Fittings and Valves to Complete Your Backyard Sprinkler System

by | Jul 22, 2021 | Industrial Equipment

If you’re planning on laying out your own backyard sprinkler system, you’ll need not only pipe but also pipe valves and fittings. Pipe fittings are used to connect straight lengths of pipe; for example, a T-connector can connect three pieces of pipe and an elbow creates a right-angle turn. Valves are used to turn the flow of water on and off.

As you are planning your sprinkler system, make note of all of the different pipe fittings you will need. Every turn and connection will need a specific fitting.

Common pipe fittings:

  • Elbow

  • Tee

  • Cross

  • Cap

  • Reducer

  • Plug

You’ll also need to plan for one or more valves; you’ll need the main valve to turn the system on and off, as well as valves at certain points. For example, you may want to cut off or turn on the water for certain plants. Your lawn will need more water than let’s say, decorative cactus or palm trees. Valves can allow you to feed just the right amount of water to each area of your landscaping.

Best quality pipe valves and fittings are manufactured in PVC, which is the common material for a sprinkler system. But, Pipe valves and fittings are also manufactured in cast iron, copper, brass, and other non-ferrous metals.

Valves also are made in several different types for use in a home sprinkler system:

  • Ball valves

  • Butterfly valves

  • Gate valves

  • Choke valves

Once completed, a home sprinkler system can save you a lot of time, freeing you from watering by hand.

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