New irrigation installation being installed thursday, any advice?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ls3c6, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Funny you should mention 5/8 meters and high flow. Just looked at a place tonight with my boss where the homeowner thought he had water hammer whenever the sprinklers came on. But the problem seems to be at the meter. Seems to clunk clunk clunk and the sound is transferred through the gal. water line and through the walls to the point it wakes him up in the middle of the night.
     
  2. DieselMDX

    DieselMDX LawnSite Member
    from MA
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    just had my irrigation installed also and grass looks MUCH better a few weeks later.

    backyard is destroyed tho hit alot of roots and rocks. i am just going to seed in september to fix and work my ass off to get the best dame lawn in the area HAHAHAHA
     
  3. jabbo

    jabbo LawnSite Member
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    We must have pics in order to see where you're coming from!!!! And lots of them... :)

     
  4. ls3c6

    ls3c6 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
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    what rain settings are recommended? it's set to off for 24hrs after a rain event and the sensor is set @ 1/8"... we're supposed to get .75-1.0 inch today, should I just turn it off? I dont' think it has a way to gauge exactly how much rain we get and subtract it from the defeceit?
     
  5. ls3c6

    ls3c6 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
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    Well trouble begins, saddle tee to one head already broke resulting in a weak 6ft arc... Then I noticed the lateral line feeding it is only 1 7/8" deep.... This caused me to run around the yard with a screw driver, found a lot of 2" deep poly along the trench lines, what do I do now? They're going to fix the broken connection and my temper is difficult to control, I verified lines would be no less than 10" deep since I aerate yearly.
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  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    a practical tip - aeration is nice, but if your soil really needed regular physical treatment, it should have been tilled like a farm field before you put in a system and a lawn

    water and feed your lawn, and don't worry overmuch about aerating
     
  7. ls3c6

    ls3c6 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
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    And dont worry about the 2" pipe depth that should be 10"?????
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  8. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
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    man, that's tough...i hate to say it because i'm a contractor and i absolutely hate when customers call and start questioning stuff but in this case it sounds like he is completely in the wrong...that is simply too shallow...get your stuff straight before you even call him, i would dig down to the top of the poly in about a 5 foot length or so to show him how shallow it is and that you can't even aerate...i say do this before you call him because you need to make for damn sure you are correct before you tell him he is wrong...then call and tell him you want him to look at the depth when they come back to fix the saddle...then figure it out between the two of you on where to go from there...10" or so is standard
     
  9. ls3c6

    ls3c6 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
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    He's got to fix the broken connection anyway I don't much want all my stuff ripped up again either grrrrr its just starting to heal, why does everyone suck at everything!
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  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pipe depth is an odd thing. You want it deep. Until it's repair time, and you are paying time and material. By itself, pipe depth is no biggie. Shallow pipe will not work its way shallower if there are grass roots above it.
     

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