how to price irrigation

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by J & M Lawn Care, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. J & M Lawn Care

    J & M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    For the experts out there....

    I was going to see how to price irrigation jobs. I have friends that do irrigation, but they act like they dont want to help me at times. They might think its compition or something, but there are hundred others. They let me be on there jobs, but they dont want to pay me if i help. I guess they dont want to pay someone that really dont know what they are doing, but i am learning. Is there videos on how to install irrigation

    Things i dont know how to do
    How do i walk a yard off, how far each gear head and mister goes
    i know the valve box goes into a flower bed around here, where i live
    measure a yard to determine a price
    set a timer
    install valves

    Things i know how to do
    change heads, move heads
    cut pipe
    glue pipe
    install funny pipe
    Install T's and Elbows
    install a timer
    set heads on how much pressure and distance

    also i have noticed once the heads and all are installed and irrigation is running, water leaks from the head, where the head pops out of, people have told me that is normal, cause of all the pressure running though it, they said its called a (release)
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about low drain check valves? :hammerhead: "release" means waste.
  3. J & M Lawn Care

    J & M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    what do u mean by low drain check valves

    all i know is there are 2,3, or 4 valves or more 8in to 12in in the ground that run the heads, depending on how many heads and misters is installed

    so the water release(waste) is normal?
  4. Lawnrain

    Lawnrain LawnSite Member
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    Just my two cents...You are heading in the right direction, but before you decide that you are ready to head out on your own...knock a couple more things off your list of things you need you installing valves and setting clocks.....good luck..
  5. J & M Lawn Care

    J & M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Everything seems pretty simple once learned.

    I do lawn service and added these services, i have had friends telling me there is a big profit margin in landscaping and irrigation. So i decided to learn those services

    also i know how to turn each zone on from the valves, some little turn knobe beside the valve

    If you want to take a look at my myspace page and my website:



    tell me what you think............
  6. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    The site could use a little gramatical help, but not bad.

    MySpace is for child molesters.
  7. HokieAg07

    HokieAg07 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds to me like you need to go take a class or read a book on irrigation and learn the basics on design, hydraulics, repair, etc ect. How do you expect to be able to effectively repair a system if you dont fully understand its components and how it operates?

    I just dont understand going out an offering a service if you can only offer bits and pieces of what that service actually entails. Just my opinion
  8. J & M Lawn Care

    J & M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    at times i sub the work out, but i am on the job also learning
  9. J & M Lawn Care

    J & M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    You may think that about myspace.

    But myspace has brought me alot of business by the way
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    That's silly.

    It is sometimes a place where naive people post too many details about themselves and live to regret it.

    But it's also a good place to find and sample new music and bands.
    For example... this is my daughter's boyfriend's band.

    Personally, I wouldn't use it for business.

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