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Irrigation with rain water: soaker hose or poly tubing...

 
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So I have been doing a bit of research as to how to get the rain water from the 330 gallon totes we got this year to the vegetable/flower gardens. I have finally decided on using a rain barrel soaker hose which is a soaker hose specifically made for low pressure gravity-fed systems, so with bigger holes. I spoke with someone at the company that I will be ordering from and found him to be quite helpful. I was a bit concerned that if it did not quite work for some reason, I would waste a bit of an investment on hoses, etc., but if it does not work, I can get a pump and attach a something-or-other at a certain part of the system so that I can still use the soaker hoses. So there really is very little gamble involved in trying out the system. Plus, the company is having a very good sale of the rain barrel soaker hoses until the end of the month, making it even less of a risky investment: http://www.mrdrip.com/Rain-Barrel-Hose_c_631.html

If someone has experience with this particular type of soaker hose that is made specifically for low-pressure systems, positive or negative, please share! A new season is soon upon us and those of us setting up new gardens and in the process of trying to figure out the best irrigation system to use with our rain water catchment systems, certainly appreciate it!
 
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Just curious, did you buy the hose and has it worked?
 
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From my experience a pumped system is easier to manage, particularly if you install a perimeter main line.
This helps reduce the effect of frictional losses along the pipes.
 
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Not Sure how this forumn works, as i didnt need to log in, so i wont know if i get a response to this,
but here goes anyway....

so i have 3 rain barrels and i have 1 of them has a pond pump in it. the other 2, gravity feed to it. i got the most expensive pump... 2400 gph.... But it doesnt have enough psi to make the sprinklers go....

anyone have any thoughts on what to do???

options i thought of but haven't done.....
gravity fed soaker hose
water pressure booster


I have several y's and sprinkler types, none seem to work with the current pump system....

https://www.thepondguy.com/product/pondmaster-magnetic-drive-utility-pumps/external-pond-pumps


 
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Hi Frank -

The software seems to know who you are, so you might be lucky and get this response!  Not that I have the faintest idea about your pump.

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