When to walk away..

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok all.

    So I sold a drip system a while back..I knew the H/O was a PITA but none the less I thought we could handle it..

    We are watering a garden next to a house. Why is it next to a house because this person has no idea what they are doing. I kept my mouth shut.

    Sold her on drip.. Noticed 1 area of the garden has a large amount good dirt the other has sand basically 4X15.. I put in 4 rows of drip in the sandy area and 3 rows in the good soil area..

    She claims that there is not enough water going down... So I went there when I knew she wasn't around. Turned the zone on for 1 hour and it ripped..

    I would say in this 4X15 foot area there is at least 45 feet of drip down..Over watered if anything.

    Not enough water my @$$ The worst part is this one was for a friend of a friend...

    So I call her, she tells me not enough I strongly disagree..

    She asks me if i can throw water from the lawn to the house/garden. I say no its a standard practice not to throw water to a house, only from..


    So, how am I supposed to water uniformly a garden area next to a house jam packed with different veggies varying in size?

    I'm about to give her the $ back and tell her to find some hack who will soak her siding over head and then not properly water her plants.

    / rant
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    First mistake you made was not going by your gut feeling, which proved to be correct.
     
  3. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I totally agree..

    working for friends or friends of friends can be deadly.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    An oldfart I worked for years ago, once said, "never do business with your friends." It seemed c.s. at the time, but after a few "gone bad" experiences, I realized he was right.
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    tell her to move the garden and then you'll continue discussions
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I must be dense... what is the problem?
     
  7. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    drip went down>"coverage not there"> me spending a hour on personal time to watch drip working> Peace B1tch.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    That is my job :laugh:

    If coverage is not there then you should be selling and getting a commision. If you did not reveiw that then shame on you. I never look at just one aspect of a job because it bites you.

    Still not sure what the problem is based on your post. You are a smart guy.... You should identify all aspects and limit the scope of your work. If you did that then they are actually asking you to do more work.
     
  9. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I call it putting out fires.. I do it for my boss all the time..

    I sell what I know works. It continues to work.

    I more or less have limited choice of anything when it comes to design. I see what does work and what doesn't. I hate rings around plants but in my sandy soil it gets the short term taken care of.

    On the fly I sell work for my boss and make him $$ doing it. Then I put it in. I give him a ton of personal time making sure I/we look good.. Checking an adjustment, or making sure a clock gets taken off a sod program. Sure I'll go above and beyond. I'm making more hours than anyone in my office for the past 3 months.

    Do I see a lot of holes from time to time? More than you know.
     
  10. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm not fully sure what the problem is either heh.

    What kind of drip was it? Why did you watch it for 1 hour? Just turn it on to make sure it's working and then explain to her that drip has it's name for a reason because it drips water at a low precip rate which is what it has a high run time. Also ask the question, is anything dieing?
     

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