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ashs inc
04-01-2007, 02:35 PM
ok guys. I do mostly irrigation repair for my lawn maintenance clients. I am looking to stock a truck for just irrigation repair. what are some tools that you have found to stock a truck with. thanks for the help

Flow Control
04-01-2007, 02:58 PM
Advil & Bible

Wet_Boots
04-01-2007, 03:00 PM
That all depends on what equipment you encounter, and your own level of repair expertise. Stocking 'one of everything' would have you driving a tractor trailer.

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 03:06 PM
I asked one of my heros, Virgil Young, that same question years ago:
He replied, " you never have everything you need."

Duekster
04-01-2007, 03:17 PM
I like the old slip fix, a few valves, 90's, couplings, busings from 1/2 up to 2 1/2 inches. Heads and Nozzles.

Duramaxsle1
04-01-2007, 03:17 PM
A good screw driver and nut driver
Gear clamps
tester
Wire strippers
Good shovel
axe
saw
assorted valves and a controller
Lots of assorted parts and couplers all sizes are a must
lenghts of assorted pipe
Just to get started

ashs inc
04-01-2007, 03:18 PM
so what do you have with you besides a shovel.

Duramaxsle1
04-01-2007, 03:23 PM
A good pair of Boots!

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 03:25 PM
A good pair of Boots!

Sorry, we've already got boots on this site.

Wet_Boots
04-01-2007, 03:29 PM
Specialty tools include a broken-nipple-extractor, and specialty wrenches for any impact-head popups you encounter. A decent multimeter will be invaluable for wiring and controller problems. Bigass slip-joint pliers are a must.

Duramaxsle1
04-01-2007, 03:33 PM
Well get Boots number and have him in the truck too!

bumper
04-01-2007, 06:02 PM
If I leave the house without it I go back an get it.

shovels
my tool bag which has
channel locks in varying sizes
multi-meter
wire nuts
electrical tape
teflon tape
pvc cutters
zip ties
leatherman multi-tool


separate box of
differing size pop ups
swing joints
funny pipe
barbed marlex street ells
shrub adaptors

and my rainbird box with assorted nozzles, filters, risers, nipple extractor

anything else I need I will buy.

londonrain
04-01-2007, 06:31 PM
Tools : Pipe wrenches, channel locks, socket set with extensions, nipple extractor, 521 locator, pe2003 pulser ground fault locator, torch w/lighter, remote control, station masters, multi-meter, flaring tools, cut-off tools, drill, hammer drill, sawzall, mini sawzall, vertical tube, copper ring crimping tool, flashlights and a few misc hand tools.
Tools in shop: jackhammer and chopsaw.

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 06:57 PM
London...Is the "vertical tube" you refer to like the "auto suck" device we
use out here on the west coast.? I think it's optional on all clocks except
Rain Master & Tucor.

londonrain
04-01-2007, 07:14 PM
London...Is the "vertical tube" you refer to like the "auto suck" device we
use out here on the west coast.? I think it's optional on all clocks except
Rain Master & Tucor.Vertical tube is what we use to test double check valves....

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 07:20 PM
Vertical tube is what we use to test double check valves....

Have you ever looked at Watts TKDL backflow tester?

londonrain
04-01-2007, 07:26 PM
Have you ever looked at Watts TKDL backflow tester?I have never used one but I bet it is $$$$$. The gauge I use on RP's is a Conbraco Model 40-200-TK5U and it was about $750 a few years ago. Preferred method in my area is a vertical tube on DCVA's....

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 07:34 PM
Yass, Watts TKDL pricey...how much time do you spend filling out reports?
Download means your liabilities are logged.

londonrain
04-01-2007, 07:38 PM
Yass, Watts TKDL pricey...how much time do you spend filling out reports?
Download means your liabilities are logged.Since my partner and I are both certified testers, he performs the test and I fill out the field testing and maintenance report. If all goes well 10min max for both test and paperwork..

Mike Leary
04-01-2007, 07:42 PM
Since my partner and I are both certified testers, he performs the test and I fill out the field testing and maintenance report. If all goes well 10min max for both test and paperwork..

For $ 80.00 ?

londonrain
04-01-2007, 07:58 PM
For $ 80.00 ?I charge $45-$50 on a residential DCVA. I am about the lowest price in my area and I use that as a means for future irrigation repair work. I work on two different water systems. 30,000+ backflow need testing on one and about 6000+ on the other water system in my area.

bicmudpuppy
04-01-2007, 11:30 PM
ok guys. I do mostly irrigation repair for my lawn maintenance clients. I am looking to stock a truck for just irrigation repair. what are some tools that you have found to stock a truck with. thanks for the help


Your going to be doing the repair, stock the tools you know how to use! If you find you wish you had something else........add it to the list. Parts, stock what you have and never buy just one of anything down the road. If you need one, buy two!