Posted 05-28-2002 at 10:19:13
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I tried those soakers, but if you have high mineral content water, which my well does, they last only a couple of weeks before they don't soak any more.
What I use instead, on orchard, vineyard and garden, is the drip irrigation setup from Home Depot, but with a variation. The plastic 5/8in main line and the 1/4in drop for each plant works well, and are pretty cheap, but the drippers themselves get clogged for the same reason as the soakers, and become expensive. So, I made my own. They are essentially clamps that fit over the 1/4in hose and restrict the water to whatever I set with a thumbscrew. Infinitely adjustable and easy to clean. The collar is made of nylon tubing so it won't rust against the thumbscrew that I insert into a hole I drilled and tapped into the side of the collar.
Drippers sound complicated, but I can make a 100 of them in a couple of hours in the shop, and for about $.20 each.
I finally have a drip system I like.
|Ted Webb ||
Posted 06-08-2002 at 22:31:51
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Could you possibly send a drawing or sketch of your drippers via e-mail or snail mail to a transplanted Texan (Ft. Worth) living in Australia.
I'm looking at drip irrigating a few acres for hay or winter pasture. The drip system I use in my garden clogs up often. Sounds like your idea might be be what I'm looking for.
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