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June 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm #22484
I’ve tried to locate valve controls for the typical swedish garden watering system (connections look like this: http://www.gardena.com/files/Gardena/cs/products/Water%20management/pcp/Water_management-hose_connectors.jpg) but have failed so far.
Any ideas of where I can find this?June 18, 2013 at 1:09 am #24516
Not sure about the Swedish market. Do you have trouble finding a distributor? Have you tried your local home improvement stores? Here in the US you can buy valves in local stores, or online at amazon.com.July 3, 2013 at 3:15 am #24517
I am confused regarding your question. I have seen the hose connectors you have pictured in the hardware stores here in the states but they are not popular. Are you looking for an adapter to connect the gardena hose connector to another type of connector system?July 8, 2013 at 11:26 am #24518
The connection I linked to is very popular here (almost only one in use, in common gardens).
When searching online I only find connections like http://www.adafruit.com/products/997 and similar. But maybe I just need to stop whining and buying some adapters? 🙂
I was hoping I’d just be able to just the connections that we use for the rest of the system.July 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm #24519
I think your best solution is to use the necessary adapter to connect pipe thread to hose thread. I have no information as to plumbing in Sweden. In the US, there are two different pipe threads. For fixed systems, they use pipe thread. For removable systems like garden hoses they use hose thread. The main difference in the threads is the pitch. Pipe thread is meant to be sealed with Teflon tape or pipe dope. Hose thread is meant to be sealed by a rubber gasket. Since most valves are designed for fixed installations, here they all contain pipe thread. When I need to connect one of these valves to a garden hose, I use an adapter like this.
There are similar adapters to go from female pipe thread to female hose thread. There are also often plastic versions of these connectors that are specifically meant for irrigation systems. These plastic ones are significantly cheaper.
While the valve plus adapter route might seem to be adding lots of cost, it is not true in the US. The valves savings on using the standard valves more than covers the cost of the adapters.
Your picture appears to show a “quick connect” fitting. This would require one more piece, but here in the US, the “quick connect” fittings are sold in pairs, so you probably already have that piece.
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