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How To Fine-Tune a Sprinkler

After a lawn irrigation system has been tested and run, it's time to fine-tune the sprinkler patterns.

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fine tune the sprinkler patterns
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Place Landscaping Flags

Start by placing landscaping flags at each sprinkler head. This allows you to see the head better from a distance while it's working.

place landscaping flags at each sprinkler head

Step 2: Adjust the Nozzles

Follow manufacturer's instructions on adjusting nozzles. In our case, the featured nozzles have a "stop" setting on the left. By pulling up on the protective ring located along the shaft of the sprinkler head, you can adjust the spray pattern. Push down on the head and turn clockwise for more coverage; counter-clockwise for less coverage. Finally, set the protective collar back in place.

the spray pattern can be adjusted



  • Sprinkler heads and components from Rain Bird Sprinkler Mfg. Corp.