5 Stars By Papa Homer on 2015-10-22
Excellent starter kit.
What a great kit ! ....more hose than I can use...which is a good thing ...because I'll probably be expanding and replacing line in the future. An EXCELLENT starter kit...pretty much everything you need. Actually helped me figure out what I needed...because I had never done this before. RainBird was gentle with me.
I also found that when I made a mistake, I was better off leaving the tap in there and crimping off some 1/4 in line on it to stop it ...rather than to try to remove it and insert a "goof plug". I guess they have their place.
You have to be somewhat careful when inserting the barbed taps /emitters into the 1/2 in hose. the 1/2 in drip hose has fragile walls.
I drove one right through the other side (Hulk smash hose).
I am attaching a picture of an aid / tool that I made. It's a fender washer that I modified so that I could slip it under the barbed taps.
I found it easier to insert the drip line barbed taps into the 1/2 in tube first ...then I put the washer in back of them to hold them firm while I inserted the 1/4 in tube. I did not like the idea of inserting the emitter itself into the 1/2 in tube because if I changed my mind on what flow rate of emitter I wanted to use, I was simply out of luck. It is, however, easier to insert the emitters into the 1/2 in tube...but the Sheldon in me didn't like it. Knock Knock Knock Amy.
5 Stars By FSUBUCK on 2011-07-06
Wife loves it and so do I
My wife is a master gardener and she has tons of pots all over the front and back of the house. Watering them is a real chore and I decided to take a first stab at a drip system. Based on teh reviews at AlumiGogo I chose this system and some additional parts to meet all the needs for the dozen pots out front. What a piece of cake to install. If you can use a heavy pair of scissors or light wire cutters and can read directions you can install this as I did in no time. I did ten pots in under an hour. These are very large pots in varying size and with different plants. The hard part is knowing how much water to put on them each day. If you can calculate that, my wife did, then you know which type of gallon per hour filters to install in the line and how ofter to run the system. You will need a spigot mounted timer for your system. All you do is layout your plan, I did it in my head, then start at one end, cut the tubing, insert a tee in the cut you made, add tubing to the other tee point, insert the GPH filter (determines the flow of water out the tube), insert another small section of tube on the other side of the filter attach the bug guard to the end of the tubing and insert it in thepot with the holder provided. Move to the next pot and repeat. This is as easy as it gets. count the number of pots you have and I used a tee for each pot, there are cheaper ways but I find this worth the cost. Per pot you need a tee, a gallon per hour filter, two small sections of tubing (the kit allowed me to do a porch oon both sides with about 6 stairs)and a stake that includes the bug filter. The timer is optional but will make the system self-watering. Buck
on 2015-07-19 Great system for creative thinkers
This is a great system if you are the type of person who loves designing and creating your own setup. It's sort of like the erector set for the adult gardner.
This comes with a 6 outlet manifold and a stake otherwise I think the Rain Bird DRIPPAILQ Drip Irrigation Repair and Expansion Kit
is a better deal. I purchased both and have used most of the material.
I currently have two setups
The first one is at the corner of the backyard fence where we have several plants (Rhodies, roses, and a new tree). Then about 30 feet down the two fence lines we have several new trees planted. I set the manifold just right of the corner plants. I have two lines that feed the trees running down the fence lines and two more lines that feed the different plants in the corner. It's well over 100 feet of running line because I had to use some of the tubing from the expansion kit. While I mainly use one or two emitters and different gallons per hour depending on size of plant I also used a couple of bubblers. I had to use a few emitters and Ts from the expansion kit as well. It will take a few waterings and testing just to see how well my design is working especially right now with record breaking heat. But that's what I love about this system - you can design and redesign anytime.
The second run is for five new trees on about a 30 foot run. The expansion kit comes with a hose adapter that includes a screen.
What I used the most was the tubing, of course, but also Ts and emitters. And I had just enough stakes but I will probably need to get more as I expand.
Overall this is a great way to water your plants and save water/money during this hot season!
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2014-05-27
1/4" Tubing 250 ft.
Faucet Adapter and Filter
1/4" Tubing Stake (10)
Bug Caps (10)
Spot Watering Emitters:
(10) 0.5 GPH (Blue, Azul, Bleu)
(20) 1.0 GPH (Black, Negro, Noir)
(10) 2.0 GPH (Red, Rojo, Rouge)
P.S. Cheaper at the Orange box.
1/4" Tubing Plug (Goof Plug) (10)
1/4" Barbed Tee (20)
1/4" Barbed Coupling (20)
Emitter Installation Tool
4 Stars By m y8s on 2017-07-09
Super handy if you keep the bucket upright.
This is certainly the easy way to amass a decent selection of drip irrigation parts and distro line.
I needed to water some plants in a bed somewhat remote from our raised beds and the 250 ft of line was perfect for that. I also converted some pots from random lengths of soaker line to discrete emitters; .5 gph for the small pots and 1 gph for the larger. Handy to have all those tees and taps and emitters all in one tray.
Don't even THINK of trying to pull the line out of the bucket without holding on to the bucket itself. See my photo of the bucket on its side in my grass with all the parts hiding in my long, weedy lawn.
A smarter way to go is to work away from the source end and pull out only what you're working on. Since it's 1/4 inch, every emitter outlet means a tee junction and short run of tube off the center tap. Kinda obviates the long runs around your watering points.
Or... cut a hole in the clear tray lid and pull the tube through that. If it falls over, at least you don't have to search for missing parts. Maybe add some weight in the bucket too.
By Matt P.
on 2012-04-23 Good introduction to drip watering, but overpriced
I got this kit almost a year ago, before leaving for a 2 week trip. I tried the "ask your friends" way to water the plants before, and it did not work that great :-)
I needed to water 6 planters, some of them quite big (20 inch diameter).
This kit, purchased along with a water timer, Orbit 62062N 2-Valve 1-Dial Water Timer
, was a nice way to get started, as I did not know anything.
But I quickly realized it was not good for me. The first flaw was that the water line provided in the kit was slightly too short to provide water to all the planters. So I decided to install the kit for a few pots, and the next day I went to a hardware store to get more tubing. This is when I realized I should have been in the hardware store from the start: tubing and accessories for drip watering, including the pressure adapter, were ridiculously cheap. From the store, getting the same parts as the one in the kit was 50% cheaper.
Also, I noticed that there are a lot of other different outputs available than the drip spigot. I was able to get all the accessories I needed to fit my needs. For example, drips were not enough for the bigger pots, so I was able to get some kind of miniature sprinkler. The good thing is that the parts and the tubing from this kit are all standard and will work with any other brand accessories.
I do not regret getting this kit, as it was a good way to learn things, but unless you have only a few small planters close enough to each other, you will need more hardware that you can get for cheaper in a hardware store. Now I don't have to worry about watering the plants anymore. This is great.
4 Stars By J. Ducharme on 2015-09-10
Great system, only a few minor flaws to be thoughtful of.
Great system that is easy to install. For my purposed I wish it had more of the solid black distribution hose. It comes with more than enough spot devices especially for the length you have with the distribution hose. Also, it only comes with 1 "terminator" (not sure what it's called) but essentially the thing you put at the end of the line to stop the water from just coming out the end. Well that would seem to make sense but if you use the T connectors to go different directions or of course use the drip hose (brown one) then those will also need terminators and there is only 1. I ended up bending the hose at the end and using electrical tape to keep it crimped.
5 Stars By da610 on 2014-08-06
This comes with a LOT of 1/4 inch tubing. 250 feet. Just the tool and that tubing would cost you about $20 themselves, or more depending on what brand of tubing you buy. Decent number of pieces to start with. I also purchased:
"Rain Bird GRDNERKIT - Gardener's Drip Kit" because it comes with the 1/2 inch brown tubing with built in pressure compensating drippers, just that costs a lot too, then some more regular 1/2 inch tubing, and the faucet adapter with filter, pressure regulator and backflow preventer, plus other assorted pieces.
Both good value kits to get if the components included fit into your plans. This is my first time with this brand, but it seems like it's what the professionals used that did landscaping at my university. I spotted some little red and black PC drippers that look just like what is included in this kit. Let's see how they last. Just DO use them as instructed.. DO purchase a backflow preventer (and a splash block if water that may spurt from the vents will go where you don't want water to be sitting around, like right next to the house) and a high mesh filter-- both sold separately or in the second kit I mentioned above. Mineral build up breaks down the components more quickly.
1 Stars By D. Grover on 2017-08-31
Rain Bird shelves their quality
Absolutely one of the worst purchases I have ever made. The tubing is very stiff and not malleable. Trying to attach the connectors was a real challenge of strength. I had to use a candle to soften the tubing. And, the tool they supplied to assist connecting is pure garbage.
The connectors themselves were faulty. Twenty percent of them were broken out of the box. They wouldn't drip. The fact is, I was able to close a few open lines by placing a broken connector on the end.
Also, the connectors dripped inconsistently. Some hardly dripped, others just poured. Hence my plants got a real mishmash of water volume and performed accordingly.
I had an old Rain Bird system of 20 years ago that I pulled out to supplement this set. Both the tubing and drippers were of better craftsmanship. Whatever manufacturer Rain Bird switched to is infinitely inferior to their previous supplier (which, believe it or not, was Lego). I cannot recommend this product or Rain Bird systems.
on 2015-07-26 The kit to get
This is the kit to get for the Rain Bird drip system whether for the expansion or your main kit. I actually got this after I purchased Rain Bird SWDMSPKIT Drip Irrigation Spot Watering Manifold on a Spike Kit
because I ran of parts I needed. This does come with a hose connector while the other one comes with a manifold but I recommend Orbit 67000 Apollow 8 Manifold
which has 8 connections that are individually adjustable and the cap screws on making a lot easier to disconnect a line and plug it. But between the two kits you'll have enough parts for several systems so extra manifolds will come in handy.
They tried to make this like a toolbox but it does not work well. The pieces fit in a divider at the top but one bump and they will go flying into the ground/bush/plants/grass. I use the pail for something else and put everything into an easy to carry bag so that I can go from one line to another making adjustments.
The kit comes with
250 feet of 1/4 inch tubing
hose adapter (female fits on male end of hose) with filter
10 stakes that clip over the hose or connector
10 bug caps (these require a short piece of hose fit over the emitter but are easy to slip on)
10 0.5 GPH blue
20 1.0 GPH black (I used these the most)
10 2.0 GPH red
20 Ts with one barbed end
10 plugs for capping a line
It came with a tool to help attach the pieces to the hose but I personally prefer my fingers.
I use a lighter to quickly warm the end of the hose before slipping on to the device.
This is a very inexpensive way to setup a watering system. We planted a lot of new trees and other plants. Now all I need to do is connect the hose and set the timer!