the love for water

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by jonesy5149, May 23, 2010.

  1. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 259

    how the season this year.. seem to do about 8 to 10 estimate a week but the money is were they fall apart.. dam recession

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  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Yep, between the recession and the increase in DIYs, professional installs are taking a hit.

    What I have done to somewhat ease the pain is to increase the promotion of the consulting services that I offer.

    Many, if not most, DIYs realize that with the info they get at the Big Box store being suspect and Internet info being, at times, contradictory and confusing, they need someone who is experienced and knowledgeable AND PREFERABLY LOCAL that they can turn to for advice. And they are willing to pay for it.

    My income from consulting has increased dramatically since I put the word out that I was here to help people realize their dreams; even if they did it themselves.
     
  3. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 259

    Has any body used the water fall feacher that fall out of a wall with lights...? i see if i can post a pic
     
  4. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    I think that you are referring to the Atlantic Color Falls. They are nice but pricey. They can only be used on decorative water features where you can use a harsh algaecide like swimming pool treatments. Easy Pro has introduced an LED strip that can be used with some of their spillways, but it is only available in White.
     
  5. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 259

  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Even though they are attractive, I have not installed any for several reasons. The maximum flow for these units is 1000 gph per foot of weir width (not a lot of flow); they must be installed in such a way as to allow future access to replace the LED strip (1 year warranty); the replacement LED strip costs between 55% - almost 70% of the original cost of the entire unit. None of these are good selling points IMO.
    But I would imagine that you would install them much the same as any other spillway unit plus allowing for electrical hook-up.
     

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