I am considering installing a lawn sprinkler system, but haven't really
seen the type of system I am looking for.
We have a fairly large yard, though it is mostly lots of little small areas
and not a big consistant open area.
We are also on a well, and typically can't run more than one sprinkler at a
time (the kind you connect to a garden hose) without drawing down the well
and kicking off the pump (our well was rated for 5gpm and handles normal
water usage with no issues).
Typical "zone" systems wouldn't work real well, as we would have too many
zones, and combining zones would use too much water at once.
So, I was hoping to find a system that could operate from a single water
line, with individually controlled sprinkler heads that tie into that line.
Basically, one water pipe, and one control cable (one wire power, one wire
ground, one wire control signals). Sort of like an X10 control system,
where each sprinkler head is a module that responds to a "code" to turn
that head on or off.
While this would obviously increase the cost of the sprinkler heads, it
would do away with separate valves, and potentially eliminate hundreds of
feet of pipe and wires.
Even better if the sprinkler heads could respond to X10 or Insteon controls
so I could manage it from my home automation system.
Does anything like this exist?