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Sighhhhh.,...Because I'm an idiot

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tjlco, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Gave a sod estimate 2 weeks ago, went today to do. I knew it was 2 pallets
    (1000 square feet), so I used sod cutter, and cut all the areas out I was supposed to........and apparently about 400 square feet extra:hammerhead:
    either that or the sod company shorted me. I have never measured a lawn wrong before....I am going back Tuesday to re measure because I am so damn angry with myself. I sure we have all made mistakes, but damn I have NEVER been 400 sq ft short..., maybe I just got to happy with the paint lines (we always mark the area with paint lines first) orrrrrr maybe the vibration from the sod cutter got me all excited lol:hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead: ;):dizzy::confused::mad::mad:
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Always measure twice and mark once!
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  3. Oakleaf landscape

    Oakleaf landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    I always do that, but I seem to end up marking about 5 times. Place looks like a rainbow when i'm done marking. That's why I carry all the colors of marking paint in my trailer. Never fails...
  4. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 369

    we always order extra .we have no problem getting rid of it . Probly order a few extra pallets and make a little profit .
  5. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Don't feel bad here, we pros all make mistakes now and then. I recently laid some sod, measured it as 375 sq ft, Bought a pallet @ 450 sq ft (cheaper by the pallet), ended up being "short" by 200 sq ft! It was embarrassing to say the least but I still charged them for extra labor & additional delivery service. I'm sure I measured it right but prob mis added the total amount needed.
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    We can all make mistakes at some time, even the most seasoned pros.

    Just, don't tell anybody about it!
  7. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    400sq feet missing of sod doesn't look pretty, but as long as you can fix it fast, no problem with that, everyone makes mistakes.
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    So measure how much you put down. How many sqft? How many rolls of sod? Did they short you? Is there more sqft than you planned? How is the sod roll measured? is it 18" by 4.5 feet? If so that is 972 sq inches or 75 percent of a sq yard.
  9. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    We all make mistakes, just try and learn from it for next time.....

    For example.... Just yesterday I was filling up a blower, I opened the tank lid, poured the gas in and went to set the gas can back down in the garage. I came pack to the blower, threw it over my shoulder, and heard a "glug, glug, glug" and a then a splashing sound, as gas poured all over my leg and driveway :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

    The sad thing is, I've done that twice now :cry: Hopefully I'll finally learn my lesson :laugh:
  10. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    been there done that:hammerhead::hammerhead:

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