Licensing needed for Sprinkler Irrigation Installation

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by MowinginEureka, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    partner, why are you dancing all over the place with weather reports and climate considerations reguarding sprinklers instead of just looking at the states web site. i live three hours away from you and i am required to have a lic.
    you cannot tell me that you are going to install an irrigation system of any size for less than $500. i didn't notice in your tag you having a trencher(rent or hand dig costs money) if you spend $200 on parts i'm sure your labor costs as an above board "contractor" will exceed $300. i did a retrofit a few weeks ago and the heads alone were $250, total materials $800 with three men, three days not counting three or four trips to the job for tests and a check up visit a week later( makes people feel special, and good customers are).
    i have a gut feeling that you don't choose to get a lic. as long as you can get away with dingbatting.
    if i have to have a lic. i don't see why you don't.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    Up here, we have a toll-free number for suspected "rats". I've never used it, but I've sure given the # to a lot of contractors. It's fine to be competitive, but let's play on a level field.
  3. MowinginEureka

    MowinginEureka LawnSite Member
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    Ok first of all, as regards the weather, I was replying to the person who commented why I wouldnt want to have a contractors license for sprinkler installation in California, and thats because sprinklers are not in as high of a demand here.

    Secondly, I never said I could install a sprinkler system for 500 or less.

    Third, your "gut feeling" is wrong. I am attaining my spray license so I never have to spray a single lawn illegally, I never have. As far as I was aware, installing a sprinkler system without a contractors license was not illegal, and I have never installed one myself. So I'm not "dingbatting" and I haven't chosen to NOT get a license. I have been thinking prior to this post of getting one next spring. Especially now as the summer draws to an end. Also, especially here, where its cold and wet all winter, contrary to So-Cal weather.

    Fourth, I have assisted in a sprinkler job of this size a few times. Its relatively small and easy, except for the complication of a well, which only was just recently found out. Materials alone would be around 500. A trencher is 70$ to rent for 4 hours. 140 for a whole day, I would only have about a maximum of 8 man hours in the job and about 12 for me, total of 20. Thats not a lot of money. But still way over the 500$ limit.

    And fifth, this sprinkler is for a friend of the family who is also a customer of mine. I would not need to budget "extra" trips out there to check on the system because I mow her yard every week.

    And lastly. I believe that with available information made available by a few people that it is in fact illegal for me to do this job, which is contrary to everything I had been told by people I know locally. It is a smallish town, so forgive me for my inadequate knowledge on matters I had otherwise been misinformed of by other so called "contractors" and now also "dingbatters". I came on here to ask a question, it has been answered. So thank you, thank you everyone for your kind words and consideration. I only hope that the next time a young rookie who is new in the business who gets some wrong information in a tiny town and is venturing into a new field asks for information, you pounce on him with the some voracity you have me. I'm sure he will not reply to you goofy tards as kindly as I. Thanks.
    :walking: *trucewhiteflag*:
  4. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think planning on getting your license is on the right track.

    As for the weather, I love it up there. One of my sons attended College Of The Redwoods, and his mom's family had a 1,000 acre ranch on the coast in Petrolia. We looked at buying a place near Alderpoint once upon a time.

    I know the area pretty well. It does get wet at times. (Look at the high water marks along the Eel River sometime and it'll blow your mind.)
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    Yup, that's us.
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow , you guys chased off 2 newbies this week even with Dana on vaca,lol !
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    You're next.
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,291

    first, i live in a small town in california myself pop.500
    second the five hundred dollars is the total allowed for non-contractor lic.limit
    third my gut is not wrong, you have not once stated that you have bothered to check the website or call the cslb
    fourth you may have under estimated the time you will spend with this system
    fifth the board doesn't care about your relationship to the owner, i had to show my numbers for my daughters sewer repair (which i am lic. to do) and they wanted a dollar amount for the permit fees, although we exchanged no money. i received one killer home cooked dinner as payment , (best job of the year)
    sixth nobody pounced on you, you came up with excusses for everything, and again never once said that you checked any of the resources available to you.
    and lastly i'm new to this forum but i have been watching it for a long time. i joined it because of people like boots,kiril,dana,mitch ect (didn't know how to through mike leary in properly) and for people like mex, and you and myself.
    the end
    yours truly
  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,940

    Hey 1ide,

    Can you please fix your punctuations?

    I know we all don't follow proper punc's all the time but it's hard to read your typing.

    Your going to be hassled hardcore when winter time comes along and there isn't much going on other then winterizing
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,400

    You can be the formatting nazi :realmad:

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