Connection Methods For Netafim Techline Drip Emitter Tubing

Connection Methods For Netafim Techline Drip Emitter Tubing


Techline and Drip Emitter Tubing Installation Methods

This Tutorial will cover several ways for connecting Drip Emitter Tubing and Solid Drip Tubing to Distribution Lines.  We will look at connections with no flow control and with flow control.  These are recommendations based on some of the more popular methods of connections, but by no means are these the only methods for conneciton.

Component Installation Options: As with other component illustrations there are several ways to install drip lines (soaker hose) for a drip irrigation installation.  We will now provide several examples using a variety of components, all of which work on the same principle.  We will look at connecting 1/2 and 3/4" and larger distribution lines seperately.  As you can see from the illustration below we have also distinguished parts for either 12mm Techline EZ or 17mm Techline.

Connecting Drip Lines to a 1/2" Distribution Line - Mid Lateral Connection
Since all Male Adapters have male pipe thread all connection options must have a female pipe thread fitting for a proper connection.
Option 1 Option 3
Connecting Drip Lines to a 1/2" Distribution Line - End of Line
Option 1 Option 2

** When using insert fittings using a gear or crimp clamp is recommended

Connecting Drip Lines to 3/4" and 1" Distribution Lines
Since all male adaptors have male pipe thread all connection options must have a female pipe thread fitting for a proper connection.
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3

3/4" Poly

3/4" Blu Lock

3/4" Poly

1" Poly

1" Poly

1" Poly

Connecting Drip Lines to a 1/2" Distribution Line - End of Line
Option 1 Option 2

Additional Methods: In addition to the connection assemblies illustraed above it is also possible to connect the drip lines using 12mm Techline EZ or 17 mm Techline as your Supply and Exhaust headers using standard 12mm and 17mm Tee and Elbow Fittings found in the Techline Fittings Category. 

Adding Flow Control To Your Drip Lines

When installing longer drip lines that may cultivate an individual crop it is often beneficial to add flow control to individual line,  Illustrated below are a few examples of component assemblies to achieve flow control.  Flow control can simple be added mid line at any point or connected to the connection assembly.  

Drip Emitter Tubing with insert fittings (not intended for removing Drip Emitter Tubing lines)

TLEZ 12mm TLDL & Uniram  
KT007D KT007D Dawn Quick Tap Saddle or Blu-Lock Saddle and Tap combination.  As noted above alternative fittings can be substituted for these products.
T12075MA TL075MA Male Adatpter for both 12mm (T12075MA) or 17mm (TL075MA)
T12SOV TLSOV Flow (if desired) can be connected using a small piece of Drip Emitter Tubing from the male adapter.  T12SOV for TLEZ 12mm tubing and TLSOV for 17mm tubing.
TLS6 TLS6 Hold down stake for tubing up to 3/4"
T12SOV TLSOV  Flow control valves can also be used for easy drainage of drip lines. Alternatively figure 8 fittings can be used to kink and seal the end of each line.
 
or or
T12F8 DD-F8

Connecting Drip Lines from 1/2" Solid Drip Tubing

For smaller systems it may be possible to conect drip lines to 1/2" Solid Drip Tubing (when flow rate for drip lines is under 250 gph).  The following components provide the best connection combination and allow for easy removal of drip lines.

TLEZ 12mm TLDL & Uniram  
24-065 24-065 As noted above alternative fittings can be substituted for these products.  The DIG 24-065 is the common choice for connecting 1/2" solid line to drip emitter tubing.
T12075MA TL075MA 3/4" Nipple Fitting to connect Saddle T to Flow Control Valve.