SPRINKLER

INSTALLING A

This is the whole 9 minute video from start to finish.  

Shorter segments are down below.

 

1. PICK THE LOCATION

Each sprinkler covers a radius of 17 to 37 feet (at 30psi--further at higher psi). The best way to pick the location is to remove the orange cap, snap on a hose and turn on your water. Hold the sprinkler and tubing firmly! The spray will point in the direction of the nozzle position. It’s best to place sprinklers in corners and have the spray overlap out in the middle of the yard. Plan in pie shapes.

2. DIG A HOLE

Dig the hole deep enough so the top of the sprinkler is level with the ground surface, about 9″ deep and 4″ across. IMPORTANT: make sure the unit is buried so the top is at dirt level so the pipe on the bottom doesn't have to bear all the weight of your lawn mower.

3. PUT IT IN

Put the orange cap back on and place the sprinkler in the hole. It’s OK for the sprinkler to rest right on the bottom of the hole. Make sure the top of the spray turret is turned all the way to the left: to do this, rotate the turret with your fingers around to the right until it stops; then, rotate the turret around to the left. This is where the turret will begin and end each rotation. Aim the nozzle position on the turret to spray along the left border of the area to be watered. Put some dirt in the hole to loosely stabilize the sprinkler.

4. SPRAY PATTERN: AIM THE LEFT EDGE FIRST

Attach the hose while you hold the sprinkler in the hole. When the water pops the turret up, spin the top of the turret right and left to see where the water lands. Don’t force the turret in the wrong direction—it will turn easily in the correct direction. You don’t need to adjust the right stop or spray distance yet. Just get the left stopping point aimed along the left border of your spray pattern. Turn off the water and put the orange cap back on. Pack in the rest of the dirt on all sides with your fingers so there are no loose spots.

5. SPRAY PATTERN: SET THE RIGHT EDGE

You may turn the water back on. Use the key to turn the arrow pointer (in the center of the turret) to adjust the setting for the right stop. You will hear a tiny click as you change each degree of rotation. You may spin the turret right and left with the water running to check your setting. When you set the rotation to 360º the turret will continuously turn clockwise without stopping and reversing direction.

6. SPRAY PATTERN: SET THE DISTANCE

The sprinkler comes to you set at its furthest distance.  Your water pressure determines how far the spray will go.  To shorten the spray distance for the red-nozzle model, use the key to adjust the nozzle retention screw under the rubber cap. The nozzle retention screw holds the nozzle in place AND will diffuse and shorten the spray distance.  To engage the screw, do not lift rubber cap--just push the key through the slits in the arrow outline on the outer edge of the rubber cap. Turning the screw to the right will diffuse and shorten the spray. The distance cannot be lengthened so do not turn the screw left--the red nozzle will fly out.  The adjustment screw is also the nozzle retention screw.  However, if you have turned it right, you may turn it back left to the original position. At normal water pressure, the spray cannot be adjusted shorter than 17 feet. Caution: the retention screw holds the red nozzle in place. Stop turning it to the right when the spray gets no shorter. (There is no head on the screw so if you turn it too far it will come out the bottom and the water will push out the red nozzle.)  Watch the How To Change The Nozzle animation below to see how the screw functions.  To shorten the distance for the green-nozzle model, insert the key into the flow control dial and turn left.  You can shorten the distance down to almost nothing.  However, make sure enough water is still flowing through the sprinkler to operate the turret rotation.  Without enough flow it will stop rotating.

7. YOU’RE DONE!

You can operate 2 or 3 sprinklers at one time with ‘Y’s and extra hoses, depending on your water pressure. To run more than one sprinkler off the same faucet, attach a ‘Y’ to your faucet and a hose to each sprinkler. To run 2 sprinklers off the same hose line, attach a quick-connect to one branch of the ‘Y’ and a hose to the other branch.  When attaching a quick-connect to a 'Y', you must remove the white auto-stop valve in the connector.  The narrow neck of the 'Y' jams the auto-stop valve shut so that it cannot open. There is a video demonstrating how to do this.

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USING, MAINTAINING, AND WINTERIZING

1. USING A QUICK-SNAP

After you’ve buried the unit in the ground, you can adjust the direction the male quick connect will point.  Swing the male hose connector up so it is vertical.  Then spin it right or left so that it will lie down in the direction you want.  To use the sprinkler, remove the orange cap and place it right next to the sprinkler so you can find it later. Thread the female quick connect onto your garden hose. Push the female connector onto the male connector until you hear a loud click. If you have not pushed it on all the way, water will leak out the sides. The turret of the sprinkler will pop up immediately. To remove the hose connector from the Quick-Snap, slide the sleeve on the female connector back toward the hose. The flow of water from the hose will automatically stop. Replace the orange cap. Swing the male connector on the Quick-Snap down to lie flat beneath your lawnmower blade.

2. CHANGING THE FLOW RATE OR ANGLE WITH REPLACEABLE NOZZLES

 

The Quick-Snap Sprinkler comes with a pre-installed nozzle that throws 2.5 gallons of water per minute at an angle of 26º. Different nozzles are available that range from 1.5 to 8 gallons per minute. Low angle nozzles are also available that shoot water out at a 12º angle. Nozzle sets may be ordered from the PARTS tab of our website.  For interactive instructions on how to change out a nozzle just watch this short animation:

3. INSPECTING AND CLEANING THE FILTER

In In the unlikely event that the sprinkler seems clogged, you may clean its filter. The filter of the Quick-Snap Sprinkler is molded into the bottom of the unit and may be rinsed off. Place your hand or foot on the quick-connect to hold the unit in the ground. Unscrew the top of the sprinkler head and lift the sprinkler out of its housing.  The filter is in the bottom.  Just rinse it off.

4. WINTERIZING

In order to prevent freeze damage to your Quick-Snap unit, you must make sure the water is removed before freezing. (1) You may remove the whole unit from the ground and replace it in the Spring, (2) you may take off the orange cap and allow the water inside to evaporate, (3) you may unscrew the top of the sprinkler from its canister and dip a towel or sponge inside to wick out the water before screwing the top back on,  or (4) you may order an Air Purge from our website and blow the water out with a bicycle pump. Just snap the female end of the Air Purge onto the sprinkler’s male end, attach the bicycle pump, and pump out enough of the water to eliminate the risk of freeze damage to the sprinkler.