[Market-farming] sealing off drip tape
toddlister1 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 21:22:34 EDT 2011
Bill's approach matches the instructions I got from the supplier years back
and is clean and easy.
On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM, idyllwild farm <idyllwildfarm at gmail.com>wrote:
> We have been doing it Bill's way for years and it works like a charm- just
> a knife and you're good to go.
> And it slips off real easy when you want to drain it for the winter...
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM, Barking Cat Farm <
> barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Our drip tape runs are long (within the specs), and we aren't irrigating a
>> great number of runs at any given time. We used to use the method shown in
>> the short video posted by Lucy, and it works great. Might have to try what
>> Bill suggested, as that might be a bit quicker for me personally to
>> accomplish (anything that will get me out of the hotter-than-Africa Texas
>> heat quicker by even a moment these days is worth it). However, because we
>> have need to flush our lines often due to heavy algae and iron bacteria
>> issues with our pond, we use tape loc couplers with valves from dripworks.
>> That allows us to very quickly flush out the lines without having to
>> wrestle with a pressured run of t-tape to untie the knot, flush, retie.
>> Maybe I'm just less coordinated that some of y'all, but that part never
>> goes well for me. I end up having to hike to the head end, shut off the
>> water to that run, hike back down to the knotted end (did I mention we have
>> long runs?), tie the knot, hike ba
>> ck up to the head end to turn the run back on.
>> They are $1.55 each (less if bought in higher volumes), and maybe can be
>> had for cheaper elsewhere. Just thought I'd offer another method that might
>> fit better for some folks' needs. I realize ours won't be the popular
>> method, as it costs more money. But since we don't have to have a lot of
>> them, since they can be reused over and over, and since they save us (right
>> now) precious time in the field/heat, they work best for us.
>> Laurie in NE TX, where we are, I _pray_, in our hottest week of the year.
>> If it gets any hotter, we might start spontaneously combusting.
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