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Sprinkler heads sinking?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:47 PM
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Was wondering if anyone has had an issue with sprinkler heads sinking low in the ground after about 5 months? I bought donuts for them when we first got here, but they seem to be an awful lot lower now. I mean, they still just make it over the grass level to function, but did you have to raise them? Is this a normal thing after the sod takes and grows? If so, can anyone recommend who may do the job, I have 39 of those sprinklers and would not relish doing the job myself. Thanks for any input you may have on this.

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:55 PM
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Our landscaper told us not to use the donuts that they make the sprinklers sink. Something about the donuts weighing the ground down? I didn't really understand it at the time, but maybe she was right. I would call either your irrigation person or the person that does your lawn and see if they can help you.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:56 PM
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Turn on a zone of sprinklers. Drop golf balls on their locations. Spray RoundUp within the donuts. The donuts don't sink, the grass grows over them.
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Turn on a zone of sprinklers. Drop golf balls on their locations. Spray RoundUp within the donuts. The donuts don't sink, the grass grows over them.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:20 PM
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Up north we put a brick under the bottom of the sprinkler connection. Down here they just lay the pipe screw in the head and the sod goes down. When the lawn guys rides the heavy mover over your donughts and heads down they go. I've fixed several of mine already.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:22 PM
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Thanks! Good to know information that I will certainly give a try for sure. I spent quite some time pulling out a ton of grass from all those sprinklers yesterday and surrounding area by the donuts.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:22 PM
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yep as your yard grows mulch settles in and the dirt get higher. there are two inch heads and four inch heads, i slowly have been replacing heads its not fun but not that hard
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:27 PM
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Skip, what are you saying exactly? Are you putting a brick under the donut?? Not sure the sprinkler would still make it over top then, just saying... that doesn't sound right to me. If you are talking about taking out the whole sprinkler from deep in the ground and putting brick, that is a bit much to do all 39, are you for hire? LOL! 39 of them is quite a lot of work, more than I want to do myself.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:32 PM
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Maybe warranty would take care of it since house is less than a year old? I do a lot of yard work, garden stuff, inside and out, not a lazy person by no means, but to have this happen in such a short amount of time, I think warranty should come out and put in those 4 inch heads, makes sense right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but in the meantime, Roundup will be applied, but they still are mightly low in the ground. Sounds like I may have to get those 4 inch ones installed. Anyone know anyone who does such a thing?
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:34 PM
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Skip, what are you saying exactly? Are you putting a brick under the donut?? Not sure the sprinkler would still make it over top then, just saying... that doesn't sound right to me. If you are talking about taking out the whole sprinkler from deep in the ground and putting brick, that is a bit much to do all 39, are you for hire? LOL! 39 of them is quite a lot of work, more than I want to do myself.
No the brick went at the base of the sprinker head where it screw into the pipe. The brick slowed the sinking a lot. Yes there are also taller heads and extension pipes you can buy but when the siol is wet under the head and it's run over by a riding mover it will sink
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