Certified Aquascape Contractor

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by jonesy5149, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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  2. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont use aquascape...... don't care for it, so why get certified?
     
  3. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 259

    Wurkin,
    how long have you been in biss..... me it has been 8 and i have learn that if you have just a little soming over you competitor you wen you give the quote that is worth loads
     
  4. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm kinda on the same side of the fence as 'Wurkin'. I have nothing against Aquascapes and use them along with other manufacturers. I personally don't see the value of certification whether it is through Aquascape or IPPA. Most (99.9%) of potential clients have no idea who either of these groups are. Certification to a client is First-references and Second-more references. Certification by your customer base is all the certification you need. However, one should expand their knowledge of the trade continuously. Research!
     
  5. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have been in the biz for "awhile" now. I do all aspects of landscaping so I see get certified in pavers, walls, ponds, sprinklers. Become authorized and we'll send people your way. No... I buy from you just like the other guys, give you my loyalty that should be enough. They should bend over backwards for us and do all they can to make us happy.
     
  6. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    Give that man a cigar! I cut my teeth with ADI and still use them when I have a "Rockafeller" SP type build but most people can't afford to have ADI products installed. With ADI and stone and gravel your already at the $3K mark and that's for a no frills 8x10 cup of water. Now lets talk stone prices:cry::cry:

    Every supplier should be helping all contractors not just the "Buddy Club" members.
     
  7. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 259

    i was really not looking to for the deal with them i was looking to see what kind of pond design certification was out there i see the CAC and the NAPP the CAC seems like it is a way just to sell more product( that was what i was trying to find out before i had any thing to say.
     
  8. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
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    When I put my pond in the Aquascape Certified Supplier was the only place I could find near me for supplies. But since that time, I have found the same products at various other places much cheaper.

    Just 2 examples;
    - my 9000 gph pump cost $1,000, I have found the same one for less than &800

    - rock from 8" - 24" $119/Ton, 40"+ $190/Ton- I paid $240 for 15 Tons varying from 8" - 40"
    - washed river rock at 1/2" - 3" $ 225/Ton - I paid $145 for 3 Tons

    My ignorance cost me but I will say that the guy at the Aquascape dealer, was very helpful and gave me some excellent advice. And he said he gave it to me because I was way too far for him come and help without costing me a small fortune.....$195/hour including travel of 1 1/2 each way.
     
  9. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Damn!! For that rate I would have come from here in Florida and included a free car wash!:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  10. SWPONDBLDR

    SWPONDBLDR LawnSite Member
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    For the price of ADI you can invest in much better product for you customers by buying SAvio components. no offense to ADI but the quality of the product is not the best and moe in the class of Atlantic but with a bigger marketing scheme behind it. Don't fall for the smoke and mirrors that ADI puts out. Hold their product up to Atlantic and you have almost identical quality..now how either ADi or Atlantic up to Savio and you make the call from there..You will see the obvious chioce...and Savio components are so easy to work with no glue. no nonsense...
     

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