Apple Irrigationís Do-It-Yourself System

  Are you the type of person that is handy around the house but unsure how to properly design and install a sprinkler system?

  With our DIY program, your system will be designed correctly and you will learn the basics of how your system operates, all while cutting your labor costs in half. The DIY program involves a lot of time and hard work on your part and may not be right for everyone.

  Below is an overview of how the process works:

  We will start the day by designing the system and placing flags where different heads will go. We will assist you in installing the pressure vacuum breaker (backflow preventer) and work together to install the pipe underground, make all necessary connections and get water running thought all of the underground piping.

  We will then teach you how to complete the low voltage wiring of the system, teach you about the different heads we use and how to properly install them, teach you about Matched Precipitation Rate, and finally teach you how to operate your system. In addition, we will install a few heads with you and show you how to properly adjust them.

  At that point you have more than enough knowledge and experience to finish the work yourself. We will lay out the rest of the parts and you will finish the system on your own.

  Finishing the system consists of installing the rest of the heads, burying the calve boxes, wiring the controller, valves and rain sensor and with any necessary clean up work. With the average 1/3 acre lot, we will typically spend about a half of a day or so with you and you will have roughly 15-20 hours of work on your own.

  On the day of install eat a good breakfast and be prepared for a lot of hard work. (Also, itís not a bad idea to call that friend that asked you to help move but failed to mention 3 flights of stairs and no elevator!) A majority of your day with us will be spent digging and the rest learning.

  All that hard work will not be wasted, however! Not only will you have the satisfaction of installing the system on your own but in the process you will learn how your system works and will be prepared for any possible needed changes or repairs in the future.

  There are a few things that need to be completed before we can work with you on the DIY system:
  1. Lot lines must be clearly identified.
  2. There must be a permit for the sprinkler system posted on site.
  3. You will need a rubber mallet and a 5 gallon pail (to carry tools and parts around) and some shovels.
  4. You will need to have your underground utilities located. This service is provided free of charge by Gopher State One Call in Minnesota. Their phone number is 651-454-0002 and you need to contact them at least 2-3 business days in advance. For Wisconsin residents: Call Diggerís Hotline at 1-800-242-8511, 3-4 business days in advance.
  5. If your home is a new construction, we will also ask you to take some white spray paint and mark out as closely as possible where the landscape borders, deck and any other non-lawn areas of your property will be. Please wait until after the system is installed to install the landscape borders. This will save time and effort during the install process.
  In addition, there are some other specialized tools that you will need but we will let you borrow our as long as you promise to return them!