Originally Posted by 1idejim
Now let me get this straight, you have no problems with licensing except for the cost of obtaining the license and the time and costs of continuing education. You also have issue with overzealous inspectors and competing on an uneven playing field while having the customer's best interest at heart.
Now explain to me how head to head coverage (which we won't discuss but you brought up) and an inspector's mood actually affect your bottom line if you are doing your job properly?
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I don't have a problem with licensing or a reasonable fee. My problem with continuing education is... why? Anything you need know about any new regulations or innovations your friends at the irrigation shop will let you know or you can ask. It's not brain surgery. (no offense) Yes an over zealous inspector can be un predictable... For example your working in a municipality that states if the distance between the sidewalk and the curb is less than 4 ft you have to water it from across the side walk, anything more than 4 ft you have to punch under the sidewalk and water from between the sidewalk and curb. Your on a job where one end of the sidewalk 3'11' and the far end 4'1''
What do you do... put half the heads between and the other half outside and create an ugly inconsistency with you lay out for no functional reason undoubtedly creating unnecessary hassles with the rest of the layout and likely more labor. Or do you do the reasonable thing and do it one way or the other hoping the inspector (who may very well be some city managers half wit brother-in-law that just lost his job at Lowe's) isn't on his high horse. Damned if you do damned if you don't.
I always keep the costumers interest at heart and often times that is the cost, not everyone wants or needs a Cadillac irrigation system. If the municipality dictates a Cadillac the client wants a prious ethically your bound cast that revenue aside to the bottom feeders. You should know as well as I do there are different ways to irrigate a property sufficiently with cost being the main variable. What I mean by 100% overlapping coverage is head to head coverage, one head overlapping the impact of the adjacent head 100%.
75 or 80 percent I think is ideal. Just don't stretch your water volume to the limit with the amount of heads you use to help compensate for volume decline and you can always put in smaller apertures down the road. An over zealous inspector can nit pic on a lot of things that make no difference like imetioned earlier. More gigs, more changes to make, more re inspections, more time, more money, less profits!