Help! -- Harbor Freight drip irrigation kit

The only fitting in the kit that matches the threads of a standard hose bib appears to be some sort of anti-syphon valve. Screw things together, apply pressure and the adapter (?) leaks like crazy.
What am I doing wrong?
HF is no help... 'Send it back.' Good advice but it's here and the emitters work and tubing is tubing and the plants don't care, so long as they get a drink now & then.
Any help would be warmly appreciated.
-R.S.Hoover -Vista, California
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What you are doing wrong is that you are whining about it in a gardening newsgroup.
Are you expecting Al the handyman to write you back via this group?
Go to Home Depot and tell them your sob story or, better yet, contact the manufacturer about your predicament. We can't fix it from here.

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I assume you have checked to make sure there is a washer on the hose bib end of the thing. Shaking it and or shocking it with sudden changes in water pressuse may knock an internal part into place. Failing that, I would check my local hardware store. Around here Lowes and Home Depot sell parts for drip irrigation. Even one of Walmarts around here stocks a few parts. Tearing it out and sending it back sound like more trouble than it is worth. I must have about 40 drip units running in 2 lines off of a sprinkler system timer and valves, and I love it. The only problem I have is the squirrells who will chew throug tubing from time to time.
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You can get about any drip irrigation product you might need here: http://www.dripirrigation.com /
I don't recall seeing a drip irrigation kit at Harbor Freight, but most of their stuff is so cheap that you might be better off getting a complete new kit just for the adaptor. Of course a person of low morals might get a new kit, swap out the defective part, and return the thing to the store, noting that the part was defective. Mind you, I don't think you should even consider doing this.
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I opted for the dripworks starter kit ($32.00). http://www.dripworks.com/store/store.html?heartkit.html&mainFrame
I saw the HF kit and at $6.49 I took a pass. Didn't inclusde a filter to keep the emitters from getting plugged. Neoprene tubing is not the most durable. Here's link to it: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberF095. Although $6 is hard to pass up .

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Veeduber wrote:

Buy a new checkvalve, plumbing section, HD, less than $10.00.
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I bet the other threads that are leaking are NPT threads. Its commn and other manufacturers have adapaters, such as anti syphon and hole adapter, filte etc to be hose threads and or pipe threads. All the washers and thread sealant tape in the world is not gonna make a hose thread adapt to a pipe thread.....then again you say its a Horrible Fright kit, so with that in mind most any kind of thread is possible from that company. As cheap as drip irrigation systems are, why did you choose HF for a source when prices are reasonable and cheap at major home building supply stores and online. There are perhaps 6 or 8 companies and if you do your homework, and read their online manuals as to what fittings are and how they are sized, its a simple matter to assemble drip irrigation and have it work..........all without leaks. Visit my website: http://www.frugalmachinist.com Opinions expressed are those of my wife, I had no input whatsoever. Remove "nospam" from email addy.
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