Retrofit accessories including adapters, reducers and extensions are designed to incorporate a drip outlet or system into an existing sprinkler system, by converting a 1/2” riser in the existing system to a drip irrigation outlet, without disturbing the flow of the other sprinklers on the line.
Retrofit drip irrigation is controlled either manually or by using an automatic timer. The retrofit adapter can be used to mount onto the 1/2” riser one of many options of drip emitters to water shrubs, baskets, containers and individual plants that the sprinkler head may not cover sufficiently, while a drip outlet can do it with pinpoint efficiency.
Retrofitting conventional sprinkler systems to low flow, water saving drip systems requires a few simple steps that include the evaluation of the areas to be watered. While large areas such as lawns are best watered by sprinklers, other areas, such as shrubs, roses or individual plants, can be irrigated more efficiently by using one of our retrofit systems.
½ in. FPT x ½ in MPT Riser Adapter with ¼ inch barbed side elbow outlet allows the addition of ¼ inch drip tubing to the sprinkler riser, so that a sprinkler head and drip irrigation can be combined from the same riser. This adapter is designed to incorporate a drip outlet into the existing sprinkler system, by converting one or more ½ inch risers to drip irrigation without disturbing the flow of the other sprinklers on the line.
The adapter can be used with drip emitters, foggers, sprayers, or spray jets to water shrubs, baskets, containers, window boxes, and individual potted plants that are not covered by the existing sprinkler head.
At this point you have a number of options:
Option1: To the end of the micro tubing add an adjustable or preset drip emitter and secure the end of the micro tubing with a stake
Option 2: To the end of the micro tubing insert a ¼ inch barb and connect a 1/4 inch drip line with .5 GPH drip emitter every 6, 9 or 12 inch and loop it around the plant or pot. This option will provide a larger wetted area under the plant canopy or inside the potted plant.
Option 3: To the end of the micro tubing insert a ¼ inch tee. From the tee extend additional lengths of micro tubing with PC or adjustable drip emitters to each plant, placing the drip emitter under the plant canopy, at the center between the plant trunk and the pot edge.
Last: Turn the water on and check the system, making sure that the sprinkler head and all drip outlets are working and that the location of each outlet meets your needs.