How to Replace Rainbird Sprinklers


Underground sprinkler systems provide crucial irrigation to your lawn during periods of less-than-favorable weather. They make the difference between a brown, dormant lawn in the hot summer months and a lush, green and soft lawn. Rainbird sprinklers are a popular brand of underground sprinkler systems. If the sprinkler head becomes damaged or clogged, it may be necessary to replace it with a new sprinkler head. It is fairly easy to replace Rainbird sprinklers by following a few simple steps.

Step 1

Dig around the Rainbird sprinkler head that needs to be replaced with a small trowel until you locate the water-feed line. Move to a larger shovel to remove the rest of the dirt. Clear an area 12 inches in diameter around the sprinkler head and as deep as the sprinkler head.

Step 2

Unscrew the sprinkler head from the water-feed line. Turn it in a counterclockwise direction to unscrew the sprinkler head from the pipe.

Step 3

Wrap Teflon tape around the new sprinkler head's threads. Screw the sprinkler head into the water-feed line and tighten until it is hand tightened.

Step 4

Turn the water to the sprinkler system on to make sure the spray pattern is correct and there are no water leaks.

Step 5

Make adjustments as necessary to the sprinkler head to achieve the spray pattern you desire.

Step 6

Back-fill the dirt around the sprinkler head to the same height it was before. Make sure the head doesn't move as you are filling the dirt in.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the water supply is off to the sprinkler system before unscrewing the head. Pressurized water lines can be dangerous.

Things You'll Need

  • Rainbird sprinkler head
  • Small trowel
  • Shovel
  • Teflon tape


  • Bob Vila: Rain Bird Sprinkler Head Change
  • Rain Bird: Instruction Manuals and Product Literature
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.