Dwayne Smith your Sprinkler Warehouse Pro in this video talks about the very feature-rich Rain Bird 5004-PLPCS-R rotor and shows you how to change out a nozzle and make some adjustments.
Rain Bird 5004-PLPCS-R Features & Benefits
In this video, we’ll talk about some of those features and show you how to change out a nozzle and make some adjustments. I’m Dwayne Smith your Sprinkler Warehouse Product Specialist. Let’s get started.
The 5004 PLPCS-R is a four-inch pop-up rotor with an adjustable arc or pattern. The arc is adjustable from 40 to 360 degrees. The inlet is three-quarter inches. This rotor has a seal-a-matic check valve. Having a check valve prevents low head drainage. If there is a significant elevation difference within a zone, once the sprinklers shut off the lowest head often drains the water out of the piping within the zone. This can create puddles or erode the soil. A check valve prevents water from draining out of the pipes through the head. Seal-A-Matic check valves on 5004 rotors work with up to 7 feet of elevation change.
Pressure Regulated Rotors Prevent Misting
This rotor is pressure regulated. Pressure regulation saves water by preventing misting. If your sprinkler head is misting then much of your water is being carried away by the wind or evaporating before reaching your lawn’s roots. Pressure regulation allows the nozzle to operate at optimum pressure and also prevents variation in pressure between heads for more uniform coverage.
Flow Shut Off Capability At The Sprinkler Head
This rotor also has flow shut-off capability, which allows you to shut off the flow of water at the head.
So you can change a nozzle without turning off your system. Also comes in handy when you want to work on the next rotor over and you don’t want this head getting you wet.
Rain Bird Rotors Are Long-Lasting
The 5004 series rotors have incredible longevity. Rain Bird rotors have the longest operating life cycle of any rotor on the market. The 5000 series of rotors come with this set of Rain Curtain Nozzles. Rain Curtain nozzles make for a very even spray over their entire distance. They also make larger water droplets for greater wind resistance so that more of your water does end up at the plant’s roots.
Spray Distance Is Up To 50 Feet
The watering distance on this rotor is 25 to 50 feet depending on which nozzle is installed and how the adjustment screw is set. You can use a rain bird tool like this one to adjust it or you can use a small flathead screwdriver.
Adjusting The Rain Bird 5004 Rotor
Let’s talk about the various adjustments you can make. Looking at the top of the rotor This is the radius adjustment slot, where you adjust the watering distance. This is the pull-up slot. This is the arc adjustment slot. Here you adjust your pattern. And this is the flow Shut-off slot.
Now we’ll check out one of these that we’ve got installed outside. We’ll begin by changing out a nozzle. There are two basic ways to access the nozzle while the rotor is on the ground. One method is to pull up the riser by inserting the rain bird tool in the pull-up slot.
Twist and pull up. You can use a Hold Up Nozzle Install Collar to make it easier or you can hold the riser up with your hand. Since this rotor has a flow stop, another way to access the nozzle is to turn on the zone and shut off the water to the head using the flow stop slot.
The riser stays in the up position which makes it easy to work on. Whichever method you choose. You’ll need to back out the radius adjustment screw. Once it’s out of the way of the nozzle. Pull out the nozzle with a pair of needle-nose pliers or pry it out with a flat head screwdriver.
Insert the new nozzle, and screw back down the radius adjustment screw. Don’t try to tighten the screw, you’re just getting it down in front of the nozzle to hold it in place.
Now start the water either by turning on the zone or by using the flow shut-off slot. Use the radius adjustment screw to set your watering distance. The spray from this rotor should reach the next rotor over. To adjust the arc, also called the pattern insert the Rain Bird tool or a flat-head screwdriver into the arc adjustment slot. Turn clockwise to increase the arc or counterclockwise to decrease.
Rain Bird rotors will give you years of reliable service. Order your 5000 Plus rotors today on SprinklerWarehouse.com.