It's ALWAYS the sprinkler guy's fault

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, May 31, 2008.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    To set a little background, some of you may remember my thread from last year of a flooded basement. Tech left the job he started up, flooded basement later that day. Turned out to not be due to us, but a manifold glue joint came apart later. Not installed by us, Looked to have no or limited glue inside. All agreed it wasn't our fault.

    Got a call Thursday night from the guy that just had his manifold rebuilt by one of my guys, and I had posted about the difference in time to rebuild it compared to an easy one I had done the same day. Well the guy had water in his basement. So I go check it out myself.

    Checked out all the manifold, dry. Check out all zones, no problem. Look over to hose spigot and asked the guy if anybody would have left it on. Nope, but the painters were cleaning their brushes yesterday using the sprayer on the end. OK, so I believe him. Check through zones again, nothing. Then it hits me!!! I turned on the spigot to the sprayer on the end of the hose. Water fills up, and BINGO!!! I hear water running in the wall. He froze the hose spigot within the wall. Probably left a hose hooked to it and it never drained. So when the handle was turned on to the sprayer, it was leaking in the wall and down to the basement. I cut out the siding (it obviously had been replaced before) pulled out the wet insulation. Turned it on and showed him the leak. Stood up with arms raised high and shouted "Not the Sprinkler Guys Fault" in a victory chant!! :clapping:
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    And how long of unbillable time did you have to spend there instead of elsewhere ?
    Ah screw it , bill him anyways.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

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    I'd (almost) want to not charge for a service call in exchange for the Victory Chant.
     
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    ego dosnt buy food.
     
  5. DanaMac

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    Yeah, me too. I was there about 50 minutes. Not charging him, but he owes us about 500-600 for the rebuild :) And I get work every year from him. No biggie. Yesterday was my run-around-and-not-be-profitable-day. Taking care of little tings that really aren't my problem - quick adjust of outdoor controller because they can't figure why grass is now drying out, one where I told her to get plumber to replace PRV before the meter, drop off paychecks, stop buy Ewing.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

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    Sell the homeowner one of those fancy Woodford wall hydrants he can leave the hose connected to all winter.
     
  7. DanaMac

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    It is a Woodford. It is one that is either 12" or 16", and is supposed to drain out. But he probably left the hose on it and it never drained.

    Oh and I ain't replacin' it!!!
     
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Where do you drop off paychecks? Ya didnt stop by my house.
     
  9. DanaMac

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    I left it at the shop for ya. you didn't get it? One of the other guys must have taken it. I'll talk with them about that.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

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    Woodford makes a few models where the hose doesn't need to be removed, but you can still defeat them by having a trigger sprayer on the hose, and leaving the water on.
     

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