Buried fan sprays.. how to find?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Shilohlandscaping, Aug 14, 2004.

  1. Shilohlandscaping

    Shilohlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from Norcal
    Messages: 30

    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

  2. Shilohlandscaping

    Shilohlandscaping LawnSite Member
    from Norcal
    Messages: 30

    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..
  3. Fishin LCO

    Fishin LCO LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 143

    Instead of using a screwdrive to find them, use a 8 pronged pitch fork...it really work if you know the generall vacinity
  4. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,274

    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.

  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    As Jerry said, turn off the heads at the nozzles and look for spots that pool up in the yard.
  6. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,455

    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....
  7. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    koster_irrigation and jerryrwm,

    Good advice.

    So many times you guys have made me smile :D because I know I can come to this board and learn something every morning before I start my real job.
    It impresses the crew in morning talks too. :rolleyes:

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