Sprinkler World of AZ has been around since 1975. It specializes in residential, commercial and agricultural sprinkler systems. They carry a complete line of professional grade drip and in-ground irrigation supplies including both polyethylene (flexible plastic tubing that comes in rolls of various lengths and diameters), and PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), a rigid piping that also comes in various diameters. The standard length of the PVC pipe they stock is 20′ but they can cut it any length (no charge) to accommodate your needs. And they carry all the fittings, cements, and tools to make a complete system including timers, valves, back-flow preventers, valve boxes, etc., etc., etc.. They also repair sprinkler timers and sell sprinkler system parts.
It just so happened that my wife and I are replacing our old worn out drip irrigation system (all polyethylene – low quality consumer grade) with something more permanent and long lasting (a combination of professional grade PVC and polyethylene). The store came highly recommended by a top notched professional gardener we consulted with, so we decided to make a visit to the store. Even though most of Sprinkler World’s business comes from the “trade”, they also cater to the general public and DIYer. We were amazed at how helpful the staff was. They treated us like family. We didn’t have all the answers of what our ideal system should look like (or all the parts necessary to build it). That’s where these guy really shine. They asked us a plethora of questions about what we were up to and helped us figure out exactly what we needed. By the end our our 1.5 hour conversation we had all the parts to put our initial concept into reality. We have a smaller SUV and they cut the 20 foot PVC in half so that it would fit on our car’s roof rack, AND they helped us tie it down and provided packing materials to put under the piping so that it would not scratch the roof.
Although the name might suggest that they only carry sprinkler equipment, that is just the beginning. Part of their store has a small dedicated showroom of low voltage lighting & outdoor kitchens (BBQ grills and accessories). They have a section of the store stocked with standard & specialty irrigation shovels along with a line of landscaping power tools (chainsaws, blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, etc. from ECHO, Redmax, and Shindaiwa). They sell grass seed, sod, fertilizers, herbicides, landscape fabric, misters (the kind that are affix to a structure), and some very basic pond supplies.
Overall impression …
– Our feeling is that they love their work, pride themselves on great customer service, knew their stuff inside and out, and were more than happy to help with our irrigation design ideas and how to expand it (which we will do) sometime in the future. There was absolutely no sales pressure or up-selling. It was the exact opposite. We felt that what we collectively designed (our concept and their expertise and advice) was absolutely the right choice. And as a bonus we got some excellent advice on how to set up a future planned outdoor low voltage lighting system. They recommended buying underground burial wire (which they sell) and put it in the ground at the same time we were digging the trenches for the new PVC irrigation lines. They showed us how to prep the wire to accept lighting fixtures and speced the proper gauge wire based on the number of lights and the maximum distance the wire will run from the transformer.