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How to Install Your Own Sprinkler System

A home sprinkler system is a great way to keep your yard looking great all year long without having to constantly move around sprinklers and water your lawn. This guide teaches how you can install your own sprinkler system in five steps. 

A five-step guide to installing your own sprinkler system

The following five-step guide walks you through how to install your sprinkler system. Of course, the system provider should have their own set of instructions as well that are important to follow. However, this guide should help you understand the general process for installation so that your specific manufacturer’s instructions make more sense. 

Plan the placement of the sprinklers strategically

The first step is to take time planning exactly where you need sprinklers. It is important to plan in a way where one sprinkler starts where another ends. This ensures that there are no dry spots on your lawn. It is also important to mark any areas where there may be buried cables; this may require the help of the utility department. You will also need to know your water pressure and the size of your yard. With this information, you can diagram exactly where the sprinklers should be placed. 

Dig the trench for your sprinkler system

The next step in the process is to dig your trench. This is perhaps the most physically demanding task. Of course, you could hire assistance for this step if necessary. You can also rent a vibratory plow for this step as well. The trench ideally needs to be 6” by 8” with a 45-degree slope. Be sure to have sod and soil nearby for after you are done digging and need to repair the trench. 

Install the valve manifold and PVC pipes

Once the trench is dug, then you can install the valve manifold and PVC piping that connects to your sprinkler heads (see below). For the valve manifold, dig a hole that is slightly larger than the valve manifold box. You can then place the valve manifold in the ground and attach it to your main water supply. Be sure to tighten the clamps as much as possible to secure the valve manifold. You can then connect 3/4“ PVC pipe to the open end of the valve manifold. You will “tee connectors” to connect pipes that run off the mainline. You will also need risers and 90-degree connectors. Be sure to apply the adhesive smoothly. 

Install the sprinkler heads

Lastly, you will need to connect the sprinkler heads. Be sure to choose the right sprinkler heads based on your irrigation needs. Install the sprinkler heads onto the risers. The sprinkler heads should be even with the soil and not covered or too high above the ground. 

Install the controller box

For the controller box, you will need to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions as each instruction process is different. In general, you will want to make sure that it is properly connected to the main water line. Test the controller box and ensure that all sprinkler heads cover your lawn evenly.

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