I'm fixin' to fix my sprinkler system (I hope!). This is one of those dumb situations where, for months (nine in this case), you overlook something that is really bad, then all of a sudden realize "Oh hey!! That's a problem!"
Below is a picture of our hack-job of a setup. It was this way when we moved in, and I didn't know any better . Now I do, mainly from stuff I've learned here on TFP. [attachment=1eflosb4]DSCN1333small.jpg[/attachmenteflosb4]
The hose spigot goes to the splitter, which goes to the two solenoid valves with are oh-so-gracefully hung on the pipe behind the spigot. So, the issue is that garden hoses are not meant to hold pressure constantly. I am lucky that they haven't blown when nobody's home, flooded my yard, and jacked up my water bill.
I'm going to try to plumb a stub out from the autofill line (goes into the ground right in the middle of the photo) to which the solenoid valves will attach; see this work of art:
The autofill pipe is 3/4 PVC, wrapped with insulating tape (I guess?). So in order to execute my plan, I think I'll need:
1. a PVC tee to splice into the existing pipe;
2. a short length of 3/4" PVC to run out to the right;
3. a few fittings (more tees?) to which the solenoids will attach (standard 3/4" hose thread), I'll probably leave space for some more solenoids if we want them later;
4. a new ball valve to put below, so I can still turn off the autofill independently of the sprinklers; and
5. the usual fixins such as primer, glue, etc.
Does that sound like a good (or at least workable) plan? I am planning on tackling this tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for looking!