I knew I needed to put in a "french drain" to deal with all the water coming down the spout, I also knew that I really needed an automatic sprinkler of some kind to keep the grass going through the hot periods here in Northern Virginia. Those thoughts spun in my brain until I saw this at my local home improvement store- for half price I might add!
Step 1: The Parts
Step 2: Sprinkler Design
First, let me say that I know this is very small scale. I am blessed (or cursed as some would believe) with a very small front lawn (20' x 20'). I only need 1 zone to water the whole thing. I figured that 8 heads would cover the area.
I'm not going to explain how to install a sprinkler system. If you have ever glued PVC pipe together, you can do it. It is a matter of digging trenches, laying and gluing the PVC pipe, and connecting to a water source. You can also use flexible black pipe. Regardless, the process is the same. Here is a schematic of my system.