Above Ground Sprinkler Advice Needed

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Old 05-13-18, 09:08 PM
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Above Ground Sprinkler Advice Needed

I have a sprinkler system that came with the house that is probably 25-30 years old. It does the back yard and the front yard.

The back yard still works. The front yard does not. I think there are cracks in the pipes under the front lawn and some of the heads need serious replacing.

My gardener said to put up a new system with everything new but it would cost over $1000 bucks. I dont really want to spend that much right now.

So need some advice on the front lawn. I am looking for above ground sprinklers.

So my front yard is on a corner. So best way I can describe the lawn is the attached diagram below.

First I was thinking of getting 2 above ground sprinklers and connecting them w/ a Y hose.

One sprinkler can be oscillating and take care of lawn B. But for Lawn A, I'm not sure since it's a skinny portion of land. I don't really want to get any of the side of the house wet. And I have a fence gate at the end of lawn A to my back yard.

I don't mind if the driveway gets wet as i have my car parked there. I just don't want to get any water on the house.

Any ideas? Maybe some of you have the same house layout? What did you do?

Also, oscillating sprinklers the right way to go? I have one of those above ground ones that shoot out water I got from the hardware store some time back. Forgot what they're called but it's got a metal spike at the end and goes from left to right above ground.






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Is lawn A....about 50' x 10' ? Is there a timer involved ? What is keeping you from finding the broken line and fixing it ? Need more info. Is CA back to a water shortage and is a lawn legal ?
 
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If by above ground sprinklers you just mean a garden hose and a sprinkler then you'll just have to find a sprinkler that has a pattern you need. Long narrow strips are difficult and usually require multiple emitters or you'll have to move your sprinkler.
 
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Thank you for your replies.

1.Lawn A is narrow, probably 10x50 is a good estimation.

2.Lawn B isn't actually a perfect rectangle. Some of the patio intrudes into it by the driveway.

3.I think CA allowed watering now.

4.Yes meant connect the hose in the front yard. Do you know what sprinklers can do adjustable patterns ?
 
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Many are available that do different and adjustable patterns. Just look online or the garden center of any home center. 10x50' is really pushing it though so you'll probably have to move the sprinkler or get a couple of them but many can sorta do a square or rectangle. Also, with such a long and narrow strip trying to hit it all with one emitter will leave it very suseptible to the wind so doing it with a couple emitters is better.
 
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Thanks. What do you mean though by emitter? Is that the same thing as the sprinkler?
 
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Yes, sprinkler. You are better off covering your long narrow strip with two sprinklers than trying with one.
 
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I was going to get a Y hose but now I see how affordable timers are. Around $30-$40 on Amazon. I may go with this but my pipe doesn't have that thing that makes it go down. It just sticks out of the house straight. I hope that won't be a problem.

I also see Target has water hoses for sale this week. I think two 25 ft hoses will do the job and then I just have to figure out what kind of sprinklers I will need.
 
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"I may go with this but my pipe doesn't have that thing that makes it go down." What are you referring to? If you want, this link has instructions how to post pictures.

You'll need to be aware that only so much water can flow from your spigot. Using a Y splitter will allow you to add another sprinkler but it won't get you any more water. If your water supply is good it can work but if you find that your sprinklers don't have the range you want you may need to run only one at a time.
 
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sorry what I meant to say is the pipe out of the home comes out straight. There is no bend at the end as the valve is higher up on mine.

I'd like to get it curved like this picture so the opening points downward.

https://www.plumbingsupply.com/image...t-mipsxmht.jpg

Thanks for the tip about water running once at a time. My water pressure is good but if I go w/ the timer or Y hose then I will need to test it out. Once at a time is fine w/ me. No hurry watering the lawn.
 
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There are fittings you can screw onto the end of your sillcock to make the outlet angle downward. They are a bit rare so you will probably have to order it online. Make sure you get something good quality as cheap ones can have a small internal passage that will restrict water flow. Y fittings are the same way. Cheap ones from many home centers have small internal passages while better ones can flow water with less restriction.
 
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