Adventures in Irrigation – Part II

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In my last blog, I talked about how much I’ve learned about doing small repairs to my sprinkler system. I’ve replaced a lot of sprinkler heads over the last several years, learned what a valve box is, and what causes low pressure in a sprinkler head. I even learned what PVC glue is – more on that in another blog. I’m sure you can’t wait for that story!

Oregon is Wet

For those of you who don’t live in Oregon, you may ...

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Winterizing Your Irrigation System

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If you’re a homeowner like me, you’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to winterize your irrigation system, which includes your backflow device. But what exactly does this mean? And how necessary is it?

As a DIYer on a tight budget, I always weigh the “necessary” part. Is this something I NEED to do now, or can it wait? Of course, the answer depends on who you ask, and more importantly, where you live.

If you live in a ...

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Warm Pipes are Happy Pipes

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If you’re in the North, you probably know that warm pipes are happy pipes! Some of our Southern neighbors don’t have that experience with the cold winters. The weather this week is going to be a doozy – much of the East coast is already feeling those frigid temps. Don’t let frozen pipes be in your future though – take some proactive steps before it gets even colder later this week.

Keep those faucets dripping… but don’t forget about ...

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Gardening in Wet Regions

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I’ve done several blogs about how to maintain a garden oasis even when you are short on water. Drought, no doubt, is prevalent across much of the country at any given time. Not all of us have that problem though. Sometimes, it’s the exact opposite. How do you create and maintain a garden when you receive a lot of rainfall throughout the year?

Irrigation? I don’t think so!

While many areas receive rainfall during fall and spring, there are ...

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Air Quality for Backflow Testing

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Usually when we talk of air quality safety for backflow testers, it’s when we’re referencing testing in vaults. However, with 74 major wildfires burning on the western coast states right now, air quality is pretty awful over here. Walking outside to get the mail has my eyes watering – air quality is no joke!

Vaults and Confined Space Entry

If you think air quality in vaults isn’t something to be taken seriously, think again. In 1986, a backflow ...

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