Temporary irrigation

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by carcrz, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Any of you guys ever set up some sort of temporary / portable system for your customers? I was thinking about setting up something w/ a timer/valve w/ maybe 4 or 6 outputs that I can leave for a week or so after doing a lawn renovation. I would only be leaving it in trustworthy areas though. My reason for even thinking about doing this is because it either rains a whole lot or it is almost completely dry - no in between & customers don't always understand that they need to water a lot for the seed to germinate.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    A front yard? The equipment would walk away, and no question about it.
     
  3. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    It'll be alright in the areas I'd leave them in. I will probably be hooking it up in the back & then route some hoses to the front so the setup can't be seen.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Who gets the financial responsibility for lost equipment? Try to assume the worst. Then work out the logistics.
     
  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    I will accept the consequences if it does happen. I haven't had any material or equipment stolen from customers homes in the last 7 years (knock on wood). I won't even consider using it in questionable areas. I am going to be using this in our "hidden" communities & lake communities. Everybody is watching at all times & their neighbors know who isn't supposed to be there & confronts you if something doesn't look right. They get in your face too when you aren't familiar. I like that, except when it's me they're interrogating.

    I figure I can cover most of my in-town lawns w/ 2 heads in the front & 4 in the back. I could do it w/ less since it is only temporary. I will be figuring it into their cost for the extra equipment, but I mainly want to do this to gauruntee that the lawn is started & then it's their problem from there. A lot of them are older & can't water it constantly like it needs in the beginning.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If I did have to come up with something, it might use those double-connection hose spikes with a low-gallonage rotor, with 25-foot hoses connecting them. More sprinklers, rather than less, would be how it would work, because the water supply from a faucet is bound to be small, and the pressure losses in hoses is large.
     
  7. simonkodousek

    simonkodousek LawnSite Member
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    There are companies that do this, and they are very successful. One that I know of (don't know the name) installs an above ground irrigation system, just like one that would go below ground, then takes it away when the grass is finished. :)
     

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