How to Raise a Sprinkler Head

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Dig up around sprinkler

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Dig around the sprinkler head 1-3 inches deep to give yourself room to work.

Remove surrounding soil

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Gently lift grass and remove dirt around sprinkler head. A small trowel may be necessary for this.

Determine height adjustment needed

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Measure how high you need to raise the sprinkler head so that it is flush with ground. You can use your shovel handle as a guide .

Clean around sprinkler

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Dig out any dirt around the sprinkler head.

Lift sprinkler

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If you have a flexible riser, using your hands, gently lift and work the sprinkler head up. Do not use a shovel as you may damage the sprinkler head or riser.

Determine if riser is necessary

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If you are using a rigid riser, measure the riser below the head. Cut off risers work for almost any required height adjustment.

Fill in dirt

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Fill and pack the dirt surrounding the sprinkler head, paying attention to the dirt below the sprinkler to ensure it is level and high enough.

Replace grass

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Replace the dirt and grass around the sprinkler, making sure to pack the remaining dirt around the sprinkler.