How Do You Replace a Sprinkler?

To replace a sprinkler, purchase an identical head, remove the old sprinkler and attach the new sprinkler. Set the nozzle after the new head is in place.

Sprinkler heads in built-in sprinkler systems are susceptible to damage from lawnmowers, debris and bad weather conditions. To replace broken or cracked sprinklers:

  1. Source replacement heads
  2. Replace sprinkler heads with the same type of head. The manufacturer and model number are usually printed on the top of the head.

  3. Dig out the old sprinkler head
  4. To dig out the old head, dig a hole around one foot away from the head in all directions. Dig down to the pipe connected to the head. Be careful while digging, as it is easy to cut through a pipe.

  5. Unscrew the old head
  6. Unscrew the old head from the pipe by turning the head in a counterclockwise motion. If the head is stuck, use a wrench or pliers to gently pry it loose. Do not get dirt in the pipe.

  7. Add the new head
  8. Screw the new head into the pipe.

  9. Replace the dirt
  10. Replace the dirt and grass around the sprinkler head. Make sure it fits tightly on the pipe.

  11. Add the nozzle
  12. Screw the nozzle onto the sprinkler head stem.