We moved into our new house (new to us, that is; the first one we've
ever occupied that has a sprinkler system) in November, and the
sprinkler system had already been winterized.
Today I decided to check it out. I opened the two valves, one either
side of a brass/bronze gizmo (more or less conical in shape) with a
black plastic cap, and I could hear water flowing, but most of the heads
are merely dribbling water and not distributing it over a wide area. The
exception is a point where the head seems to be totally missing, with
the water shooting straight out of the ground; even when I plug this
one, however, the water flow from the others does not change significantly.
I turned off the two valves, then turned them on again, but now water is
pouring out from under the plastic cap of the aforementioned
Is there anything I can do myself to fix the system (obviously I can
install a new head to replace the missing one), or am I stuck with
calling in a maintenance company?
It's a basic system -- manual (no timer/controller) with only one zone.
We're in W. Michigan.