Installing your Lawn Irrigation System
Take a few readings first
|Take a PSI reading at the hose bib.|
|Warming Lawn Belt in the sun will make it more flexible to work with.|
|Make sure collar halves shapes match Lawn Belts shape.|
|Converter fitting (right) and Collar Kit (left) – notice how shapes match and that pointed ends face downward.|
|Wrapping all connections with Teflon Tape ensures a tight fit.|
|Attach the “U” fitting to Lawn Belt.
Push the Lawn Belt on all the way past the barbs to the until it meets the U fitting.
|Push ring to end of Lawn Belt and tighten.|
|Soap helps tight fittings slide on easier.|
|Insert the converter into the Lawn Belt.|
|Push converter fitting on all the way until flange is flush against Lawn Belt.|
|Slide Elbow connection on and tighten clamp enough so that it will not move.|
|Insert brass hose fitting into the Elbow and lastly slide large ring to end of Belt and tighten (not pictured)|
|Tighten with the end of a pair of pliers.|
|Insert the drain to the bottom of the U fitting.|
|Screw on the 1/2″ Sprinkler Head.|
|Attach a fertilizer bottle with a Back FlowPrevention Valve (see brass fitting shown).|
|Automatically water your lawn with a battery operated timer. (see brass fitting shown).|
Before you start your Lawn Irrigation System installation be sure to take a couple of readings at your garden spigot to test PSI and GPM levels. See our irrigation design page for more info.
Tools Required for Proper Installation
- Spade or Flat Shovel
- 5/16″ box wrench (suggested)
or medium flat headed screw driver
- Utility Knife or pvc cutters
- Teflon Plumbers Tape
Familiarize yourself with the Lawn Irrigation System Kit
Before installation layout the Lawn Irrigation System in the sun – this will make the tubing more pliable and easier to work with. In the meantime check contents of your kit with the list shown for each below.
Layout and design of your Lawn Irrigation System Kit
Locate all the lawn sprinkler head locations on your grid sheet Then go to your garden and mark their actual locations.
Using a 50 foot piece if string (to match the total length of your lawnbelt systems conduit) tie a knot at your spigot. Next, using your grid plan measure out the distance to your first sprinkler head and place a stake there.
Next tie your string to this marker and proceed to the next head in your zone and repeat until you have reached the last sprinkler head location and tie off your string.
This string will act as a guide for as you cut the slit in your lawn with your flat spade (in steps to follow).
Assemble the Lawn Irrigation System
Important install notes on the system
(overview of installation)
All Lawn Belt fittings connect together using stainless steel clamps and collars which wrap around each connection.
Lawn Belt has a top and bottom. The top is the thick flat flange (the shield) and the bottom is pointed end. Make sure to install vertically in the ground – pointed end down. The top flange will sit just below surface of the soil or just below the turf line.
Make sure to any prevent leaks in the Lawn Irrigation System to wrap fitting connections with Teflon Plumber Tape (available on our online store).
Collar Halves and Converter fittings also have a top and bottom to them. Make sure that the word “UP” located on the collar, is in the top position. Make sure that they align with the top part of Lawn Belt so that their shape matches the shape of Lawn Belt.
All stainless clamps screws must be positioned at the bottom of the Lawn Belt and then tightened.
Make sure to insert all “U” and End fittings into LawnBelt . Push the Belt all the way past the barbs to the end of each fitting. Center Belt ring over the bard for best seal. (about 1/4″ away from end of fitting)
Insert all Converter Fittings into LawnBelt . Push the Belt all the way to end so that Converter Flange is flush against Lawn Belt.
Lawn Belt Converter fitting connection
Place the small converter clamp over the end of the LawnBelt Converter. Make sure that the word “UP” is in the top position. Next push the Insert Elbow completely into the Converter Fitting with the brass fitting facing UP.
Tighten the Converter stainless clamp making sure the screw is on the BOTTOM. Insert Elbow should NOT be able to move once the clamp is tightened.
Hidden Hose System kits (important): The Female End Fitting must be installed at the spigot end. The Male fitting connects to the Lawn Belt at the end of the System.
Connecting Lawn Belt to converter fitting (hose end)
Slide the clamp over the end of Lawn Belt.
Look at the converter fitting and find the “UP” label – match it to the shape if Lawn Belt.
Wrap converter end with Teflon Plumbers Tape to seal.
Insert the Converter fitting into the end of the Lawn Belt until the end of the Lawn Belt is squarely against the Converter Flange.
Tip: If the fitting is too tight try using a small amount of dishwasher soap over fitting and carefully work it back and forth around the opening while pushing.
Slide the clamp over the collars of the converter fitting and tighten using a wrench or screwdriver. Make very snug but do not overtighten
Screw in brass female swivel connector into the 1/2″ 90 deg. NPT elbow on the converter. Tighten the brass fitting using the handle end your pliers.
Installing the Collar Halves (typical at all connections)
Slide the clamp over the end of Lawn Belt.
Place the two collar halves on each side of the Lawn Belt. The tops of the collar halves are marked “UP”
Slide the Belt Clamp over the Collar Halves and slide the entire assembly towards the connecting fitting. Make sure Collar Halves sit squarely against the converter flange. With a flat head 5/16″ box wrench or screwdriver tighten clamps until snug – do not over tighten.
Branching conduit with a T connection
If you need to branch Lawn Belt in 2 directions you will need a T fitting (available in our store). This T connection will require 3 converter kits (one for each part in the T).
Refer to instructions above on how to install a converter fitting.
Cutting Lawn Belt
With the Lawn Belt stretched out beside your string, cut each section of the belt to match your string lengths. Use your utility knife (pvc cutters work great too) and verify hose length before cutting. Then attach fittings, collars and clamps.
Connecting your Lawn Irrigation System to “U” and End Fittings
Wrap all fittings with Teflon plumbing tape to ensure a tight fit.
Screw on drain to the bottom of the “U” Fitting. Make sure its tight but do not overtighten.
Place clamp over the ends of Lawn Belt. Then connect Lawn Belt hose to each “U” fitting. Make sure Lawn Belt sits square against each fitting (push it on all the way past the barbs to the end where the flange is)
Then install Collar Halves (see above) Center the collar halves over the bard for best seal. (about 1/4″ away from end of fitting). Slide clamp over the halves. With a flat head 5/16″ box wrench or screwdriver tighten clamps until snug – do not over tighten.
Next attach sprinkler heads and adjust spray patterns to full range. Attach end of Belt to a short garden hose then to your spigot. Turn on your Lawn Irrigation System to check for any leaks. Leave lawn irrigation system assembled to prevent dirt from getting into the line.
Installing the system in the ground
Starting at the spigot and using your string as a guide, cut a 3″-4″ deep into the sod using a flat spade (can be purchase at any garden tools store). Rock the spade back and forth to create a V-shaped opening in the earth. Press the assembled Lawn Belt into slit as you go.
Make sure to install vertically in the ground – pointed end first. Top flange sits just below surface of the soil.
At each sprinkler head locations dig a deeper and wider V-shaped opening 9-10″ down.
For better drainage place a couple of handfuls of pea gravel under sprinkler drain before pressing U drain fitting into slit. Make sure sprinkler heads are flush with ground surface. Once the system is in place close the seam over Lawn Belt by firmly stepping on the sod to seal it’s path.
Attach an automatic timer (optional)
Once you have your lawn irrigation system installed you may want to water your garden automatically. There are many battery operated timers that attach directly to a spigot.
Water in early AM before work and try to minimize runoff. Visit your local do it yourself home improvement store for these handy timers.
Congratulations on owning the easiest to install and most affordable Lawn Irrigation System available today.
Enjoy years trouble free watering and tell a friend about Lawn Belt!