We recently noticed a small geyser in our landscape and found that the connector had been broken from the 1/2" line to the 1/4" drip line. I replaced it with a similar 1/4" barbed connector. Now instead of water dripping it is coming out in a full force stream. What am I doing wrong?
It sounds to me like you have replaced a dripper with a simple connector. In my tree farm I use a lot of drippers on the pipe, then run a piece of spaghetti tube to where I want the water. You may have lost the dripper part of this assembly.
Pictures would help. Take one of what you put in, and one next door to what is working correctly.