Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

As temperatures heat up, now is the perfect time to think about your yard’s irrigation. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider one, especially if you plan on traveling. By having an automatic watering source, you can help preserve the life of your plants and landscaping while you’re away.
But just how DIY-friendly is irrigation? If you want a complete, in-ground sprinkler system, it’s best to call in the professionals. You may shell out a little more money, but it’s a worthwhile investment to know that the system is properly installed and meets your specifications.
Once you have that sprinkler system installed, however, you can boost its power by creating your own drip irrigation system, which involves installing tubing around your plants, attaching that tubing to a connecter and emitter and then attaching the tubing to your sprinkler system’s main line. Drip irrigation is praised as being a much more effective and efficient watering system that drastically eliminates wasted water, and is especially ideal if you live in an area prone to droughts.

You don’t necessarily have to have a sprinkler system installed to set up a drip irrigation system, but you do need to have available water sources that will feed into the tubing. For a complete run-down on drip irrigation, check out this tutorial from
Do you have an at-home sprinkler system? Or drip irrigation? We’d love to hear any additional tips you might have!

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    April 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Love the wallpaper! NOT!

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    October 4, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Where on Earth did this person get those busts?!

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    December 15, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    where did they get the wallpaper, my husband and I have a haunted bedroom we are working on and the paper would be great…does it come in gray?

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    Carlos Genaro
    March 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Please, tell me, where did you bought the busts that follow you with their sight? if you made them, how did you made them, and, where did you bought the wallpaper, or if you made it, how did you made it? please I need an answer. I’m a fan too = )

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      July 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

      In answer to your questions, I made the busts free-hand out of Sculpey clay then had a “vacuum-form” made off of that. The result is a thin piece of plastic that allows you to view the sculpture from the reverse/opposite side–creating the “following effect”.

      The wallpaper is actually a stencil I made and painted on the wall.

      You can read/see more at my bog:


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        Charles & Hudson
        August 13, 2009 at 2:40 am

        James – Thanks for sharing your construction process, it’s a truly unique and fun project.

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