This course covers the pipe and tubing systems used for irrigation. You will learn real world skills such as; how to glue PVC pipe, solder copper joints, install and repair polyethylene pipe, repair Pex and Galvanized Steel, use specialty fittings like unions, slip-fixes, push-to-fit fittings, and learn to read a friction loss chart. We'll also drill down on details like; different thread types, the proper application of thread tape and pipe dope, and specialized tips that will make you more efficient and productive. This knowledge is indispensable to a new irrigation technician or DIY landscaper or gardener. This course is part 3 of our Irrigation 101 series. We're laying the foundations of knowledge, then we'll add on specific product knowledge. The format is classroom style lectures supplemented with video of real world and simulated repairs on key piping systems. You can download a 14 page PDF with fill-in-the blanks to keep as a field reference.
You'll learn about the different types of PVC pipe and their application. We'll discuss the max flow rates of two popular PVC types and the tools that one needs.
I'll cover each kind of fitting that can be used on PVC pipes. You'll get all the tips and techniques that comes with years of experience.
The selection of proper primer and glue is critical for a permanent solvent weld. I'll also cover some tips on dauber selection and safety precautions.
This lesson covers the a step by step method for gluing PVC. I'll talk it through in a dry run, then show videos of actual field situations.
You'll learn where and how to use the union fitting.
Using an expansion repair coupling can be highly beneficial to a repair contractor. They can save time, but precautions must also be observed.
In this lecture, we'll discuss several different situations that one can find in a PVC repair. This one lecture alone could be worth thousands of dollars to an inexperienced technician.
These PVC piping types aren't generally used for irrigation, but it's very important to be aware of the differences.
Test your knowledge of the PVC piping system.
In this lecture, we'll cover the other major piping system. You'll be able to choose the proper application for this system, be familiar with the fittings and how to assemble it.
This lecture is a demonstration of how to make a simple repair on polyethylene.
Saddle taps are a relatively new type of fitting. Learn how and when to use them, and get a few tips on making them work well.
2 questions about Polyethylene pipe and fittings.
Learn about copper tubing, where you might find it, and the differences between copper and plastic piping.
You'll see how to solder a copper fitting up close. We'll discuss the tool kit necessary for soldering, then walk through a live demonstration.
This lesson covers the best way of cutting copper. We also discuss some precautions and situations that one must look out for.
Pex is a newer type of tubing. Learn about how to deal with it in the field. You'll learn about the best, easiest kind of fittings to simplify your life.
Galvanized steel takes some special care. An older piping system, it's still encountered regularly in some markets. We'll discuss repair methods and a tool kit.
Test your knowledge of copper, Pex, and Steel pipe systems.
In this lecture, you'll learn the difference in the two types of threads that an irrigation technician may encounter.
Sealing up threaded fittings requires the right products. After taking this course, you'll know just how to handle any piping system's threads.
This is a quick tip for a contractor (or anyone) to acquire a free tool.
3 questions taken from two lectures in this section, "Pipe Threads v Hose Threads," and "Teflon Tape and Pipe Dope."
In this lesson we'll discuss the pros and cons of using this type of fitting.
One of the newer, exciting fittings is the internal compression (push-to-fit) fittings. Learn about the two types available, how to use them, and how to remove them when possible.
This quiz covers the two lectures concerning compression fittings, both internal and external.
Reading a friction loss chart is critical to properly understanding irrigation systems. We'll discuss how to read the charts as well as drill down a bit on the relationship of flow, velocity, and friction loss.
2 questions relating to this one lecture, Reading A Friction Loss Chart.
I've owned two irrigation contracting companies over the last 14 years, and still own and operate All Green Irrigation of Columbia, SC. My experience in the business covers the entire range of positions from trench digger to owner, and I've installed and repaired every type and configuration (except for golf courses) of irrigation system. Over the years, I've trained many technicians, and always wished that there was a training system that I could plug a new hire into to get them up and running with fundamental knowledge. Pro Irrigation Training is the answer to that need.