Musical Sprinkler Heads

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtdman, Sep 25, 2003.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    So I get to this aeration job I have scheduled for this evening, and the home owner tells me he can't find his sprinkler heads. He's owned the house for just under a year, and never used the system. He scoured the lawn and could only find one head. So I tell him that if I hit a head, I'm not responsible since they aren't marked. He said fine, no biggie, he's not planning on using the system anyway. And then I proceeded to hit a half dozen heads all over the yard. They were mostly buried all throughout the yard, covered with dead grass and overgrown. They were the big black ones, where the unit pops up and circulates over an area. A couple of them I just hit the covers, but I ruined a couple more. He was not happy. I explained that I warned him ahead of time and he agreed and paid me. But I still feel bad. The yard was too big for me to walk ahead of time, and I could have never seen them the way they were obstructed.

    Earlier in the day I hit a similar head at a mowing customer's yard, but the tine just bounced off it no damage. I gave the customer a bundle of flags to mark the heads, she missed it. What a day.

    :rolleyes: :dizzy: :dizzy:
  2. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Posts: 554

    Why didnt he, are you, turn them on to find them?
  3. Mueller Landscape Inc

    Mueller Landscape Inc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 489

    Why didn't someone turn the system on and flag the heads?
  4. Dr. Mow

    Dr. Mow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    we always mark the heads, we never leave it up to the customer.

    to big to walk ?? our largest lawn that we areate is just over 4 acres , with 100% coverage with the irrigation system , it is much cheaper to spend a hour marking the heads than to replace several heads.
  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    He didn't know how to even turn the thing on, or even if it would work. And yeah, it was too big to walk. As I said, the heads were buried from non-use anyway, and I would have never found them. Sprinkler heads are the homeowners responsibility for marking, they live there, they should know where they are. I could walk a lawn and find 90% of the heads from sight, and still hit and damage heads. If the homeowner doesn't mark a head and I hit it, I'm not responsible and they know that ahead of time. Otherwise, I won't do the job.

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