Replacement Irrigation or Sprinkler Pumps for Submersibles on Lake Hartwell

Earlier this month the U.S. Army Corps or Engineers announced that submersible pumps on Lake Hartwell used for irrigation or domestic use will be banned.  This announcement stems from a near electrocution of a swimmer last year.  As the spring season starts off, many property owners on Lake Hartwell will need to replace their existing submersible pumps to be in compliance with the new ruling in order to use the lake to supply water to their sprinkler systems.

Lake Hartwell property owners will want to use a centrifugal style pump to replace their existing submersible pumps.  Centrifugal pumps are considered safer because the electrical portion of the pump does not come in contact with water.  This style of pump sits above the shore line and draws water up out of the lake.

When Lake Hartwell property owners are searching for a replacement irrigation or sprinkler pump, they should be aware that not all pumps are created equally.  Centrifugal pumps are available in varying horsepower and can have single or multiple impellers.  Centrifugal pumps with the same horsepower can differ greatly depending on the manufacturer.  When sizing an irrigation pump, several factors are important to take into consideration such as elevation, flow rate, and size and type of components used in the irrigation system.  Use the pump sizing calculator below to enter information on your sprinkler system to find out which type of centrifugal pump will deliver the necessary performance to help maximize your irrigation system.

Pump Sizing Calculator

Submersible pumps are very effective for pushing water and supplying the necessary flow and pressure needed for irrigation systems.  Centrifugal pumps differ in that they draw water out of the lake.  Centrifugal pumps should be located as close to the lake as possible without intruding onto the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property.  If sized properly, centrifugal pumps can be as effective as submersibles, but individuals should aware that performance can vary between manufacturers.

Homeowners on Lake Hartwell should be aware that not all pumps deliver the necessary performance their irrigation or sprinkler systems will need.  Many of the big box stores sell pumps that may seem attractive but fall short from delivering adequate pressure and flow needed for sprinklers.  The professionals at W.P. Law Inc. can assist individuals in making the right pump selection to meet their irrigation needs.

Grill Selection – Seasoning

Grill Selection
Making the Right Choice

How to “Season” a New Grill

CONGRATULATIONS! You just purchased a new gas grill. A lot of research took place to get this point and it was a long process. You made important decisions on fuel type, construction materials, finishes, grill sizes, and reviewed all the features and benefits.   

Well, let’s fire up that new gas grill and get cooking? NOT!

What? Why not? You may ask?

That new gas grill has to be seasoned. Seasoning the grill will remove residues left over during the manufacturing process. This procedure will also create a “non-stick” surface on the grill grate.  The following process of seasoning of a gas grill is the same as it applies to charcoal and wood pellet grill models; however, it may require a little more effort for those units.

If the gas grill was preassembled, you need to inspect the insides for any pieces of packing material.  Remove the grill grates and check under and around the burners and gas orifices for packing or plastic wrap. After inspection, wipe down the inside of the grill with a soft rag, using warm soapy water and dry.  Do the same for the grill grates or any cooking surface.

If you are assembling the grill, perform the same inspection and clean as described above.

Next, follow all the instructions in the grill’s manual as it pertains to starting the grill. We are now beginning the cook off or burn off process. It is best to allow the grill to reach a temperature of 400 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will burn off oily residues left over from the manufacturing process and preheats the grill before seasoning can take place.

The final step is to season the grill grates. For this process, you will need a small bowl of vegetable or canola oil, a clean rag, and a set of tongs. The grill temperature of the gas grill should be about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using the tongs, dip the rag into the oil then slide the oiled rag along the grill grates. The oil should be allowed to bake on the grill grates for about ten minutes. Repeat this process of oiling the grill grates and baking them for 10 minutes.   Repeat this 3 to 4 times.

This process seems to be a little time consuming, but it is worth it. When finished, this will help prevent the food from sticking and burning on the grill. Furthermore, this process should eliminate any strange odors associated with new gas grills from penetrating the food.

 Congratulations on seasoning your new gas grill. Enjoy!

-Todd Smith
W.P. Law, Inc.

Garden Drip Irrigation Made Easy

Drip irrigation on home vegetable gardens has gained in popularity over the years because of the many benefits it provides.  By supplying water directly to the root zone of your crop, drip irrigation helps reduce disease pressure often associated with over-head watering by keeping the leaves of the crop dry.  Drip irrigation in vegetable gardens also helps limit the amount of weeds by keeping area between rows dry as well.

The irrigation professionals at W.P. Law Inc. have developed a garden drip irrigation kit that helps take the guess work out of supplying water to your garden.  Our garden drip irrigation kits can be customized based on the size and number of rows in you garden.   These kits use a 5/8″ drip tape with built in drip emitters every 12 inches that drip water slowly to the root zone of your garden.  The drip tape is available in a 1,000 foot roll and requires only a 1/2 gallon of water per minute for every 100 feet of drip tape or row.  Many growers that have a limited amount of water available are able to utilize our garden drip tape kits to irrigate their garden.

The drip tape attaches to  5/8″ polyethylene solid drip tubing that is connected to a water supply such as a faucet.  At the faucet, simply screw on the drip filter and pressure reducer and connect the solid drip tubing that will supply the drip tape.  Assembly is simple and does not require any advanced plumbing skills to install.

Many growers prefer to add a hose faucet timer in order to automate their garden drip irrigation system.  These timers can be programmed to turn the drip irrigation on automatically each day with multiple start times.  Another common device used to help take the work out of your home garden is the addition of a fertilizer injector.  These fertilizer injectors can be used to inject soluble fertilizer into the drip tape system.

To learn more about our garden drip irrigation kit, click below to see an illustration of the necessary components.

W.P. Law Inc. Garden Drip Irrigation Diagram

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