Before you begin, find your water capacity (which determines your system size).
Time how long it takes to fill a bucket of known volume. The tap should be the closest one to the meter or water source, and fully open before placing bucket under tap, with no other taps or valves in use. (Below)
Planning your installation: The first step in laying out your system is to decide which areas you want to water. (Below)
Plot the locations of areas to water: Using a grid, plot the outlines of your home and garden areas. Include paths, driveways and patios. Use a tape measure for accuracy. Make sure all areas match the scale of the grid and label each area according to type of foliage (eg. lawn, shrubs, flower bed, etc.) Mark positions of mains water meter and tap positions. Also mark position of bore on block or other water sources, such as dams, rivers or tanks.
When you have accurately drawn a diagram of your home and garden, fax it to us on (08) 8377 2327 or mail or bring it in to our showroom at 465 Brighton Road, Brighton. Please include your contact details on the fax, and whether your water source is via pump or mains supply, whether you require a manual or automatic, PVC or Poly System.
Then send it to us for a free design and quote!
If you plan to install it yourself, here are a few tips:
If the water source is from the mains supply, a licensed plumber must make the cut-in or connection to mains supply. He will also know state requirements for back flow prevention devices.
If digging trenches by hand, soften your soil by watering the ground about two days before you plan to trench your yard.
Check your gas, electricity, telephone and pay TV companies to be sure there are no buried lines where you plan to dig.
Poly pipe should only be used between valves and sprinkler heads, and cannot withstand the surge pressure between your service line and valves.
The tops of pop-up sprinkler heads and rotors should be slightly above the soil surface and no higher.
If a power point is available out of weather, a plug-in transformer maybe used. Otherwise weatherproof controllers are available and an electrician can install these for you.
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