Water, Water, Everywhere

Today I got done enough with irrigation plumbing to let it rest for a while -- at least until I get new plants that need to be watered in. So here's a whirlwind tour of the work over the last few weeks:

First we have the completed basement manifold, wired to the controller. We're going to add another support there and strap it to the ceiling. The extra stubs are for future expansion, if we decide to do that.

Basement manifold

The pipes leave the manifold and travel along the ceiling, mostly out of our way.

Pipes across the ceiling

Here are pipes running to the side yard and the driveway.

More pipes

And a nice little explanation of why I should never be an estimator. Here's the extra pipe left over. I'm hoping Home Depot will take it back because unlike drywall, this is not something I can see using in the near future.

Extra pipe

And today, I ran tubing out to water the hydrangea in the front. I think I may have killed some of these guys with neglect this summer. Bummer.

Tubing to the hydrangeas

This is Angel. She hangs out with me while I work out front (she lives down the street). She also apparently chews on my irrigation, the little rat. I just missed soaking her when I had Noel clear the pipes for me this afternoon. Bummer.

Angel about to get sprinkled

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posted by ayse on 08/03/07

4 Comments

Just noticed the "sag" in the manifold. I hope it's just a photo illusion, if not, better brace that bad boy up! In fact, due to the dangeres of water hammer, and I don't see any air chambers, it should be braced well in any case.

Yes, that sag is real, which is why, as I said, we're adding another support and strapping it fairly securely.

Water hammer will not be a problem when we have the pump, because the system will not be under constant pressure.

Why are you putting your manifold and valves inside the house? They need to go outside just in case you get a leak.

One manifold and valves are not in the house. They are in the basement. This is a Victorian house: the basement is a separate place not intended for human habitation. It's certainly not going to be hurt by a little (more) water.

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