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Friday, July 2nd 2004, 2:37pm

by alaniz

So would I be correct to assume that if I used 1" pvc pipe for my runs and a short (5ft) 1" poly pipe from my pvc to hb, that this should work? Please advise.


Friday, July 2nd 2004, 6:33am

by HooKooDooKu

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">Why is it that most baseball fields/commercial designs with long runs, they reduce the pipe size as the run goes on? <hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">
To save money!

Like SamIV says, they size the pipe based on the amount of water that must flow through it (relative the how much pressure loss they can tolerate).

However, it thing the main point RVLI was trying to make is accurate...
The tiny 1/2" pipe just can't adiquately feed three sprinklers, especially since the dry run involved 1/2" or 5/8" garden hoses (lots of pressure loss when trying to push enough water to feed three sprinklers).

Thursday, July 1st 2004, 5:10pm

by SamIV


Say there are 6 heads on a zone all with 2 GPM (Galons per Minute) nozzles. This will be a 12 GPM zone. To size the pipe at the first head in this zone, the pipe will have to be able to deliver 12 GPM of water with as little pressure loss as possible. When you go to the next head the pipe will have to deliver 10 GPM. . By the time you get to the last head on the zone the pipe will have to deliver only 2 GPM because that is all the last head is delivering. So this is why pipe can be smaller at the end of the zone. And by decreasing the pipe diameter you also decrease pressure. Smaller pipe, more pressure loss. Not the other way around.


Thursday, July 1st 2004, 2:25pm


Educate me then. Why is it that most baseball fields/commercial designs with long runs, they reduce the pipe size as the run goes on? Conserve flow for the last head?

Thursday, July 1st 2004, 2:05pm

by Tom

rvli wrote- "The smaller the pipe, the more pressure, but less volume"

not a true can not create pressure by using a smaller pipe.

Thursday, July 1st 2004, 8:14am


Volume. The spigot is probably only running on 1/2" pipe. The smaller the pipe, the more pressure, but less volume.

Tuesday, June 29th 2004, 2:57pm

by alaniz

I did check the pressure at the spigot and got a 70psi reading. I don't know why it would not work.

Thanks for the help.

Thursday, June 24th 2004, 2:49pm


Water volume is probably the key, maybe some with the pressure. 5/8" garden hose doesn't have near as much volume as a 3/4" or 1" pipe.

Wednesday, June 23rd 2004, 10:26am

by aquamatic

Its sounds like you have a lack of pressure and water volume. Did you take a reading at your spigot on your static pressure?

Wednesday, June 23rd 2004, 10:14am

by alaniz

I wanted to do it inground, about 3in (live in S TX,never gets cold) and put a conection near the HB for a quick connect. Something simple. I would put a Max of three sprinklers on the same line. I tried a dry run with regular hoses, and it did not work. The first sprinkler worked fine but the other two that were connected did nothing.

ThhhhhhhhhhhhhhShhhhhhhhhC HB
What did I do wrong? Will it work if it is PVC? Or just scrap the whole idea?

Hope this helps. Thanks for the help.