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Old 04-11-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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It wont come up. How do i change this out? I need step by step instructions and the right tools if you guys dont mind.

I've never done any plumbing work before.

I dont want to snap the pipe either. How do i accomplish that?

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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Going to have to dig up around it to see what type piping was used and how it was attached.
You may get lucky and it just screws on.

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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Its cast iron piping. Ill dig and see whats going. Thank you for the tip.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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I'd be shocked to see it was cast iron piping, Steel or galvinized, but not cast.
No way in a million years would I have used any form of steel piping under ground.
It will 100% of the time plug up those heads with rust and will close up on the inside redusing flow and rust out and leak.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:22 PM   #5
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house was built in 1937. And the piping we had to replace was very rusted. Its cast iron i think.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:27 PM   #6
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Cast was used for drains not supplys.
I've never even seen a threaded cast pipe.
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The sprinkler head is made of brass.

This is a link to the company that makes the head.
http://www.championirrigation.com/op.../0/1/15/1/33/0

One of these will make it easier to get the head off. The forks go into the slots on the head.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:31 AM   #8
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Attaching a brass fitting to a steel pipe is a sure way to cause corrosion.
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As mentioned, you have some sort of crud, grit (e.g. sand) around the pop-up stem and you will have to dig the head out and take it apart. Clean it up so the stem can move freely again.

The head is attached to a riser (it may be galvanized) and as suggested by others this is probably threaded into something other than metal pipe. My guess is a PVC fitting so be careful not to crack it or the pipe to/from the fitting. I guess if this is a really old system you could have galvanized irrigation pipe runs but I really doubt it.

Just a comment and not saying you shouldn't repair the head if you can. A new one will not be that expensive. Make sure you clean out or replace the nozzle on the head if it is clogged also.
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Cast was used for drains not supplys.
I've never even seen a threaded cast pipe.
Really ?
You must not be a plumber.

http://www.anvilintl.com/ProductSear...d=115&ptid=645
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sorry if i had seen this the other day i would have taken some pics. I am currently in the process of replaces alot of the sprinkler heads at my house. PHO did some "cheap" replacements
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It wont come up. How do i change this out? I need step by step instructions and the right tools if you guys dont mind.

I've never done any plumbing work before.

I dont want to snap the pipe either. How do i accomplish that?
here is the condition of the pipe we dug out for another part of the lawn.

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is that PVC, copper, or steel?
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Its corroded heavily..its some sort of Iron i think.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:25 PM   #15
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Well, it is clearly an older system but if the pipe is not leaking that is not an issue. There will be a riser coming out of t or elbow fitting to the sprinkler head. The head is screwed on to that riser.

Since the pipe is so corroded you will likely need the wrench shown for the head and a pipe wrench to hold the riser. You will have to dig around it enough to have clearance for the pipe wrench.

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