GETTING VISUAL: WATERSMART VIDEO RESOURCES 



Welcome to our new video resources library. In this library we hope to assemble a series of videos to show you how to make simple repairs to your irrigation systems or improve your skills at conserving our limited water resources. If you have ideas on what videos you might find useful, please let us know and we'll see if we can't find or produce a video that meets your needs. 

 

NEW: Wireless rain and freeze sensor installation
Installing a rain and freeze sensor is a proven way to lower your outdoor water use by 5-10 percent annually. They will trigger automatic sprinkler systems to shut off during downpours or when temperatures dip near freezing. Here's a video to show you how to install a wireless version. Go for it.

NEW: Fixing a leaning sprinkler head
Leaning sprinkler heads are annoying, right? They're a common problem that develops as the soil of a landscape shifts and settles over time. But, don't be annoyed. Just fix them. Here's how...

Spray head body replacement
In-ground automatic sprinkler systems are a convenient way to water your landscape. That is, until they break. Sprinkler parts break and wear out from time to time, but don't sweat it, the repairs can be pretty simple. Here is a quick video showing you how to do the work yourself. 

Spray head nozzle replacement
Sprinkler nozzles are the most exposed component of in-ground sprinkler systems. Because of this, they are often the first parts to break. Replacing a sprinkler nozzle is pretty simple, as this video will show. But keep a few things in mind before you begin: 

1. Replacement parts should match the old parts as closely as possible. The spray pattern and spray distance (throw) should be indicated on top of the spray nozzle. 

2. When removing the broken part, try not to allow dirt or mud to get into the water line. This could cause clogging and poor performance of the new parts. 

3. Most new spray nozzles will come with a matching filter. This filter will keep debris from clogging the nozzle. Replace filter when replacing the nozzle.


Make your own rain barrel
Fun video on how to build a rain barrel. A great way to capture rainwater runoff from your roof, and storing it for later use in the landscape when things dry out. Rainwater harvesting has many benefits. It reduces the impact on drinking water supplies. It's free. And plants love the fact that rainwater is a clean, salt-free source of water. One inch of rain on one ft2 of catchment area (your roof) will yield 0.62 gallons. 

Video produced by Texas A&M AgriLife. Visit dallas.tamu.edu/courses for a list of classes on rainwater harvesting/making a rain barrel, water efficient irrigation, native and adaptive plants, and more..