Rain Bird says its new QF Dripline Header speeds the installation of drip irrigation systems, saving time and money by eliminating the need to build a PVC header. The flexible, prefabricated header enables much faster and more precise installations of both on-surface and sub-surface dripline grids, according to the manufacturer.
QF Dripline Header’s patent-pending design features pre-installed fittings (compatible with any manufacturer’s 16-17 millimeter dripline) that rotate 360 degrees and incorporate a protective ring to prevent barb damage while ensuring a proper seal.
Available in 100-foot self-dispensing coils of ¾-inch or 1-inch tubing and with fitting spacing of either 12 inches or 18 inches, the flexibility of the QF Header makes it ideal for smaller planter beds and landscape designs that include sharp curves.
Rain Bird says the precise spacing of the fittings ensures that the dripline grid is uniform, which is critical to efficient watering.
“Compared to a site-built header constructed of PVC pipe, fittings, tape and glue, the time savings are significant,” said Chuck Kunze, Rain Bird product manager. “Based on time-motion studies of accomplished irrigation industry workers, each 100-foot coil of QF Dripline Header represents three and a half hours of labor savings. Simply roll out and make one cut to length – no more measuring, gluing or taping required.”
Kunze says the flexibility of the QF Header makes it easy to roll into place and stake down, even with curved landscape features. QF Header can be used as either a supply or exhaust header and connects to the zone using standard ¾-inch and 1-inch compression fittings, lock fittings and insert fittings with clamps.