Irrigation Advice

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Wicked Mower, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Wicked Mower

    Wicked Mower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Okay, so I started up my lawn/landscaping business back up again this year, after being out for a few years. Now in the next couple of years, I wouldn't mind adding irrigation. I have read the sticky note about getting into the business, but reading books only go so far. I need hands on experience from a professional I think. Would they be weary of training me, because I am already an established business, and they would consider me competition? Any advice?
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I think that in many cases they would not want to train the competition. Dealers often have trained professionals which can offer some insight.

    Repairing needs little experiance but don't expect your clients to pay for your education.
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    i took design in college, and then had a buddy in the bus help train me in repairs etc, the rest is learned from exp or a book etc.

    you may be able to find someone to train you, but do one thing, dont be a hack with design. i deal with too much of crappy design to handle lol
  4. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,132

    Learn as much as you can from books, websites (manufacturers and lawnsite), check with distributors for training. When you do land some installs check about subbing them out to a qualified irrigator. See about working a deal where you can work beside him on the installs you sub him on. He might be willing to allow you to look over his shoulder since you brought him the job.
  5. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 977

    This. Start with repairs and work your way up.
  6. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,248

    You can ride around with me but you would have no time for mowing.
  7. Wicked Mower

    Wicked Mower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Thanks for the advice guys. I will have a look see through some books this winter, when its sh&%ty out, and maybe do one for myself in my yard, first. But, I will keep an hear to the ground about training through some of the distributors. have a good one.
  8. Sure helps to have a good grasp on installation methods before repairing. I've solved many a repair job by contemplating how the system would have been trenched.

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