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should I try it?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by matt spinniken, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. matt spinniken

    matt spinniken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I just hired a guy for my lawn maintenance company that has 7 years experience as a foreman for a well established irrigation company. Anyways, I am thinking about trying to get a couple irrigation installs and see how they go now that I have a experienced helper. Does this sound like a good plan, what are your opinions?
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,193

    I say do it.........what do you have to loose...

    start off small and go bigger......what you guys use to plow pipe?
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    What design experience do you have? As has been said many times on this forum, "Any monkey can slap pipe together." :)
  4. matt spinniken

    matt spinniken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I personally have no irrigation design experience. He claims he has done many designs. Do people usually measure everything and then draw out where the zones will be? I think I will talk to a few customers of mine who might be interested and let them know that this will be the buisnesses first irrigation job and give them a reduced price.
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    I can usually design a system with a 100' tape on the spot.
  6. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    Don't go to my irrigation distributor and buy parts while I'm there. I'll give you dirty looks.
  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    Ok, the down side. Your only irrigation ability is with one EMPLOYEE. Are you sure your not going to get held hostage to this one employee if things get bad. Missunderstanding happen for lots of reasons. Your relationship is new. I did just this to an oufit in DFW because they wouldn't let me fire a crew. My reason was a bag of mexican oregano on the truck, but again, lots of things cause missunderstandings. Next, are you sure of the guys abilities? if your good with these negatives, then I say your good to go. Lots of irrigation outfits have started in worse shape. I can design a yard with or without a map in about 20 min just pacing. If I need a "design", then the map and notes need another hour or two on a table in a nice clean environment. BUT, I can put together a materials list from the notes and give you pricing info from that 15-20min on site.
  8. Greenguy1

    Greenguy1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    It has been my experience that the potential employee knows more than he or she can do, applicants today are highly experienced at job apps.and interviews, give them a layout of a yard with drive, walks and house and see if they can figure it out at 12 gpm. with 7 yrs exp. they should know how unless all they did was dig and connect, and you can train an ape to do that so 7 yrs experience means nothing to me, be careful, why isn't he on his own if he has all this knowledge and experience? that is a common thing for employees in this field after about 7 years unless they get with a large Co. that deals with Golf courses and very large projects.
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Suuurre Ed... Now that you have your secret decoder ring... :laugh:
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Actually... apes' hands are a little too big and clumsy. I'd prefer monkeys since they're faster. :laugh:

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