Irrigation: Part One

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Weekend Warriors

Before you get this song stuck in your head, hear us out.

Or better yet, this one!

But you came here for waterworks, not flashbacks… We had a rather memorable Memorial weekend. But it’s one we may want to erase from our memories. Muscle memory. One week later and our bodies are still feeling the burn. We dug trenches, pulled weeds and installed a fleet of sprinkler heads. All in a weekend’s work.

Joe was set on digging all the trenches Friday. Whew!

backyard panoramic irrigation

Here are a couple of panoramic shots of the yard and the irrigation route.

backyard panoramic irrigation

It was a feat. But after doing the same thing for the front yard last year, we were pretty confident this time around.

Dig it?

I’m about to lay a bunch of photos down. Can you dig it?

digging irrigation

We start from the house.

digging trenches for irrigation

Underneath the kitchen sink, to be exact.

piping irrigation

This part was a bit tricky.

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Here’s the view straight outside.

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Step one: Attach this thing.

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Oh yeah, after we put a hole out the siding for plumbing.

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Really no big deal.

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Just make sure it’s perfectly level.

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And we can run a long tube out of the house.

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We sealed it up and made sure there were no leaks or holes.

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Then we were free to cover that up.

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Leaving that valve box close to the surface.

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This box just houses the valves and protects them.

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We carefully made our way around the yard with the tubing.

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And snaked arouuunnnnd the trees behind the fire pit. 6″ is about the right depth for the tubing.

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Mmm, nothing like fresh dirt with your dinner.

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Once the tubing was all in place, we got to work filling everything in.

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It was quite dark by this time.

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But did that stop Joe? Nope.

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There was much trench-filling left in the night.

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Carefully covering every sprinkler head, making sure it was perfectly upright.

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And trimming up the lose end.

The Wires

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Oh yes, there were wires.

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Joe ran everything electrical through the front closet.

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So he just has to flip a switch to water the front or back lawns. Or both!

The Next Morning

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Yay! The sprinkler heads work!

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This is Joe’s favorite part.

 

 

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