Sticking sprinkler heads


Bronze Supporter
Oct 17, 2016
Dallas, TX
Invariably after the sprinkler heads get to be a couple of years old they stick in the up position. Been trying to think of what to do short of replacing them. I was thinking a shot of WD40 to the shaft. Could also use PAM perhaps. I read online and someone suggested Vaseline, but I think that would be too thick and gather too much gunk sticking to it. Any other suggestions or proven methods?


LifeTime Supporter
Jul 14, 2011
St. Paul, MN
Some sort of silicone lubricant would likely last the longest. I'm thinking silicone would take longer for water to wash away vs. petroleum based lubricants.


LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Feb 6, 2015
Chandler AZ
Probably nothing petroleum based - as that would act as a dust/dirt magnet. Maybe some silicone spray? Or lube the upper seal with some pool lube when installing new heads.

I have Toro 570 heads. I just usually replace them every couple of years. Unscrew the top, pull out the guts, install new guts and top - I usually leave the lower housing in place as its less messy and less work. For me anyways, it's easier doing that then remembering to relube every 6-12 months.