How To Move A Sprinkler Head: The 5 Simple Steps

As young landscape projects grow into more complex ideas and things change, you might find that your newly established tree and shrubs end up blocking the spray from your lawn sprinkler. Luckily, rearranging lawn sprinkler heads isn’t a difficult task – in fact, it can be done in only five simple steps.

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1. Anticipate and plan the move

The best way to get started on any project is by planning it out. So, plan the sprinkler system move ahead of time. Decide which sprinkler head needs to be moved and where it should be moved to in order to best serve your land.

All sprinkler heads can be moved up to four feet using a flex pipe. However, if you’re planning to move the sprinkler further away than that, it’s a good idea to sit down and plan your path before you start digging.

2. Dig a trench

Dig a trench from the current location to the new location. Make sure the trench is 8 to 12 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches wide. Then, ensure you have turned the irrigation system off. If your path is blocked by tree rots or shrubbery, don’t cut them; tunnel underneath them instead.

3. Place the flex pipe

Take a measurement of your trench and cut a 3/8-inch flex pipe that is a few inches longer than your measurement. Unscrew the sprinkler head to be moved from its riser and unscrew the riser from the pipe. This will remove the whole framework from the sprinkler head.

Next, insert an elbow of flex pipe into the combination elbow or existing riser tee and tighten it as much as you can with your hand. Attach the length of pipe that you measured by sliding it over the nipple of the flex pipe. Twist it into place.

4. Secure another elbow

From here, you’ll want to fasten another elbow to the pipe. Put your sprinkler head on top of the elbow and turn until it is tight. Hold the sprinkler head secure in the position you want it to be in and make sure that it is at ground level.

5. Flush and fill

Flush the system by turning your irrigation back on for a few seconds. This will remove any dirt or debris that got caught in the system during the installation process. In addition, doing the flushing now will prevent you from having to dig up the system in the future to handle dirt blockages.

Fill the area around the sprinkler head with your free hand while till holding the sprinkler head in place. Pack the dirt tightly to keep the head in place when you let it go. Once it has been secured, let go of the head and continue to fill in the rest of your trench. Activate the system to check that the spray reaches its destination and then you’re good to go! All done.