marking sprinkler heads ect.yes no?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MImowerkid, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    when I aerate in spring what is the best way to mark sprinkler heads and other small obstacles , I would think that the small plastic flags would be best , but I was wondering if their are any other options obviously it's not because they cost alot of money I just don't see walking 15+yards marking all of the sprinkler heads .Maby the question I need to be asking is should I take the time to mark them at all?
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    Drop the flags off a couple days before and have the homeowner mark them. That way you dont do it and they get to keep the flags for the next time.
  3. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    In the past I have also had the homeowner do it,have not had a lot of problems with this though.If they do it tell them you are not responsible for them because you cannot see underground.
  4. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    I will have the homowner do it if they can. That way if it's not marked it's there fault. Some of the little old ladies don't want to mark them so I will do it. I usually turn the system on and cycle it through the station to make sure I get all the heads. If I have to mark the heads I will charge a bit extra. When done I pull my flags and take them with me.
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I always have the homeowner do it unless they aren't physically able to do so.
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    FINALLY a smart reply from the packer. with one exception, they give me my damn flags back when i'm done. it is best to have the client mark them for a couple reasons. #1- it takes time. #2- if one is missed, and u wack it, oh well, not your fault.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Have the Homeowner mark them and you pick then up. But you have to mark the valve covers too. And most people dont know where they are. Make sure they know and mark. I hit one on the edge and drove the whole box down on the pipe which bent and broke the pipe. That was a lot harder and more time consuming than replacing a head.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I don't even waste my time by going back there and dropping flags off. If they are ok with the estimate while I am there, then I will give the flags for them to mark. If they call and ok the bid over the phone and they don't have flags, I usually tell them to use plastic sporks....or what ever. I had one guy use pens and pencils and stuck pieces of paper on them. They don't have to be fancy and I am not wasting my time doing this.
  9. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I wait for nice hot day, put my best speedo on with my goggles and then turn the sprinklers on. Brings me back to the days when I didn't have a care in the world, I think I was about 5. :cool: :dizzy:
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    All Ferris-- This is a family site. Please don't paint those pictures.

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