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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Do it Yourself Discussion! => Topic started by: kenmoremmm on February 04, 2019, 11:55:31 PM

Title: Help with Planning Sprinkler Irrigation System
Post by: kenmoremmm on February 04, 2019, 11:55:31 PM
I'm planning to install an irrigation system in my yard that I just recently regraded following a year's worth of work to get it from crapola to something my kids will (hopefully) love.

I purchased this package kit online due to good reviews and what I think is a workable system for my needs:
I actually bought two of them for 2 zones.

In addition to the sprinklers, I plan to have 2 more zones for drip irrigation (gardening). This has led me to conclude that I should swap out the timer that comes with the kit (which is reportedly the weakest component) and install a system timer and valves and manifold. I think the process looks straightforward (I was a carpenter in HS and college, have built many things, remodeled my current house, etc), but I suck at some types of plumbing, of which this is one.

Below are parts and pieces I'm thinking of getting to complete the setup. My goal is to locate a valve box about 10ft away from my hose bib and connect a garden hose to the manifold (question on this later). Power would come from the opposite side of the wall where the box is and that's also where the timer would be mounted.

System Timer:

Valve Box Base:

Valve Box:


Manifold Swivel Adapter:

DCVA: (not sure if needed; or do i just get anti-siphon valves?)


Questions I have are:
- How do I get from 3/4" to 1/2" poly connection? My understanding is that the manifold is designed for 3/4" poly tube, and I haven't been able to find anything with a 1/2" male connection. Is there a reducer polytube available?

- How do I connect garden hose to manifold - is that the swivel adapter or is there some other product to accommodate this? All the online installs I've reviewed (granted, only 1 night's worth of review) showed glued PVC going back, presumably, to a main water line in the house or even back at the water meter --- that ain't happening with me. I'm sure there's a workaround on this.

- For antisiphon protection, do I need a DCVA if I'm using valves with antisiphon feature? Is one better than another? Seems a valve is around $20 and I'd need 4 eventually. The DCVA is $100+ and looks to be soldered into copper; not sure if I'm looking at the right product for a DCVA.

- If you see anything else that looks off, please LMK.