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How do I measure my irrigation poly pipe?

Low Density Poly Pipe (LDPE) is measured using the internal diameter (ID). This pipe uses barbed push plastic fittings, with a ratchet clamp to secure.

Rural B pipe - or green line - is measured by the internal diameter (ID) using the imperial system, which is generally inches and fractions.

Metric pipe - or blue line - is measured by the outer diameter (OD), using the metric measuring system in metres or millimetres. 

Which pipe should I use?

The type of pipe you use will depend on the pressure required for your application. The most common pipe used for domestic irrigation is low density poly pipe (LDPE), it is flexible with easy fitting installation and economical.  It is ideal for low pressure applications such as drip, sprinklers and micro irrigation.  For higher and static pressure situations, we recommend Metric or Rural B pipe with typical pressure ratings of 800kPa all the way up to 1600kPa. Any pipe used before solenoid valves should always be Metric (blueline) or PVC.

Why are my fittings leaking?

The most common causes for leaking fittings are high pressure or inadequate installation.  Most barbed fittings require a clamp to go around the hose or pipe to secure it and threaded fittings should have teflon tape applied with at least 8-10 rotations.  If your pressure is too high you may have to install a pressure reducing valve at the start of your system.

What does BSP stand for?

BSP stands for British Standard Plumbing, used throughout majority of standard threaded plumbing, irrigation and water fittings sold in Australia.

NPT threads (National Pipe Thread) is a U.S standard tapered thread for pipe and fittings.

What are the pipe options for irrigation?

The most popular irrigation pipe used are PVC, Low Density Poly (for low pressure applications), Rural B (Greenline) pipe and Metric (Blueline) pipe for higher pressure applications. The pipe you choose will be dependent on the application, the available flow rate & pressure and the terrain of the installation.

Do I need to use Teflon tape on my fittings?

Any fitting with a BSP thread, Teflon tape should be applied. The only scenario where tape is not required is when an adjoining  fitting has an O-ring or rubber washer installed.  If applied correctly, Teflon tape will create a waterproof and airtight seal around the thread.

How deep should I bury my pipe?

There is no typical depth pipe should be buried, the depth is determined by the application.  When installing sprinklers you need to consider the height of the sprinkler and dig a trench deep enough for the pipe to lay under the sprinkler.  Swing arms or articulated risers are a great option to adjusting the height of your sprinklers without the extra digging. Also consider the deeper the pipe the more digging required if maintenance or repairs are necessary.

Find the right Irrigation products for your next project

Low Density Poly Pipe (LDPE) is measured using the internal diameter (ID). This pipe uses barbed push plastic fittings, with a ratchet clamp to secure.

Rural B pipe - or green line - is measured by the internal diameter (ID) using the imperial system, which is generally inches and fractions.

Metric pipe - or blue line - is measured by the outer diameter (OD), using the metric measuring system in metres or millimetres. 

The type of pipe you use will depend on the pressure required for your application. The most common pipe used for domestic irrigation is low density poly pipe (LDPE), it is flexible with easy fitting installation and economical.  It is ideal for low pressure applications such as drip, sprinklers and micro irrigation.  For higher and static pressure situations, we recommend Metric or Rural B pipe with typical pressure ratings of 800kPa all the way up to 1600kPa. Any pipe used before solenoid valves should always be Metric (blueline) or PVC.

The most common causes for leaking fittings are high pressure or inadequate installation.  Most barbed fittings require a clamp to go around the hose or pipe to secure it and threaded fittings should have teflon tape applied with at least 8-10 rotations.  If your pressure is too high you may have to install a pressure reducing valve at the start of your system.

BSP stands for British Standard Plumbing, used throughout majority of standard threaded plumbing, irrigation and water fittings sold in Australia.

NPT threads (National Pipe Thread) is a U.S standard tapered thread for pipe and fittings.

The most popular irrigation pipe used are PVC, Low Density Poly (for low pressure applications), Rural B (Greenline) pipe and Metric (Blueline) pipe for higher pressure applications. The pipe you choose will be dependent on the application, the available flow rate & pressure and the terrain of the installation.

Any fitting with a BSP thread, Teflon tape should be applied. The only scenario where tape is not required is when an adjoining  fitting has an O-ring or rubber washer installed.  If applied correctly, Teflon tape will create a waterproof and airtight seal around the thread.

There is no typical depth pipe should be buried, the depth is determined by the application.  When installing sprinklers you need to consider the height of the sprinkler and dig a trench deep enough for the pipe to lay under the sprinkler.  Swing arms or articulated risers are a great option to adjusting the height of your sprinklers without the extra digging. Also consider the deeper the pipe the more digging required if maintenance or repairs are necessary.

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