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Rain Bird BT50/4PKS Drip Irrigation Universal Barbed Tee Fitting, Fits All Sizes of 5/8", 1/2", .700" Drip Tubing, 4-Pack
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- Connector for use with 1/2" and 5/8" Drip irrigation tubing
- Barbed ends grab tubing for a secure leak-proof connection
- Allows creation of a custom layout for your planting area
- Compatible with all 1/2" Drip irrigation tubing measuring from .580" to .700" outside diameter
- Constructed of highly durable UV and chemical-resistant materials to assure long life
- Recommended for 0 to 50 PSI operating pressure
- 4-pack of 1/2" barbed Tee connectors in convenient plastic bag
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|Item Dimensions||6.6 x 4.4 x 11.2 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.05 pounds|
Rain Bird BT50/4PKS Drip Irrigation Universal Barbed Tee Fitting, Fits All Sizes of 5/8", 1/2", .700" Drip Tubing, 4-Pack. This universal barbed "Tee" is designed to quickly and easily connect three lengths of 1/2" Drip tubing in a "T" shape. High quality barbs grab all brands of 5/8", 1/2", and .700" Drip tubing creating a fast, secure, leak-proof connection that stays in place season after season. The perfect choice to repair or extend tubing in a Drip irrigation system. Unique barb design reduces insertion force and natural color blends well with all earth tones. Constructed of highly durable UV and chemical-resistant materials to assure long life. Recommended operating pressure: 0 to 50 PSI. Convenient plastic bag contains (4) tees. Rain Bird "The Intelligent Use of Water"
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These parts were all high quality, and I am extremely pleased with the setup. I cut all the tubing to size and layed it all out prior to putting it all together. It is very difficult to fit the tubing over the barbs, but once on it stays in place and doesn't leak. My hands ached after putting a bunch of the tubing together, so I ended up using leather work gloves which made things go a lot better.
A few things to note:
1) I don't have a rainbird setup, and this kit fit in great with my existing irrigation system.
2) The tubing is a bit stiff and can kink easily, but works very well, so be careful when connecting things.
3) The tubing and barbs are not the same inner diameter as stuff you can get at plumbing supply or home improvement centers. That means you can't mix and match, which is ok with me.
4) I used some teflon plumbers tape when attaching parts that screw in.
Rain Bird Polytubing: ID 0.540 / OD 0.630 Metric ID 13.71mm / OD 16mm
DIG / Generic ID 0.600 / OD 0.700 Metric ID 15.24mm / OD 17.78mm
Even though they are fine, I do not recommend them anymore for use in gardening. They are OK for generic irrigation (landscape, bushes, etc) but for gardening they are a bit of a pain as you'll most likely need to remove them. For this reason I now use exclusively Perma-Loc , they are removable and will never leak whether you use a Rain Bird polytubing or a generic one.
I started using a heat gun to warm up the ends of the tubing before putting these on, and they went on very easily. You may want to do it on a practice scrap piece of tubing first to learn how much heat you can apply. You don't want the heat gun to change the color of the tubing, or worse, warp it. It needs to be just warm enough to soften it a little bit and it goes on very easily. I also started using the heat gun to remove emitters.
I would imagine you could get the same results from a hair dryer if that's all you have, but I haven't tried it.
These look nothing like anything else I have laying around. I don't have to worry about coming out in a day to find my connection blew apart and literally sprayed my plants right out of the ground.
I honestly didn't find them overly difficult to use either. I didn't warm the tubing or anything like that. I do wear nitrile work gloves most of the time in the garden, so it's possible these give me the grip to easily push these together. Without the gloves, I've often struggled to attach even 1/4" line onto the barb fittings without pain, So maybe it's the gloves that made it possible. These were actually easier than any of the ones I've used that push "over the tubing". These slide inside and just work....