How to Adjust Rainbird Pop Up Sprinkler Heads

How to Adjust Rainbird Pop Up Sprinkler Heads

Dec 19th 2023

Sprinkler heads are an extremely useful piece of lawn care equipment, especially if utilized correctly.Matched precipitation (MP) sprinklers are especially helpful because the low-flow rate allows the ground to absorb more water and limit runoff. The spray angles are adjustable and can be customized to your location. If you’re watering more of your sidewalk or driveway than your lawn, that’s a good sign that it’s time for an adjustment to be made. Read on to learn precisely how to adjust your Rainbird pop-up sprinkler heads.

Types of Sprinkler Heads

Different sprinkler heads will have differing spray and radius abilities that can be changed. All types will be different, from full-circle spray heads to half-circle and rotary nozzles. Rotary nozzles are a combination of spray and rotor heads. They move side to side while emitting water through multiple openings. Spray heads emit water in a fixed position and must be manually changed. Rotor heads typically emit water from one place and rotate from side to side. Impact sprinklers are highly adjustable but require a minimum PSI of at least 15.

When Should You adjust Your Nozzles?

Your lawn watering needs are not uniform. For one, an area of your yard in direct sunlight will need more water than a shaded area. Secondly, some parts of the yard may not drain as well as others, and they’ll need less water. After years of use, the nozzles will require some adjustments because they become loose and shift.

You must adjust sprinkler heads to ensure they distribute water appropriately. As a homeowner, you can do a simple check of your sprinkler system by turning on your system. Do a walk-through of our property and check on each sprinkler’s head. Once you have done this, you can see which nozzle needs to be adjusted and get it done. Adjusting sprinkler nozzles is simple and can be done without the help of a professional landscaper, but if you are unsure, you can always find someone locally who can do this for you.

How to Adjust Rain Bird Nozzles

The Rain Bird R-VAN Adjustable Rotary Nozzles have an adjustable pattern rotary nozzle. The Rain Bird Adjustable Rotary Nozzle is available in various spray patterns and coverage options. This nozzle has multiple rotating streams that uniformly distribute water. The nozzles are easy to attach to a sprinkler spray body and adjust to meet your watering needs. You can adjust the arc and radius without the need for any tools. You can adjust the nozzle spray by hand, and it's that simple.

The Rain Bird Matched Precipitation Rate Nozzles simplify the design process by allowing the mixing of sprinklers with various arcs and radii in the same zone. The Nozzles have a stainless-steel adjustment screw to adjust flow and radius. To change the flow and radius, use a screw on the stainless-steel screw on the nozzle. To adjust a spray head, you will need a screwdriver to adjust the length of the stream and a wrench to change its direction. To check if the adjustment has been made to your liking, turn the system back on and see.

Bottom Line

The Rain Bird nozzles are one of the most trusted spray heads; they provide excellent water distribution and require little to no tools to adjust the pattern and radius. If you plan on installing a sprinkler system, make sure you install the correct type of nozzle; it will make a huge difference and ensure your lawn is green and properly watered. If you have questions or need help selecting the right nozzle for your system, call us at 1-800-522-3747, and one of our representatives will help you get started.