Starting out in Irrigation?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Gruneich Lawn Care Inc., Jan 2, 2003.

  1. Gruneich Lawn Care Inc.

    Gruneich Lawn Care Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from SD
    Posts: 295

    I am interested in starting out in irrigation. What is all needed for it, and what training is needed? How do you price out irrigation installs? Im sure there are lots of questions, so any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. devildog

    devildog LawnSite Senior Member
    from sc
    Posts: 270

    1) do a search of this site, you will find this question answered several times.

    2) contact your local vendor(s) and state irrigation assoc. Attend EVERY design & service class they offer during this time of year.

    with regards... devildog
     
  3. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    Check out this site for education:

    Irrigation Association

    I've taken several of their classes. They're great.

    Randy
     
  4. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,712

    or just look at the relevant irrigation posts of the past year or so.
     
  5. SamIV

    SamIV LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    Good advice from all. I'm still fairly new in the business. Was fortunate to have the Irrigation Association's national show here in New Orleans this past October. I enrolled in 5 of the courses they offered. This made a world of difference.
    All on my installs prior to this worked, but I wish I knew then what I know now.
    Education is the key. Educate yourself before you do your first install. I was in your shoes not too long ago. Send me a private message and I will be glad to help if you like.

    Thanks
    Sam
     
  6. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What classes did you take Sam? I took the Landscape Irrigation Design class. It was a real good class.

    Randy
     
  7. SamIV

    SamIV LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    Sorry my reply is so late, we took the kids to Disney Word for a week. Rain Bird everywhere there. 1800's and T-birds. Saw some new landscaping going in and they were installing all Toro.

    I took Landscape Irrigation Design, Drip Design in the Landscape, Irrigation System Installaion and Maintenance, Design Hydraulics, and an introductory to Irrigation Auditor.

    Learned something different from each class as each were taught by different instructors even though all covered some of the same material. All the instructors do this for free. They paid their own way. Most were distributors or maufacturer reps. One was professor out of California, from India originally , extremely bright and entertaining. He helped as a specialist in three of the classes. All were well worth it.

    Thanks,
    Sam
     
  8. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    We were in the Landscape Irrigation Design class together then. I believe it was only offered once, Thur - Sat.

    Randy
     
  9. turfman59

    turfman59 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 801

    I would go to the IA website and purchase the turf irrigation manual and the CIC study guide book the two books will cost about 90.00 dollars but a worthwhile investment and a huge resource at your finger tips.
     
  10. SamIV

    SamIV LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    I guess we were. I sat first row middle on the right In front of the landscape architect from Jackson MS. This was probably the most informative class.

    Thanks,
    Sam
     

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