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Nothin real major with sprinklers but landscaping yes. I did a job this year that included the removal of 2 5x4 portacarpus hedges. I did'nt look at them very close because they are very common so pretty straight forward. Well after we removed the one with out issue and trimmed the limbs on the other it was like being slapped. The trunk was 3ft wide. Never have I pulled a 5ft shrub with a oaktree sized trunk. Needless to say we lost alot of time on that and thus money because I refuse to raise my price because I did'nt pay attention and bid it right. Of coarse the folks I did the job for are contractors for Disney. So me being fair with them has brought me 2 jobs so far on Disney propety. One at the contractors office and on inside Disney.
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In such a situation, how would you ever know that could potentially turn out that way?

How have you changed or altered your bidding system so as to not repeat such a situation in the future?
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Pay better attention. If landscape or sprinklers. When you turn on the water you will see if you got heads close to trees. Once your a few feet from the trunk you may or may not have a problem so best to figure a few in. With landscaping, had I just walked over and looked between the branch's, I would have known the trunk size and what would be needed o tackle that.

I usually walk around with a pad of paper and pin and some flags. I like to use a few colors. One color for resetting heads, one for cleaning, one for replacing. Then write down how many of each on the paper per zone with any concerns. You need to walk to each head and not just look across the yard so you can see any leaks
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I usually walk around with a pad of paper and pin and some flags. I like to use a few colors. One color for resetting heads, one for cleaning, one for replacing. Then write down how many of each on the paper per zone with any concerns. You need to walk to each head and not just look across the yard so you can see any leaks
From there I guess you can present the customer with a list of things that need repair or replacement and then see what they decide to do?
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Exactly. Giving a sprinkler bid with out running the system is like giving a maint bid with out looking at the property
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what do you include in the initial service call when you run the system
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Well Basicly I'm gonna run each zone. Walk around and flag every head that needs reset, replaced, or moved. I'm gonna watch for dry spots and and over grown shrubs. Turf over the head. Then break it down for them. Often what starts as a simple test turns into a nice job. If the heads dont make it over the shrubs you need either a new head, longer risier, larger sprinkler, or trimmed shrubs. If you see a tree trnk is catching the water from a head you may need to move that head or add one. Same with dry spots. If you've got compaction issues you may sell an areation.If it's an old system and the pop ups are on the same zone as the roters you may be able to talk them into splitting those to 2 zones. If the shrubs are mature you maybe able to talk them into retro fitting a drip system to conserve water. You may find wet areas that need drainage work or regrade. You may find some plants like hawthorn with leaf spots from over head water that need a drip line to keep the water off the leaves.
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If it's an old system and the pop ups are on the same zone as the roters you may be able to talk them into splitting those to 2 zones.
What is the problem with rotors and pop ups on the same zone?
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Well pop ups need to be ran for 15-20min while a roter needs 45min-1hr to put down the same water. It's against the law to install like that here now. In order to water with a roter properly you over water with the popup.

Pop ups spray a set area and dont move. So that 6x6 area gets a constant bath while that zone is on. Roters have to move so for the same time you put down less water per sqft. You water more sqft though.
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Oh thats interesting! So then watching for this on older irrigation systems helps you point this out as well to the home owner. And they can then make an informed decision! It's good to know this stuff! I bet the home owners are amazed when you explain this to them.
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