Help watering rc track :)

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  1. justin_92_92

    justin_92_92 New Member

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    Hello,

    I have a Remote controlled Car race track that i need to provide water for. I really just want to run a few sprinklers at a time and maybe zone them and rotate to cover the track. Im having trouble getting this accomplished and need some help.

    Water source- 300 ft away (brooke)
    Current Pumps- I have two 1/2hp jet pumps available already but willing to purchase something different if needed.
    Currently running a 1-1/4 water line from brooke to the pump 300ft away with a foot valve on end. Not enough pressure to run one sprinkler.
    I also run the pump off a generator as we have no electricity there.


    If running both pumps will work, i will do that. If getting a bigger better pump is my answer I will go that route...but trying to keep cost down if I can.

    Thanks for any help you may be!

    Justin
     
  2. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    If you have a large enough suction line and the 300' of pipe doesn't go uphill, a 1/2 HP jet pump should run about 3 sprinklers. If your pipe goes uphill, you may need a larger pump.
     
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  4. justin_92_92

    justin_92_92 New Member

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    From the water source to the track is probably less than 10' rise. Mostly all long the same level.
     
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Where is this 300 feet of pipe, before or after the pump? If before, sucking from 300 feet away is a bad idea.
     
  6. justin_92_92

    justin_92_92 New Member

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    Yeah the way I have it set right now it goes:

    Water-footvalve-300' of 1-1/4 line-pump-garden hose to sprinkler.


    I was thinking about adding a second pump, which i found out was a pool pump :( Is a pool pump going to do any good?
     
  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Move the pump closer to the water.
     
  8. justin_92_92

    justin_92_92 New Member

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    Ok, The main reason i didnt was I was thinking a pump (shallow well 1/2 hp) would pull better than it pushes, But wasnt sure.
     
  9. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    It pushes better than it pulls.
     
  10. justin_92_92

    justin_92_92 New Member

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    wow...way better...my foot valve was stuck open too due to sand getting in it. What a difference pushing makes!
     
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