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Just passed in TX

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by TuffWork, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    Just found I passed my test in Texas. I've been a lanscaper for a long time but this is a mostly new undertaking for me. I'm excited. I even made a 100 on my hydraulics section!

    Anyway, now that all that stress is gone. What next? Any tips in getting into the biz in Tx? Do I need to be bonded and if so how much? What do I have to pull a permit for and what do I not? So many questions.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Congrats on getting your ticket. Now you get to learn the trade from the ground up. Take small installs/repairs to start with, get to know your suppliers. Don't get carried away, as the old saw says, "don't let your schooling get in the way of your education." Carry a million dollars worth of liability, plus your bond. As I moved into larger sites, I upped my liability to two million.
  3. Buy a remote.....seriously.....it's not rocket science but it does take experience. Yes you need permits for installs and really any type of overhaul that involves cutting into the main line. Best bet is to pay a visit to the local city inspector and ask him or her what is expected of you. Good luck. You'll have lots of ups and downs.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,667

    ....and buy some remote pigtails... :)
  5. One hump at a time dude.
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Huzza! You, Kiril and Boots are the last on the planet to use that faded term. Talk about old and in the way. :dizzy:
  7. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Congrats. I thought you were alerting us to someone "passing" in Texas. Had me worried.
  8. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    Yup, that reminds me I have an appointment with the urologist next week.
    Congrats on passing the test!
    100 on hydraulics? They must have fixed the two questions that could be interpreted different ways. :rolleyes:
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,667

    do ducks like a lay-dee

  10. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    Well I already have two million insurance I'll just need to adjust my policy to include irrigation. Bonding is a whole new deal for me. How much is required? The other thing is this "remote". I have a valve finder now (a Greenlee). Is that what you are talking about?I decided to get it for practice cause I knew I wanted to pursue this so I studied my families stuff, and figured I'd use it later. My parents have a FUBARed sprinkler system so I have some experience.

    I also already have a multimeter for working on houses. Is there anything else I need for small time stuff? In the long run I want to get another trailer and set it up for this biz and get maybe an SK650. Plans... Anyway, what are your recommendations?

    Sorry for not asking more pointed questions, but I'm new and really excited.

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