I thought that I'd share this story with those of you who do alot of systems for new commercial construction. I take care of a popular development here with restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, etc. It is a massive system - miles of 4" mainline, over 10 controllers each with about 25 zones, etc. They continue to add a couple of new businesses every year, and usually will damage the common area system every time. They put in a new restaurant & RIPPED OUT about 50' of 4" main, laterals, 2 2" scrubber valves, & lots of wire. The contractor asked me if I can repair. I said yes & called my supplier but unfortunately he did not have 4" gasketed iron fittings in stock & had to order them. I told the contractor this & asked if he could leave the hole open for a few days until I can get my fittings & he said yes. A few days later, after getting my fittings, I returned to see that not only was the hole filled back in, but a parking lot was put in over the hole. After words with the contractor, & using a locater, I determined that I had to go another 80' to catch the mainline in a green area to reconnect. I subbed an excavator, took 3 days to reinstall main, reconnected 23 14 gauge wires, install valves & connect to laterals, thrust block fittings, etc. The total bill was roughly $4500 - time + materials. The contractor had a fit. He thinks that I was "ripping him off". I use Real Green's LA3 & my bills are very detailed - every man hour & fitting is on the invoice. I explained to him several times that that was the exact T/M & that I wasn't ripping him off. Needless to say, our relationship is ruined with this contractor which will hurt future work but I don't care because HE is wrong. We eventually got paid, but I keep hearing that these guys are bad mouthing us in irrigation circles. I realize that pricing is different in other parts of the country, but do you guys think $4500 was extreme for that work? Am I missing something here?