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Trying really hard to learn! HELP!

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Ok, so I have been in lawn care for around 8 years and I want to add irrigation to increase revenue and profit margins and also as something else fun to do. I really am excited about getting into it!

I have read most of the beginners advice forum here, and I appreciate all the info. One of the first guys on the forum posted a link to a tutorial that he thought was pretty solid, so I started there with my reading. I'm not even all the way thru it yet and I'm enjoying it, but I'm also kinda overwhelmed at all the info involved at some points. I know that once I do it a couple times it will get easier, but I guess I'm just looking for some more starting advice. How do you find best to wrap your head around it all? Besides the tutorial I'm currently studying, is there anything else I should read that has a lot of easy to understand instruction and visuals? (I'm a pretty visual learner). Finally, when I think I'm ready to take on my first system, what is the best way to go about getting irrigation jobs? I put irrigation on my biz cards a couple years ago cuz I had a company that I was going to subcontract but I never really got much attention from it and nothing ever really happened and of course I didn't pursue it much because I was focusing on grass cutting. So how can I land a few jobs?

Anything, any guidance is extremely appreciated. Thanks!
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I appreciate the input so far guys. One thing I haven't seen anyone address yet is my question on how to land my first few sprinkler system contracts? Any input there?

Apparently I need to read this book by Richard Choate. I'll see if I can find it somewhere. After 2 weeks I finally finished reading Jesse Stryker's irrigation tutorial and it was pretty packed with good information. I still am going to go back and read parts of it again as well as a few parts I haven't read yet like his tutorial on winterizing a system. Does anyone know if Jesse Stryker's tutorial and this Choate guy's book conflict at all? Thats one of the main things that bother me, when you really feel like you found a good source of info and then someone recommends a book to you that conflicts with half of what you already read. Just curious?

Also, someone had posted that a license is a must, especially if it is required where I live. I'm not sure if it is required or not in Nashville. But I was planning to get my irrigation license anyway because I figured I would learn more if I had a test over it, and also that potential customers would trust me more if I was a licensed irrigation designer/installer. Anyone on here know what I will need to know to be able to pass the test for the license in Nashville?

Finally, someone else on this thread said that I should find a local mentor or consider being free help on a few jobs. I would love to, but I just don't have time to be free on jobs right now. What I would like to do is to line up some jobs of my own when I am ready and then kind of hire someone experienced to be my mentor on those jobs. I'm just not sure how many people out there are willing to help train the competition lol. If any of you are located near me and would like to help me out, let me know! Sorry this is long, lots of stuff for me to figure out :)

Thanks again for the input, keep 'em coming!
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here you go

read the link, stay out of trouble.

you're prolly not gonna be doing much till this is taken care of so, you prolly will have enough time to build a good foundation for the trade.

best of luck
I appreciate the link. I have been readint the page for a while and I'm not quite sure which license I am required to have....there is a lot of info here and I am having trouble finding which one fits irrigation systems. Thanks!
I still want to see an irrigation plan.
I'm going to try and draw up a mock design for my own yard. Might take me some time but when it's done I'll post it up here and let you guys take a gander at it.

In the meanwhile, does anyone know anything about the license you need for doing irrigation in TN?
Quick update....first I must say that you guys are pretty good at going off on tangents and bunny trails lol. Second, concerning licenses in TN, I talked to the govt offices and they said there is no license required to do irrigation systems. The only requirement is that I have a licensed plumber install the backflow preventer. This has been backed up by a friend of mine in Memphis who does a lot of irrigation and by another friend who is a general contractor. I was happy to find out this information because it makes getting started a little easier.

I'm covered up in spring lawn care right now but I still plan on designing a system for my house and putting it up here for you guys to see. Just keep checking for updates :)
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