6 Steps to Adjust Rain Bird 5000 Sprinkler Heads Like a Pro

Rain Bird sprinklers are renowned for their efficiency and durability. But if you’ve recently installed the Rain Bird 5000 Sprinkler system and are puzzled about adjusting it, this step-by-step guide is here to help you master it. Follow these instructions to ensure your sprinkler system is perfectly tailored to your lawn’s needs.

Rain Bird 5000 Sprinkler


Rain Bird sprinklers are popular for a reason. They offer excellent ground coverage, reliability, and top-notch quality. However, to maximize their effectiveness, you need to know how to adjust their settings. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of adjusting Rain Bird 5000 Sprinkler Heads. Here’s what you’ll need:

Tools You’ll Need:

  • A pair of pliers
  • An adjustment key or a flat-head screwdriver

With these tools in hand, you can fine-tune your sprinkler heads like a pro.

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Step 1: Locate the Left Stop or Hard Stop Setting

Before you begin any adjustments, make sure your sprinkler system is turned off. The first step is to locate the hard-stop setting. Twist the top of the sprinkler head or turret all the way to the right until it stops. Then, gently turn it to the left. When it halts, you’ve found the hard stop. The left stop position is usually fixed on Rain Bird sprinklers, so it will always stop at the same spot on the left side when turning.

Step 2: Adjust the Left Stop

To adjust the left stop, grab the head of the sprinkler with your pliers or your hand. The left stop determines where the irrigation starts. Turn the turret or sprinkler head to the right to align it with the area you want to cover. An arrow on top of the sprinkler shows the direction of water spray. The nozzle should ideally be parallel to your driveway or walkway for optimal ground coverage.

Once you’ve found the right position for the left stop, release the head, and it will retract back into the canister. However, adjusting the left stop with a fixed position requires manual manipulation, and the adjustment rotator key won’t help with this part.

Step 3: Adjust the Arc

Rain Bird sprinklers have an adjustable arc feature marked with plus (+) and minus (-) signs on the head. This feature allows you to control how many degrees of the 360-degree circle you want to cover. Insert the adjustment key or a flat-head screwdriver into the plus and minus slots or the adjustment socket to modify the arc.

  • To increase the arc, turn the key or screwdriver in the plus direction.
  • To decrease the arc, turn it in the minus direction.

Step 4: Adjust the Radius

After adjusting the arc, it’s time to change the radius, which refers to the distance the nozzle sprays water. Adjusting both the radius and the arc allows you to control the coverage and direction of the spray to prevent water from hitting sidewalks and driveways. Locate the radius adjustment slot on top of the sprinkler head, insert the key, and turn it clockwise to decrease the radius.

  • To increase the radius, turn the key counterclockwise.

Step 5: Adjust the Spray Pattern (Optional)

While your sprinkler is running, you can also adjust the spray pattern. Rain Bird sprinklers allow you to select a specific spray pattern that suits your lawn. You can adjust the spray pattern from 40 to 360 degrees. To increase the spray pattern, turn the twisted collar to the left. To decrease it, turn the threaded collar to the right.

Step 6: Check the Adjustment

After completing all the adjustments, rotate the sprinkler head through its full range of motion to ensure it starts and stops at the adjusted positions. Also, double-check the radius and arc settings to avoid unwanted watering of sidewalks or your house.

How to Change the Nozzle

To change the nozzle on your sprinkler head, insert the key into the same slot you used for adjusting the spray pattern. Turn it 90 degrees to lock it in place and pull the nozzle straight out. Be prepared for some resistance due to the spring pressure. After removing the nozzle, you can select a new one based on gallons per minute and install it securely.

Rain Bird sprinklers also have a convenient anti-flood valve to prevent flooding and seed washout. If you find yourself dealing with issues or need maintenance, consider calling a professional to inspect and maintain your system.


Rain Bird 5000 Sprinkler Heads are renowned for their quality and precision. Adjusting their settings might seem daunting at first, but with the right tools and a little patience, you can do it like a pro. Whether it’s altering the arc, radius, or spray pattern, you’ll have your sprinkler system perfectly tailored to your lawn’s needs.

Have questions or comments? Feel free to share them with us. Your perfectly adjusted Rain Bird system will keep your lawn looking lush and healthy for years to come.