Moving a Sprinkler Head in 5 Steps Moving a Sprinkler Head in 5 Steps

What You'll Need
Flex Pipe
Screw Driver

Moving sprinkler heads is an easy task that can be done by any homeowner without hiring plumber. When you have a sprinkler head that is located in a tricky position or an unwanted spot, you can just move the sprinkler head, rather than getting a new one. Here's how.

Step 1 – Decide Where to Move the Sprinkler Head

Move sprinkler heads to locations where their use is maximized. Choose a spot on the lawn or ground that is not very far from the original location. Usually, a sprinkler head can be moved at a distance of about four feet using a flex pipe. Flex pipes can be purchased at a home improvement store. Using a flex pipe for the move does not affect the total performance of the sprinkler system at all. A flex pipe is similar to an electric conduit and can be easily bent to provide extension pipes for the whole sprinkler system.

Step 2 – Prepare a Trench

Mark the new location and dig a straight trench starting from the original location to the new location. The trench can be 8 inches to a foot deep. Before digging the trench, make sure that the sprinkler system is turned off.

Step 3 – Install the Flex Pipe

Purchase a flex pipe that is enough to cover the whole distance from the current location of the sprinkler head to its new location. Remove the sprinkler head from the sprinkler riser. Use a screw driver to loosen the connection. Afterward, remove the riser from the lateral pipe as well so it can be moved along with the sprinkler head. Insert a flex pipe elbow into the riser tee and hand-tighten the connection. Slide the flex pipe into the elbow. The nipple on the elbow is designed to be slightly larger in diameter of the flex pipe and therefore, a tight connection can be easily secured.

Step 4 – Connect One More Elbow on the Flex Pipe

Connect one more elbow on the other end of the flex pipe. After making the connection, connect the riser first or connect the sprinkler head directly onto the elbow fitting. If the riser is to be connected, make sure to screw the connections properly. Make use of Teflon tape to seal the threads on the fittings. Make sure that the sprinkler head is properly installed on the exact same spot where it is intended to be moved. Make certain also to have the sprinkler head sit at ground level.

Step 5 – Fill the Trench with Dirt

Fill the area around the sprinkler head with dirt first before backfilling the entire trench. While filling the hole with dirt, hold the sprinkler head firmly using one hand. After the area is filled with dirt, proceed with the entire trench. Compress the dirt as lightly as possible to avoid crimping the flex pipe. Plant sod on the area.

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