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Old 08-26-2011, 02:19 PM
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Yep, all volunteer. I get my work done by starting early and working through lunch usually. I do have a capable laborer who is able to assist in everything except controller installation/wiring. By the way my business also does contract grounds maintenance as well as irrigation and chemical applications. I could grow it up again from the downturn in the economy but I am in a "holding" pattern waiting for the pesky irs details.

txirrigation - those jacked up F450-F550 trucksare sweet to look at but are worth bumpkis in the brush. Way too long and wide plus they weigh way way way too much and munch tires faster than a three dollar crack ho with a fresh rock. In my a.o. the ranchers specialize in growing, well rocks and dense cedar, making it vital to have a srw 1 ton 4X4 regular cab with behemoth front and rear bumpers to bull into the active fire. This is why my department gets called out on mutual aide so much as we have the weather beaten trucks that are extremely capable-not much to look at or drive on the highway but they live for harsh use. I have posted this photo before, it is either a '66 or '67 Jeep Kaiser, equipped with a small block chevy and will go places those F450-550 trucks couldn't even think of attempting to traverse.
The photo is what it looks like from the cab when a nozzle man is on the front platform.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:28 PM
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Tried to upload a photo of the truck but you can see it at the "almost toast yesterday" narrative.
I suck with computers and do not know how to copy the same image here.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:47 PM
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I prefer to have all of the trees and plants installed prior.It's a battle when there is no continuity between the irrigation and landscape activity.
I've always demanded to be in first, then the plantings. The only ceveat is "tell me where the trees are going."
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:52 PM
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I want all plantings in , no mulch. And let me install the lawn heads before ya finish rake.Foolish to finish rake twice.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:46 PM
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I've always demanded to be in first, then the plantings. The only ceveat is "tell me where the trees are going."
Around here, we let the landscapers plant the trees before we do our thing. They can lay sod and plant shrubs after we leave.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:22 PM
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Yep, all volunteer. I get my work done by starting early and working through lunch usually. I do have a capable laborer who is able to assist in everything except controller installation/wiring. By the way my business also does contract grounds maintenance as well as irrigation and chemical applications. I could grow it up again from the downturn in the economy but I am in a "holding" pattern waiting for the pesky irs details.

txirrigation - those jacked up F450-F550 trucksare sweet to look at but are worth bumpkis in the brush. Way too long and wide plus they weigh way way way too much and munch tires faster than a three dollar crack ho with a fresh rock. In my a.o. the ranchers specialize in growing, well rocks and dense cedar, making it vital to have a srw 1 ton 4X4 regular cab with behemoth front and rear bumpers to bull into the active fire. This is why my department gets called out on mutual aide so much as we have the weather beaten trucks that are extremely capable-not much to look at or drive on the highway but they live for harsh use. I have posted this photo before, it is either a '66 or '67 Jeep Kaiser, equipped with a small block chevy and will go places those F450-550 trucks couldn't even think of attempting to traverse.
The photo is what it looks like from the cab when a nozzle man is on the front platform.
That makes a lot of since.... in two ways. One that they dont do that well becuase they are GIANT. Another is that the City spent my money like foolish highschool kids... it's big and shinny lets buy that one!!!!
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:58 AM
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That makes a lot of since.... in two ways. One that they dont do that well becuase they are GIANT. Another is that the City spent my money like foolish highschool kids... it's big and shinny lets buy that one!!!!
Dont feel bad , in the early 90,s the city of Pompano beach fla bought a tower unit. Sold it at a huge loss a few yrs later after realizing the tallest building in town was 3 stories.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:48 AM
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No, that is a different task force. I was in on the fire just south of Marble Falls at the intersection of state hwy 71 and 281. 16 hours in various brush trucks the first evening through to the next morning then intermittently about another 10 hours across Saturday and Sunday. I was also in on the large grass fire in Round Mountain although I drove a tanker that day for seven hours - then in Bertram for TEEX training on vehicle extrication for two days. Busy month. Added it up yesterday, I am right at 71 hrs not counting vehicle maintenance.
Where are you out of?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:43 AM
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Where are you out of?
I am out of my mother, however I reside in Spicewood essentially equidistant from Bee Caves and Marble Falls. The department is located at the south east end of the service area comprising 56 square miles of rural/ranch, housing developments and mixed use commercial.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:13 AM
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are the Bee caves near the Bat Cave?

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