Drip Kits
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Been looking for a complete drip irrigation kit and
some help to learn how to put it together?

See assembly instructions below.
Developed to accompany the Drip Line Gardening book.

No more driving all over town to find drip irrigation parts.  No more trying to figure out how the parts go together.  No more little parts left over.  All that is now done for you.  

Everything needed to make a drip system to water a 4' x 8' vegetable bed or a patio is provided...all the fittings, tubing and  hookup parts.

A full-color diagram and complete assembly instructions included with each kit.  It's COMPLETE!  Everything you need is in the kit!

Everything in the photo below is included in the vegetable bed kit.

The neatest part of assembling one of these LEARNING KITS is that you will then know how it's done and can make up your own drip systems.  You'll quickly see how to plan for and layout whole systems for other beds or locations.  Then, when you go to buy the parts, you'll only have to make one trip to the store. 

Also available is the new Patio Drip Irrigation Kit.  This kit comes with all the materials needed to hook up the patio plants (five hanging plants and five containers on the floor) to the faucet.  Same price as the veggie bed kit above, Just be sure to specify which kit you want. 

On the other hand, if you need a special, custom-sized drip irrigation kit for a special bed, we can fix you up with that, too.  Just write to me to get the details. 

Price - $35 which includes sales tax, shipping and handling.

Veggie kit
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Patio Kit

Package Contents: Patio Drip Kit
                                                  
1  - Backflow preventer
1   - Hose connector
2  - In Line Valve
10 - ½ GPH dripper
9 - ¼" Tee*
4  -¼" Elbow**
60 ft. - Plain Tubing
5 - Cable clamps
10 -4"x¼" stake
Directions for Assembly:


1.    The backflow preventer attaches to the faucet.  If a timer is used, attach it to the faucet first then attach the backflow                        preventer.
2.  The hose connector attaches to the backflow preventer. 
3.   The 1/4" tubing attaches to the hose connector.  Push it through the bottom just enough to hold it in place…about 1/4 ".
4.    If you will be building a system similar to the one on the reverse of this sheet, cut the plain hose at the point you want it              to branch.
5.   Attach one end the plain hose to one side of the top of a tee.  Attach the other side of the plain hose to the other side of               the top of  the tee.
6. Cut the plain hose to the length needed for in-line valve positioning and attach one end to one side of an in-line valve.                   Attach the plain hose to the other side of the in-line valve.
7.  Run the plain hose to the position of the first plant on the floor and cut the hose at that point.
8.  Cut the tubing and attach a tee to the hose with the leg of the tee pointing to the first plant onn the floor. 
9.  Cut a piece of the plain tube long enough to go to the plant.  Attach it to the leg on the tee.
10.On the other end of this short piece of tubing, attach a dripper.
11.Pin the line down close to the plant…2-3 inches away from the base of it.
12.Repeat steps 7-11 for the remaining plants on the floor.
13.For the last plant, cut the plain tubing long enough to reach it.  Attach an elbow and then a dripper and pin it beside the                 plant as in step 11 above.
14.The balance of the plain tubing will be used for the other leg of the system.
15.Attach this piece of plain tubing to the leg of the tee you attached in step 5 above.
16.Attach an in-line valve as in step 6 above.
17.Run this line to the upper string of containers. 
18.At the beginning, attach this line with a cable clamp.
19.Run the plain tubing along the board (or edge) above the hanging containers.
20.Attach the tubing with the cable clamps spaced evenly throughout the length.
21.Attach a drop line of plain tubing into each hanging container as in steps 7-11 above.
22.At the end of the upper tubing, attach an elbow with a short piece of plain tubing, attach a dripper and place it in the                      container.  Pin it down as in step 11 above.
23.Turn on the faucet about 1/4 turn only.  Check the last dripper.  If it is dripping, that's enough pressure.  If the last                            dripper is not dripping, turn the faucet on about 1/4 additional turn and check the last dripper again.  Continue until the                  last dripper is dripping at the same rate as the others. 
24.If you have a battery-powered-timer, insert the battery and attach it now.  See step 1 above.

          *A tee is a fitting shaped like the letter “T”.  The top is the crosspiece and the upright part is called the leg. 
         **An elbow is a fitting shaped like the letter “L” or in the shape of one’s elbow.  Both sides are called legs.


DRIP SYSTEM ASSEMBLY

List of Supplies included to build the system in the diagram on the reverse side:

1Backflow preventer
11/4" hose to garden hose connector
1Inline valve
1Plain tubing, 48 in.
4Tubing with emitters built in, 8 ft.
3Tee fitting
1Elbow fitting
4Goof plug (stopper)

Connector (part A on diagram RED)

1.Cut the 48” piece of plain tubing into four 12" pieces.  We'll use one of these for the connector.
2.Cut one of these 12" pieces into two pieces – one an 8" and one a 4" (part A on diagram).
3.Insert one end of the 8" piece of plain tubing onto the hose connector.  Attach the remaining end of this piece of ¼" tubing to one side of the in-line valve.
4.Attach one end of the 4” piece of tubing to the other side of the in-line valve.
5.Attach the remaining end of this assembly to one side of the crosspiece of a tee*.  Set this assembly aside.  We'll use it later with the manifold.

Manifold (part B on diagram BLUE)

6.The remaining three pieces of plain tubing will become the manifold for the dripper legs.  See diagram on reverse side.
7.Attach an elbow** to one end of one piece of plain tubing; this is the right side in the diagram. 
8.Attach one side of the crosspiece of a tee to the other end of this piece of tubing. 
9.Attach a second piece of plain tubing to the other side of the crosspiece of this tee.
10.     Attach one of the crosspieces of another tee to the other end of this piece of plain tubing.
11.     Attach another piece of plain tubing to other side of the crosspiece of this tee. 
12.     Attach the other end of this third piece of tubing to the other side of the crosspiece of the tee from No. 5 above.  

           You should now have a manifold approximately 36” long with three tees and one elbow attached to the connector.   See the diagram on the reverse side.

Legs (part C on diagram GREEN)

13.Cut four 8’ pieces of tubing with the emitters built in every 12”.
14.Attach a plug to the end of each of these four pieces.
15.Attach the end of one of the dripper lines to the bottom of the crosspiece of the first tee in the manifold.  See left  side of the diagram on the reverse side.
16.        Attach the ends of two more pieces of dripper line to the legs of the other two tees.
17.Attach the end of the last dripper line to the other leg of the elbow.  You should now have a system with a manifold and 4 legs of drip line See diagram on reverse side.
18.Pin down both ends of the dripper lines when you apply it to the bed (pins not provided).

*A tee is a fitting shaped like the letter “T”.  The top is the crosspiece and the upright part is called the leg.
**An elbow is a fitting shaped like the letter “L” or in the shape of one’s elbow.  Both sides are called legs.


For more information or for questions about this whole process, contact Tom Harris at gardener@gvtc.com or Ron Csehil at rccse@earthlink.net.

  OR, if you have a bed that needs a custom-built kit, just             contact me at gardener@gvtc.com and I can design
one just for you. 

This page was last updated: October 3, 2016