- Shut off the irrigation system's water supply. Manually open the sprinkler system's valve to allow water to drain from the sprinkler system's supply pipes.
- Dig around buried sprinklers, such as pop-up sprinklers, with a shovel or garden spade. Dig an access hole large enough to allow wrenches or pliers to grip the sprinkler and riser. Clean dirt from the riser and sprinkler head with a rag.
- Wrap a rag around the sprinkler head. If you are removing an impact sprinkler, wrap the rag around its hexagonal collar. If you are removing a pop-up sprinkler, wrap the rag around the its base. Twist the sprinkler counterclockwise to loosen it by hand. If the sprinkler sticks, remove the rag.
- Attach an adjustable wrench to the hexagonal collar of an impact sprinkler and a pipe wrench or pliers to the riser. If you are removing a pop-up sprinkler, attach pliers to the base of the sprinkler and a pipe wrench to the riser.
- Hold the pipe wrench in a stationary position to stabilize the riser. Twist the pliers or adjustable wrench counterclockwise to loosen the sprinkler head. Remove the sprinkler head from the riser by hand and allow water to drain from the riser.
Things You Will Need
- Shovel or garden spade
- Pipe wrenches
- Adjustable wrenches
- If replacing removed sprinklers, apply pipe-thread seal tape or pipe dope to the sprinkler riser's threads.