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Dirty Water
07-15-2008, 07:36 PM
What was the biggest job done?

I've installed a handful of condo complexes (4" main, 100+ zones). Lots of fun.

On residential, the biggest job I can recall was about 40 zones. Took 3 guys about a month.

Wet_Boots
07-15-2008, 07:41 PM
I did a 18' x 58' rectangle once.

Mike Leary
07-15-2008, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the new thread. I've done three 96 zoners, two 48, three 36.
All Rain Master except two with a Toro "Custom Command".

Flow Control
07-15-2008, 07:56 PM
How bouts the $$ part, anyone over $500,000 for a install? Dirty your 4" main and 100+ zones had to been a decent chunk. I will find out this week if I am going to get a monster com job.

CALandscapes
07-15-2008, 08:01 PM
That sounds like a dream; a month on one jobsite.

Biggest question is, though, how'd you make out $$$ ?

Mike Leary
07-15-2008, 08:09 PM
That sounds like a dream; a month on one jobsite.

Biggest question is, though, how'd you make out $$$ ?

Those jobs are not what you may think; lots of head scratching, parts
delays, sub issues. Plus, they cut into service work.
I made money, not lots...but I love megas. Some of our dual 48 clock systems
were under construction for six months or so.

DanaMac
07-15-2008, 08:32 PM
These weren't MY jobs but I worked on installing them during my first couple years of irrigation working for someone else.

Practice football fields for Air Force Academy. 4-6 fields (don't remember how many) plus surrounding areas. Either a 4" or 6" main. Company owner trenched for it, then pipe arrived and it did not fit in trench. Had to re-trench with back hoes. Some of the trenches were over my head, and the afternoon storms would make them a muddy mess, mud up to knees at times. Have to angle your foot when pulling out or it would pop my hip out.

Installed laterals at new airport around '95 or so. Mainline was installed already and laterals subbed to us. It's been redone three times already. keep redesigning the parking lots and such. I had to install one mainline drain they forgot. I dug down about 5'-6', under the electric for the street lights, head first into hole, arching under electric conduit, had someone holding my feet and pulling me out when done. Nice. Real nice........ :laugh:

michigander
07-15-2008, 09:54 PM
We've done a couple golf courses. In Indiana and Michigan! In fact I worked on a golf course in Wallingford Connecticut before we ever did a residential system. It was a manual , quick coupler system at the time,1972, but had to be backhoed in because of all the rock and shale.:cool2:

Mike Leary
07-15-2008, 10:55 PM
Keeping track of all the wire runs is the most fun when it becomes time to do the
clocks.

txgrassguy
07-16-2008, 12:42 AM
When I built golf courses the biggest system I supervised was slightly over 200 acres.
Pump station was 10,000 gpm, sixteen satellites, slightly over 60,000 linear feet of pipe and I can't remember how much wire.
Fourteen guys did the whole job in two and a half months and if my memory serves me correctly the company charged right at $700K.
But then again the course cost right at $7M to build.
The least expensive 18 hole install occurred in the Philippine Islands when I supered that job. The whole thing was literally trenched in by hand.
Parts, labor and materials cost was around $35K

AI Inc
07-16-2008, 06:49 AM
I did a 18' x 58' rectangle once.

Out of a creek with a piss poor pump?

AI Inc
07-16-2008, 06:56 AM
I did a multi field complex for the city of Fitchburg Mass. 2 baseball fields , 1 softball field and 2 soccoer fields. # " main with gasket pipe. Job landed just at the end of June and we were there every other day for 3 weeks. My partner would take 1 guy with him and go every day do the prep, then I would come in with a crew bang out the bulk. Woukld have been a nice job had it been closer , was about 35 mun from my shop.
Made money , about the same as would had I been putting in a resi every day during that time.

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-16-2008, 08:33 AM
I did one big job and said to myself "THIS SUX" Stuck to little stuff ever since. PROUD TO BE A DINKY PIPE MAN.

Wet_Boots
07-16-2008, 09:17 AM
Service is forever.

Tom Tom
07-16-2008, 10:34 AM
I did one big job and said to myself "THIS SUX" Stuck to little stuff ever since. PROUD TO BE A DINKY PIPE MAN.

yup, ditto that

Tom Tom
07-16-2008, 10:35 AM
Service is forever.


shhhhhhhhhh

DanaMac
07-16-2008, 10:44 AM
shhhhhhhhhh

Hey Tom, possible drinks at my shop Thursday afternoon before I leave for my trip!!! Will let ya know.

Wet_Boots
07-16-2008, 10:46 AM
shhhhhhhhhhOh yeah. DOWN WITH DINKY PIPE!! :realmad:

Mike Leary
07-16-2008, 11:02 AM
What a bunch of pikers. :hammerhead:

Wet_Boots
07-16-2008, 11:09 AM
What a bunch of pikers. :hammerhead:At least we can find valves. :nono:

Mike Leary
07-16-2008, 11:12 AM
At least we can find valves. :nono:

I don't recall a PM from you offering to come out on a "no cure, no pay" basis.

Tom Tom
07-16-2008, 11:15 AM
Hey Tom, possible drinks at my shop Thursday afternoon before I leave for my trip!!! Will let ya know.

yeah buddy! i think i owe u guys a few

Wet_Boots
07-16-2008, 11:18 AM
I don't recall a PM from you offering to come out on a "no cure, no pay" basis.Not happening. You'd know what equipment I use to locate valves with, and I'd have to kill you.:gunsfirin

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-17-2008, 06:20 AM
Service is forever.

As I like to tell customers.

"Sprinkler systems are never finished, they are just brought to an invoice."