Re: [gardeners] Re: Troubleshooting the water timer

George Shirley (
Sat, 08 May 1999 16:13:31 -0500

Cynthia Mayeaux wrote:

> At 11:54 AM 5/8/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >150 psig is what most refineries have for fire water pressure. I'm
> surprised you
> >don't blow a water line out of the ground when you snap shut a valve at that
> >pressure. I've never encountered city water pressure higher than 50 psig
> here in
> >Louisiana or in Texas. Many only run 30 to 40 psig, ours here in LA is a
> >consistent 50 psig. We seldom run a faucet more than half open unless we
> have a
> >long run of hose out.
> >
> >George
> How does one measure the psi, coming out of the outside faucet?  I have my
> own well.  Just curious.

If we were neighbors I could quickly build you a rig to measure pressure and
possibly to measure flow through the line. Being in the "bidness" I have access
to precision gauges, flowmeters, etc. I think one of the other members has
already discussed gauges and five-gallon buckets so won't go into that.

> I put in some drip irrigation in my front flower beds.  I really like it.
> There is one place that I think I should splice in another line.  The drip
> lines are very thin flexible pvc tubing so I don't think I'd want to put
> that in an area like my cutting garden.  Too much traffic and working of
> the soil.  Do you think soaker hoses would handle the foot traffic?

As clumsy as me and Miz Anne are our soaker hoses seem to do okay with us
stumbling around on them. I know that's not a recommendation but we don't seem to
do them any damage to speak of. When I used drip irrigation in the desert it was
fairly easy to damage the lines as they were a stiff plastic versus the soakers
made from old tires.

> I think I'll put in some more of the drip line in the other flower borders.
> :-)
> Cynthia (who is expecting 35 to 40 degree F night time temps)
> **Womyn Who Moves Mountains-Little Finger Of Michigan**
> ** **USDA zone 4b-Sunset zone 41**
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