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Auto water sprinklers

Post by andyandyandy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:16 pm

I have a small townhome and may shift to bigger home in next 2 years.However to save time I wanted to install sprinkler system with automation.
While googling average cost is coming to 2000+. Are there other alternatives to save time on water for front yard and back yar without spending so much money??

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by Sandtrap » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:24 pm

Why invest the money if you are moving in 2 years?
Do you feel that you can recoup the expenditure in being able to sell the home for a higher price because of this feature (likely not)?
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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by livesoft » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:32 pm

One can buy a timer to attach to an outdoor faucet that then uses soaker hoses to water grass. If the yard is sloped, put the soaker hose on the uphill side and let gravity do the work. One can hide the soaker hose under mulch or gravel or something like that.

Of course, I have no idea how big an area you want to water nor what you want to water.
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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by 123 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:59 pm

andyandyandy wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:16 pm
...While googling average cost is coming to 2000+...
That $2,000 costs must be if you hired an outside service/plumber to install. While it's primarily grunt work (trenching etc) there is nothing particularly complex about installing a lawn sprinkler system, most of the pipe fittings are just glued together as you go. If the cost to have someone install it is $2,000 I would guess a DIY person could buy the parts and supplies for under $300. The only "hard" part is getting a connection to the existing water supply but many relatively new building may already have a built-in accommodation connection for that. If your area freezes in the winter you have to accommodate that in your planning.
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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by limeyx » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:48 pm

andyandyandy wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:16 pm
I have a small townhome and may shift to bigger home in next 2 years.However to save time I wanted to install sprinkler system with automation.
While googling average cost is coming to 2000+. Are there other alternatives to save time on water for front yard and back yar without spending so much money??

Thank you in advance!
Depends what you are watering. I got one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Orbit-Single-Pro ... hose+timer

Something like this for plants/plant boxes
https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bird-GRDNER ... s=rainbird

and for the lawn

https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bird-Plasti ... kler+heads


Total cost just around $120 (I also got a 4-way splitter for the hose outlet -- was told to get the real brass ones, not cheaper kind)

Works pretty good for me

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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by andyandyandy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:17 pm

limeyx wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:48 pm
andyandyandy wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:16 pm
I have a small townhome and may shift to bigger home in next 2 years.However to save time I wanted to install sprinkler system with automation.
While googling average cost is coming to 2000+. Are there other alternatives to save time on water for front yard and back yar without spending so much money??

Thank you in advance!
Depends what you are watering. I got one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Orbit-Single-Pro ... hose+timer

Something like this for plants/plant boxes
https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bird-GRDNER ... s=rainbird

and for the lawn

https://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bird-Plasti ... kler+heads




Total cost just around $120 (I also got a 4-way splitter for the hose outlet -- was told to get the real brass ones, not cheaper kind)

Works pretty good for me
Thank you! These options sound great!!I will try these. Thanks again!

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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by dratkinson » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:37 pm

Recall forum topic from distant past. There is a method to installing sprinkler systems (head coverage overlaps,...), and a link was posted to a website that taught those design concepts. Don't remember recommended website.

Bottom line. For your sprinkler system to work as you hope, you'll need to learn/apply the design principles before installing it.

Can start your search here: http://www.google.com/search?q=design+l ... ler+system
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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by foamypirate » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:31 pm

You could always buy one of these:
http://www.nationalwalkingsprinkler.com/product/a-5

Heavy duty cast iron, no plastic, made in USA, and I find mine just plain entertaining. You just drape your hose in a path around the yard, and let it rip. You do have to turn it off manually , but you can time it the first time, then set it up with a faucet timer to shut it off after that time has passed, on subsequent runs.

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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by BanquetBeer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:36 pm

Installing sprinklers shouldn cost that much unless you have a huge yard. Sprinklers run $500-$1200 here depending on how complex.

Get a smart controller costs $200. Rachio or similar.

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Re: Auto water sprinklers

Post by livesoft » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:06 pm

BanquetBeer wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:36 pm
Get a smart controller costs $200. Rachio or similar.
For a "small town home"??? I don't think so. :)
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