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Here's a good one

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Just got a call, this guy paid for a system last fall. The "contractor" put in the system in the yard, and kept saying he'd come back to hook to water and install controller. Never heard form him again. Scheduled to do a tap, PVB, manifold, wiring, and timer end of the month. Unfortunately I don't know the rest of the system or how well installed. He understands that. He had been able to hook to a hose and use it sparingly last year.

    I normally would have turned it down, but it's a referral from a neighbor/friend.
  2. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Not bad. At the very least, you get to sell him the most expensive parts of the system at service rates. at most the in-the-ground stuff needs more work... and more money.

    personally, i love the backflow/ timer replacement calls. they're easy, almost no digging, and it's usually over $500.00 in under an hour.

  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Strictly T&M on this one. Won't even know what's there until I get there. Sounds like it may be galvanized leading into and throughout the home though. Yikes!! Older home downtown.
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    I have 1 like that later this week. Like mentioned above , your getting 70% of the install profit for 10% of the work.
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Agreed. I don't have to use a shovel except at the manifold. And I bumped my hourly rate for this as well.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Five bucks says it's junk. Do you know the jerk, ah, "contractor"?
    Good reason to check contractor's license & any claims against
    him. We can do it on line up here.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Yep. Same here.

    Looked up a friend of a friend recently for whom I was about to do some consulting/ a little instruction of his new crew/ install backflow preventer and valves for... turned out his workers comp. was expired... wouldn't have effected me, but I was concerned for his employees.

    He's current now.
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    There is no contractor licensing here. and no, I do not know who did the original portion.
  9. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    I was appalled when I got here and found that out.
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    Been working for 5 yrs to get it in Mass. State leg realy dosnt have much interest in it.

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