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Saturday disaster

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by FIMCO-MEISTER, Jun 9, 2007.


    Messages: 18,668

    I save my tree root jobs for my sub and we knock them out on Saturdays. Anyway this one was a very small bed with electrical lines, drainage, irrigation wire, and sweet gum tree roots. The pipe was broken under a good size root and under the drainage pipe. We carefully carved away what we could and finally thought we were in the clear to do some sawzall cutting. Suddenly the sawzall stopped. 30 seconds later the customers wife comes out of the house and says our power has gone out. then he pulls into the driveway. I have no idea what has happened. Turns out their was another electrical line directly under the drain that we cut with the sawzall. Fortunately it was just to pool equipment and we were able to get house power restored but not after the customer let me have it. Later he felt bad about it and gave me some leftover dog food.


  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794


    I'm so glad that was you and not me.
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Definitely a hornet's nest. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. :)

    Messages: 18,668

    Remember this post? Well between my bill and the electricians bill this one sprinkler head is costing the customer about 1600.00. Guess what! He is not happy. My point is that I advised him against attempting to repair this thing. I warned him it was going to be a nightmare. Obviously I didn't know how big a nightmare but I feel if you take someone on as a customer you have to take the bad jobs with the good. I am rethinking that philosophy. If I had told him to get someone else to deal with this I would have been a heck of a lot better off. Now I've got to argue and defend myself and probably will end up making concessions that will lead to losing money on the job.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Gave you some left over dog food? How very nice of him........................................omg
  6. Mad Estonian

    Mad Estonian LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Gave you some left over dog food? How very nice of him

    Yeah, I was gonna say... he could've at least given you a cold beer to wash it down with:drinkup:
    That's ugly. I know what you mean. Cherry-picking only the plum jobs would be a nice way to go, but hard to do. I do try to only work for people I like. If someone's obviously a complete jerk, chances are things won't go well. But then, sometimes people surprise you. I don't know, my truck's been in the shop for over a week (head gasket, 7.3L diesel, real busy at the diesel specialist's shop=ouch, ouch, ouch), and the thought of just packing it in and going to work for someone else who will pay me a steady wage can seem awfully tempting at times like this. Why do I persevere? Stubborn, stupid, I don't know. I also have a certain vision for my business, and I think I'd have a hard time working for someone else at this point. Ugh. Sorry, just venting a little. I'll be fine.:cry:
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,155

    Oddly enough, before I read the posts, I looked at one that had lost power to
    the clock, GFI was o.k., but a splice had been made to power a sign some-
    where off the same electrical feed. The electricians hit our multi-stand poking
    around before they gave up. They said, "you guys dig it up & locate the splice
    & we'll repair". I said, "you dig it up & locate it". I had that same sinking
    feeling that "this is not going to go well & I want no part of it".:eek:
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    This is a disguised "I'm better than you because I'm an electrician and you're just a sprinkler guy" attitude. If it'd been me I prolly would of said something like, "I see you didn't pass the 'skilled' part of your trades apprenticeship. You broke it... you fix it." :)

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