Irrigation 101: Piping Systems
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Irrigation 101: Piping Systems

Learn all about using and repairing PVC, Polyethylene, Copper, Pex, and Galvanized Steel.
4.8 (3 ratings)
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48 students enrolled
Created by Michael Haynes
Last updated 2/2017
Price: $30
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install and repair the pipe and tubing systems used for irrigation.
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  • Please take our free course, Irrigation 101: Introduction To Irrigation and Sprinklers. We build on the water hydraulics info covered there.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This series of courses is for the entry level irrigation technician, landscaper, or DIY gardener that wants to know how to properly use irrigation.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Introduction To The Course
1 Lecture 03:25

This introduction lecture is just a quick explanation of the goals and intent of this course. I also touch on a few things to make your Udemy experience better for you.

Preview 03:25
Piping Systems / PVC
8 Lectures 01:24:11

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.

Preview 16:17

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.

PVC Fittings

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.

Solvent Selection

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.

Solvent Welding PVC

You'll learn where and how to use the union fitting.

Using An Union

Using an expansion repair coupling can be highly beneficial to a repair contractor. They can save time, but precautions must also be observed.

Using An Expansion Coupling

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.

Repair Situations

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.

Section 2 PVC Pipe Quiz
4 questions
Piping Systems / Polyethylene
3 Lectures 22:31

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.

Polyethylene Pipe And Fittings

This lecture is a demonstration of how to make a simple repair on polyethylene.

Poly Repair

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.

Poly Saddle Taps

2 questions about Polyethylene pipe and fittings.

Section 3 Polyethylene Pipe Quiz
2 questions
Copper, PEX, And Steel
5 Lectures 27:11

Learn about copper tubing, where you might find it, and the differences between copper and plastic piping.

Copper Tubing

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.

Soldering Copper Joints

This lesson covers the best way of cutting copper. We also discuss some precautions and situations that one must look out for.

Cutting Copper And Precautions

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.

PEX Tubing

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.

Galvanized Steel

Test your knowledge of copper, Pex, and Steel pipe systems.

Section 4 Copper, Pex, and Steel Quiz
3 questions
Threaded Fittings
3 Lectures 07:30

In this lecture, you'll learn the difference in the two types of threads that an irrigation technician may encounter.

Pipe Threads v Hose Threads

Sealing up threaded fittings requires the right products. After taking this course, you'll know just how to handle any piping system's threads.

Teflon Tape And Pipe Dope

This is a quick tip for a contractor (or anyone) to acquire a free tool.

Contractor's Tool Tip

3 questions taken from two lectures in this section, "Pipe Threads v Hose Threads," and "Teflon Tape and Pipe Dope."

Section 5 Threaded Fittings Quiz
3 questions
Compression Fittings
2 Lectures 09:02

In this lesson we'll discuss the pros and cons of using this type of fitting.

External Compression Fittings

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.

Internal Compression Fittings

This quiz covers the two lectures concerning compression fittings, both internal and external.

Section 6 Compression Fittings Quiz
2 questions
Reading A Friction Loss Chart
1 Lecture 10:47

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.

Reading A Friction Loss Chart

2 questions relating to this one lecture, Reading A Friction Loss Chart.

Section 7 Reading A Friction Loss Chart Quiz
2 questions
About the Instructor
Michael Haynes
4.4 Average rating
147 Reviews
3,349 Students
4 Courses
Instructor at Pro Irrigation Training

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.