Drip irrigation for hanging plants on front porch

I have a front porch with routinely-killed hanging plants. Basically I seem to be genetically designed to turn every living plant creature into dust through water-negligence.
I am in need of suggestions for brands, and whether or not to concoct my own mechanism.
I also need to run the water from inside my house to use water- softened water (to avoid turning coloring my porch rails to rust).
1. What brand is best? 2. What kind of water timer? 3. How to I physically drill from inside the basement to the porch? Should this be as high up on the banding joist as possible?
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am doing basicly the same thing, Toro offers one but my HDs and Ace dont carry it. Rain Bird and Drip Mist have a better set up, contact a place that sells sprinkler system supplies, my local plumbing store carries everything so I got lucky. With the minimal water used with a timer you shouldnt have run off or its wasted water, Id say get a timer and try your outside spigot first. Lime away removes rust stains if you get them.
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I am doing basicly the same thing, Toro offers one but my HDs and Ace dont carry it. Rain Bird and Drip Mist have a better set up, contact a place that sells sprinkler system supplies, my local plumbing store carries everything so I got lucky. With the minimal water used with a timer you shouldnt have run off or its wasted water, Id say get a timer and try your outside spigot first. Lime away removes rust stains if you get them.
I'm also doing this in an outdoor orchid shade room I built. In my case I just ran the flexible 1/2" flexible plastic tubing up a support, then plugged in 1/4" hose sections to the larger line and ran them across a headpiece, with a couple of misters and one spray nozzle aimed at the plant area. HD has all the pieces, including brackets which can hold the 1/2" and 1/4" tubing in place. So do most irrigation supply companies, which will have better items.
In your case with the hanging planters on a porch instead of sprayers and misters you might want to try the 1/4" soaker hose, which you can cut to size and which has laser-drilled pinholes which drip waer into the pots without a spray. This should minimize water outside of the pots.
Rather than drill a hole, just hook up a battery-powered timer to an outdoor hose bib and run a length of hose to the point where you hook up the 1/2" plastic tubing.
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