Experienced irrigatin installer needs some help

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Aquaman!!!!, May 24, 2008.

  1. Aquaman!!!!

    Aquaman!!!! LawnSite Member
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    Hello people, I'm not a newby to irrigation by any means, but i am new to the business aspect. I'm working for a new company that wants me to start up an irrigation division for them. Even though i said im very experienced, im sure there are still may things i can learn. I worked for a company where i was a foreman for the irrigation installation division. I was handed a design with everything laid out for me, all i had to do was put it in. The installation is the easy part to me, but the new aspect is the design and bidding. I am trying to find out what certifications i should be looking into as well as books?, schooling? things of this nature to further my knowledge in bidding and design. If someone could point me in the right direction it would be most helpful.
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    First thing you need to do is move to texas.

    Then you'll be fine :)

    No, In all seriousness, take a look over at www.irrigationtutorials.com and read his articles on pipe sizing, and flow rates.

    You have install technique down, so now you just need to learn how to properly lay out and size pipe to the available water flow.
  3. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go back and look at some of the old layouts/installs you did, start asking yourself questions:
    Why did they put the heads the way they did, line size's, head spacing, nozzle sizes, heads per run, why you ran the pipe the way you did (minimize the runs, crossing over other runs, etc. etc.)
    Depending on how you left the last company, perhaps, you could talk with the person that did the pricing on some of the ones you did.
    Screw up a few times, and your boss will educate you as well;)

    Good Luck
  4. Aquaman!!!!

    Aquaman!!!! LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the advise, Ive just been getting into pipe sizing and friction loss. And i think im pretty good with my head layout with over lapping and such. Do any of you guys have your CIC, CID, OR CLIA certifictions, and if so could tell me how you studied for those exams and what books you studied from???
  5. Aquaman!!!!

    Aquaman!!!! LawnSite Member
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    thanks for that website!
  6. jimmyburg

    jimmyburg LawnSite Senior Member
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    come to texas we'll learn ya
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    The most important thing to remember -> design makes up 90% of any irrigation system.
  8. Aquaman!!!!

    Aquaman!!!! LawnSite Member
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    i havent been back to texas since i moved, born in houston....ive been northernized though, hahaha
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You don't even come back for the Fire Ant Festival?
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have taken hundreds of "designs" apart and re-designed "on the fly".
    If you follow someone else's design, you're as guilty as the "designer".

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