A pop-up sprinkler head is very popular among people who use sprinkler systems because they are easy to maintain and hide in the lawn. A pop-up sprinkler head is great because it rises out of the ground to water only certain designated areas and then it drops back into the ground. Pop-up sprinkler heads are great but they tend to get damaged or worn out pretty easily so you might need to install a new one every few years. Installing a pop-up sprinkler head is not very difficult and it can be done within an hour. If you need to install a pop-up sprinkler head then here is an easy guide to help you out and get it installed correctly.
The first thing you want to do is gather all of your materials you will need to install the pop-up sprinkler head. You are going to need a pop-up sprinkler head, towel, garden trowel, Teflon plumbing tape, shovel, three-way PVC connector and a three-quarter inch PVC tube. You can get all of these supplies at your local hardware store or home improvement store and it will cost you about 70 dollars. You will need to also know which type of sprinkler system you have so you can get the right pop-up sprinkler head.
If you do not know if you have a sprinkler system in the ground then all it requires is a little digging to find out. You need to dig a trench that is about 7 inches deep and about 7 inches wide to the area where you want to install the sprinkler system. When you start digging, you always want to start outside where there is a water source at and work your way out from there. If you already have a sprinkler system and just want to add the pop-up sprinkler head then you should be very careful while digging up the sprinkler system so you do not damage it or other pipes under the ground.
Take the three-quarter inch PVC pipe and place it into the trench and locate the areas you want to add the pop-up sprinkler head to. In order to install the pop-up sprinkler head you will need a three-way PVC connector that you can add onto the pipe. You should make sure that the extra hole is in an upward direction and then screw a one inch PVC riser into that hole. The three-quarter inch PVC tube needs to connect to the outside water source and then place a PVC cap on the end of the tubing going down the stream.
The pop-up sprinkler head should then be threaded onto both ends of the rise and make sure the pop-up sprinkler head is tilted in a vertical direction. The pop-up sprinkler head should be just a little bit below the top surface of the dirt. As you replace the dirt around the pop-up sprinkler head it is important to use a circular motion around the head so it works properly and stays protected. Test the pop-up sprinkler by turning on the water to make sure that the pop-up sprinkler head is working correctly. Once it is working correctly then you are done as long as you make sure to replace the dirt and grass around the area. It will take you about an hour to dig the sprinkler system pipe and add the pop-up sprinkler head so it is fairly simple. Adding the pop-up sprinkler head is especially easy if you have an existing sprinkler system or you are just replacing an old pop-up sprinkler head. All it takes is a little time and effort to have a working pop-up sprinkler head to keep your garden and grass looking green all summer long.