DIY: How To Install Different Types Of Lawn Sprinklers

Your lawn needs water, and particularly in dry seasons, you may not have enough time to sprinkle water over your grasses as they need it.

You may think you don’t need a lawn sprinkler yet. If you manage a small lawn, you might be able to spray water with a long hose without much stress. But if your lawn’s size ranges from medium to large, having a lawn sprinklers will not only save you the stress but the dangers of forgetting to water your lawn.

DIY: How To Install Different Types Of Lawn Sprinklers

Usually, a sprinkler consists of a protruding perpendicular pipe with rotating nozzles on top. Water is sprayed from sprinklers in such a way that it spreads like rainfall.

A lawn sprinkler is used to irrigate a lawn with the added benefits of cooling the environment and controlling dust levels.

If you have considered installing a lawn sprinkler system, this guide is for you.

DIY: How To Make A Lawn Sprinklers System At Home

DIY: How To Make A Lawn Sprinkler System At Home

Materials and tools needed

  • Sprinkler heads
  • Shovel
  • Timer
  • Vibratory plow
  • PVC connectors
  • Poly pipe
  • Cutter
  • PVC valves
  • PVC pipe

Planning the system

You need to plan the system of existing pipes and cables before you even commence the project.

Ask your utility company to point out areas where cables have been buried underground. When you determine these points, plot out on a sketch representing your yard, where you wish to install the sprinklers.

Measure your yard with a measuring tape and calculate the water pressure to determine how much space the sprinklers will cover.

When you are done with all these measurements, you should have a clear sketch of the areas where you will install the sprinklers in your yard.

Note: In your sketch, you should position the sprinkler heads in such a way that the end of one sprinkler’s splash meets the beginning of another sprinkler’s splash. That way, there won’t be any dry spots on the lawn.

Preparing the area

After you have planned your yard and spotted the sites for placing the sprinkler heads, start preparing the irrigation system area.

  • Accessing the existing water line.

Your lawn is not too large, so your basic water supply at home should be able to feed your lawn too.

The most advisable way to tap into your water supply is by accessing the main water service line.

And since you will be drawing water from your home pipes, you will need to install an anti-siphon valve to prevent impurities from entering the main water supply through the lawn’s pipes.

  • Digging the trench

It’s best to dig a trench if you rent a trenching device to make the work much easier and faster.

The trench should be dug 6 to 8 inches deep with sod on one side and soil on the other. That way, you can easily fill and patch the trench.

  • Installing the valve manifold

The valve manifold should sit comfortably in the ground, so you should dig a hole that’s slightly bigger than the valve manifold box.  

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When the hole is made, place the box in and connect one end of the manifold valve assembly to the main water supply system. Ensure the fittings are correct before you tighten the clamps.

  • Running the PVC pipe

At the open end of the valve manifold, attach a 3/4″ PVC pipe and continue laying it along the main trench.

After the PVC pipe has been installed, other pipes can be connected off the mainline with plastic “tee” connectors. This will make the minor water system that connects to each sprinkler head.

At points that you have marked for sprinklers, attach risers with 90-degree connectors.

Glue all the sections together and ensure they sit well and dry. But, the glue lines should also be thin and smooth.

Installing the sprinkler heads

Choose sprinkler heads depending on how much water and the kind of water pressure your lawn needs.

Make sure to flush enough water through the system and minor pipes to remove dirt that may block the sprinkler heads.

Install the sprinkler heads horizontally onto the risers with the same level as the ground. Run water one more time to see that the entire system works.

If it works, then you’re good to go. Cover trenches and holes with soil and cover them with sod.

Lawn Sprinklers Finishing the setup

Finishing the setup

By now, you are done with your manual sprinkler system.

Making your sprinkler heads water your lawn automatically requires some electrical skills, and that finishes everything.

The timer controls the frequency and time of the sprinklers.

Following the manufacturer’s guidelines, connect all the wires, and ensure they work.

If you don’t know enough about electrical fittings, you could get an electrician to guide or do it for you. Seal the system by connecting the water system to the timer system. Check that everything works.

If it doesn’t work, check where the problem may arise from, or contact an expert to help. And if it does work, enjoy the company of your sprinklers and all-time watering of your lawn.

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Conclusion

Lawn sprinklers are one of the best things you could install on your lawn.

Although you can hire a pro to help install this irrigation system, you need some plumbing and electrical skills to go if you decide to do it yourself.

If you don’t think you are skilled enough, it’s okay to call an expert to help. If you are already equipped with the basic skills for this project, follow these guidelines, and you are sure to have your watering system up and running in no time!

References

  1. DIY network. How to install a sprinkler system. [https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/landscaping/how-to-install-a-sprinkler-system] Accessed: 7th of November, 2020.