your aerator punctured my sprinkler lines!


LawnSite Silver Member
dirty jersey
and i not paying you till you fix my lines!

i am sorry mr. x but i cant be responsible for systems that are not installed properly.

before we aerated i gave you instructions and it stated that we were not responsible for damaged lines.

he is pissed and said he will contact me..

you irrigations guys get blamed for shallow pipes all the time ..
should i have handled it differently?


LawnSite Member
Twin Cities MN
ou should not be held responsible for this.
The Irrigation contractor should have installed the lines deep enough. In my opinon, it's totally the fault of the Irrigation contractor and a poor install technique.
Let me guess, the customer went with the lowest bid for the sprinkler system.
We have installed thousands of systems and I can honestly say that we have NEVER had a line damaged from an aerator


LawnSite Member
SE Mich
MikeK said:
Let me guess, the customer went with the lowest bid for the sprinkler system.
I was going to touch on this, but decided not to. Often this will be the case, at least in my experience. After heads in the corners, and to a lesser extent, spacing/head count designed to minimize overspray, depth of lines is often the next thing to go.


LawnSite Member
I agree, you should never have to worry about hitting lines with an areator. Poor wokmanship of others should not be your responsibility. The owner should be pissed at the irrigation contractor not you. Good Luck!


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metro NYC
How about "don't aerate" ?? - I always wonder about the practice on residentials. I mean, you got a neighborhood of excellent lawns. But this one lawn is sitting atop some mutant patch of soil that <i>must</i> be aerated. Oh, sure. Unless you have a golf course or athletic field, why bother? Nothing wrong with the revenue, but poly pipe on residential systems can be anywhere up to the bottom of the grass roots, as time passes and frost and heave raises the pipe.


LawnSite Member
San Diego,CA
Payment should be before the job
I charge $70 for 1000sq ft or less
so at that small of an amount I require payment before
Probably 75% percent of my customers are not at home so I have to require payment be left
I always have a supply of sprinkler heads with me in case I break one
and always ask the homeowner if the system was working correctly before you arrive

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