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Gravity Feed Drip Irrigation Kit for Vegetable Garden

Part #: DK-GFVG
$45.50
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Product Description

This vegetable garden drip irrigation kit contains everything you will need to build a gravity feed drip irrigation system. A rain barrel bulkhead fitting is included to turn a garbage can, bucket, or barrel into a rain barrel. This gravity drip irrigation kit is designed for a small vegetable garden. Uses one 1/2" main line with 1/4" Soakerhose Drip Tubing for lateral lines. The number of plants that can be watered with each vegetable garden drip irrigation kit is an estimate based on the total number of drip emitters provided in the vegetable garden drip irrigation kit. If you want to automate your gravity feed drip irrigation system.

Detailed Gravity Feed Kit Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Gardens Instructions included (PDF link).

About Gravity Feed Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation kits are designed for use with constant pressure of 15 - 30 psi. Since the pressure with a gravity feed drip irrigation system is often well below this range, and drops as the gravity feed drip irrigation system operates, drip emitter flow rates will be substantially less than those specified for the individual drip emitter. Output will also vary between drip emitters on the same line of drip tubing as they are placed farther away from the water source. We have done extensive testing in order to help you design an efficient gravity feed drip irrigation system for your vegetable garden. Please read the detailed instruction guide before planning and installing your gravity feed drip irrigation system for vegetable garden.

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Included in the Kit:

 QtyItemPart #
Bulk Head Fitting for 7/8" Hole in Rain Barrel/Bucket w/ Gaskets 1 Bulk Head Fitting for 7/8" Hole in Rain Barrel/Bucket w/ Gaskets DD-BHF75
1/4" Barbed Connector - Drip Irrigation 10 1/4" Barbed Connector - Drip Irrigation DD-C250
3/4" Hose Thread Swivel x .700 OD Compression Adapter - Black Ring - Drip Irrigation 1 3/4" Hose Thread Swivel x .700 OD Compression Adapter - Black Ring - Drip Irrigation DD-CHS700
1/4" x 100' Soaker Hose Dripline 12" Spacing 1/2 GPH Dripline Irrigation Emitters - Black Tubing 1 1/4" x 100' Soaker Hose Dripline 12" Spacing 1/2 GPH Dripline Irrigation Emitters - Black Tubing DD-DET250-12-100
1/2" x 50' .700 OD Poly Tubing - 50' Roll 1 1/2" x 50' .700 OD Poly Tubing - 50' Roll DD-DH700-50
Figure 8 End of Line Plug - 1/2" .620" .700" .710" Tubing - Drip Irrigation 2 Figure 8 End of Line Plug - 1/2" .620" .700" .710" Tubing - Drip Irrigation DD-F8
1/2" Flow Control Valve .700 OD Compression - Black Rings - Drip Irrigation 1 1/2" Flow Control Valve .700 OD Compression - Black Rings - Drip Irrigation DD-FCV700
Goof Plug - Dual End 1/4" & 1/8" - Drip Irrigation 20 Goof Plug - Dual End 1/4" & 1/8" - Drip Irrigation DD-GP
Deluxe Hole Punch for 1/4" Barbed Fittings & Drippers - Drip Irrigation 1 Deluxe Hole Punch for 1/4" Barbed Fittings & Drippers - Drip Irrigation DD-HP250
1/2" Compression Elbow .700 OD - Black Rings - Drip Irrigation 2 1/2" Compression Elbow .700 OD - Black Rings - Drip Irrigation DD-L700
Drip Irrigation Tubing Hold Down 8" Wire Stake "J Style" fits 1/8" to 3/4" tubing - 10 Pack 2 Drip Irrigation Tubing Hold Down 8" Wire Stake "J Style" fits 1/8" to 3/4" tubing - 10 Pack DD-S8-10
Y Filter 3/4" Female Hose Swivel x Male Hose 150 Mesh Stainless Steel Screen 1 Y Filter 3/4" Female Hose Swivel x Male Hose 150 Mesh Stainless Steel Screen DD-YS75HFM

How To Install a Bulk Head Connection

Video

Irrigation Direct Product Tutorial

Video Transcript

 

Gravity Feed Drip Irrigation Kit for Clean or Dirty Water

 

Step 1: Installing a Bulk Head Fitting in a Rain Barrel

So we need to install our bulk head fitting, and we have chosen a 35 gallon Rubbermaid container to act as our rain barrel. Now most drip irrigation systems and components such as this drip emitter are designed to run within 20 to 30 psi. So this half gallon per hour emitter will put out a half gallon per hour at those psi ranges. Since this is gravity feed system, we have much less pressure to work with and we will also have much less output.

Now there are too main factors in determining our overall pressure within our gravity feed system. The first is the height of the rain barrel off the ground. For every foot of elevation, we increase the pressure by .433 psi. So at two feet, we would have .866 psi of pressure.

The other factor is the vertical column of water in the rain barrel. It also increases by every foot at .433 psi. So as an example, if we had a two foot elevation in a rain barrel, with a 24 inch vertical column of water, we would have 1.7 psi of pressure to work with. So let’s get started.

Okay, so we have all the parts laid out from our bulk head fitting kit. And let’s take a quick look at each component. We have an instruction sheet that will walk you step by step on how to install, we have a lock ring, we have two rubber washers, and we have the bulk head fitting. Now for installation, we are using a drill with a 7/8” hole saw and a pair of channel locks. So to begin, we need to locate an area within our rain barrel where we want to place the fitting. Now we need to figure out where in the rain barrel we want to place our bulk head fitting. We want it low enough so that we don’t have any standing water at the bottom that we are not using. Since we are dependent on all of this water to run our system we want to use every bit that we can. So we will mark an area with about an inch to an inch and a half up from the bottom. Now we will take our drill with the 7/8” whole saw and create the hole necessary for the bulk head fitting.

Alright, now that we have our hole drilled let’s make sure we clean out any debris, and then we will test fit our bulk head fitting. Perfect.

Now that we have created our hole, we need to install our bulk head fitting into the rain barrel. To begin, simply add one rubber washer to the small end of the bulk head fitting. Push it against the base. Then we are going to insert the bulk head fitting into the hole. And then take our other rubber washer and install that onto the backside.

So here is a reverse view of our installation. I have already placed the rubber washer onto the bulk head fitting. I place it through the hole we have created. I take the rubber O-ring, place it over the fitting, and with my free hand I spin the fitting on the other end while pushing the O-ring down against the base of the fitting. Then I take the lock ring, place it onto the fitting, and again, on the other side, with my free hand, I twist the lock ring down. Now if your arms aren’t long enough, that’s okay, just get one person to spin the fitting on one end, and someone to hold the lock ring on the other end. Now, we take our channel locks, grab the lock ring, and again, spin the fitting on the other side to synch down the lock ring, creating a seal.

Alright, so now that we have our bulk head fitting connected into our rain barrel, we are ready to test. To test, simply use a cap, a 3/4" female cap or some plastic around the fitting with a rubber band to hold it into place. Fill it about two inches above the fitting and then monitor it for about 30 minutes. Look for any water coming from around the O-ring seals. If you see any leaking, drain the water, get your channel locks and tighten just a little bit more.

Product Details

Replacement for

The Drip Store Model K015 Gravity Feed Drip Irrigation Kit for Vegetable Gardens, Drip King Basic Vegetable Drip Kit VEG100

All of the items below are included in the kit. If you need more of any particular item, you can add them to your cart from the list below.

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    1 - 5 $4.00
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    Turn your garbage can, bucket or barrel in to a gravity feed rain barrel. This bulkhead fitting contains the parts you need to create a threaded hose connection for drip irrigation systems.

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    Order in Multiples of 10 - Used with drip irrigation to connect 1/4" drip irrigation micro tubing or 1/4" soaker hose dripline to 1/2" or 3/4" drip poly tubing.

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    Attach 700 drip line to a faucet, garden hose, filter, or regulator. Swivel end screws onto male hose threads. Compression end (black ring) accepts 700 drip tubing (.700" OD).

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    1/4" Soaker Hose Dripline. 1/2 Gallon-per-Hour in-line drip irrigation emitters molded into the tubing at 12" spacings.

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    For main and lateral lines of a drip irrigation system. Use 1/2" compression fittings (700 series) or Direct-Loc fittings. 50 foot roll.

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    Order in Multiples of 5 - Most economical fitting for capping off 1/2" drip line. Slide one hole onto the end of the drip tubing, bend the tubing back, and slide the other hole over the end of the pipe.

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    For drip irrigation. Control or shut-off water supply in 1/2" drip poly tubing (.700" outer diameter). Black rings indicate 700 fittings.

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    Order in Multiples of 10 - Plug holes in 1/2" drip irrigation poly tubing or cap off 1/4" micro tubing. Dual plug ends to accommodate large or small holes.

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    Fits very comfortably in your hand, this hole punch is constructed of heavy duty plastic & creates clean, precise holes in 1/2" drip irrigation poly tubing for 1/4" micro tubing fittings and emitters.

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    Order in multiples of 5 - Use 700 drip irrigation compression elbows to make 90 degree turns in 700 drip poly tubing (.700" Outer Diameter). Black rings indicate 700 fittings.

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    10 Pack - Keep drip poly tubing in place with these 8" long wire stakes.

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    Hose thread Y filter protects drip emitters from rust, sand and other impurities. 150 mesh stainless steel screen is easily removed for cleaning.

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