How to Mount a Sprinkler System Control Box to Your House How to Mount a Sprinkler System Control Box to Your House

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Stake
String
Screwdriver
Wrench

If you have a sprinkler system in your garden, then fitting a sprinkler system control for your home is a great way of managing to control the water. If you have a number of different sprinkler control boxes in your garden, then you need to have a control box for each of the sprinkler circuits. In order to set up the sprinkler system control boxes effectively, you will have to determine where in the garden the sprinklers should be placed, and where the box should be positioned in relation to this. This is not a difficult task, although it may take some time to complete.

Step 1 - Measure the Sprinkler System

In order to correctly position the sprinkler system controls, you need to calculate the layout of the sprinklers. Take your tape measure and work out the distance between the angles of the pipes. Once the sprinkler system is properly calculated, you can then measure the water flow rate emerging from the sprinklers. This will allow you to work out how many sprinkler circuits you need to control the water, which is being pushed through the system. Most sprinkler kits will come with a worksheet that will allow you to calculate the circuits and the position of the sprinklers. Don't use too many circuit pipes, as this will affect the water pressure of each of the sprinklers.

Step 2 - Position the Pipes and Valves

It is often the case that one sprinkler system control box can work out the entire circuitry of your home. The control box will be able to operate a single timer which will tell the individual circuits when they need to operate. If you have a large garden, you may want to set the controls so that the water is sprayed in different parts of the garden at once. Take all of your sprinkler pipes, and position them all into a manifold valve, use the wrench to tighten the valves. Connect together all the parts, and then add a backflow prevention valve.

Step 3 - Add the Control Box

Take your control box, and either set it into the ground by making a hole, or place it on the side of a patio. You should then place the valves inside the box, and screw  the parts together. Once you have put the control valves into the box, you will then be able to install it onto the wall or garden.

Step 4 - Setting the Controls

Once you are ready, you can then set the controls to be triggered. Most garden stores sell sprinkler timers which can be added to the system. The timer should be put into the control box, and then connected to the valves before you seal the box. It is a good idea to screw it down tightly so that valves and electrical equipment are not affected by moisture.

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