Soaker hose or drip line?


#21

Hi, all
This is a great topic as I am also planning to install drip line and started gathering info. I have two separate areas: one is veggies garden and another is fruit tree area. Can these two area use the same water hose/faucet at the beginning with same regulator etc, then use Y split to these two areas?

Thanks


#22

It looks like the company you linked only offers shutoff valves for the mainline, not ones that can go at the connecting end of the tape or emitter tubing.


#23

The drip tape connection to the main line/orchard tubing are the valves. https://www.dripworks.com/tape-x-1-4-barb-with-valve

Yes.


#24

Thanks. I missed it the first time!


#25

Ordered some stuff.

One concern I have…my hose runs downhill. Anytime I turn the hose on, I have about a minute of sputter. I assume air is getting in there, and then rising to the highest point (right to the spigot).

A. Will this harm the drip lines, or make them take a lot longer to put out sufficient water (due to the reduced flow taking even longer to flush out the air?)

B. What can I do about it?


#26

It happens all the time for me and hasn’t hurt anything, if there is a lot of air because the pipes ran dry and it is taking a long time I just bleed it off by opening a drip tape valve that doesn’t have a line attached. There are also air bleed valves, but I don’t know how to set them up.

On my container plant irrigation setup I use one of these tape loc x flush end fittings and the air blows out before it closes. If you got a filter and it has a male hose thread flush valve I suppose you could just attach the cap there…


#27

Can you bury drip tape in the soil? If not, can it be covered with mulch? I am going to install it on the flower bed and want to minimize visibility.


#28

Yes, when it gets laid down by a tractor it is about 3-6" deep. It makes is a little less easy to find leaks, basically you wait for wash outs or wet spots. Voles and things do occasionally bite it or it rubs on a rock expanding or contracting or something, but I’m talking about miles of the stuff. It does move around a little when on the surface because of the expansion and might need to be repositioned a few times before the crop fills in a little on narrow rows for things like lettuce.


#29

One more question. I am looking at the kit that includes 50’ of main line(minimum size roll ) and 200’ of drip tape. It includes 10psi pressure regulator. I guess the pressure is calculated for 200’ length of emitters. My bed is 15’X7’ and I need like 15’ of main line and just 70-100’ of drip line. Will it create too much pressure for the length of the lines? 10psi is the smallest regulator they have…


#30

Pressure regulators are not that complicated, I don’t know exactly how they work, but they just reduce the pressure from high to low. Nothing to worry about :slight_smile:


#31

10 psi is definitely not too much pressure, a higher psi may just deliver more gpm than stated.