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Marking Sprinkler Heads for Aeration

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nebraska, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Does anyone else charge for the time to mark sprinkler heads for aeration?
  2. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    Sure I charge like I charge for anything else involved in the process. I add my time in before I prepare a price. I don't show it as a line item just like I wouldn't show the time to load/unload and clean up the machine.
  3. proline32

    proline32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 98383
    Messages: 278

    I as a rule make the customer mark where sprinkler heads are prior to my comming out for aeration, they also understand that if I hit a sprinkler head that is not marked that I am not liable to replace the head.
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Not too many even know where heads are. Better they pay me $10 to $25 to mark the heads (which I have measured, so I can do a spring aeration before system is turned on), than to pay $45 plus parts for an irrigation service call.

    Like above, time is just included in price for aeration.
  5. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    I drop flags to the customer, they mark before I arrive.
  6. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    In my opinion this is best.

    If they can't find them or don't want to, wait until the system is on and find them that way.
  7. Nebraska

    Nebraska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    ok....just sit out there and wait until the system is on. I bet that could be a very profitable wait. I don't know about you but I have much better things to do than starting at 3 am and waiting for each zone to run it's cycle. Ever heard of manually starting each zone? Amazingly enough there a number of folks who do not have a clue about their sprinkler system. I would in a perfect world like the customer to mark the heads for us, the problem is that it's not a perfect world. The result being we charge for it.
  8. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    You are right about having better things to do at 3 AM than wait for the sprinkler to come on. PILLOW being one of them.

    I meant wait until the system is started for the season.
  9. It is includes in my pricing scale, but if I can get them to do it, its more money made by me.

    I have also done like GroundKprs has a few times, but they paid extra out the yin yang for it.
  10. Strongmd

    Strongmd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    We don't mark them anymore. It takes too much time either driving around dropping flags off or marking them myself. We've probably done 45 aerations this year and haven't had a problem yet. If I break 1 or two heads, it's still cheaper than the alternative.

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