- Placing Spray Heads: Overview
- Step 1: Open the Turf/Shrub Tool
- Step 2: Select a Model
- Step 3: Select a Radius
- Step 4: Select an Arc Pattern
- Keyboard Commands for Placing Heads
- Layout Tools for Placing Heads
- Editing or Viewing Information about Heads
- Replacing Heads
- General Information About Heads
- Changing the Symbols for Spray Heads in Your Projects and Drawings
- Related Webinars
Once you've added a spray head type to a project, all nozzles and options for that model, and their related symbols, will be automatically available to place in your drawing, along with all performance data relating to the design pressure you've selected. You can easily select and place heads on the fly using the spray flyouts on the F/X Irrigation ribbon.
The default install does not include all symbols, but many of them will download on demand. If you go to place a head, the symbol should download as necessary. If you want, you can also have the system download all irrigation symbols from the Check for Updates feature.
Placing Spray Heads: Overview
The tools for placing a spray head are all available as flyouts and buttons in the Place Head/Emitter panel of the F/X Irrigation ribbon.
This method of placing heads is essentially a three-part process:
1. Open our Turf/Shrub tool from the F/X Irrigation ribbon.
2. You'll now see a dialog box displaying a list of spray head models you've added to your project. Select the model you want to place, then click OK.
You can also click Turf Spray - <Add New> or Shrub Spray - <Add New> to add a turf or shrub spray head model to your project as you would from the Irrigation Manager, then proceed with placing that model in your drawing.
3. Select the radius of the nozzle you want to place.
4. Select the arc or spray pattern of the nozzle you want to place.
The arc options are Smart Arc, Adjustable, or a fixed arc of Quarter, Half, or Full. If you're placing a special spray pattern, such as a strip spray, click Special Spray.
Step 1: Open the Turf/Shrub Tool
As of September 2021, you no longer need to select a turf or shrub spray type from a flyout menu to place. Just open our Turf/Shrub tool from the F/X Irrigation ribbon (pictured below) or type FX_HeadType in the Command line.
If you still have the old ribbon or typically use the flyouts from the F/X Irrigation pull-down menu or one of the toolbars, you can click any of the Spray Type flyout buttons to open the selection dialog box you'll see in the next step.
To get the latest ribbon, download and install our latest F/X Workstation installer.
Step 2: Select a Model
You'll now see a dialog box listing all spray head models that have been added to your project. If you want to place one of these models, select it from the list and click OK.
You can also choose to add a new spray head model to your project. Click Turf Spray - <Add New> to begin adding a new turf spray heas, or Shrub Spray - <Add New> to add a new shrub spray head to your project.
Step 3: Select a Radius
Next, select the Spray Radius tool to select the radius of the head you're placing:
F/X Irrigation ribbon, Radius button
Irrigation Head toolbar
Type FX_IrrigRadius in the Command line
F/X Irrigation menu, Spray Radius option
The Select Radius dialog box will open. The options listed will be those that apply to the selected head.
Click your desired radius to select it.
Step 4: Select an Arc Pattern
Once you've selected a spray head type and radius, select an arc pattern for the head. You have a few options:
To place an adjustable arc, select the Adjustable Arc tool:
F/X Irrigation ribbon, Adjustable flyout
F/X Irrigation menu, Adjustable Head flyout
Irrigation Head toolbar
or type FX_PlaceADJ in the Command line
When you select this option, your cursor will turn into a “target,” which reflects the radius selected and with a text indication of the radius and arc – in this case, 15V for a 15-foot variable (adjustable) arc.
Move the target to the location in the drawing where you want to place the head, then click to place a head in that location.
The Command line will prompt you to set a Spray arc start point.
Use the cursor to define the beginning and end of the arc pattern.
Remember to move the mouse counterclockwise.
When you click the second point, the head will be inserted and offset into the spray area. The arc pattern will be defined clearly where you started and ended the pattern. The target will remain, as you may wish to place additional adjustable arc heads. You can also end the function by pressing Esc or by right-clicking.
Open the Smart Arc tool:
F/X Irrigation ribbon, Smart Arc flyout
F/X Irrigation menu, Smart Arc flyout
Irrigation Head toolbar
or type FX_PlaceSmart in the Command line
Selecting a Smart Arc will present a “target,” which reflects the radius selected and with a text indication of the radius and arc – in this case, 15-* for a 15-foot Smart Arc.
Move the target to the location where you want to place the head. Click to place a head there.
Now define the beginning and end of the arc pattern. Remember to move counterclockwise.
The second point of the Smart Arc is the edge of the planted area. The arc itself will usually extend a little beyond this location, as shown below. When you click this location, the arc will “adjust” for equal overspray at the start and end of the planted area, and a symbol will be inserted to the arc – in this case, a quarter arc head.
Defining the second point of the arc
Clicking the second point, which inserts the symbol
Fixed Arc (Quarter, Half, or Full)
The F/X Irrigation ribbon and Irrigation Head toolbar include buttons for the three most common fixed arc nozzles: Q (Quarter), H (Half), and F (Full). To select one of these options, click the appropriate button.
If you want a different arc, or are unsure of the arc you will need, use our Smart Arc tool to have the complete arc pattern available as you define the planted area.
To place a fixed arc, click one of the three fixed arc tools: Quarter, Half, or Full:
F/X Irrigation ribbon, Quarter, Half, and Full flyouts
F/X Irrigation menu, Quarter, Half, and Full flyouts
Irrigation Head toolbar
In our example, we've selected the Quarter tool to create a quarter arc.
Because we've specified a 15-foot radius, a “target” containing the text 15Q has become active.
Move the target to the location where you want the head, and click to place it. Now move the orientation of the arc to the desired direction. When you click to set the orientation, a head symbol and the arc pattern will appear in the location you've selected.
The Quarter head is placed and the orientation adjusted.
Clicking to set the orientation will place the symbol and arc pattern.
Selecting a Special Spray
The Special Spray option allows you to place any turf or shrub spray model types you have added to your project. Click either Shrub Spray or Turf Spray (if both are indicated), then click the “Nozzle” type you are looking for. In this case, a Rain Bird model has been added, and all “Special Spray” nozzles are indicated, such as strip sprays, 8-foot flat spray, square sprays, etc.
Select the Special Spray tool:
F/X Irrigation ribbon, Special Spray flyout
F/X Irrigation menu, Special Spray flyout
Irrigation Head toolbar
or type FX_PlaceStrip in the Command line
The Select Special Spray dialog box will open.
1. The Model pane lists all head models that have been added to the project. Select your desired model.
2. The Nozzle pane lists all available nozzles. Select your desired nozzle.
3. Click the Place to place the Special Spray in your drawing.
4. Click View Data to view data about the selected equipment on the manufacturer's website.
In our example, we'll place some strip sprays, with the target reading 15EST for a Rain Bird end strip spray.
Keyboard Commands for Placing Heads
We offer numerous handy keyboard commands for placing heads. For information and innstructions, see our Keboard Commands for Placing Heads documentation.
Layout Tools for Placing Heads
We also offer a series of Layout tools to help you lay out and place heads quickly throughout your drawing. See our documentation on the following tools:
- Rectangular and Triangular Grid tools
- Rectangular and Triangular Array tools
- Copy Along Polyline
- Copy Along Line
- Match Head
- Match Properties
Editing or Viewing Information about Heads
The Edit Head / View Data tool allows you to see the model, flow, and design pressure of any selected head. This feature can be helpful in familiarizing yourself with a plan, or in finding out the flow required by an adjustable spray head. It also allows you to edit the design pressure, description, or nozzle. For more information, please see our Edit Equipment / View Data documentation page.
The Replace tool, available in the Equipment Info dialog box, allows you to replace all instances of an existing head in your drawing with another model. For more information, please see our Replace Equipment documentation section.
Many users run the Replace tool unnecessarily. Note that you can edit the text and model of any piece of equipment directly, without the need to use Replace.
General Information about Heads
Changing the Symbols for Spray Heads in Your Projects and Drawings
If you've already added a particular spray head to your project – even if you've already placed that head in a drawing – you may want to change its symbol to another one of our default symbols, or a version you've created. See our documentation on changing symbols for spray heads.
- Start to Finish Basics of Irrigation Design: This webinar will help give you an understanding of how to specify the proper equipment, talk about important concepts of irrigation design, and create a complete irrigation plan from start to finish. (1 hr 31 min)