handyman sprinkler riserSometimes sprinkler heads need a little handyman help. If it was installed too low and sod was laid around it, it may not be clearing the grass to spray the surrounding area. In this case what you will see is a lush ring of green grass around the sprinkler, but dry grass a little farther out. You can raise the height of the sprinkler head to clear the grass.

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The sprinkler head just unscrews from the riser, and the riser screws into a threaded elbow or tee, depending in where in the pipe it lies.  There is no glue or tape needed for these connections.

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To raise the sprinkler head, unscrew it and the riser from the threaded fitting. You will be adding a longer riser. You can buy risers in a variety of lengths, or you can buy a riser that allows you to cut it to the length that you need. These are nice in that you can cut it, and if it is still too high you can cut it again. Remember that most sprinkler heads pop-up once the water pressure hits the sprinkler, and so you will gain a little height from that. Make sure you don’t raise the sprinkler head up so high that the lawnmower hits it and shears it off.

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