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How To Keep Pop-Up Sprinklers Vertical
“The heavy clay soil in my lawn makes it difficult to keep pop-up sprinklers vertical. Over time they tend to lean to one side or the other, which leads to uneven watering. I came up with a method that keeps them vertical,” says John Ottem, Broomfield, Colo.
  He cuts a 14-in. length of 1 1/2-in. dia. pvc pipe, drills a hole in it about 5 1/2 in. from one end, and then uses a jigsaw to enlarge the hole until it will accomodate a 1/2-in. plastic fitting that screws onto the bottom of the sprinkler head. Then he buries the pipe and sprinkler in the ground and hooks up to the water pipe.
  “Now I never have sprinklers that lean to one side or the other, and my lawn is always evenly watered,” says Ottem. “If I happen to hit a sprinkler with my lawn mower wheel, it’s much less likely to break or leak because the pipe stabilizes and protects the sprinkler.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John E. Ottem, 1016 E. 6th Circle, Broomfield, Colo. 80020 (ph 303 882-9622; jottem@q.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4