How To Install a MistAway System

Is it easy? Can I do it?
We have people from all walks of life install their own MistAway System, from single mothers to senior adults and muscle-builders too.  Nobody likes mosquitoes, that is for sure.  If you can cut something with scissors, you can cut our tubing with the included cutter.  If you can plug in a lamp, plugging tubing or a nozzle into one of the fittings is the same skill.  YES, it is that easy.  

Step 1: Select Either Drum or Tankless System
Step 2:  Determine Nozzle Quantity
Step 3:  Where Should I Put Nozzles?
Step 4:  Order a kit
Step 5:  Starting the Install

 

Step 1: Select A System

Which MistAway System Is Best For Me?

MistAway Gen 1.3 (drum style system)Both systems kill mosquitoes equally well.  There is no difference in effectiveness, only features and convenience.  The following shows the major differences. The drum style requires some minor assembly, the tankless model arrives ready to use.  If you have questions after your review, please call us.  

Installing a MistAway Gen 1.3 drum style system has the advantage of not requiring a water supply in close proximity, only electric within 15 feet.  It is more limited in features compared to the Gen 3 Plus, but when compared to competing drum style systems on the market it greatly excels.

  The length of your garden hose dictates how far from a water source you can place it.  

The Gen 1.3 system includes siphon protection, while leak detection is optional.  We only sell units with the agitation feature which provides automatic once daily and pre-mist cycle agitation for consistent day-after-day all season long mosquito killing consistency.  (beware of lower price non-agitation Gen 1.3 units) These systems should not be installed in full all-day direct sunlight because the heat could diminish the insecticide effectiveness.
Gen 1.3 Summary:
Includes: siphon protection, daily and pre-mist agitation, lockable cover, soft weather cover, Optional leak protection, adjustable mist time duration for each of up to 12 mistings per day with everyday or day specific operation. 
See pricing on complete DIY Gen 1.3 kits here.

 

MistAway Gen 3 Plus (Gen III+ Tankless System)

Installing a MistAway Gen 3 Plus / Gen III+ tankless system has the advantage of easy and fast refills, siphon protection, AND leak detection -- all standard with every Gen III+. They also have digitally controlled dosing that is adjustable anytime including between refills, as well as an operation/trouble light.  Another huge advantage of the Gen III+ is the ability to refill with a DOUBLE size bottle (1 gal instead of 1/2 gal) for refills half as often.  In addition, refills "snap" into place and take under a minute to complete!   Last year at our company this unit outsold the drum style system (Gen 1.3) better than 7 to 1.
Gen Gen III+ Summary:
Automatic agitation, Siphon protection, Leak protection, Refills "in-a-snap", DOUBLE size refills (w/1-gal re-usable bottle), Digital dosing, Indicator light, Attractive weatherproof cabinet. Up to 24 mistings per day, each duration individually adjustable,  everyday operation or specific days of operation.  
See pricing on complete DIY Gen 3 Plus (III+)  kits here.   

Both the Gen 1.3 and the Gen III+ require electric within 15 feet, and the tankless Gen III+ also requires a water hose outlet (hose bib) within 25 feet.

Step 2:  Determine Nozzle Quantity

How Many Nozzles (or Risers) Do I need?

Plan nozzle and/or riser placement around the area's perimeter.  Spacing them 10 feet apart is typical, but 8-12 feet apart is acceptable.  Spacing most often depends on mounting opportunities and overall mosquito pressure.

If the perimeter of your area is 300 feet, dividing 300 by 10 (10 feet per nozzle) results in  30 nozzles.  Yes, it is that easy.

If you are installing over 35 nozzles, check out this blog article on nozzle circuit layout. It will give you the rules and guidelines to get te utmost performance out of your system. 

Step 3: Where Should I Put Nozzles?

Nozzles are placed around the perimeter of the area.  If you have heavy foliage somewhere inside that interior, run some nozzles into that area as well.  

Nozzles can be mounted on most anything solid such as fencing, trees, structures like the house, garage, shed, pool house, trees, etc.  Most often they easily attach using Dynaclamps (the tubing clamps included in kits) or metal fencing with zip-ties (not included.)

If there is nothing to attach to, RISERS are sturdy stand-alone devices that are made to be easily placed in mulch & flower beds (15" & 30" heights are available.)

As you plan placement, also consider placing nozzles in any large area(s) of vegetation that may be in the middle of your lawn as well as near water feature(s) -- but do not place nozzles near open water or fish & koi ponds.  Misting insecticide is toxic to fish, but Naprovit Pro may be used in these areas.

Mounting on Fencing

When mounting a nozzle on fencing use the Dynaclamps (tubing clamps) provided in our MistAway installation kits.  They are fast and secure. If you have metal fencing, zip-ties work very well (not included in our MistAway installation kits but are available at any hardware store.)

installing mistaway on fence

Mounting on Trees

Mounting on trees is easy with the included Dynaclamps.  A tee at the base of the tree will allow you to run tubing up to shoulder height and terminating it with a coupling if using an angle nozzle or an elbow if using a straight nozzle.   See the blog post.

installing mistaway on tree

Mounting in Flower or Mulch Beds

Mulch and flower beds don't have anything on which to attach a nozzle.  In such cases use Risers which are free standing nozzle mounts built for this purpose.  Risers are fast and easy to install.  Many installations use 100% risers, that is why we sell complete system riser kits!


installing mistaway riser

Base of a riser in a mulch bed   

 

Step 4:  Order a kit

Our Gen 3 Plus and Gen 1.3 complete kits have everything needed to get your system up and running quick.  We ship free and fast. We ship same or next business day depending on time of order placement. It is safe to say you will receive your system in 1-4 days after order for most locations east of the Rocky Mountains, an extra day, maybe two, if on the west coast.  HI and AK require an extra charge for shipping and may take several days longer.

Step 5:  Starting the Install

The First Nozzle Location:

All Connections Are EASY  --  Just Push-To-Connect!

Per the guidance above (Where Should I Place Nozzles) install the first tee (or riser) at the first nozzle location.  You can start anywhere.  Firmly press tubing into the fitting. Give it an extra firm push for good measure. We don't want to come back later after everything is installed because the tubing didn't get inserted all the way! Keep tubing clean avoid dirt, also avoid diagonal cuts, and use a sharp blade to ensure round, not egg shaped, ends.  Fasten tubing as you go.  After that tubing and nozzle is secure run tubing to the next location and repeat until all nozzle locations have their fitting (tee or elbow) in place.  If installing risers, sink the assembled risers into their locations and connect.  Here is the fastest way to install a string of risers.

Installing The System Unit

Place the unit within reach of electric and a hose bib (Gen III+ only) on level ground or pad.  Follow all safety precautions listed in  the factory manual.  To initialize the controller watch our video or go through the factory manual.  Once connected you'll first want to run water only through the circuit, not adding insecticide until later as the very last step.

We supply video to show you how the controller works AND it is also explained in the factory manual.  It is easy and should not be a pre-purchase concern since it's logical and fast to understand.

Inserting Nozzles Last:

Pro-Tip: INSERT NOZZLES LAST
Inserting nozzles last allows you to flush the nozzle circuit with water to remove any construction dirt (if any) before inserting the nozzles.  Keep nozzles in a clean safe place during construction.

After the tubing circuit is built with the system unit plugged in ready to go, run water through the nozzle circuit first.  Only then will you want to insert the nozzles themselves.  In this way you will be able to run WATER ONLY through the circuit to flush construction debris, bugs, or whatever else found it's way into the tubing.

This is easy using the maintenance "inspection" mode which is a 5 minute run of the system.  Doing so will flush the tubing circuit allowing anything that found it's way into the tubing circuit during construction to flush itself out.

BEGINNING AT THE SYSTEM UNIT when water is observed burbling out of a nozzle location insert a nozzle into that fitting.  Continue to the next location where you observe water coming out (could be anywhere in the circuit, not necessarily in sequence.)

As long as water is burbling or streaming out of the nozzle location press a nozzle all the way into the fitting.  Give it an extra push for good measure and pull back to be sure it is locked in place and will stay under pressure.

Walk down the line inserting nozzles anywhere water is burbling out of a fitting. Each time you insert a nozzle the fountain action moves elsewhere (could be anywhere.)

Once the last nozzle is inserted, the nozzle circuit will build pressure and begin misting.  If after inserting the last nozzle and they do not all start misting, there is a LEAK.  No big deal.  Check each tubing/fitting connection looking for water escaping.  Once the leak is found press tubing or nozzle firmly to seat it into the fitting.   The leak could be anywhere in the circuit.  Fluids take the path of least resistance.  Find the leaking connection, press in the tubing or nozzle tightly and the system will begin misting.  Remember, there may be more than one leak so if it does not begin to mist, repeat the procedure until all connections are tight and then watch your misting system perform!

Releasing Tubing:

To release tubing or nozzle from a fitting:

1. Press the tubing or nozzle firmly INTO (toward) the fitting. There should be no tension. You will see the fitting ring (some people call it a collar) move back against the fitting.

2. Hold the fitting ring (a tubing release tool come is handy here) against the fitting body.  If you DON'T OWN a fitting release tool you can use a small open end wrench when removing tubing, but will need something thinner (needle-nose pliers?) with nozzles.  We recommend the release tool. We include one with every system kit.

3. Pull out of fitting.

With tubing age it may take a little more pulling effort.  The secret remains in following the procedure: pressing tubing or nozzle in TOWARD fitting to collapse collar. With the collar still against fitting remove the tubing/nozzle.

LEAKS:

Leaks at installation time are because the tubing or nozzle is not inserted far enough into the fitting.

Simply press the tubing or nozzle fully into the fitting to remedy.  Once in a while a tubing connection may take a little more effort than expected. With nozzles, push in the nozzle then pull back a little to see if it seated.

The only other reasons for a leak is if the end of the tubing was cut on a diagonal, was dirty, or was not round, but these are rare.

Post installation leaks are different.  After your system has been running and develops a leak, it could be from many scenarios, but it is always a cut, slice, hole or some other interference to the tubing.  Simply replace that section of tubing.