do you replace sprinklers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turbo5560, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. turbo5560

    turbo5560 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    Q: if you were taking care of a property, strictly mowing and trimming, and over the season you break a few sprinkler heads, lets say less then 4 on a one acre property would you fix them on your own dime or is that something that should be charged to the owner for normal wear and tear?
    and don't say what ever is in the contract....
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    f threads on that, do a search

    Lots o
  3. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    anything me or my guys break we fix at no cost to the customer.its part of being in bus.
  4. freedm2

    freedm2 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 217

    Your joking right? Maybe you shouldn't be in business. People like you...

    If you had a painter come into your house and they knocked over a can of paint on the carpet, who should pay? Let me guess, the homeowner.
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I agree, this is something that's been hashed out to death on here.

    My feelings: If it's a properly installed and working head, meaning it's not stuck in the up posistion all the time, and you somehow break it, yes you should replace it. Do replace it with a good professional grade head though, don't pick up some 99 cent POS and slap in there.

    Now, if the sprinkler is always stuck up, or if it's sitting above grade and it gets broke, well then that's your call. Technically, if it's not retracting it's already broken, though sometimes they can be lubed up and made to work. And if it's setting too high it should have been lowered.
  6. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    you break you fix. Honestly I think a lot of folks on here probably carry some spare parts and fix them on the spot when they break them. I have a tool box dedicated to this that has a few rotors, spray heads and some pvc parts and glue. Most things I can repair onthe spot if needed.
  7. turbo5560

    turbo5560 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    i don't have an opinion on it, i was just wondering what other people do. i typically do replace them
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Any damage done by the company and/or my employees are repaired by the company. Sometimes the customer does not even know.
  9. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Carry a couple of each brand and model that are commonly found in your area. Just use your head. If it's a good customer paying you a couple hundred a month, just replace it. You are looking at $10-15 in parts for a lawn that it is paying you a couple grand a year. If they are not a great customer, replace it anyway. Let them know that you had to replace it. If they have a lawn full of heads that don't retract, make them aware of the problem and that you can't be responsible for damage to them in the future.

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