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DIY Sprinkler System with Video

Posted on 05 February 2011

by Jason Sanders for the Landscape Network

Adding a sprinkler system to your yard is for certain something that you will need if you are looking to add a lush, green lawn and be able to keep up with your landscape maintenance. You will also require one if you have any plant life and trees that you want to keep healthy and watered, and if you don’t want to have to be carrying the hose around with you every other day feeding the plants and trees on your own time. A sprinkler system can be easily installed by doing it yourself, but you will require some supplies and some know-how, and a decent amount of your time in order to do so.

You can also seek out seasoned and trained landscape contractors to assist you with sprinkler system installation, if you think that you won’t be able to pull it off on your own. There are also plenty of listings of irrigation contractors that specialize with installing sprinkler systems, too. Usually you can even have them come out to your house and provide you with a free quote based upon your yard size and irrigation needs. This can allow you to get the best deal on installation by comparing quotes and contractors so that you can find the right price and contractor for your project.

This video will show you how you can install a sprinkler system on your own in your yard:

By installing a sprinkler system in your home on your own, you can save a significant amount of money, as well as increase the value of your home and ease your landscaping maintenance issues by adding an automated irrigation system. You will also be protecting your investment in your yard be ensuring that it is watered regularly. And, you will have a quality sprinkler system that you can enjoy for years to come.

The first thing that you need to do is have the utility companies come out and mark any spots where underground wires or cables are run, so that you don’t accidently cut through them while digging your sprinkler or irrigation lines; they usually provide this service free of charge. Next take a different color utility spray and mark the lines where you want to install your irrigation system. If you have time and a shovel, you can hand dig your marked lines, or you can usually rent a trench digger from most home improvement stores.

After you have dug your irrigation lines, lay down 1” poly piping into the trench and connect barbed saddles where you want your sprinkler heads to be; they will puncture the line and allow for water to pass through each spot where you place them. Attach a “funny pipe,” which is a smaller line, to the saddle before filling the trenches, and then fill your trenches. Attach your sprinkler heads by fitting an elbow to the head and the funny pipe to the elbow. Wire your control box on your own or hire an electrician to make sure it’s installed properly. Lastly, lay your sod, adjust your sprinklers so they are aiming in the right direction and set your timers.

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