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Hozelock watering system

Last year, I installed a Hozelock watering system (product 2804) with a Sensor Controller Plus. This system uses drippers with stakes where the 4mm tube is attached to the dripper and the water comes out of a small nozzle. All seemed to work ok.

This year, I added 3 Hozelock 2788P0000 End Line Adjustable Mini Sprinkler Stakes (4 mm) to the above system. These are the sprinklers where you can adjust the water flow through the sprinklers by twisting the sprinkler top. These sprinklers have been fitted in the middle of the watering system, not at the end.

 

With the watering system on, water comes out of the adjustable mini sprinkler stakes but all of the drippers with stakes have dried up. There is water in the 4mm tube attached to the drippers with stakes because when I removed the dripper, water flowed through the tube onto the plants.

 

I thought maybe the drippers with stakes have become clogged up and tried to clear these drippers with needles as well as blowing through the drippers’ nozzles. But to no good effect.

 

What am I doing wrong? I would be very grateful to hear comments as to how I can get the full watering system working again.


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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,068
    If you adjust the adjustable mini sprinklers so that no water comes out of them, does water then come out of the drippers?
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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,969
    edited 26 July
    I will stick to a watering can, more effective for watering plants deeply at the roots.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,068
    The description of these sprinklers reads - 
    The Hozelock 2788 adjustable mini sprinklers come supplied on stakes for easy fitting. They are made from tough UV stable plastic and designed for end of line use (ie at the end of the hose).

    So they are designed to only work at the end of the hose, not in the middle.
    I've no idea why that's the case, it's not something I have any experience of.
    I can only assume the sprinklers require one type of water pressure and the drippers require a different pressure.



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  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,823
    Can you blow through the dripper nozzles?  If you can it suggests that the pressure isn't high enough.  I have the problem occasionally but pushing a thin piece of wire, such as fuse wire, through from the outlet end always fixes is for me.  How many outlets are you trying to feed?  I have over 40 from a single tap and they all work OK.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,969
    @paulpatashnik A few days ago we recieved a text from Seven Trent asking us to try and save water. Personally I don't think this thread should be discussed here. 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    A properly set up drip irrigation system for plants in containers should use less water than watering with cans.
  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,823
    @GardenerSuze as JennyJ says, a properly set up drip irrigation system will have very little waste.  Almost certainly less than using a watering can.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,969
    In my experience they blow out of hanging baskets at the slightest wind. My water butts are empty at the moment but that is the best way to use water together with a watering can. 
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