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Question DetailsAsked on 10/27/2013

Conversion of manual sprinkler system to automatic?

We just purchased a home that has a manually operated in-ground sprinkler system. There are valves that need to be manually turned for each zone. We have owned homes that have in-ground valves that are manifolded and controlled by a timer, but I have never seen anything like this. The home was built in 1987, and the system was added sometime after that. There is no vacuum breaker.
We would like to convert it to a timer controlled system with electric valving.

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That can be done - just like installing a timer system and valve controller plus electric valves on a new installation, would just be putting them on the existing system by cutting into the existing lines to put the timer unit and new valves in. Depending on how visible the system is and whether the valves are spread around or all in one place, you might consider running each zone's pipes to the controller and putting the manifold and valves indoors (maybe in a basement or garage) to protect from freezing if that is an issue in your area, because outdoor valves tend to have very low survivability in cold areas, even if the system is blown out each fall, especially if in-ground.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I have an inground and it is an loder system since the house was built. I need some on to come and chaeck the chance of getting pop ups installed to replace my oler system.

Answered 5 years ago by Guest_9950111

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