There is no doubt about it – you can save a tremendous amount of money by installing a lawn sprinkler system. But it will be a fairly large time investment and require a lot of planning. And it is not a one man job. Sure, one man can get it done, but not without a lot of frustration. It’s nice to have a least one other person in the yard with you to help you to dig trenches, lay connected pipe into them, and to get them adequately covered up. Installing a lawn sprinkler system is a labor intensive project.
The first thing you need to do when installing a lawn sprinkler system is to get your hands on a good set of instructions. With all of the do-it-yourself publications on bookstore shelves and free handouts at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s, you’ll find that there is no shortage of easy step-by-step instructions for this seemingly difficult job.
Once you have the instructions, you’ll want to call your local utility companies such as DBA Plumbing & Gas and have them come to your property and mark the lines. You don’t want to hit a gas line or break a water pipe. Cable and electric companies also need to be contacted. If you skip this crucial step before installing a lawn sprinkler system, there could be tragic consequences. At the same time you are calling the utilities, make a call to your city’s building inspector to find out about local ordinances and to inquire about the need for a building permit. This requirement varies according to local policy.
Once you have taken care of the red tape and reviewed the instructions for installing a lawn sprinkler system, you’ll want to get a pad of paper and a pencil out so that you can start drawing up your plans. Much like a road map leads you to where you are going, having a written plan will help you to stay on the right path once you are knee-deep in dirt installing a lawn sprinkler system. As you lay your plans, account for all existing landscaping and any that may be added. For example, if you are planning to put in a pond someday, think through where that might be put. You don’t want your water pipes running through that area – it will be too difficult to alter it once they are actually packed into the ground.
The final step of the planning stage is to make a list of the supplies you’ll need and to shop for the best prices. Take your drawings and yard measurements with you when you shop. They will provide everything a salesman needs to give you accurate information.