. Other things to make sure you have included with a Head Assembly are as follows.
Water Connection - You must make sure the water source will connect with the correct thread types.
Backflow Some city codes require the use of a backflow device. This keeps the irrigation water out of the drinking water supply for the house. This is especially important if you plan on adding an automatic fertilizer applicator/filter.
Filter - A must have! This keeps debris out of the drip system and helps maintain clog-free drippers and microsprinklers.
Pressure Regulator - Another must have! Pre-set or adjustable, this maintains the water at the ideal pressure (PSI)... if the PSI is too high it can blow the heads and drippers right off the system!
Polytubing Adapter - You must be able to connect from a threaded fitting to polytube compression fitting!
Mainline tubing and fittings.
You can use anything from 1/4" microtube (if doing potted plants only) all the way to 1" polytube. Most homeowners will be using 1/2" polytube as a mainline; make sure you get enough tubing along with all the fittings for your layout. We do suggest (and not just to make sales) you purchase one or two extra of each fitting you anticipate needing. You will find that during installation there can always be changes due to unforeseen factors. Being short one or two $0.55 pieces is more than frustrating!!
Something which is not critical, but very helpful in laying down your polytube and keeping it in place.
Emitters & Microsprinklers .
Always double check to make sure you have enough of each - and even a couple extra. You would not believe how many times all of us have either lost a couple of these or added a few while installing a system.
This hurts sooooo much when forgotten. Remember that a nail will not work and can cause major leaking!! This is important with a system that regulates water like a drip system!
Microtube & 1/4" Fittings
If you use microtube connected to the 1/2" mainline polytube you have to use some kind of 1/4" fitting! Also remember to get the small microtube holding stakes S003 or S005 so the ends do not get moved around from where you place them.
Well it is not critical if you have these or not but if you do not have them..........don't GOOF! These are used to seal holes made by the polytube punch. If you want to move a dripper use one of these to seal the old hole. Our model number is SF007 for a strip of ten (10) individual plugs.
We must close off the ends of the lines! We have the A006 Figure "8" style and the LF013 a Compression End Cap style.
There's So Much! (I know I'll forget something!)
Nobody's perfect! There can always be something forgotten from an order and we understand this just as good as the customer. If you check the list above for the basic components you should be alright. We do suggest to taking note of our suggestions throughout this section to purchase one or two extra of certain items, we say it from experience! The other thing to keep in mind is the next section on freight costs. Shipping a whole bunch of items together in one order is very cost effective. Shipping just one or two small items is not cost effective at all. If you are missing one or two items try and add them to an order for your next area, if not we will be more than glad to send them out but a minimum freight charge is $3.50 via USPS Priority Mail.