Introduction: Sprinkler System Set Up

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This is the beginning to starting your sprinkler system in your backyard. Sprinkler systems are easy to install with just a few tools.

Background:
*New residential home
* No current sprinkler system
*Sprinkler system will go to three planters.
*Sprinkler system will be covered by a concrete patio
* Note: Contractors that installed water pipe did not install properly. You can notice our PVC pipe is angled due to the already installed water system.

Step 1: Tools and Equipment

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Here is a list of the tools and supplies you'll need in your day project.

Tools:
1. PVC Pipe Cutter Tool
2. Adjustable wrench
3. Measuring tape

Supplies:
1. 3/4" PVC pipe
2. Thread Sealant
3. PVC Pipe Cement (Red Hot blue glue)
4. 3/4" PVC male adapter
5. 3/4" PVC ball valve
6. 3/4" 90° PVC elbow

Step 2: Adding Male Adapter

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The first step is to add the male adapter.

1. Remove the cap at the bottom of your water line. You should be able to take this off easily with an adjustable wrench. (Pink)

2. Take your male adapter and cover the threads with your teflon. It should have a nice coating.

3. Hand tighten the male adapter until snug. Use your wrench to tighten your adapter till it's fairly tight. Remember, we are trying to prevent leaks.

Step 3: Add a Section of PVC

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Figure out the distance you would like your ball valve to sit.

1. Measure from the area your ball valve will sit to the male adapter. Note: Make sure to measure from where your pvc pipe will sit inside your adapter and valve.

2. Measure, mark, and cut your PVC pipe with your PVC cutters.

3. Cover the end of your PVC pipe and the inside of your male adapter with red hot blue glue. Insert PVC Pipe into the male adapter. (Blue)

4. Wipe away any excess blue glue.

Step 4: Add Your Ball Valve

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Time to add your shut off valve.

1. Add blue glue to the exposed end of your PVC pipe and inside your ball valve.

2. Slide ball valve onto your PVC pipe.

3. Wipe off any excessive blue glue.

Step 5: Final Connection to Your Sprinkler System

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This is the last step and you'll be ready to start your sprinkler system.

1. Measure from your ball valve to your trench. I like about 1/2" off the ground.

2. Cut your PVC pipe and install the same way as in step 2. (Letter A)

3. Add a 3/4" PVC 90° elbow following step 2. Point the elbow in the direction your next piece will go. (Letter B)

* I like to add my first piece of my sprinkler system so I can get the angle I want. Once I have my angle then I cover my 90° elbow with dirt. This will keep the pipe from moving during the project.

Step 6: Congrats!

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You're now ready to start your sprinkler system layout. Sprinkler systems are fairly easy and I'll add an entire demonstration at a later time. Thanks for viewing and make sure to follow.

Comments

IamGutter (author)2016-05-02

Will you need a backflow preventor on the line? Most municipal water systems require them when you connect a sprinkler to the residential water line.

beaujgraham (author)IamGutter2016-05-02

We didn't add a backflow prevent or for a few reasons.

1. Local codes didn't require it in this area.
2. Entirely new water system for the house because it's new. So, backflow would be very unlikely till the home ages.
3. Owner request to keep the cost down.

IamGutter (author)beaujgraham2016-05-02

Sounds good, just wanted to throw the possible code requirement out there for others that may install it themselves. Nice Instructable!!

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