DIY Above Ground Sprinkler System

May 12, 2012 by


above groud sprinkler systemIf you’re tired of having to go out and water your lawn and move the sprinkler around, there is a much simpler way to do it that isn’t very expensive. A DIY above ground sprinkler system can be installed in just one day. I’ve been a landscaper for nine years and I have seen all kinds of different systems that people use when they don’t want to install underground plumbing. If you are renting your house, you may not have the right to install a sprinkler system. But you can install a above ground sprinkler system. Make sure you’re going to install and that you and buy a timer for $30. Once you install an automatic timer, you’ll never have to worry about remembering to turn the water on and remembering to shut it off. The important thing is do know the easiest way to do it yourself.

Create A Ground Sprinkler System Design

With any sprinkler system the first thing that you need to do is to create a design. You need to decide where you’re going to place your sprinklers, and how many of them you’ll need to get the job done right. Usually, the best place to place sprinklers are on the edges of your lawn and in the corners.

The next thing you’re going to need to do is figure out how much hose you need to keep all the sprinklers operating.  Sometimes it is possible to buy 100 foot hose, and splice it up.  Usually, I recommend using a new hose, so it will last longer. After you splice it, you need to buy a hose adapter for each end. You also want to make sure to buy sprinkler heads that allow you to attach more than one hose. Depending on your water pressure, you should be able to add up to four sprinklers on each cycle.

Make sure that you have enough water pressure to run all of your sprinklers at the same time.  If you have low water pressure you may only be able to run two at a time.  If you need multiple circuits, you can buy yourself a sprinkler timer that runs up to four areas at a time.  Sprinkler timers only cost $30 to $60 and they are worth it, because they automatically turn your water on and off everyday.  I love using faucet timer, because there is not complicated wiring to have to deal with.


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 A DIY Sprinkler Systems Work Best with a Timer

The easiest way to stay on top of watering your lawn is with a sprinkler timer. I discovered these about four years ago. They make it really easy for you to water your lawn without ever having to think about it. The way the sprinkler timer works is you install it directly on your faucet. There is no cumbersome wiring to have to deal with. A few are installing DIY above ground sprinkler systems that work great. Most of the time you just need a 9 V battery to run them. You can program them to come on every 12 hours, or once every two or three days. If you have a large backyard, (more than 1500 ft.²) you should get a sprinkler timer that has two or more stations. A timer that operates one system, will cost you $30. A sprinkler timer that operates 2 to 4 systems will cost $60-$80.

The average cost for installing above ground sprinkler systems which include hoses, hose adapters, sprinklers, and a sprinkler timer is less $200. What you really need to figure out is how much is your time worth to you. If you’re going to have to water your lawn for two hours a week, and you’re going to have to move the sprinkler around from area to area, you are probably going to be spending more than 50 hours every season watering your lawn. You also have to remember to do it. It only takes you about four hours to install and above the ground sprinkler system. Not only that, but it should last you for a few years. Even though a do it yourself sprinkler system requires you to make an initial investment, it is definitely worth it, because of all the time and convenience that you save. Not only that, you can make sure you don’t over water your lawn. Accidentally leaving your water on for a few hours, or overnight, can be quite expensive!


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