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Video:How to Fix a Broken Sprinkler Head

with Dave Cordone

Sometimes when your sprinkler head isn't performing up to its original standard, it needs to be replaced. See how to fix a broken or malfunctioning sprinkler head.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Fix a Broken Sprinkler Head

Hi, I'm Dave Cordone from Absolute Custom Landscape for About.com. Today, I'm going to show you how to change out a sprinkler head including all the tools and parts you'll need to do the job.

Sprinkler Head Supplies

The parts you're going to need to change a sprinkler head is a new 4-inch pop-up sprinkler head with a 1/2 inch nipple, and two marlexes (for your flexibility). The tools you'll need are an "easy-out," a flat-headed screwdriver with a small tip and also a trench shovel.

Dig Outside Edge

Start by digging around the outside edge. Leave a good 8-9 inches around the head so you don't get dirt back into the line. Take your hand and clean away the dirt from around the bottom of the head where it is attached.

Unscrew Pop-Up

Now we're going to take off the pop-up unscrewing it to the left and this is the piece we are going to replace with a new head. Inside the pipe then is a 1/2 inch marlex that I can't grab with my finger so I use the "easy-out" to grab it and back it out to the left. Then screw the first and second pieces in. Now lay the pieces flat. Use a 1/2 inch nipple and you put that into the marlex. Once the nipple is on there you'll grab the 1/2 inch sprinkler head and attach it to the nipple.

Replace Sprinkler Nozzle

Turn it to the right. After you get all the parts together you'll need to retrieve the sprinkler nozzle and screen that is in the old sprinkler head. Take your flathead screwdriver, get underneath the lip, pop it up and hold your thumb against it to keep it from popping back in, unscrew the nozzle; the screen will come out with it. Most of the sprinkler heads come with a sprinkler pull to be able to insert the new nozzle and screen. It's recyclable and you can toss it.

Grab the recycled screen and blow on it; make sure it's clean; grab the nozzle and make sure it's clean too. Insert both into the new sprinkler head. Screw that in and then let it retract back in.

Backfill the Sprinkler Head

Next you will backfill the sprinkler head. Make sure you compact it so it's tight around the new head. Leave about a 1/2 inch beneath it.

Adjust Water Release

There is a little tiny screw on the top of the sprinkler head which is an adjustment screw. You turn it to the left or right depending upon how much water you want to come out of it. If you go all the way to the left it opens it all the way up; if you go all the way to the right it shuts it all the way off.

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