What tools are needed to build a misting system?

Well, honestly, it is a bit tough to tell because I do not know exactly what kind of system you want to build, but basically it is a short list, especially if a DIG propagation timer is used.

Tools needed to build a misting system:

  • Small screwdriver
  • Water pump pliers
  • Wire strippers
  • PVC saw
  • Drill and correct sized bit
  • Tape measure

See, not too many and nothing really out of the ordinary.

What each tool is needed for:

The small screwdriver and wire strippers is to connect the irrigation wire to the timer. Simply strip about 1/4 inch of insulation off the wire and place them under the common and zone 1 screw on the timer.

The saw and tape measure are used to cut the PVC to the correct length according to your misting bed size. The tape measure will also be used to correctly space out the misting nozzle locations.

The drill is obviously used to make the holes the misting nozzles will be installed in. The hole size is critical to ensure there are no leaks and the nozzles stay inserted  into the piping.

The water pump pliers are used to tighten the hose adapters into the solenoid valve. I always suggest using tread sealant to eliminate any potential leaks.

What else is needed when building a misting system?

The hardest part to building your own misting system isn’t choosing the correct tools, but parts. Selecting a part that is not suitable for misting systems is one of the biggest mistakes I see the DIYer make. For instance, selecting the wrong solenoid valve is one of the most common mistakes I see. Most folks will pick up the valve at a local Big Box Store because it is easily found and inexpensive. This could be a costly mistake.

Some solenoid valves that are purchased at Big Box Stores close much too slowly to be accurate enough to use in a misting system. This causes the timer to be off by a few seconds or more. I have seen this inaccuracy add 10 seconds to my misting cycle, 10 seconds! My settings was 14 seconds and because the solenoid closed slowly I was getting 24, way too much mist.


The correct tools are essential when building a misting system. Using the wrong tool can waste a lot of time and money. However, this short list is what I use and you may find a different tool that works just as well for you, and that is perfectly ok.

Do you use something other than the tools I have mentioned?

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