Still doing blowouts Jan 6

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Mdirrigation, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    One of the advantages of owning your own compressor , I did 3 blow outs today ,new customers . It was 60 degrees and sunny . Have an install to do next week . We generally hibernate this time of year , but the work is still rolling in .
     
  2. Wet_Boots

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    I would have been done, but the 'final' blowout had a split in the mainline, too much for a truckmount to overcome.
     
  3. DanaMac

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    I'm not pulling any compressors out for blowouts this late in the season. Sure we've had 60+ degrees this week, but we've had below zero temps already as well. If the system is finally getting blown out on Jan 6th, it can probably get through the entire winter. At least for my area, but the coastal regions may be different. I can't see blowing it out for only 6-8 weeks. We start turning back on mid March.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

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    Yeah, out here, the ground is very not frozen, so the underground plumbing and heads are still damage-free for now. I'll wait until next week to finish up.
     
  5. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ground hasnt even tried to freeze in md yet , not even close . I leave a compressor in my driveway for the late callers . Keep the customers happy .
     
  6. DanaMac

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    I did get a work order today from a landscape company, for an RP that was dumping. I'm sure it either had ice in a CV, or a CV was broken. I haven't called or taken care of it yet. Snow tomorrow :dizzy:
     
  7. DanaMac

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    Do you charge a premium at this time of year?
    Heck, my office voice mail says we are closed, and that we only check messages every 3-4 days. I checked caller ID today, and the only numbers that came up in the last week were my insurance company, multiple 800 numbers, GoDaddy, and one out of state number.
     
  8. Wet_Boots

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    I should charge a hefty premium, since I'm out in the boonies doing a house rehab, but I try to keep a small group of all-below-grade-plumbing installs in reserve, to fill the final day of winterizing, and make the travel worth it.
     
  9. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    No I dont charge a premium , I gain new customers this way , most guys around here dont own their machines and want a hell of a premium to rent the machine and do 1 or 2 .For me its no big deal I have done 12 since xmas , most had popped backflows , so I am setting up spring work already . Money is money . I am driving a heating oil truck twice a week , and running some service calls for an oil company .
     
  10. Wet_Boots

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    bingo! payup
     

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