Last week, I posted my latest greenhouse update. As I mentioned in that post, one of the things we added to the greenhouse this fall is an overhead sprinkler system. It was so easy, it took my husband about 20 minutes to install. Plus, it was a pretty inexpensive, which is an added bonus.
Most of the parts we needed were in the lawn sprinkler/irrigation section of our local home improvement store. We had to venture over to the plumbing department to find a few of the items, like the clamps; one of the employees helped us find everything we needed.
The pipe we used is very light weight and easy to work with. I thought it would be easier to inlcude a picture of the label, rather than trying to explain it…
|Label on the hose we used|
Here’s what the hose looks like…
|Hose used for sprinkler system|
We figured out how many sprinkler heads we needed based on the size of our greenhouse, and the area the sprinkler heads covered. We ended up needing three heads for total coverage.
The sprinkler heads we bought are mister heads that have a 360 degree spray radius. They aren’t the kind that pop out of the ground, and they’re very inexpensive. It’s easy to cut the hose and attach the sprinkler heads.
On one end of the sprinkler pipe, we put an attachment so we can screw it onto our garden hose. Again, this is very easy to install.
|The end the garden hose plugs into|
|Garden hose attached to the sprinkler system hose|
Then at the other end of the hose, we bought a cap and clamped it on to keep the water from leaking out.
|Caped the end of the hose|
Once all the pieces were put together, we ran the hose right down the center beam of the greenhouse, and attached it with zip ties. This sprinkler system is very light weight and doesn’t weigh down the greenhouse at all.
|Sprinkler heads in action|
That’s it, easy as can be. This makes watering in the greenhouse a snap. I won’t be able to use it during the winter, but spring and fall are the times the greenhouse needs it the most. Ahhh, much better than having to lug out the garden sprinkler and move it around several times for full coverage.