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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by SMBUDDY46, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. SMBUDDY46

    SMBUDDY46 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    i am wanting to get involved in the irrigation business, is this something that needs to be learned on the job, are there colleges that offer classes in this subject, and is there state board test to be taken to certified. i live in missouri.
     
  2. pilotcoplawnboy

    pilotcoplawnboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    I just installed my on irrigation system and didn't find it to be that hard. Go to www.jessstryker.com and read up on his tutorials. It saved me a lot of heartache. Once you do a couple of small ones it should become easier. I am no specialist but think I could do small installs with no problem. The main thing that kind of threw me off at first was the waterflow and the amount of sprinklers I could run off a valve and the size of the valves that were used. The only problem I had with my system was on one zone I ran a 3/4 vlave and tried to run too many heads. Like 5 small pop-up (non-rotating)360 ones and a 180 degree rotor. It didn't work worth a crap. I had to take off 2 of the heads and connect them to the zone that ran in my back yard with only 2 sprinkler heads. This is where I had trial and error and lesson learned. I will know if I ever have to put in another system for someone else. If you can, try to work with an irrigation company first and then do your own installs after you learn a little. I wouldn't do a customer install right off without atleast doing one for yourself or family member. I wish you luck!!!!
     
  3. DGI

    DGI LawnSite Member
    from SE Mich
    Posts: 173

    Why are you running mist heads and rotors together?

    To the original question, yes, it needs to be learned on the job. The theories can only take you so far.
     
  4. pilotcoplawnboy

    pilotcoplawnboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    (Quote)Why are you running mist heads and rotors together?(Quote)

    Is it bad to run mist heads together with a rotor head?
     
  5. DGI

    DGI LawnSite Member
    from SE Mich
    Posts: 173

    Well, generally, yes. The problem comes with matching precipitation. If you can get it close enough it's not a problem. The problem is that most don't/can't.
     

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