How To Design And Build A Sprinkler System- A Complete Guide For The Do-It-Yourselfer

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This book explains how to design and build a sprinkler system to irrigate a residential landscape. Beginning with an inventory and description of the components of a sprinkler system, the book describes what the different parts are and what they do, as well as explanations of the appropriate use of the different parts. For example, when choosing sprinkler heads, when to use rotors compared with using spray or impact heads. The book covers all the components of a sprinkler system including heads, valves, controllers, wiring, backflow devices, piping and fittings.

Building from that basic foundation, the reader is then given instruction in how to successfully design a sprinkler system including establishing a water source, zoning, pipe sizing, head layout and all the other necessary requirements. The design process incorporates a discussion of soil types, plant communities, and microclimates as well as the mechanical considerations. The outcome here is to help the reader design a sprinkler system that functions correctly, is cost effective, and that is appropriate to the existing or proposed landscape and site conditions.

After the reader has designed a sprinkler system, the book goes through a step-by-step example of how to physically lay-out and install a sprinkler system, including many useful contractor's tips and shortcuts and a troubleshooting guide.

The book has a chapter on low-volume irrigation that includes how to design and install drip and micro irrigation, and a chapter on how to water for maximum results using minimal amounts of water.

How To Design And Build A Sprinkler System is a breath of fresh air in that it does not shrink from an explanation of what is really required to build a sprinkler system. The fact is, sprinkler systems are not so complicated that a homeowner can't build one by doing some homework first, but they (sprinkler systems) definitely require more knowledge than is usually provided at the retail level.

How To Design And Build A Sprinkler System is for the intelligent homeowner who wants to install a "real" sprinkler system, have the fun and satisfaction of doing it themselves, and save a ton of money compared to having a contractor do the same job. The book is also a recommended read for someone taking bids and talking to contractors about irrigation work. This book is a great resource as a way to make sure homeowners can communicate effectively about what they expect from a contractor.

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From the Publisher:

This book was originally packaged as a homeowner book. What we have found is that landscaping and irrigation contractors, gardeners, public agencies and irrigation suppliers have also been using this book as a basic primer to get new employees up to speed on sprinkler systems. The book has been reviewed by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, as well as by many other top professionals in the irrigation industry, and the information is very accurate and up-to-date. It's a great book for the homeowner wanting to install a quality sprinkler system or for the professional needing to get clear, concise information in a simple format. We have included plenty of drawings and photographs to make things easy!

From the Back Cover:

Get the sprinkler system that is right for you. This book will pay for itself in savings many times over. Complete, accurate and up-to-date this is the best book out there for residential sprinkler projects. A complete guide for anyone planning to install a sprinkler system to irrigate their lawn, shrubs or garden. Whether doing the work yourself or hiring it out to a contractor, you can use the valuable information in this book to save time and money and to get the sprinkler system that is right for you. Replace expensive trial and error with a wealth of knowledge and experience. You will learn: The components of a sprinkler system, what the parts are and what they do; How to size your sprinkler system to the available water; How to select the right sprinklers; How to custom design a sprinkler system that exactly meets your watering needs; How to meet water quality and plumbing code requirements; Contractor's tips and shortcuts to achieve a quality installation while saving time and money; For automatic and manual sprinkler systems; Includes drip irrigation.

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