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Piece of pipe: basic concepts in the world of irrigation

All you need to know about hoses and fittings to assemble the perfect irrigation system for growing your cannabis.

A beginner tower that decides to launch a new hobby of Cannabis growing at home, Chooses in most cases to grow a small number of plants on a bed of traditional cultivation - land. In these cases, the grower will be able to make do with manually irrigating the plant as needed, without using objects such as water reservoirs, pipes, pipettes and connectors.

But if the tower wants to go to the provinces Hydroponic growth Or alternatively, to grow in the soil using an automatic irrigation system that does not require human contactLike these), He may first encounter a jargon of foreign concepts describing the different parts of the irrigation system.

The good news is that this is not really rocket science, and in fact a superficial familiarity with the various terms will allow everyone to put together an effective irrigation system and easily solve problems such as a pipe explosion or a leaking from the connector that may arise during the growth cycle.

Note that there may be small differences in equipment terminology between Hydroponics stores Variance.

Pipes

The main component of the irrigation system are of course the pipes. Their goal is to transport the irrigation solution from the storage pool to the growth medium. The tubes differ from each other mainly in their diameter (eg 16 pipe will have a diameter of 16 millimeter, pipe 6 will have a diameter 6 millimeter, etc.) and the material from which they are made.

Large 16 tube

16 pipe - Made mostly of plastic and usually comes in black and brown colors. One of the most common pipes in traditional gardening. This tube is not particularly flexible and growers use it mainly as a main channel (because of its relatively large diameter, which allows it to transport a large amount of liquids). From which smaller, more flexible tubes are removed for direct feeding to plants. The 16 tube is usually suitable for growing systems with 4 plants or higher. If the tube is purchased in a "regular" nursery, it is advisable to make sure to ask for a "blind tube" - which does not come prehistoric.

A tube

Spaghetti tube / pipe Flexible pipe made of PVC and comes in small diameter of 3.5 - 4.5 millimeters. Its flexibility enables a convenient and efficient maneuver for direct feeding to the potter (using a dropper that will be attached at its end). This tube is very suitable Hydroponic systems Various. These tubes can also be used to transport air from a designated pump.

Connectors

As can be deduced from the above - the authors are accessories made of plastic, whose main purpose is to connect the different parts of the system (mainly between pipes, though not necessarily).

Initial Author

Pin / pin connector - Small connectors suitable for connecting small tubes, or alternatively between the main transport tube (25 / 20 / 16, etc.) and the tubes.

nipple

Author Shen / Nipple / Straight - A connector that usually comes in the diameter 16 and 20 mm. Used mainly to repair broken or piercing pipe.

angle

Angle connector - Connects at an angle of 90 for curved attachment of large pipes only, since the small tubes are rather flexible and do not require the aid of such maneuvers.

cross

Author T / Cross - A connector that comes in a variety of sizes. This accessory allows splitting the pipe into several channels as needed.

valve

Non-return connector / valve - A connector with a mechanism that prevents the return of liquids or air to their starting point, usually to prevent the return of water into the pump.

Mapped

Move connector / "mapped" - a kind of "adapter" that allows passage from a certain size pipe to a smaller size pipe and vice versa.

Fast connection

Quick connector - A connector that comes in different sizes and is usually composed of two parts (male and female). This accessory enables quick connection and disconnect between the water source (garden faucet or storage tank) and the pipe itself.

Droppers

The drips are the last object in the transport process of the irrigation solution before it reaches the substrate. The main purpose of drip irrigation is to direct the flow rate of fluids to plants. They differ in shape and feed rate.

Regulated

Dropper Pot / "Regulated" It is the most common drip in home-grown systems. It comes in the shape of a small round button that connects to the end of the tube. These droplets come in different levels of regulation - from one liter per hour to an hourly 8 per liter.

A linear pipette

Pipeline Dropper - the secretary drips the usual potter's dropper (which will also usually have fluid regulation). The difference is that this drip is not used as a tip to the tube, but rather as an adapter that allows you to connect to another tube that will continue the feed channel.

arrow

Drip / Arrow Dropper - An elongated, fluid-regulating pipette that is inserted directly into the bed of the tumor. This is an efficient and high quality accessory, but its main drawback is that the diaphragm head is inside the tumor bed and makes it difficult to identify cases of blockage or other failure in the flow.

Sealing

In each pipe system there may be a leakage from one of the joints or pipes, for which a sealing is required to seal the source of the leak and allow the flow of liquids as usual.

Teflon film

Teflon - usually comes in the form of a white adhesive tape made of a substance called fluoroethylene, which has properties of water rejection.

Tape Recorder

Flexible Tape (Rescue Tape) - A stretch silicone film that can seal wet surfaces in a few moments, resistant to extreme temperatures and high pressure conditions.

Adhesive sealant for pipes

Adhesive sealant - There are several types of single-component and hardening adhesives that provide a quick and efficient solution to leakage problems.

Other accessories

Final glasses

Eighth final - A small plastic accessory in the form of glasses, used to seal the end of the central conveying tube (in the 16 or higher pipes). Its purpose is to prevent the continuous flow of fluids in the system. In fact, this is a kind of "fixation" to the folding of the tube: thread the tube into one hole, then fold the tube and insert into the other hole.

clutch

Coupler / accessory - Another type of finite less common. Used as a valve or "plug" for 16 pipes.

Handcuff

Handcuff The handcuff is undoubtedly one of the most useful and versatile accessories in the domestic habitat. It can be used to fix and hang almost any equipment. Another use of the irrigation system will be "final": simply fold the end of the main pipe, wear the handcuff and tighten it if necessary.

Perforated

Perforated / perforated - A dedicated accessory for punching plastic pipes (mainly 16 tubes and above).

A type of pliers

Pinhole piercing - A convenient (but a little more expensive) device than the usual perforation, which can be used to puncture plastic tubes without the effort of a simple handshake.

Stabilizer

Stabilizer / Sticker - a small rod or "stake" of plastic that is supposed to hold the end of the tube and dripping firmly at the designated point. The lower end will usually be sharpened and the top edge will be a semicircle, which will allow a convenient grip of the tube.

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