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Old 03-08-2013, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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What is involved in changing sprinkler heads? I have a few that do not rotate and one that sticks in the up position?
I live in S. Florida and use them a lot now as we are in a drought.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Digging them up (4-6" of digging) unscrewing the old head, screwing on a new one (all while not letting any dirt get into the line), reburying it at the right level, and setting the spray pattern.

It's pretty basic stuff.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Find a deep metal can, maybe from beans or such. Cut the lid off and use it as a tool to dig the dirt out around sprinkler head.
Twist the head out, twist new one back in. Set pattern. Make sure you know if you have left or right hand threads on the head, they go both ways.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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The sprinkler head just screws off. That will be at the top of the riser and just below the actual sprinkle head. Put Teflon tape around the threads before screwing the new sprinkler head on.

If it is a pop-up, you will have to dig down to the base of the sprinkler. Again, it just unscrews.

If you are using pop-ups, I suggest a short little rubber hose looking attachment made for pop-ups that goes between your sprinkler and the water pipe.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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The sprinkler head just screws off. That will be at the top of the riser and just below the actual sprinkle head. Put Teflon tape around the threads before screwing the new sprinkler head on.
I can't quite tell from your description, but it sounds like you are referencing the nozzle rather than the head.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I bought a house with a RainBird system and it is now 9 years old and works on well water in 5 zones. The sprinklers for the most part seem ok but a few have problems. Most are pop ups. One pop up does not rotate and stays up after coming on, while another does not rotate. A neighbor told me the "guts of the pop up screw out and there is no need to detach the main body from the sprinkler line. Also he said the parts are totally rebuildable. A new similar pop up is the 42SA+ at Home Depot But at $12.00 each this project could get expensive. This type of popup has a sunken screw to adjust the sweep and another little screw in the front that goes down in front of the nozzle to adjust the spray pattern/range. The popups are 3/4 inch thread. Also they are deep in the lawn and he said they need to be raised but for now I will leave well enough alone; they appear deep because I am in South Florida and have St. Augustine grass and the previous house owner has the lawn depth at 4-5 inches and it is thick. I am sure the heads were just below the soil level originally but have become sunken as the lawn matured and got thicker.
Anyways, I feel like at least repair/replacing the malfunctioning popups and need guidance and tool recommendations. I don't want to get started and find I have to run somewhere to get a tool or something.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:38 AM
 
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Default Help Identifying Rainbird sprinkle type

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Find a deep metal can, maybe from beans or such. Cut the lid off and use it as a tool to dig the dirt out around sprinkler head.
Twist the head out, twist new one back in. Set pattern. Make sure you know if you have left or right hand threads on the head, they go both ways.
I have watched utube videos and lots of digging going on. Your way seems simple and efficient.

How do I identify the model/type of Rainbird I have? All I know so far is it pops up and rotates. The nozzle seems not to be working properly.

Thanks
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:33 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I have watched utube videos and lots of digging going on. Your way seems simple and efficient.

How do I identify the model/type of Rainbird I have? All I know so far is it pops up and rotates. The nozzle seems not to be working properly.

Thanks
They are all interchangeable. The only thing that makes a difference is the size of the of the connection between the head and the outlet. If you turn yours counter clockwise to take it out; take it to HD or your local hardware store to match it up.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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I bought a house with a RainBird system and it is now 9 years old and works on well water in 5 zones. The sprinklers for the most part seem ok but a few have problems. Most are pop ups. One pop up does not rotate and stays up after coming on, while another does not rotate. A neighbor told me the "guts of the pop up screw out and there is no need to detach the main body from the sprinkler line. Also he said the parts are totally rebuildable. A new similar pop up is the 42SA+ at Home Depot But at $12.00 each this project could get expensive. This type of popup has a sunken screw to adjust the sweep and another little screw in the front that goes down in front of the nozzle to adjust the spray pattern/range. The popups are 3/4 inch thread. Also they are deep in the lawn and he said they need to be raised but for now I will leave well enough alone; they appear deep because I am in South Florida and have St. Augustine grass and the previous house owner has the lawn depth at 4-5 inches and it is thick. I am sure the heads were just below the soil level originally but have become sunken as the lawn matured and got thicker.
Anyways, I feel like at least repair/replacing the malfunctioning popups and need guidance and tool recommendations. I don't want to get started and find I have to run somewhere to get a tool or something.
If you think $12 is expensive call someone in to do it!!!
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:44 PM
 
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They are all interchangeable. The only thing that makes a difference is the size of the of the connection between the head and the outlet. If you turn yours counter clockwise to take it out; take it to HD or your local hardware store to match it up.
I will dig it up when the weather is not so blistering hot and humid. Although I could use your can method. Hmm. Guess I gotta eat some bush baked beans...LOL

Thanks,

Bill
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