Systems Guide - Assembly
Shop related parts: Emitters
Once the lines are in place and flushed, the emitters (dripers) can
be installed. There are two basic types, or styles, of emitters available;
compensating and non-compensating. Most installations will require non-compensating
emitters. The only time that you’ll need to consider installing
compensating emitters is if you have drastic elevation changes of 10
feet or more.
There are basically three ways that an emitter can be installed. The
most common way is to make a hole on the top side of the hose with a
hole punch, not a nail or sharp object, and insert or “pop”
the barbed end of the emitter into the hole. If a hole is punched by
mistake or in the wrong place, it can be fixed with a “goof”
plug. Another way is to install a 1/4” barbed connector into supply
hose, run 1/4” tubing from it to the location you wish to place
an emitter, and insert an emitter into the end of the 1/4” tubing.
A third way is to place the emitter into the poly hose and attach 1/4”
tubing to the area to be watered. For control purposes, it is far better
to have the emitter at the end of the 1/4” tubing if the distance
from the supply hose to the emitter is over 10 feet.