How Do I Go About Learning Irrigation?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by LLandscaping, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do I go about learning irrigation? Is there a good book or does Hunter or Rain Bird teach classes. I know how to change heads and do some repairs but would like to be able to install systems, fix electrical problems, etc.. I am open to suggestions, I have customers needing repairs and some wanting new systems.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just find my travelling headquarters and we can give you the quick course.
    Bring Otter Pops and Wild Turkey.
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  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now, now Boots. Otter Pops are licensed to Central California irrigators for rehydration purpose only, of course. Now... if someone would develop a Wild Turkey Otter Pop we really might have something. :laugh:

    Now... to answer the question:

    1. Line up a local qualified irrigator to teach you.

    2. Manufacturers' mini-schools.

    3. Distributors' classes.

    4. irrigationtutorials.com

    5. Irrigation Association courses.

    6. Good questions on this forum.

    7. Other internet sources.

    8. "Turf Irrigation Manual"

    9. Some colleges offer hands-on training.
     
  4. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the reply and the suggestions.
     
  5. WetWell

    WetWell LawnSite Member
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    10. Hire an experienced employee
     
  6. WetWell

    WetWell LawnSite Member
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    :weightlifter: 10. Hire an experienced employee
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does this mean he should hire TWO experienced employees??? :)
     
  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    (One of them has to carry the Wild Turkey and Otter Pops)
     
  9. zliminator

    zliminator LawnSite Member
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    Since I've started doing irrigation, I look at other sprinkler systems that are running and it seems more often than not that there's no ryme or reason to where they place heads. If it wasn't for the wind blowing the spray around, and a good rain now and then they'd have dry spots. What 'head to head coverage'? I wonder how much they paid for some of these jobs.
     

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