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Installation Fundamentals


Hunter University's Irrigation Installation Fundamentals Program is an excellent resource for new employees to gain foundational knowledge and build confidence in delivering results for your business. This online program is free and covers various components and techniques required to install an irrigation system successfully.

The program includes 11 self-paced videos, each dedicated to a specific topic related to proper product installation. Participants can learn the information on their own schedule, providing maximum flexibility for their learning needs.

By equipping employees with the necessary knowledge, this training program helps reduce coaching time, enabling them to contribute quickly to project deadlines, provide excellent customer service, and meet profit goals. When combined with Hunter's Product Specialist and Irrigation Designer Programs, the Irrigation Installation Fundamentals Program provides a solid foundation for learners from any background to succeed in the irrigation industry.


This video will delve into the essential elements that make up an irrigation system, encompassing a wide range of components and products such as water sources, valves, piping, controllers, sensors, sprinklers, and water meters. Through this 11-part series, we will provide a comprehensive overview of each element, providing valuable insights and information for anyone interested in irrigation systems.


This video provides a glimpse into the daily routine of an irrigation professional, exploring the standard work truck setup that is commonly used in the field. As the second installment in the 11-part series, viewers can expect to gain valuable insights into the tools and equipment commonly used by irrigation professionals, as well as a better understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities involved in the profession.


Embarking on a new irrigation project can elicit both excitement and apprehension. The thrill of problem-solving and creating a new installation is counterbalanced by the fear of unforeseen complications that can cause delays or derail the entire project.

Property owners invest significant amounts of money in irrigation systems, with the expectation of a smooth and efficient installation process and a functioning system at the end. To ensure a successful outcome, it's crucial to conduct a thorough walk-through of the property upon arrival, identifying critical items and potential issues. This step-by-step approach, which involves referring to the design plan, is essential in minimizing delays and overcoming obstacles. So let's get started with the third installment in this 11-part series.


As an irrigation system installer, a critical skill to possess is the ability to interpret and comprehend plans accurately. This skill ensures that the irrigation system is installed precisely to scale and according to the designer's intended specifications. The fourth video in this 11-part series highlights the significance of plan reading in irrigation installation and provides valuable insights into the best practices for interpreting and implementing irrigation plans.


The piping network is an essential component of an irrigation system that must be installed with care and precision. There are several types of pipe available, and different techniques for installing them, but the ultimate goal is to place the piping underground and out of sight.

In the fifth video of this 11-part series, we will delve into the various methods used by irrigation professionals to install pipes underground, including trenching with a machine, pipe pulling, and hand digging. Additionally, we'll discuss the best practices for backfilling open trenches to ensure the longevity and reliability of the irrigation system. Join us to gain valuable insights into the pipe installation process for irrigation systems.


In modern irrigation systems, the use of water pipelines plays a crucial role. The Mainline and Laterals make up the network of piping that is buried in the ground and is vital for the proper functioning of these systems.


When it comes to installing overhead irrigation systems such as spray heads or MP rotators, one of the primary factors to consider is achieving head-to-head coverage. This means ensuring that the water spray from each head reaches all the way to the base of the adjacent head. It is a critical aspect to keep in mind during installation and helps ensure the effective distribution of water throughout the irrigated area.


In this video we will show you how to install valves and how to wire them up to the controller.

Water flows through the Lateral Lines to irrigate a zone only when a valve receives an electrical signal from the controller via a wire. The controller is like the brain, the wires are like the nervous system and the valves are like the heart pumping water to zones keeping plant material alive and healthy - all these components working together are critical for an irrigation system. (8 of 11 in series)


Installing a flow sensor in your irrigation system can play a crucial role in preventing water wastage. By monitoring water usage during and after irrigation run cycles, a flow sensor can help you identify any inefficiencies in your system. If you're considering installing a Hunter flow meter, here's a step-by-step guide to ensure your system operates at maximum efficiency and minimizes water waste.


This video tutorial will guide you through the essential steps involved in winterizing your irrigation system. This process is particularly crucial in seasonal or cold weather climates and is usually carried out before the onset of the first winter freeze. Failure to winterize your irrigation system adequately can result in the freezing and cracking of pipes, sprinklers, and other components that still have water in them. Therefore, it's essential to take the necessary steps to protect your irrigation system from potential damage during the winter season.


The focus of this video is on the control aspect of an irrigation system. The irrigation controller serves as the brain of the system, responsible for programming and coordinating the watering of all attached zones. In this tutorial, we'll cover the essential steps involved in setting up a controller in a suitable location, wiring it correctly, and programming a basic watering schedule. With proper controller setup, you can ensure your irrigation system operates efficiently, providing optimal water distribution to your landscape.