a sprinkler system for the first time can be a daunting task. However, DIY
projects have become increasingly popular, since you can save about 30-40% as
opposed to hiring a contractor. With easy to assemble parts and companies
having free troubleshooting it can be a breeze to install your own sprinkler
system. But before you run out and start digging trenches and laying pipe, it
would be a good idea to look over these points and decide if installation is a
project you can tackle.
Consider the following questions:
- Measure out the dimensions of the area you
want to install your sprinkler system
- How many obstacles (trees, pool, garage,
driveway, deck, etc.) are in the designated area? Are you willing to
install drip irrigation?
- In order to prevent brown spots, you will want
uniform coverage. If you are planning for a flower bed with only a few
shrubs, your coverage doesn't need to be as even.
- For the least number of heads possible, rotor
sprinkler heads are the best option. Use spray heads for all around uniform
A few things to remember:
You can always consult with a professional for a small fee, and
have them advise you on what products they recommend, design or placement, and
best practices for installing. This is still less expensive than hiring a
contractor to do the whole thing, and it reduces the amount of homework you
have to do.
- If you are the type of person who loves starting projects, but sometimes struggles to complete them, this might not be the route for you.
- Once you start installing cutting corners will cost you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road. Then you might end up hiring a contractor anyway, to come out and fix your system.
- If you're willing to do a little homework, and get your hands dirty (literally), installing an irrigation system yourself is very doable. We even have free design service, provided by Toro and RainBird. You can always consult with a professional for a small fee, and have them advise you on what products they recommend, design or placement, and best practices for installing.
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