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How to Install a Sprinkler Head

Installing your own irrigation heads may seem like a daunting task, but it's a lot easier than you might think.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Determine the Sprinkler Location

Dig a hole over the irrigation line at the point where the sprinkler head is to be added. When digging out the sprinkler head in a turf area, cut out a section of the lawn and set aside for replanting later.

Step 2: Install the Saddle-T Fitting

Mark the location on the PVC pipe where the saddle-T fitting will be installed. Slide the saddle-T onto 1/2" polyethylene tubing, and tighten the fitting securely to the tubing with a nut driver.

Step 3: Install the Sprinkler Head

With the core tool, push down into the center of the saddle-T and twist. A small hole will be cut from the pipe. Place a barbed fitting onto the saddle-T and screw down tightly. Heat the end of an 18" section of 1/2" polyethylene tubing (the pipe that attaches the sprinkler head to the saddle-T), using a propane torch. Be careful not to burn the pipe; a few seconds with the torch is sufficient to heat up the pipe and cause it to expand slightly. Push the tubing onto the barbed fitting as far as it will go.

Set the sprinkler head in place and backfill with dirt. A good way to keep the sprinkler head in place while you do this is to place one hand down onto the sprinkler head and push down so that it is flush with the ground. With the other hand, push several handfuls of dirt into the hole and pack it tightly around the sprinkler head. Continue backfilling until the sprinkler head is level and flush with the ground. Be sure to leave the protective cap on the sprinkler head in place during the installation.

set sprinkler head in place and backfill with dirt

Step 4: Flush the System and Clean up the Site

Turn on the zone with the protective cap and the nozzle off the new head. Then screw on the nozzle tightly. Replant the sod around the new sprinkler head and water as needed until the grass is re-established.

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