Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JoeReal install and forget
I've first noticed this product (the black one) installed by house builders 16 years ago, and the drip line is still working to this very day, that was from our very first house bought. I've customized many drip emitters with the regular tubing, and always, within a year, there would be some unplugged emitters, geyser leaks and some plants dying because of upstream leaks from regular emitter system while wasting water. The dripline with built-in PC drip emitters behave like a soaker tube, only without the clogs. They reliably deliver without clogging. You spread the tube uniformly, then the ground is wet uniformly. I usually bury them at 4" deep for my trees, and then no grasses germinate all summer long. For the veggie garden, the 18" spacing is perfect. The only problem with this recent product (the brown one instead of the black), is that my old surplus fittings are no longer compatible. You'll have to buy the new 1/2" to 5/8" universal fittings. There are also sections in the tubing that are thinner than usual, manufacturing defect, and is a bother to return after you install it, so I just repair them on the spot. that's why the quality is only a 3-star. But overall, this is an install and forget irrigation system, as you don't really need to maintain it for at least 16 years.
May 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Matt connecting from existing 1/2 inch fitting
The simple way to do this is to use the 1/2 rainbird or any brand fitting that screws into the system and has a barb on the other in. Just buy the funny pipe that fits the barb and cut a short connector piece. The black funny pipe and the drip line have the exact OD so the compression fittings work just fine to connect.
April 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by HoppyJack Out of spec flow from emitters
Quality looked good but there were many emitters that were dispensing far more than specified.
All fittings worked like a champ, everything was as anticipated except the flow from the emitters.
Although most emitters dripped, many actually flowed.
Measured pressure showed the regulator was adequately controlling the pressure to 20-25 psi.
A field of 128 emitters should have delivered 64 gal/hour but measurements showed they actually delivered some 380 gallons over a 2 hour period.
The results were consistent for 10 separate tests.
September 13, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SHORTY Replacement of existing landscape irrigation
Drip hose was kinked in the mfg.'s roll and was somewhat difficult to use properly. I have used this product in the past with little or no problem. The difficulty came when making it rounded around the plants we put in.
August 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by None Pipe
Pipe is flexible enough to bend it to place it where you want it.
July 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Vickie Drip Line compression hose
This is good for plants spaced evenly in a row. Sometimes it doesn't directly reach a specific plant. I think that you could actually tap into it with with some small feeder hose and direct it more specifically. It is really nice for a hedge. I think that even though the opening isn't directly in front of the plan, it emits so that the roots can receive water.
July 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bluebro Great Way To Water in the 21st Century
I am converting the flower beds from spray heads to total drip hosing and adding a permanent drip line (pre-holed) around the foundation so that it waters with the sprinkler timer too. In the past, the spray heads sprayed a mist everywhere but never really wet the foundation unless you water frequently. This allows less frequent and I like the fact that one is pre-drilled and the other allows you to put the drip heads at the plant.
I would have rated 5 star and 5 bar value, but there is a major disconnect in the section for fittings. There are two kinds of options offered, one by Rainbird and one by DIG. To connect to a 1/2" sprinkler location, you remove the current head and fitting and put a riser to connect to the hose. Rainbird sells a female 1/2" 90 on one side and with a barbed fitting for the hose inside diameter. It does not work on the DIG as the barb is too small for the DIG inside diameter. The Rainbird fitting that doesn't work on DIG ($1.93 each).
It took a long time to figure out that the DIG solution is a female 1/2" 90 with basically a male garden hose threaded 3/4" end (Q59) which are $1.75 ea. Then you have to buy a female hose connector with a female slip fitting for the hose (#50001) for the 700OD on the tubing ($2.17 each). Worse is that the Q59 fittings are near impossible to find in The Home Depots. I had to go to 4 stores to find 12 of them for the 12 different locations. That makes the investment for me $50 more for the DIG instead of the Rainbird hose. The DIG tubing (5 rolls) offset this at $3 roll cheaper and I prefer the black color which blends with compost.
All in all, the product is great with either solution but the fitting cost (Ts, 90s, and end caps) can add up quickly.
April 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by andy overall i am happy
I have about 300 feet of this product in use currently. it works well and seems pretty durable. i have had it installed about a month and it has no leaks or breaking or anything like that. it comes in a roll so it is kinda tough to get it to lay strait so you will need to stake it down about every 10 feet or so.my only real complaint is the emitters do not all flow at the same rate. and it is not all because of pressure drop you will find some flowing way more than others all throughout the length of the hose. overall i am happy if i turn on the water for a couple hours it waters my whole flower bed. i have the hose covered in mulch now but i observed the flows while checking for leaks prior to burial.
June 11, 2013