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Time Saving Techniques/Products

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bmwsmity, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Messages: 276

    So last year I did my first irrigation job (I'm mainly a lighting guy), and this year I'm focusing much more on irrigation due to the economy...

    The spreadsheet I use spec'd the job out at around 67 hours, but it took me over 90 hours, mostly due to inexperience and doing things the long way (not using things such as Blazing saddles, using regular wire nuts, among other things).

    How about a thread on how to save labor time & costs using various techniques and products?
  2. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,930

    We use experience.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,096

    Once you can walk the site with the client and come up with a zone count and
    a price on the spot, you are ready for prime time.
  4. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    You just listen w/o looking at the flow rate of water coming out of a hose spigot to know the GPM available, huh? :rolleyes:
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,259

    Tell us how to save time on lighting work first. Fair is fair.

    TRILAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    Got any pictures of that irrigation install??? We all love pictures.

    On question. If you are a lighting guy. You must know that corrosion is wires worst enemy, especially outdoors. Why would you use regular wire nuts???? Do you wire your lights this way also. Or perhaps this is to assure regular service calls when the connections fail.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Take whatever you come up with in your head and double it. :laugh:
  8. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Messages: 276

    I need to clarify...I used King Connector silicone filled nuts....instead of Blazing wire connectors, which are faster and less cumbersome.

    I would NEVER use a non silicone filled connector of any sort ;)
  9. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Messages: 276

    Insightful, thanks for the info. :hammerhead:

    Granted, I'm new to the irrigation side of this forum...so some poking fun is in order I suppose, but I also started this thread so everyone reading can benefit, not just me. :drinkup:
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,185

    More of that goes on than you'd realize here in Irrigation Heaven. Don't take it personal.

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