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Old 09-30-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Tried to edit my post on this topic from 8/31, but there is no longer an edit button.

Here's a photo of the sprinkler head which sticks up and I have to mow around. I couldn't twist it off until today when I dug around it then I grabbed the big part and twisted it off.

Now I wonder why there's still water in the white underground line? The irrigation hasn't been used for a couple of years. I don't ever plan to use it again. So what do I do with it.....just throw dirt over it? Or should I figure out how to block the white end which has the water? Thanks.


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Old 09-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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You should cap it off. It should be a 1/2 pipe but pick up a 3/4 inch just in case and return the one you don't use.

If you just throw soil over it, you'll ruin the line for anyone in the future that decides to use that part of the irrigation system.

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THANKS!!! That's cheap enough to cap it off. I didn't even know they made those little caps.

Yes, I would have felt badly about throwing dirt over it. Of course I don't know how anyone would even know where it is when I cap it, but I'll try to remember.

If I win some lottery money I would use the irrigation again!
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I would mark on the sprinkler layout, which head that was removed, and what zone it is on. That way any future buyer of the property, would know that head is out of the loop. It may also change the pressure in that zone, which means other heads will have more water coming out of them.

As for the cap, you can also get the glue on caps and just cut the pipe past the elbow, and cap the stub there also.
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what sprinkler layout? No one gave me one last yr when I bought this house, but I will draw one up myself. And I just remembered another one of those things broke off, in the front yard.

I think this system is original, so 30 yrs old. Maybe someone else would want to start from scratch with a new system someday.

I wouldn't be able to cut the pipe.

Still wonder how there could be water there after all this time?

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The pipes are the low point in the system so water will always remain. Some systems have drains installed to let the water out but my gut is that most do not. Up North we have our systems blown out with compressed air before the winter to prevent the pipes and heads from freezing.

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