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Automatic sprinkler systems: should I install myself, or have someone else do it?

I want to put in an automatic sprinkler system (because we have drought restrictions where you have to water at certain times, so I want to set it to go off early in the am). Is getting a prof to do it better (I want to learn how to do this, but not screw it up), or is it easy to set up or should I hire someone? Also, we want to put in a deck in the backyard, so should we wait and do this first (with HOA's approval), or put in the sprinkler system first? I don't want to build over it or have it hit the deck and get mold underneath. Any suggestions?

Asked By: lrd00a - 12/30/2009
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Well, thanks for asking. Very good question. Many homeowners I run into don't even bother to ask. They just figure they can read a book or ask a few questions at home depot and figure it all out themselves. Unfortunately, the result of homeowner-installed irrigation systems is almost always a complete mess. In 14 years... More
Answered By: Jim L - 1/1/2010
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I put a sprinkler system in myself, (fairly cheap). At Wal-mart they have all the supplies you'll need. It's hard rubber tubing, that you dig a trench and place the tubing in, you can make sprinkler spots wherever you want, cover with dirt, put it on a timer, and you're done. My yard is basically sand though, so... More
Answered By: Ginger - 12/30/2009
 
Installing a sprinkler system is really not something you should do. The reference to the Waldemar system is for a limited area, not a whole yard system. There are rules, like backflow valves required before one can hook up to city water. There is pipe sizes, electrical wiring, water paterns... More
Answered By: fedupneck - 12/30/2009
 
It really all depends upon how much of a do-it-yourselfer you are. Sure, you *can* do it yourself, but to do it correctly is a lot of work. Don't underestimate what's involved... More
Answered By: fdnl13 - 12/31/2009
 
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