Organize Those Drip Irrigation Parts!

IMG_0772Behold: an ordered toolbox full of irrigation parts. Now this could be one of those self-aggrandizing homesteady posts were it not for the fact that it took me fifteen years to organize my drip irrigation parts. I spent those previous years fishing for parts in a partially collapsed cardboard box. Take my advice: if you own a house, are an avid gardener and use some kind of timed irrigation, thou shalt organize all those parts.

Maintaining an irrigation system is, unfortunately, not a build it and leave it proposition. Inevitably, a shovel slices through a line or a surprise freeze bursts a pipe. More importantly, a garden changes over time. For instance, a drip line under a tree needs to be expanded as the tree grows or maybe that group of natives you planted has matured and no longer needs irrigation.

“All is change” as Heraclitus once said. And I’m sure that because of his philosophy of impermanence, Heraclitus carefully separated and organized his drip irrigation parts.

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  1. What is the make and model of the toolbox? I don’t have an irrigation system but that would work well for electrical parts and pieces.

  2. Man, I *love* getting things organized in a way I can see and use them easily. I completely get the “even though this is no big feat, it makes me delightedly happy that I did this” explanation.

  3. Wonderful toolbox makeover, very professional looking. DeWalt has some nice storage / parts cases; roomy sections and plenty of head space for weird shapes.

  4. The added bonus here is that you can see what you are running out of. I actually had to interrupt a project because I was out of goof plugs (face palm!) due to my disorganized irrigation parts collection. Don’t let this happen to you!

  5. Thanks for sharing! As someone who is considering a drip irrigation for their backyard, it is good to know that it isn’t a “build it and leave it proposition.” However, I am definitely willing to inspect the parts, especially since drip irrigation has so many benefits. When I start looking into supplies and parts, I’ll be sure to learn how to inspect them as well!

  6. I have lots of random lengths of 1/4″ irrigation hose. It’s been stored in a big tangle stuffed in a large bucket. Any ideas on a better way to store them?

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