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How to connect irrigation hoses for best coverage


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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it's Aldi irrigation hoses that I have. (Not leaky hoses)

But I can turn them all on at the same time and they DO work.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input guys. And thanks for shouting my corner Vulkan! The different ideas are great but cost and time and effort all outweigh an Irish summers worth of watering. A 4 (or 6) way tap manifold with individual timer valves that I found a pic of online would be swish, but also requires considerable bankrolling.

I think the irrigation hoses will be relegated half to a hook in the shed and half to a soon to be planed 30m+ hedge which will conveniently have a tap at either end. I shall endeavour to walk between the two taps and twist the knobs!

The current 40m x 12m beds are being watered by a) the last few days rain, and b) a new Hozelock Aquastorm Oscillating Sprinkler which I'm having to move 6 to 7 times to get the entire bed watered (due to irregular shape and over all area). It's not ideal but moving it 3 times each evening is better than nothing. I can also fill in the dry gaps with a telescopic hoselock attachment/ nozzel I patched up with superglue and tape! I don't really want to buy 6 or even 3 oscillating sprinklers at close to €50 a pop plus t-junction valves just to save moving them, even if it is a big investment of time when measured in months (which is scarce when you have two little kids you'd prefer to spend time with along with everything else).

I think manual watering and a good mulch might have to be the eventual outcome. The rest may just have been a -pipe- dream coupled with impulse purchasing and too little fore-thought! Unless anyone wants to astound us with a final brainwave!?!
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Btw, Kindredspirit, what kind of connectors are you using 12 or 24 of? What are they called? You mentioned that you can turn them on/off. Could you post a pick / link to show which kind it is?
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks KindredSpirit! Much appreciated! I might persevere a while longer in attempting to get the irrigation working. I was beginning to write it off in my mind as a waste of time. What is the connector with 1-7+Stop on it? Is it a pressure valve?

@all: I have exactly the same irrigation hoses as in the pic above. Do you think you'd get away with covering the irrigation hoses in bark chippings / mulch to hide them since I'll be leaving them there for months? I know it will stop the directional jet of water but would soaking the surrounding ground be sufficient? The plants are about 18" apart on average.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a volume valve (same as a timer valve but releases a certain volume of water then it switches off) e.g Position 4 releases 1090 litres of water. I think they're a lot better than the computer thingies which replaced them.

I have part of my irrigation hoses covered (accidently) with leaf mould. I suppose they'll still work.

I had originally used those washing machine shut off valves (the red and blue ones) but the plastic controls degraded in UV light. They're only meant for internal use so I changed to the ball valve types you see in the pics. It had been false economy.

When I was digging the shallow trenches for the hydrodare I also put down armoured cable. One of the pics shows one of the socket boxes.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you see the Y piece with the irrigation hoses connected?
There's one 20 metre section to the right and TWO connected together to the left. So actually that connection is supplying 200 feet. It just about makes it to the end on the left so I've pushed it to the very limit.

If I wanted more pressure I'd just connect an irrigation hose to another hydrodare connection. The hydrodare system makes things easy peasy.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again. Which ones are the 'ball valve' types? I can't spot them in your pictures.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures 1, 3 & 5.

Some hardware shops don't realize that THESE ONES are ball valves and try to tell you that the ones with the round handle are ball valves!

Don't buy the ones with the round handle: they'll disintegrate more quickly. Buy the ones with the lever arm. When the lever is in line with the flow of water, they're open. When the lever is at 90° to the flow, the valve is closed.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks. I thought these were the ones you were suggesting to avoid.
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