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This $3 part can save you thousands after a cold winter night.


Tired of blowing out your sprinkler system each year in preparation for cold — you wait and wait for the day when the temps dip below freezing to validate the hard work you did to purge every last drop of H2O from the myriad of pipes and elbows and rotor heads. If you live in a part of the country where freezing pipes are not a primary concern than there is one very simple device you can install in just minutes that will always be watching over your pipes and protecting them from damage year round…

What is the name of this oh-so-valuable part? Its called a lateral drain!

Lateral Drains (sometimes referred to as freeze drains)are a very simple device that do not require any electricity, maintenance or attention on your part to work. simply install them and forget about them! Each drain works using a one way valve that stays open  when there is not pressure in the system, and it closes itself whenever there is water in the pipes. The primary benefit of the automatic drain is that it will allow the water that remains in your pipes after shutting off the sprinklers to have an easy path out of the pipe.

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Broken pipes occur when the water inside your pipes reaches a freezing temperature and expands as it turns to ice. Without anywhere to go when it expands the ice will force it’s way out of the pipe either by splitting the pipe or breaking a valve or rotor or worst of all a backflow preventer!

You can purchase automatic drains in a variety of styles, but each uses the same primary design to allow the left over water to pass through them. Some drains use a spring to control flow while others use a loose metal ball inside the device that moves out of the way to let water by.

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Sprinkler warehouse carries all full selection of automatic drains at low prices!

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How to repair a backflow by installing a new “Bonnet & Poppet”


Cold weather is finally here and regardless of where you live, there are certain things you need to know about your sprinkler system that will help you to avoid unwanted repairs or costly repair service calls. If you have a sprinkler system chances are that you also have a backflow preventer. A majority of backflow preventers are designed with a fail-safe in mind to prevent irreparable damage. The following guide will outlines the steps necessary to repair your own backflow preventer if freezing temperatures have damaged it.

 

1. Shut off the water supply to the backflow preventer.

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  •  Turn the water supply off to the backflow by turning the lower handle (as shown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inside_empty2. Remove all broken plastic parts from inside the device.

  • Unscrew plastic bonnet
  • Remove any broken pieces from the inside
  • There should not be ANY plastic pieces remaining inside device
  • DO NOT mess with metal piece at bottom inside the device as it has a spring below it that would hurt you.

 

 

 

 

poppet-stack3.  Screw in new bonnet / poppet kit (Hand Tight ONLY).

  • Place bell on top of metal screw and tighten small nut just enough to hold the metal bell on the device and still rotate by hand with some tension.
    DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN!
  • Cover device with a blanket if freezing temperatures persist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skydrop now being offered at Sprinkler Warehouse


Sprinkler Warehouse is pleased to announce that they will be be carrying the new skydrop™ smart sprinkler controller. The skydrop controller combines groundbreaking modern styling with cutting edge technology. Skydrop, a Utah based company has designed the controller to meet and exceed the needs of today yards, while utilizing the technology that is becoming increasingly more commonplace across the board.


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Skydrop makes watering your yard more than just an exercise in scheduling. The controller is wifi enabled and uses the network connection to access hyper-local weather information which it uses to build a custom watering schedule.  Furthermore the controller is able to adjust to meet any local watering restrictions keeping you out of trouble with the water police.  Lastly the controller can be fully controlled remotely from any web enabled smartphone, tablet or smartphone.

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Controllers are now in-stock at http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com and ready will ship the same day on all orders placed before 4:45pm cst. Sprinkler Warehouse is offering a special introductory price on the current stock of Skydrop controllers for $274 (while supplies last).

 

 

 

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Happy 4th of July from Sprinkler Warehouse!


At Sprinkler Warehouse, the 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays! Summer is in full swing, grass is green, trees are filled with leaves and flowers are blooming all around us. Its a great time of year for having a picnic, or getting out of the house for a game of soccer, baseball, volleyball, frisbee, golf or any other activity that you can enjoy with friends and family together. It makes us proud to know that the green, lush carpet of grass that everyone enjoys all day long, from the parades in the morning, the afternoon picnics and the evening fireworks, is green and lush as a result of excellent watering! So this forth of July holiday, when you are out and enjoying the grass somewhere in your city, lawn or park, take a minute to look around and notice the sprinklers those sprinklers that make that grass so green and nice to enjoy!

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The picture above is of the sprinkler warehouse team members who dressed up (even the slightest) in celebration of the holiday.  There are 5 shirts in 5 different colors that correspond with a schedule. Blue Shirts on Monday, Grass green shirts on Tuesday, Navy Blue on Wednesday, Forrest Green on Thursday and Royal Blue on Friday. Since the 4th of July falls on a Friday this year, we will have the day off, so to celebrate the freedom holiday we wore our Friday shirts on Thursday in place of the usual forest green colored shirts. We were also invited to accessorize our outfits with any red white or blue we had. The people in this photo,  are those employees (including yours truly) whom went the extra mile to add a touch or two of patriotism to their outfit.

So this 4th of July weekend we hope that you have a fun, safe and exciting time with friends and family. Please be responsible with fireworks, alcohol and on the roadways.

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When To Water & For How Long?


When should I water my lawn and for how long?


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Regardless of whether you live in the country or the city, the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning. This is the time of day when your lawn will absorb the most H2O and you will lose the lease H2O to evaporation. However, one bonus to watering in the early morning for city dwellers is that the water pressure will be at it’s peak before the population of you city gets up and starts using up all that water pressure for showers and baths! For rural folks, whose water comes from a well or direct from a lake, or pond or other source through an onsite pump.

Avoid watering during the day time, especially when the sun is at it’s brightest. Only a fraction of that precious water will actually make it to the grass.

How much should I water my lawn?

The amount you must water your lawn is largely impacted by the amount of rainfall you get where you live. This will be driven by the weather and a phenomenon called evapotranspiration (i.e. “ET”.) ET is the combined effect of water used by the plant and that which is lost to evaporation. ET is expressed in inches (or mm) of water per week. So based on the amount of water your grass takes in for nutrition and the amount of water that the environment takes out of the soil, you will have a new amount of water that has been debited due to ET and must subsequently be replaced.  Often times a local university will have accurate ET rates for your area of the country. You may also be able to find these rates published regularly in the newspaper or on a website.

How deep into the soil should water penetrate?

Soil-depthGenerally speaking, water should be able to penetrate down 6-inches into the “root zone” of the lawn. Ideally it is time to water again when that water level is at about 3-inches. You can check this in a variety of ways, by using different tools such as a shovel, a soil sample puller, or a digital sensor.

How much is too much (or too little?)

Most people are surprised to discover that there is more damage done, by overwatering a lawn than by under-watering it. This is due largely in part to the plant structures inability to extract the water left in the soil once so much water has washed through it. Without the water to provide it nourishment the grass becomes susceptible to insect problems, physical damage and disease.

What happens to grass during a drought?

ng655_01_front TurfSpyGuideIf your lawn can’t get enough water it will first go into a dormant stage, often marked by a bluish color. If the drought continues until the soil water is fully used, death will result for most cool-season grasses. Bermudas and other warm-season grasses will probably recover, however, the lawn’s quality will not.

 

 

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Team USA Goes big in “Bomb pop” Jerseys!


With one win already under their belt, team USA has a lot to be proud of! In game one the defeated Ghana 2-1, winning for the first time in 3 years of head to head match-ups.

Go Team USA! We here at Sprinkler Warehouse are cheering you on and hope the winning streaks keeps on going!!

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First Day of Summer


First day of summer is coming on the 21st of June! This year it falls on a Saturday…do you have plans!?

This year get out and enjoy the warm weather, the fresh air and your friends and family! Do something new!

If you have a “honey-do” list for this weekend to get caught up on, let us help! Here is a coupon for a few dollars off your next order at http://www.SprinklerWarehouse.com

Code:  FIRSTDAY5

 

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World Cup Sale


At Sprinkler Warehouse we love grass! I mean we REALLY LOVE IT! We love having picnics in it, playing in it — heck we even like to mow it! And one things we especially love about grass is helping all our wonderful customers to water it!

In support of our USA soccer team we are offering a discount code to all team usa fans.

Code: WORLDCUP5

 

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Friday 13th: Paraskevidekatriaphobia SALE


It happens at least once every year, sometimes more, but very rarely do you get a full moon to accompany an already creepy holiday like Friday the 13th.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the clinical definition for the fear of Friday the 13th.

 It’s estimated that $900,000,000 in revenue is lost each and every time the 13th day of the month aligns itself with the 5th day of the week. Friday the 13th can be serious business for some people. Reports of people missing work for fear of something bad happening on the commute to work or while at work has them staying home safe and sound in bed.

If you have decided to stay home today and find yourself looking online for parts to keep your lawn and garden green and pretty, please use the discount code FRIDAY13 to get 5% off of your entire order!

So whatever your level of superstition, we hope you’re Friday the 13th is nothing of not unremarkable! (and we mean that in the best way possible!)

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