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Old 09-16-2011, 11:34 AM
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How do i find a buried sprinkler head?

Hi guys. Is there an easy way to find a head thats not popping up? My parents have a place with irrigation and my dad said he recalls there being a head in a general area but cant remember where. It does make sense that there would be one there. Do i just get a shovel and start digging or are there any trick or tips you can offer? Thank you.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:39 AM
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turn it on and search for a flood.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:42 AM
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turn it on and search for a flood.
.... and if that fails, use a soil moisture probe (like the Lincoln) to find the wettest area.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:47 AM
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Waterboard the other sprinklers until they give up their co-conspirator.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:03 PM
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Shovel. Lots of spare time.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:05 PM
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If you can cap the other heds in the zone it should show itself.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:06 PM
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If you can cap the other heds in the zone it should show itself.
Not if someone has capped it off at some point in time.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for the responses. Ive been running the sprinklers for at least 30 minutes and there is no flood. This is a system with one zone for the entire lawn. It has 8 heads that all spray pretty far. Its pump fed from a lake. System was like this when they bought the place. I think im going to go with the shovel rather than having to get parts to cap off the other 7 heads. Thanks again guys.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:19 PM
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Or just add another head. Chances are , when you do , you will find the old one.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:16 PM
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I had one repair the other day where the impact "maxi" style rotor was full of mud all the way into the pipe several inches. It was so plugged up I couldn't even tell if the rotor was abandoned or if it was a piping problem until I dug it up.
In your case, if the sprinklers were spaced in any symmetrical fashion, you should be able to measure out the probable location of the sprinkler head and then try to locate it.
The suggestion of capping the other heads is the usual way of finding missing heads.
In addition, if that doesn't work, I would then try to "witch" the piping to find where it tees off to the missing head and "pothole" the pipe until I found the head.
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