Hunter PGP Instructions

How to Adjust a Hunter PGP

Well let’s start with the Hunter PGP since we’ve installed more of those than any other sprinkler. If you have a specific sprinkler in your yard you want me to cover, shoot me a note.  It’d probably be a good idea to grab a PGP Rotary Sprinkler Adjustment Kit from Hunter and attach it to your controller so that you have it ready in an adjusting emergency.

The two major adjustments you can make are radius (distance) and arc.

1) To adjust the distance of throw you take the metal allen wrench end of you adjustment tool and stick it in the arrow until you feel it go snug into the slot. To shorten the throw, turn the screw clockwise into the stream. Turning the screw counter-clockwise will increase the distance (careful not to back the screw out too far).

sprinkler adjustment

Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey

2) The big trick to adjusting the arc is remembering you can’t adjust how far it moves to the right with your tool. Before you start with the tool you need to make sure it stops where you want when going to the right. You do this by making small adjustments by grabbing the stem and turning it left or right. Every time you want to check the stop to the right you have to turn the rotor all the way to the left before you can turn it back.  When you are ready to make your adjustments to the left you need to stick the plastic end of your hunter adjustment tool into the hole bordered by the “+” and “-” symbols. When you turn your tool clockwise you will add distance to the left. Turning your tool counter-clockwise will make the rotor have a shorter arc. The + and – are there to help you remember but are hard to see when covered in dirt.

Troy, MI PGP adjustment

Plastic end for arc

Hunter has their own professional instructions without the awesome pics on their website starting on page 11.  If you’re an aspiring sprinkler man you should get the sprinkler man multi-tool that has a metal version of this adjustment tool. Call us if you mess up and need us to fix it. We promise we won’t laugh.

Sprinkler Man Tool

Sprinkler Man Tool

Posted by admin, filed under Tech, Tips. Date: April 9, 2011, 7:03 pm | View Comments

Sprinkler Blowouts on the YouTube

Took this video of a sprinkler head getting blown out and it made me think of a very important step that is overlooked by a lot of “blowout professionals.”

In the spring do you ever find sprinkler heads with cracks down the side but can’t figure out why since you know they were blown out the previous fall?  Well there is an extra STEP (pun) you must take on EVERY sprinkler head that is hooked up through the side inlet.  Do you know which heads those are?  We do.

The quick explanation is that the compressed air you’re using takes the quickest way out of the sprinkler head. So if it is hooked up through the side inlet it still leaves half (the bottom half) of the sprinkler head full of water. If you watch the attached video you’ll see that you have to wait until the head is completely blowing air and then you need to STEP on it to get the water out of the bottom half.

And that is why you call Best Irrigation

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Posted by Billy, filed under Tips, Uncategorized. Date: September 30, 2009, 1:28 pm | View Comments

24  Jul
Checking In

Busy Busy Busy.

Lawns started turning brown so we have been busy running around taking care of all the coverage issues and broken heads that really get noticed this time of year. How about a tip of the day? Many customers start complaining during a dry month that even though they keep running their sprinklers longer and longer they can’t seem to get enough water into the lawn. Try running a cycle and soak program! If you are running 30 minutes per zone try splitting that in half and running it for 15 minutes in back to back cycles. The soil can only take so much water at once. Once it becomes saturated it starts to run off and then you’re just wasting water. If you run back to back cycles with the run times split in half you are able to give the first cycle a chances to soak in before your cycle around for round 2. Remember… deep less frequent waterings are better than those frequent shallow mistings!

Alright… If you sat through that lecture you’ve deserved a couple videos. We have one up on YouTube of our first rain day in a while. On Facebook we put up a short clip of us messing around on a repair.

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Best Irrigation rain day proof

Posted by Nick, filed under News, Tech, Tips, Uncategorized, Water Conservation. Date: July 24, 2009, 11:31 pm | View Comments

We’ve been using commercial remote controls to handle all our large commercial accounts for a few years now.  These remotes save us hours because we can instantly turn on and off any zone from miles away.  This saves us tons of walking and helps us check out every inch of the sprinkler systems.

Thanks to a new technique we picked up this year we can make all of our residential systems remote ready no matter the controller.  At your next visit we wire in a permanent setup to your controller so that it can be controlled by our universal remote control every time after that.

At your special request we can take a few extra minutes and can wire in the connection so we can control the sprinklers without having to get access to either the garage or basement.  Think how nice it’d be not to have to wait for the sprinkler guy anymore!

We posted a video of the remote in action on both our facebook page (become a fan) and youtube (subscribe).  You can see how we can check out three zones as fast as it would take to walk to the timer and back.  Plus you don’t have to worry about dirty sprinkler socks going in and out of the house a dozen times to get to the basement.

Posted by Billy, filed under News, Tech, Tips. Date: July 10, 2009, 8:29 pm | View Comments

26  Feb
Fix a Leak Week


Every summer we get calls because our customers are concerned about their high water bill and feel it may have something to do with the sprinklers. Although it is often due to a leak in the sprinkler system it is also often because of different leaks inside the home. We’ll come out to the home and shut off the main supply to the sprinkler and still see the water meter slowly turning leading us to find leaks in the toilets, faucets, showers, etc.

The EPA WaterSense program is putting on an event called Fix a Leak Week. Basically from March 16-20th they want you to take care of those small drips that add up to big money and water wasters.

This is a great time to make sure you take care of your leaks because your sprinklers are shut off for the winter. If you can make sure you aren’t wasting any water before we turn on your sprinklers in the spring, we can more easily tell if any water is being wasted through the sprinkler system.

Posted by Nick, filed under Tips, Water Conservation. Date: February 26, 2009, 8:39 pm | View Comments

09  Nov

With temperatures flirting with freezing, it’s high time to schedule your winterization. Freeze damage to your sprinkler system can cost hundreds of dollars to repair, so don’t take any chances. To protect against damage to your system until your winterization appointment, we recommend following a few simple steps described here. Doing so will keep you safe during brief drops below zero before your system is professionally prepared for winter.

Posted by Chris, filed under Tips. Date: November 9, 2007, 4:22 am | View Comments