Rotor sprinkler head removal tool

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Old 05-04-19, 01:57 PM
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Rotor sprinkler head removal tool

Is there a cheaper version of this plier with an angled jaw?
I have a rotor head that is deep in the grass and I'd like to avoid digging out grass to get to it.
The Channellocks are great, but they are parallel to the ground, and this one is much more angled.

https://www.amazon.com/KEYFIT-Sprink.../dp/B00UIBXLL6
 
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I've never found use for that tool. Most heads can simply be unscrewed. If tight a regular pair of Channel Lock pliers works well. The problem I find is that dirt gets on the pipe and fitting down in the ground if you don't dig out around the sprinkler. So, I always dig at least some when replacing.
 
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Just planning ahead, if I get some dirt in the pipe, can I unscrew the top of the rotor sprinkler and let water run out, then screw it back in?
 
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I agree with Pilot dirt will always get into pipe and if not flushed will clog sprinkler.
 
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Should be able to, most heads will come apart.
 
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Old 05-04-19, 11:41 PM
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dirt will always get into pipe
The secret is to dig out a "cone" of dirt a couple of inches deeper than the bottom joint so when removed the entire head is exposed and any dirt fall below the joint.

Then you just re-insert the cone and it doesn't even look like anything was disturbed!
 
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I don't like letting any dirt touch the threads or get into the sprinkler. Yes, you can remove the head and try to blow out the dirt but that sometimes doesn't work very well. Worse is when dirt gets on the threads as it can cause sealing problems with plastic body sprinklers. You really need clean threads when dealing with plastic parts.
 
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A little pricy for that plyier thingie. A little digging is a lot cheaper. I use a small pail of water to rinse off the sand.
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When I have to remove a sprinkler head (or just trim overgrown grass in the spring) I use a bulb planter like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-79836...gateway&sr=8-7

to create space around the head.
 
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