On Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:18:43 +1000, David Hare-Scott wrote:
I *think* I have 3/4" PVC feeding the poly:
What would you suggest I connect to this elbow?
I was *thinking* of cutting off the elbow, and connecting a "T",
and then from the T, screwing on *two* garden hose male threads
(I figure if one is good, two must be better).
PS: I'm partial to garden hose connections because I can remove
them easily when I get my kitchen-scrap compost location back
in the winter.
On Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:30:26 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
Ah, a shut-off valve makes a lot of sense!
I'll stop by the hardware store and buy a couple (one for each nursery).
Do you think I can just pull out the green water restrictor
with pliers and shove the slip-fit shutoff valve onto the existing
white pipe coming out of the elbow?
I'm not sure .. you might have luck getting that green pc out if the glue
wants to let go, then again, you might end up breaking the elbow fitting
it's attached to, which would create a bigger headache to fix.
If it were me, I would just insert a new section of 1/2 inch tubing
into the existing green fitting there .. maybe a foot or so long, and buy
fittings where I could attach a shut off valve (here is one kind:
here is another:
to the 1/2 inch tubing. You can get the shut off valve that attaches
directly to the 1/2" tubing, or add fittings of your choice so that you can
Y off in another direction, use T fittings at that point and add 1/2"
tubing in another direction, and go from there.
So it would look like this ... the elbow > green fitting>1/2" tubing (about
a foot long)>shut off valve> longer pc of 1/2" tubing on the other side of
the shut off valve. This pc of tubing acts as a main water line so you want
it long so you can lay it around where your garden is, then you can run 1/4"
dripper tubing from your main line. You can use the shut off valve as a
pressure regulator, too, by simply not turning it on all the way which will
reduce how much water goes through your drippers, plus you can use
adjustable sprinklers to water just at ground level, or bigger sprinklers to
get larger areas. On my front yard set-up I even have a BIG sprinkler
attached to the system that waters my entire front grass, while the flower
bed sprinklers just water their rerspective plants, only.
Sorry for being so wordy .. just hope it helps. :)
I have a lot of that poly stuff and none of them are working.
I'm pretty sure they're busted and old, and in some cases the
sprinkler system isn't working.
Personally, I think the stuff is too fragile - but I don't have
any experience other than I do have a garden hose hooked to the
one feeding the Oleanders and the water only goes about 100 feet
or so, because the tubing is so badly cut up.
Anyway, maybe I shouldn't deprecate it so much, but I just think
it's too flimsy for my world. Of course, it would be a LOT more
work for me to bury pvc for a few hundred feet of the Oleanders,
so, I guess I should just hunker down and buy a roll of the
poly stuff and replace all the bad parts.
I've never deliberately buried any of my tubing because every fall the
leaves get used as mulch which eventually composts. I'm no expert at this
by far, either. Just learned to do it based on what I needed at the time
and what I could find to make it work.
I know there is one old dripper hose that got buried from mulch and roots
that I couldn't pull out if I paid the hulk to do it. LOL
I just cut that line off and ran new line that I could get to. I guess
that's a females solution, but I don't have the strength to pull and tug at
those things very well. They get the best of me.
On Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:53:42 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
That may be the simplest answer, but, I still need to tie (somehow)
to the irrigation valves.
BTW, my tubes look like they were chewed on by an animal.
Do they hold up to animal teeth?
We have lots of coyote, quail, bunnies, deer, bobcats, squirrels, mice, etc.
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:04:48 -0700, chaniarts wrote:
If I were a small mammal or rodent, and I saw dripping water under
a bush when it hasn't rained in six months, I'd use it as a water
fountain - and - if it were dry most of the time, I'd chew at it
too, in order to get a few more drops of water.
So, I guess I need to bury my line once I fix it.
On Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:02:16 -0500, Natural - Smoking Gun - Girl wrote:
Hi Natural, smoking-gun, girl,
I'm was pretty sure the 3/4" and 1/2" drip tubes along the entire
300 feet or so of oleander bushes used to be tied to the irrigation
system - and I do see a 3/4" hose going into the ground at an
To follow through on your suggestion, I took a look by turning the
irrigation valve on, and this started spurting out of the tube end:
There were only a few leaks, some of which look chewed, others holed:
But, the drip attachment thing seemed to be working fine nonetheless:
The problem is this 20 (or so) foot length couldn't possibly feed
the entire length of the oleander bushes:
So I rooted about and found a 3/4" and a 1/2" broken tube under the
oleander canopy, so I put a garden hose connection onto each of those:
An audible waterfall-like hiss came out of the larger tubing, so,
I was able to ascertain it was badly mauled only about 15 feet from
where the garden hose fed it:
But, nothing came out of the smaller hose, that I could find:
Do you think animals chewed up these tubes?
(Are they susceptible to animals chewing on them?)
Those leaks look like where 1/4" tubing might have been connected at one
time and broke off. If it were "me", I'd just cut out the bad section
and insert a repair pc... I'm lazy.. I don't want to replace the entire
thing if I don't have to. If the hole is a circle, you might could just
plug it with hole plugs you can buy, too.
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