Kit Instructions for Automated Farm Kit
This 3 zone Small Farm Kit comes complete with controller, manifold, valves, and fertilizing unit to automate your watering and fertilizing. This kit also contains all components necessary to create a working drip irrigation system. However, because no two systems are alike, additional items will be required to complete the installation. Not included are pipe and fittings to connect to your water source; wire and connectors for controller to valve connections; solvents to glue PVC EZ-Flo Ball Valve Coupling to pipe; nor any teflon tape for other pipe thread connections (if needed).
Step 1. Choose a location to install your controller near an electrical source and as near as possible to your valve manifold. Follow manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Please Note: Controller requires electrical connection. Use proper wire size per manufacturer instructions. We recommend using approved wire connectors such as 3M Direct Bury Splice Kits and Ideal Silicone Filled Wire Nuts when making wiring connections to valves.
Step 2. Choose your location to install your EZ-Flo fertilizing kit. Follow EZ-Flo mainline installation instructions. Click here for EZ-Flo Installation Instructions.
Please Note: The EZ-Flo fertilizing kit is designed to be installed before the valves using the EZ-Flo Ball Valve Coupling for 1” PVC. Solvent weld supplies,such as iFuse Primer/Glue are not included.
Also note: Use of a fertilizer injector on a shared potable water source requires proper backflow prevention device installed upstream of the injector. See you local codes for approved devices.
Step 3. Build your valve manifold sections. The manifold fittings have nitrile rubber o-rings for leak-proof sealing so no pipe dope or teflon tape is required in these connections. Hand tighten manifold parts only.
Start with the manifold Tee fitting and attach the pipe nipple (side without the large nitrile o-ring) to the lower swivel connection on the tee.
Connect the valve to the o-ring pipe nipple (side with the large nitrile o-ring to valve). Pay close attention to the directional flow arrows on the valve for proper installation.
Attach the male x female swivel adapter to the outflow of the valve.
Connect the manifold tee of each valve manifold section together (side x side) and cap the remaining open end with the manifold end cap.
Step 4. Attach the filter to outflow of a manifold valve assembly and the pressure regulator to the outflow of the filter. Repeat for each zone. *Please note directional flow arrows on filter and pressure regulator.
Step 5. Attach the threaded end of the MPT Adapter to the outflow side of the pressure regulator. Repeat for each zone.
Step 6. Lay out your 1” poly tubing for your header rows (See Tip #2 below). Once laid out, attach one end to the tubing to the MPT adapter at the valve manifold and use an end cap to close the other end. Repeat for each zone.
Step 7. Lay out your drip tape down each row.
Please Note: You may want to provide sufficient length to allow for expansion and contraction of the drip tape due to temperature changes.
Step 8. Punch a hole in the 1” poly tubing to line up with your run of tape.
Step 9. Insert the barbed end of the Barbed Take-Off Adapter Valve fitting into the punched hole. Attach your tape to the perma-loc tape end of the barbed take-off valve. Repeat on each row. Here is a link to a short video on Small Farm Kit installation: https://youtu.be/iRo5CiKsd_w.
Step 10. Attach an end cap to the end of each row of tape. (See Tip #1 for new installation flushing recommendation.)
Step 11. Secure your poly header rows and runs of tape by using the wire staples.
It is recommended to open all end caps and flush out all lines before pressurizing the system.
Lay tubing in the sun to relax it before trying to unroll.
Hot water can soften the ends of the tubing for easier fitting insertion.
When cutting the drip tape, make clean straight cuts.
Install Drip Tape with emitter side up to reduce suctioning in debris at shutdown.
By burying the drip tape at least a couple inches into the soil or covering with mulch you can reduce the amount of expansion and contraction the tape may experience due to heat and cold.