Systems Guide - Assembly
- Assembly Tips
- Start the installation at the water source and work your way out
to the laterals.
- Be aware of the type of thread on the fittings which you use. Forcing
a hose thread fitting onto a pipe thread fitting can result in stripped
threads that can cause leaks.
- When pipe thread connections are made, wrap the male threads with
two to three wraps of teflon tape before making the connection.
- Check for the correct direction of flow on valves and other components
before making the final connections. Usually all pipe threaded components
will have an “arrow” on them that points in the direction
of the water flow. Hose threaded parts are even easier to work with.
All inlets are female and all outlets are male.
- Do not over tighten plastic fittings by using a wrench or pliers.
Hand tightening will be enough if teflon tape is used.
- Try to be as careful as possible in keeping dirt out of the lines
when you are installing your system, even though you will be flushing
out the entire system once you have it totally installed.
- Allow the tubing to “relax” or sit in the sun. This
will make it easier to work with and assemble. If it’s cold
outside when you’re installing your system, dip the end of the
tubing into a container of warm water.
- Do not stretch or pull the poly hose taut. Allow the hose to “snake”
along the ground. This will allow for expansion and contraction due
to weather conditions.
- When punching a hole for an emitter, spray, or connector, be careful
to hold the punch perpendicular to the tubing while supporting the
back side of the tubing with your other hand.
- Flush all tubing lines before closing, removing any debris that
may have gotten into the system during installation.