Great video on setting up an irrigation system - but what was the point of the water pressure test?
The video showed how to do one, but not what to do with the results? I'm sure it's important for some reason?
Grateful for your advice.
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A garden irrigation system is certainly a great project coming into the warmer months. I'm sure community members like @Branchy249 or team members at your local Bunnings store will be able to assist you with suitable products for your system once you've worked out your maximum flow rate. Have you already done the test?
For the benefit of other members, I believe John is referring to the Bunnings video below, which is part of a four-part series on installing an irrigation system.
Thanks again for joining in the discussion,
Just checking in to see if you have managed to do that water pressure test as yet?
Thanks Branchy, appreciate your time to reply. Yep, get the principle but I'm looking for the implementation.
I'm guessing there is some sort of ratio - tap flow rate divided by pipe distance and width (5m x 19mm) to determine the number of trickles I can poke into the delivery pipe.
To answer your question as simply as I can, the water pressure test is used to determine the amount of sprinkler heads you can use on the one line. There really isn't a ratio so to speak of, but you do have to know the flow rate of the sprinkler heads. Simply, you just add up the flow rates on the sprinklers so that their flow rate is below the maximum flow rate of the tap.
For example: Your tap will flow at 100 litres per hour. That will allow you to run 10 sprinkler heads that have a flow rate of 10 litres per hour, or 20 sprinkler heads with a flow rate of 5 litres per hour.
Of course with you're dealing with drippers, this information is pretty useless because drippers require very little pressure. Some drippers have a fixed flow rate, whereas some are adjustable.
The rise (the amount of height the water has to travel up hill from the tap) and the run (the amount of distance the water has to travel away from the tap). The rise and run is very important if you use pumps to pump your water around your block but if you use town water it isn't really that important if you live in a city residential area as most places have enough pressure to deal with the average size blocks.
It all depends on what you are trying to water... is it a lawn or a garden bed? Because both applications have a different way of setting up to get the most out of your watering system.
I hope that helps.
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Your information helped enormously. Done the calcs and installed the system today - seems to be working well. Small issue, some leaking where the link to the tap joins the irrigation line connection. Point of greatest pressure I guess. I had used a circular plastic clips to lock the irrigation head to the polypipe. I'll replace it with a metal clip, which I should be able to tighten more securely.
Thanks again DCS.
Just checking in to see how your watering system is going now? Did you fix that leak?
I noticed that this has been a popular thread over the past month so was keen to get an update.