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Irrigation and Outdoor Plumbing

This is a guide for outdoor plumbing and irrigation systems. Learn how things work and how to avoid and fix common problems.

Automatic Drain Valve
An easy way to drain irrigation lines is to install an automatic drain valve at each low point in the sprinkler lines. Adding automatic drain valves is as easy as adding a tee.

Patio Misters
Patio misters are a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Patio misters come in kits of various sizes and lengths. Misting system kits are the easiest way to install a patio mister system.

How to Install a French Drain
Take a look at how to install a french drain to prevent flooding and soggy spots in your yard due to bad sloping, low spots, or roof runoff.

Yard Drain Maintenance
Yard drains, also called area drains or landscape drains, divert water from the yard to the street storm drain or another area. Regular yard drain maintenance helps keep water from collecting in your yard.

Gutter Cleaning
Gutter cleaning is usually best done in the Fall after most of the leaves have fallen off of trees. Gutter cleaning is an easy do it yourself project that can save quite a bit over having gutters cleaned out professionally.

French Drains
French drains are a type of yard drain that uses a perforated pipe in a gravel filled trench to divert water from one area to another.

How to Winterize a Sprinkler System
If you live in an area where winter temperatures dip below freezing it is necessary to winterize a sprinkler system before winter to keep it from freezing. If you decide that you’d like to winterize a sprinkler system yourself there are just a few steps to follow.

PVC Joint Repair
There are time when an emergency PVC joint repair is necessary even as a temporary measure. Here are some PVC joint repairs that I have seen work in a pinch.

Start Sprinkler System After Winterizing
To start a sprinkler system after winterizing you must first know where the sprinkler system shut offs are.

PVC Pushfit Fittings
Consider using a PVC pushfit fitting for a quick repair. Pushfit fittings are an alternative to traditional fittings for irrigation repairs that are designed to be easy to use and quick to install.

Faucet Sock
Frozen hose bibs are a common occurrence for outdoor faucets in the winter. With a faucet cover such as a faucet sock you can stop the freezing and save yourself the cost of replacing a frozen hose bib.

Outdoor Faucet Cover
Using an outdoor faucet cover on every outside spigot is a great way to prevent freeze damage. Installing an outdoor faucet cover is quick and inexpensive.

Install A Yard Water Hydrant
Yard water hydrants are a great way to beat the freeze and still have water in the yard where you need it. Eliminate the 200 feet of hose and install a yard water hydrant where you need the water most.

Replace A Stop And Waste Valve
A stop and waste valve is a key irrigation fitting to help keep sprinkler lines free from freezing in the winter. The stop and waste valve will automatically drain any water in the line when turned off.

Irrigation Troubleshooting - Bad Valve Symptoms
When troubleshooting an irrigation system it is important to know the various bad valve symptoms that can cause sprinkler problems. Knowing bad valve symptoms can make troubleshooting your irrigation system problems much easier.

Repair A Leaking Freeze-Proof Faucet
A freeze-proof faucet is a great because it provides water outside the house even in the winter. The freeze-proof faucet can leak from several different areas and the source of the leak will determine the type of repair that is needed.

Replace A Frost Free Faucet
A frost free faucet is designed to prevent water from freezing inside the valve. Wear and frost damage are reasons to replace a frost free faucet.

How To Install A PVC Saddle Tee
A PVC saddle tee can be used to quickly add a tee in an existing PVC pipe such as those used in irrigation systems. Using a PVC saddle tee can save you a lot of digging and it goes together quickly and easily.

How To Find A Sprinkler Valve
How to find a sprinkler valve in a large yard is a question that comes up quite often. These tips for how to find a sprinkler valve can guide you through the process.

Pressure Vacuum Breaker Basics
A pressure vacuum breaker is an important component of irrigation systems. What a pressure vacuum breaker does is to provide protection against backflow or back siphoning of water.

Guide To Sprinkler Valve Repair
Taking care of a sprinkler valve repair at the first signs of trouble can minimize the damage to your landscaping. Narrowing down the problem will also help to determine what sprinkler valve repair is required.

Frost Free Yard Hydrant Repair
A frost free yard hydrant that is dripping calls for a quick hydrant repaired quickly before it freezes. Often a yard hydrant repair involves replacing the broken seal that is causing the leak.

Replace A Frost Proof Yard Hydrant
Replace a leaky frost proof yard hydrant. It is easy to replace a yard hydrant with a little preparation and a bit of digging.

Replacing A Sprinkler Valve - Guide To Replacing A Sprinkler Valve
Replacing a sprinkler valve doesn’t have to be confusing or time consuming. This guide will lead you through this common irrigation repair.

How To Install a Swing Joint Sprinkler
This is a step by step guide to replacing a simple sprinkler riser with a swing joint.

4-90’s Repair
Repair a broken sprinkler line using four 90 degree fittings.

How To Use a Telescoping Repair Coupling
Step by step guide to repairing a broken sprinkler line using a telescoping repair coupling. This method is a good option when you have limited space to make the repair.

How To Use A Compression Repair Coupling
How To Use A Compression Repair Coupling

Drip Irrigation Parts
Understanding drip irrigation parts and components is the first step to installing a drip system. Here are some common drip irrigation parts with a brief explanation of how they are used.

Replacing A Pressure Vacuum Breaker
Replacing a pressure vacuum breaker is often necessary when the brass components break or when it needs a repair and you can’t find replacement parts. Changing a pressure vacuum breaker usually consists of cutting some PVC and re-plumbing it.

Sprinkler Types
There are several different sprinkler types readily available at home improvement and hardware stores. Mixing sprinkler types is not a good idea so it is important to select the right sprinkler types for your landscaping from the beginning.

Replacing A Sprinkler Head
Replacing a sprinkler head is an easy project that is often necessary if you have an irrigation system installed. Most sprinkler heads can be changed out with no tools required since they can often be unscrewed by hand. Here is what you can do if you want to replace a sprinkler head.

Sprinkler Maintenance
Sprinkler maintenance usually involves cleaning the sprinkler heads and making adjustments. The specifics of sprinkler maintenance varies slightly depending on the type of sprinkler head.

Outside Water Leaks
Outside water leaks can go unnoticed for some time and waste quite a bit of water. Learn how to find and fix outside water leaks to avoid water waste.

Benefits Of Installing Drip Irrigation
There are many benefits of installing drip irrigation. Installing drip irrigation can save water, time, money, and be better for your plants.

How To Install a Vacuum Breaker
Pressure vacuum breaker installation can be is easy and is often required by local building codes. Learn how to install a vacuum breaker yourself to save on the cost of installation.

How To Install Drip Irrigation
There are so many types of emitters and micro sprayer heads to choose from that you can pretty much meet any watering need when you install drip irrigation. Here is a quick guide on how to install drip irrigation.

Leaky Hose Bib
To fix a leaky hose bib the first thing to do is locate exactly where it is leaking from. A leak in a leaky hose bib can come from the packing or from the stem.

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