How to Install a Brass Manifold in Your Yard How to Install a Brass Manifold in Your Yard
A brass manifold works like a splitter. It is usually used for various purposes and applications such as in automotive tubing, gas distribution, floor heat distribution, and water distribution. For a sprinkler system, a brass manifold is used to distribute pressurized water to multiple sprinklers on the yard. This device is especially helpful when dealing with a wide area of lawn or landscaped area in need of watering. The brass manifold is typically connected directly to the water pump and splits the direction of water into as many pipes or hoses as possible. Here is how to install a brass manifold in your yard.
Step 1 – Choose a Brass Manifold
When purchasing a brass manifold, be sure to buy one that is fit for a sprinkler system. Some manifolds are not intended for the distribution of water, so ask the home improvement store for one that is designed for use in the yard. There are also other types of manifolds, like the copper manifold. Although the price may be cheap, it can easily get damaged, especially because it will be exposed to the outside elements in the yard. A manifold made of brass may be more expensive, but it will last a long time (approximately 80 to 100 years.)
There are manifolds that split 2-way, 3-way, or 4-way. Choose one that is appropriate for your water sprinkler system. Take note that connecting more pipes to the water supply pipe will decrease the water pressure as well.
Step 2 – Connect the Brass Manifold to the Pressure Tank
Before connecting the manifold to the outdoor plumbing, do not forget to turn off the water supply. Locate the pressure tank or the pump and the outlet pipe. Wrap the male threads on the side of the manifold that connects to the water source with Teflon tape to avoid any water leaks. As an alternative, make use of a pipe dope to seal the connection between the manifold and the pump’s outlet pipe. Tighten the fitting with a wrench and turn it until the manifold is leveled horizontally. As an option, install a brass manifold box to protect the manifold from external elements.
Step 3 – Connect the Brass Manifold to the Sprinkler System
Wrap the male threads on each pipe or manifold outlet. Connect each pipe or hose to each manifold outlet tightly using a wrench. Always be careful not to over tighten to prevent causing damage to the pipes or the manifold. Over tightening may also cause the threads on the pipe or the manifold to loosen. When the pipes or hoses are securely fitted to the manifold, connect the other ends to the sprinkler systems in the yard.
Step 4 – Test the Connection
Turn on the water supply and the sprinkler systems. Observe the connections on the manifold and the entire outdoor plumbing as well to check for leaks. Repair any leaks and tighten any loose connection.