First Job, Price check please

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by pasto_guy, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. pasto_guy

    pasto_guy LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 119

    Well after chasing the rainbird school down and going to about a week and a half of courses in two different areas of the country, it is time to do the first one. I could use just a little help though. PLEASE
    I've got a 1" main and meter devoted for irrigation.
    Over 100 psi (O.K. no need to drool):cool2:
    45 rainbird 5000 mpr heads going head to head at 32 ft.
    30 rainbird sprays
    looking at close to 16 zones.
    Anyone want to make a stab at the cost
    Thanks in advance
  2. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,274

    $8000.00 plus Just a guess without all the facts.

    Question: If you have a 1" dedicated meter and 'too much' pressure, why would you go with a 1" mainline? With that big a meter, you could easily go up to 11/4" and even 11/2" mainline and have fewer, but larger zones. Smaller controller, shorter watering window, etc.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,213

    I agree. Minimum $8000. Probably more. But once again, too many other onsite factors to consider. Also agree with possibly the larger main and valves.
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,715

    Well you are in Virginia , if its Northern Virginia , 8 grand is way too low. Second I hope you are plowing the pipe , all the competition is . If you are trenching it will be your first and probably your last job. A 1 inch main is great but depending on the area , the pressure and flow could still suck . I just did one in Balto city with a 2 inch meter , dedicated supply that only supplied 20 GPM and 40 psi . Good Luck
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,394

    If the pressure is good, I would wonder about needing as many as 16 zones from a one inch meter.
  6. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 291

    Hey Boots,
    I think we are in the wrong part of town. That looks like a standard 12 zone system to me. I dont think I could get more than $4200 for it out on the island. Is there something I dont see? Does the job have any special requirements? Trenching ,Seperate pit, backflow Rpz , Hot Box, Gold plated clamps?
  7. MMEC

    MMEC LawnSite Member
    from East
    Messages: 36

    Same here. 3200 if you find the companies that fill every box in city with a B&W flier.
  8. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    General rule of thumb around here is $100 per head installed. Including controls, valves, heads, wire, pipe, etc. etc.
  9. pasto_guy

    pasto_guy LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 119

    Thank you for all the replies so far. I also agree with using a bigger main. In the long run the extra cost of the back flow will be a lot cheaper considering that there are less zones. How many gpm's do you think I can get say with a 1.5" main. (a conservative guess). Yes we are going to pull the pipe. My estimate was $6,820.00 for the job. I guess I'm in the ball park. I live in SW Virginia. I only have two other companies within 70 miles that do irrigation installs. Plus my customer lives in near VA Beach and this home is just a retreat. Must be nice to have a $600,000 second home. Thanks again guys and keep the replies coming.
  10. Rainman7

    Rainman7 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 291

    Two other companies within 70 miles!!!!!! That could make the difference, I think our island is only 125 miles long and we have over 500 listed irrigation companies besides all the landscapers, firemen, cops ect.. that do it on the side.

    I guess I cant complain, we still do 1-2 jobs a day throughout the season.

    As far as your system, do what you want, it will probably work out the same cost wise wheather you go big or standard main. IMO this is not a very big system, and with your specs, it shouldnt be more than 12 zones. When some landscaper or fence guy breaks a line would you rather your service guy or yourself work on 1.5" line or 1"? Same with the valves, what is faster to work on?

    Just curious, how long do you estimate this take you to install? We just installed a system like this last week and we completed it in 6 hrs with 4 guys. This is how we need to work over here. I have heard some companies on this site will take 2-3 days to install a system like this, it must be nice to be able to think and breathe while installing and still make more $ on a job than me.

    Gook Luck

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