Utility flags

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PicturePerfect, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. PicturePerfect

    PicturePerfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I pull up a commerical property last week and there are about 50 flags marking underground utilities. The utilities are also marked by paint. What would you do?
    (A) Pull the flags, mow, replace
    (B) Pull the flags, mow, not replace
    (C) Mow over the flags
    (D) Trim around the flags
  2. wrestlingcoach

    wrestlingcoach LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    the wires can impell you and the tires
    causing you to look real stupid
  3. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    I would mow around and make sure i didn't go over the paint then trim and thing i could with out disrupting the flags/markers.
  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Me too. Just don't let it eat to much into your time.
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    mow and trim around them, tack on 10% utility flag surcharge.
  6. PicturePerfect

    PicturePerfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    The dew was also very heavy.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    double surcharge
  8. Bray

    Bray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I mow around them. I won't trim around them or pull them. Leave a note with the home owner or talk to the buisness about the liabilities of doing such. I don't waste to much time with it. Just remember there is a contractor that called in a locate for those flags and removing them will waste their time. They have a job to do and it could look bad on you if your the reason your client did'nt get the work done or if someone got hurt because you moved, mowed over, or pulled the flags.
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  9. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Mow as close to them as you can, do not remove them. Even if you mow and replace them, you could become liable if a utility is hit during any excavating.
  10. green with envy

    green with envy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    Mow as close as you can aand then add a yellow flag surcharge, a blue flag surcharge, an orange flag surcharge, a Brown flag surcharge, a yellow paint surcharge, a blue paint surcharge, A brown paint surcharge. Then you have to take a look and see if any of the flags or paint were covering or stuck in dog poo, Then ADD A SURCHARGE. Did they mark it on a Friday? Add a surcharge! Is Bobby Gedd getting a woody? Add a surcharge! :drinkup: :cool2: :drinkup: :drinkup:

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