How to order your design
Note: The Rain Bird Design Service is available in the US and Canada only.
Additional fees may apply in certain states/provinces.
For residents of all other US States
1. To start the process you will need to fill out the following form. The first page is for your technical and personal information, the second page is graph paper to draw a sketch of your yard.
You can also drop by your local home center or do-it-yourself retailer to pick up
Rain Bird's Sprinkler System Design brochure and graph paper.
2. Gather the information requested below in steps 1 through 5 and complete the request form and drawing as instructed. Gathering this information determines the number and types of sprinkler heads you can operate on each valve zone.
Accurate information = accurate system design.
Upon completion, mail, fax or email the completed questionnaire and drawing to
Rain Bird. Once you receive your design, follow the instructions in the Installation Guide to complete your project.
You'll need a pressure gauge (see your Rain Bird dealer), string and a pencil or pen, a 5 gallon bucket and a tape measure.
Step 1: What Is Your Water Pressure?
Screw a pressure gauge onto an unregulated outside faucet. Make sure no water is running anywhere inside or outside your house. Turn on the faucet with the gauge attached. The gauge shows your water pressure in pounds per square inch (psi).
Record: Pounds per square inch (psi) on the worksheet.
Step 2: What Is Your Water Meter Size?
The meter size ( 5/8",3/4" or 1") is usually stamped on the outside of the meter. If you can’t find the size, just call the water utility company and ask for that information.
Record: Write the meter size (5/8",3/4" or 1") on your worksheet.
On A Well?
Check with your pump owner’s manual to determine its pressure
and flow capacity. Or consult a well pump dealer / installer for this
Step 3: How Large Is Your Service Line?
Find the pipe that runs from the water meter to your house. Wrap a piece of string around the pipe, mark it, then measure how much string it took to go around the pipe. Check your string length on the table below to find your service line size.
Record: 3/4", 1" or 1 1/4" on your worksheet
For example, if your string measures 4" and you have galvanized pipe, your service line is 1 inch.
Determining Size of Service Line:
|Length of String
|Size of Copper
|Size of Galvanized
|Size of Sch. 40 PVC
Step 4: What Is Your Home's Water Flow?
Get a measurable container, like a 5 gallon bucket, make sure no other water is running in or outside the house, turn the faucet on all the way and time how long it takes to fill the container.
Record: Gallons per minute (GPM) on your worksheet.
Determine gallons per minute (GPM) with the following formula:
Important: retest if less than 7 GPM. Are the two test results different?
Call 1-800-426-7782 to discuss next steps.
Step 5: Sketch Your Yard
Tip: Use scratch paper first then transfer your final drawing to the
enclosed graph paper. Use bold, black lines only, no shading.
Divide your lot into sections such as front lawn, side lawn, flower
beds, slopes, etc., and label all those areas you want watered.
Also be sure to include the house, driveway and sidewalks in
proper scale. If you have special watering preference such as
bubblers in planting beds or a drip irrigation zone, note that on
your drawing as well. Group similar types of plants such as shrubs
and ground covers together in the sections. If you have big
differences in the amount of sun different areas get, you may
want to group those for watering efficiency and indicate “separate
valve” on your drawing.
Step 6: Mail, fax or email the completed questionnaire and your drawing to:
Rain Bird Sprinkler Design Service
2498 Roll Drive, Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92154USA
The Rain Bird Sprinkler Design Service is for homeowners only and only for their place of residence. Please do not request designs for commercial or institutional property. These design requests will be rejected and not processed or returned.
Rain Bird offers this design service as a guideline. No guarantee of accuracy of design, system installation, or operation of system is implied.
IMPORTANT: The computerized plan you receive will only be as accurate as your drawing. Be sure to scale your drawing using one of the following ratios: 1"=10’ or 1"=20’ or 1"=30’. Maximum yard size for a Rain Bird computerized design is 240 x 300 feet.