View Full Version : Buried fan sprays.. how to find?

08-14-2004, 10:54 AM
A customer has some nice dry spots in his lawn, most of which I fixed last week with a couple of new fan sprays and a couple of location adjustments and lifts. There are two spots in the lawn where he says there were heads (system installed by him and his brother.. ) but they are not to be found now. I'm assuming that he set them too low as he did some of the others and the soil has swallowed them up. How does one go about finding a buried head? The soil is always wet in this area, but not any wetter than anywhere around it.. I have tried listening when the system is on, feeling around.. poking with a screwdriver where he says the heads are and no results.. I don't want to start digging up his nice sod if I don't have to...

TIA for any ideas


08-14-2004, 11:03 AM
BTW,.. this is a new customer, his last LCO ignored the dry spots all summer and didnt mention them to him. Seems like a pattern as I have two other new customers with bad dry areas.. (one was broken pipe under the first headin a line and the other had 20+ yr old pop up cannister impacts.. full of crud.. fixed by installing new hunters) Don't LCO's like to make a few extra bucks by fixing problems or at least get referrals from an irrig specialist? Sheez, I wouldn't want to have my name on a lawn like that..

Fishin LCO
08-14-2004, 12:51 PM
Instead of using a screwdrive to find them, use a 8 pronged pitch fork...it really work if you know the generall vacinity

08-14-2004, 01:22 PM
You could also turn the zone on and close the nozzles on the heads that are popped up. Then look for the water to be forced out of the hidden heads.


08-15-2004, 10:55 AM
As Jerry said, turn off the heads at the nozzles and look for spots that pool up in the yard.

08-15-2004, 06:08 PM
if the grounds real dry and hard it can be difficult to locate them, heres what i do:

measure the distance between the other mist heads, use that distance to get an aproximate for the missing sprinklers. take a shovel and start digging around....

08-16-2004, 02:20 AM
koster_irrigation and jerryrwm,

Good advice.

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It impresses the crew in morning talks too. :rolleyes: