Replacing A Sprinkler Guide

If you are looking to replace a sprinkler, use this guide as a reference to find the correct replacement.

Things to Consider:

  1. A sprinkler that pops–up, and fans a mist of water (does not rotate), spraying from 5–18 feet in radius, is a pop–up spray–head.
  2. A Sprinkler that pops–up and sprays a stream of water, rotating back and forth, is considered a rotor.

Spray–heads are often 2 separate products, the pop–up body, and then the nozzle. You should be able to unscrew the nozzle from the body fairly easily. Please note that some manufacturers make them as a one piece unit. From this, you will know what you need to replace. When replacing a Spray–head nozzle, make sure that you note whether the threads are on the inside or outside, and ensure you purchase the nozzle with correct threads. Nozzles come in a variety of distances and patterns. Spray–head bodies usually have 1/2” threads on the bottom.

Rotors are always 1–piece units, however, there are 1/2” and 3/4” rotors to consider. The threads on the bottom will tell you if it is a 1/2” or 3/4” rotor, and they are standard to replace. 1/2” rotors will spray between 15–32 feet approximately, and 3/4” rotors will spray over 40 feet. This will depend on the size of nozzle you install into the rotor, and every rotor comes with a variety of nozzles.

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