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EagleLandscape
02-23-2009, 07:58 PM
Well I'm glad I put my name on the waiting list. Taking the test this thursday, instead of the end of March.

Glad to get it over with, and move onto better things.

Going to Bryan on Wednesday night, studying that night, taking test early in the morning, hope to be out in a few hours and on my way back to Dallas.

hoskm01
02-23-2009, 08:02 PM
Well I'm glad I put my name on the waiting list. Taking the test this thursday, instead of the end of March.

Glad to get it over with, and move onto better things.

Going to Bryan on Wednesday night, studying that night, taking test early in the morning, hope to be out in a few hours and on my way back to Dallas.
Good luck. Should be cake for ya!

Wet_Boots
02-23-2009, 08:10 PM
Shouldn't there be a tequila bender scheduled in there?

EagleLandscape
02-23-2009, 08:16 PM
you never know with those aggies:)

Mike Leary
02-23-2009, 08:28 PM
Go for it, John, good luck.

Bruiser
02-23-2009, 09:00 PM
Better plan for more than a "few" hours.

Sprinkus
02-23-2009, 09:07 PM
Best of luck!
Who knows, maybe you'll ace it!
:clapping:

dlee1996
02-23-2009, 09:41 PM
Good luck. It is not that hard. Just take your time and read every questions.

EagleLandscape
02-24-2009, 07:53 AM
Better plan for more than a "few" hours.

I aced the 4 page review sheet in class in about 10 minutes.:)

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-24-2009, 08:01 AM
John I expect perfection.:)

EagleLandscape
02-24-2009, 08:30 AM
only the best for a great teacher!

too bad they dont test on actual field knowledge:)

Bruiser
02-24-2009, 08:34 AM
I aced the 4 page review sheet in class in about 10 minutes.:)

Ha Ha... ok. Good Luck!

Waterit
02-24-2009, 09:36 AM
only the best for a great teacher!

too bad they dont test on actual field knowledge:)

That would be too easy.

Do LA's and civil engineers have to take the same exam before they can draw a plan?

evergreensolutions
02-24-2009, 10:34 AM
I aced the 4 page review sheet in class in about 10 minutes.:)

Nothing to it. I took the test twice before lunch. The second time on a scratch sheet of paper to double check my answers. If you can "see" hydraulics in your head, the test is cake. Just take your time, and concentrate on what they are asking you. I ended up with an average across the 4 tests of 97.

Tom Tom
02-24-2009, 10:37 AM
Do LA's and civil engineers have to take the same exam before they can draw a plan?


They are grandfathered in. Page 743, section 58, paragraph 345 in the stimulus bill..........:laugh:

txgrassguy
02-24-2009, 03:25 PM
Okay, I'll ask the question - so why do you have to take the state exam, I thought you were already licensed?

Mike Leary
02-24-2009, 06:01 PM
Do LA's and civil engineers have to take the same exam before they can draw a plan?

Of all the people that need to take the exam, it's them. Most ( o.k., all), LAs and designers and engineers have clue one about irrigation. They got about a week in college, with criteria that was not even accepted twenty years ago in the "real trade".

EagleLandscape
02-24-2009, 07:16 PM
i am not licensed, however there are several people in my company with licenses. i just got serious about the irrigation industry over the past two years, and this winter was the first time i had available weekends to take the class. only 24 yrs old.

Mike Leary
02-24-2009, 07:57 PM
only 24 yrs old.

::::::falls over, realizes there's a future for irrigation:::::::::clapping:

DanaMac
02-24-2009, 08:01 PM
only 24 yrs old.

Don't rub it in....... Junior

irrigationgrl
02-24-2009, 10:49 PM
I wish you good luck.

Kiril
02-25-2009, 09:57 AM
::::::falls over, realizes there's a future for irrigation:::::::::clapping:

::: reminds Mike what state he is from ::: :dizzy:

AI Inc
02-25-2009, 10:05 AM
::: reminds Mike what state he is from ::: :dizzy:

What would that be , rainy Washington , or out of water ariz?

Kiril
02-25-2009, 10:08 AM
What would that be , rainy Washington , or out of water ariz?

It was a jab at TX. :laugh:

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-25-2009, 10:32 AM
It was a jab at TX. :laugh:

We love jabs from bankrupt states. but seriously from what I'm learning about CA and there history of water management I'm beginning to feel pretty good about dear old Texas. We come across as environmentalists compared to you guys.

Mike Leary
02-25-2009, 10:42 AM
We come across as environmentalists compared to you guys.

I have to say, your regs and licensing requirements sure make us in Washington State look like rubes; we have none up there. :cry:

Kiril
02-25-2009, 11:15 AM
We love jabs from bankrupt states. but seriously from what I'm learning about CA and there history of water management I'm beginning to feel pretty good about dear old Texas. We come across as environmentalists compared to you guys.

Same thing can be said about any state that builds cities in areas with no natural source of water. I don't know what the current state of water management here is, probably not much better than it was 23 years ago when that book you are reading was released.

hoskm01
02-25-2009, 07:41 PM
What would that be , rainy Washington , or out of water ariz?
AZ's not out of water, they still have lots of Colorado's water coming down the river.

Mike Leary
02-25-2009, 07:45 PM
AZ's not out of water, they still have lots of Colorado's water coming down the river.

Yup, they've got so much, it's being released downstream right now.

hoskm01
02-25-2009, 07:54 PM
Yup, they've got so much, it's being released downstream right now.
Have to appease the Mexicans for a little while.

EagleLandscape
02-25-2009, 10:37 PM
...sitting in hotel room, not studying, finish left over pei wei, mapping out 40 new bank locations for maintenance we got today, test is in 12 hours, still havent started studying...

DanaMac
02-25-2009, 11:17 PM
...sitting in hotel room, not studying, finish left over pei wei, mapping out 40 new bank locations for maintenance we got today, test is in 12 hours, still havent started studying...

Sounds like you're trying to create a country song. Not a good one though. :)

hoskm01
02-25-2009, 11:26 PM
...sitting in hotel room, not studying, finish left over pei wei, mapping out 40 new bank locations for maintenance we got today, test is in 12 hours, still havent started studying...
Curious about your banks... What was your sales approach? Know someone on the inside, published bid, just walked in? Maintained as a group, obviously?

Did you stay within your previously defined service area, or stretch it to accommodate the package of banks.

Good Score.

Just relating to similar dealings here lately with us.

Mike Leary
02-25-2009, 11:34 PM
Good Score..

Don't distract him, he's only got eleven hours to ace it; he will.:clapping:

EagleLandscape
02-25-2009, 11:43 PM
Curious about your banks... What was your sales approach? Know someone on the inside, published bid, just walked in? Maintained as a group, obviously?

Did you stay within your previously defined service area, or stretch it to accommodate the package of banks.

Good Score.

Just relating to similar dealings here lately with us.

we are a vendor for a national management company, and a contractor here in town cancelled all branches with them. they pay on time for us, but dont know about other contractors.

my rep just called me and asked me today if I wanted them, so I said YES:)

EagleLandscape
02-26-2009, 08:42 AM
T minus 1:20 till launch.

scarfed down some nasty eggs and sausage from the hotel, and i think it was orange juice that i drank. peace

Sprinkus
02-26-2009, 10:09 AM
The company I used to work for had some bank maintenance accounts. One of the guys that did the irrigation run-throughs ended up robbing one of the banks! Luckily they recognized his stupid azz and he got arrested.

Oh, and good luck on the test! Hopefully that bad breakfast won't cause "issues" during the test! :p

hoskm01
02-26-2009, 10:18 AM
Hopefully that bad breakfast won't cause "issues" during the test! :p




Yes John, please dont pull one of these. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOyxm5R63RM)

EagleLandscape
02-26-2009, 03:25 PM
Nah, I'm good. a little less than 3 hours for the test, but had to pee like a racehorse once I got out of there though. Sitting at a coffee place on the net for the next 3.5 hours killing time before a 5pm meeting I have down here. then its a 3 hour drive back to dallas tonight.

Mike Leary
02-26-2009, 03:39 PM
Nah, I'm good.

Luck..........

EagleLandscape
02-26-2009, 03:47 PM
now... the pizza i just ate for lunch... that was another story!

DanaMac
02-27-2009, 11:37 AM
So John how long does it take to get your results?

EagleLandscape
02-27-2009, 03:34 PM
7-21 days i think.

here is a good image of the banks we do.:)

over 6 figures on mowing maintenance alone for these accounts.

dlee1996
02-27-2009, 04:15 PM
So John how long does it take to get your results?

Unless they are quicker it usually takes 4-6 weeks for results on exams.

hoskm01
02-27-2009, 04:47 PM
7-21 days i think.

here is a good image of the banks we do.:)

over 6 figures on mowing maintenance alone for these accounts.
Very nice layout.

Whats your personnel strategy going to be for those 40? Are your irrigation techs working seperate from the mow crew?

EagleLandscape
02-27-2009, 05:02 PM
Irrigation is 110% seperate from the maintenance division. Occasionally I will have my a CREW LEADER fix a broken head, if that is the only issue on a site. No sense in charging the customer 120 for a new head, if I can charge them 30 for parts, and we are already there.

pigs get fat, and hogs get slaughtered. Don't need to be greedy.

Some of these locations are across the street, or next door to other properties that we are already maintaining. I would say about 10 or so. But, I will have a crew that just does the banks 2-3 days a week. We can cram in a small bank, next to a 10 acre HOA, but thats about all.

Irrigation guys will go on site only if the branch reports a break, or an issue. This management company we get the banks from is not proactive, just retroactive. To do monthly checks on these place would double the maintenance cost. We mow+blow+and go on these branches. trim shrubs a few times a year, and SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY weeds. hand weeding is a TIME KILLER! chemicals are alot quicker for us. Crew leaders are the only ones that mix chemicals. 3 ring binder in the truck with MSDS sheets, mixing cut sheets, state mandated epa-registered pesticide usage chart, EVERYTHING.

Working on getting SYSTEMS IN PLACE, that will make growing the business easy. Invent the wheel while the wheel is small. Safety checks each monday (or once a week, but Monday is normally preferred day).

going backpacking for the weekend in 2 hours, cant wait.

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-27-2009, 05:04 PM
Do they have any banks in the Denver area John?