I noticed today that water was not coming out full force out of a
sprinkler head, and that it appears that water is coming up from the
ground surrounding the sprinkler head.
I'd like to try and repair this myself. If it's a matter of a line
connection to the sprinkler, or the sprinkler is cracked or damaged
where water is coming out the side or anything like that, I can probably
take a shot a fixing it.
I don't really know anything about these heads other than how to adjust
them. For the record, they are Hunter G-Type gear driven sprinklers.
These are probably 15 years old, and I never had any problems before.
Do they crack, wear out or break on their own?
How long should they last? Do they have a definite lifespan, and should
I be thinking of replacing them all (we have 6 zones and 24 heads).
From what I mentioned above, any ideas as to what is the problem?
Don't be afraid to tackle this one yourself. Since you have water
peculating to the surface around the head, you have a busted riser, head or
pipe. You're going to have to get the spade and dig it up. Dig carefully
as not to damage the pipe. The source of the problem should be evident
after you dig it up and inspect it. If not, cut the system on and see what
the problem is. After you know what needs replacing, an irrigation store or
big box store should have what you need to fix it. Once the repair is
complete, put some good clean dirt in a wheelbarrow, mix some grass seed in
it and use it to backfill the hole.
It's probably just a busted riser. It has happened a few times with my
sprinkler system. Usually the leak digs a large enough hydro tunnel that
not much digging is necessary to locate the leak. :-) I had a busted riser
one time that shot the head off with a huge guyser shooting out where the
sprinkler was. Those types of leaks are messy to fix and clean up.
As for replacing the heads, that's a big job. If they are working OK, I'd
leave them alone. If you do replace, make sure they are all of the same
type. Do not mix different head types on the same zone.
My guess is it snapped off or froze or became very familiar with the weight
of the car or lawnmower
They wear around the top collar if you have the pop up ones. If replace a
couple every year
Pretty simple job . Even a broken pipe. A trip to look at the parts at your
local Menards or Lowes you can see how their made. Dig it out with a flower
spade and vacuum sweeper (Wet dry shop vac) being careful to watch for low
voltage wire for the controllers
clean around it good to keep dirt from going inside the pipe plugging up a
A few dollars worth of tools spud removers sink faucet wrench pipe cutter
and for anyone who works on plastic pipe routinely a Black and Decker
Navigator Saw work awesome for cutting plastic pvc sprinkler pipe as well
as other jobs
The hunter heads are similar to the orbit ones that Menards sells I suspect
they are the same except for the label
Don't be intimidated !easy repair
For my system I keep a assortment of fittings including a few slip
compression couplings and sprinkler heads
On May 2, 11:21 pm, "Larry and a Cat named Dub" <hdyman58
If they've lasted 15 years, that is exceptional. Usually you get a
fraction of that out of them. After digging it up, if you find that
it's the pipe that's broken, you can get what's needed at any home
center, plumbing supply, or irrigation supply. If it's the head
that's shot, you can either figure out who carries Hunter locally, or
buy them online. I bought some online recently where I got a 6 pack
at a very good price. It's best to keep them all the same
manufacturer, so the nozzles, tools, adjustment are the same.
Make sure you don't let any dirt get into the system. This usually
means loosening up the connection, then letting it drain for awhile
and letting the water go down. You don't want to have connections
open in a hole full of water.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.