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When Pipes Need Repairs


Pipe & Fittings
Often two, three, or more pipes will be crowded together in a narrow trench. Wiring to the controller may share that limited space as well. Or the PVC pipe is “snaked” and twisted in the trench in such a way that the “top” pipe may actually be in the middle, side-by-side, or even on the bottom, just a few feet down the line.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013

Irrigation Pipe Repair

...Finding...Repairing...Replacing


Pipe & Fittings
The voicemails you hear when you arrive at your office in the morning may vary, but the message is the same.... “Hi. There’s a big wet spot in the middle of my lawn this morning that wasn’t there yesterday. Can you come take a look at it?” “Hello. There’s water bubbling out of my sprinkler system, where it shouldn’t be bubbling...   More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012

The Basics of Pipe Repair


Pipe & Fittings
There is no better feeling than seeing the happy expressions on your clients’ faces as they stand back and take in the exquisite landscape that you and your crew just installed.   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Purple . . . The New Gold


Pipe & Fittings
In the medieval Europe, blue and purple dyes were rare and expensive, so only the most wealthy or the aristocracy could afford to wear them. And though wearing purple today doesn't indicate wealth, to irrigation contractors it can still mean gold. Especially if they live in areas where the population has access to non-potable water.   More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Can You Believe That Gauge?


Pipe & Fittings
Using a gauge provides us with a measure of pressure in the system. Generally, we expect to see a steady reading, but what does the gauge with a pointer that is unsteady mean? The unsteady or flickering needle shows that the system is seeing rapid changes in pressure. These rapid pressure changes, over time, can lead to failure of the pipes, fittings, or other components.   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 LARRY WORKMAN

PVC Fittings: Features and Drawbacks


Pipe & Fittings
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IRRIGATION systems that have been designed and built with PVC pipe and fittings perform satisfactorily, while a very small percentage run into problems.    More
 
Monday, November 17, 2008 LARRY WORKMAN

Irrigation Pipe Repair


Pipe & Fittings
YOU’VE JUST COMPLETED A PROJECT that included weeks of planting. As you close the last door on the work trailer you notice water bubbling out of the ground and running along the curb. A moment of panic sets in. What do you do now?   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Case Study: Blu-Lock


Pipe & Fittings
In the world of landscape maintenance, the contractor rarely gets an epiphany. But that’s what happened to Anthony Reynoso the first time he used a new brand of flexible pipe.    More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2005 RICHARD LENTI

There?s Gold in Them Thar Pipes!


Pipe & Fittings
Have you tapped into the possibilities that expanding your landscape-only (or -mostly) business may be hiding? Well, there are a variety of ways that can add some oomph to your income statement by paying more attention to the H2O at your client’s site.    More
 
Thursday, January 1, 2004 Bruce Blau

Irrigation Pipe Repair


Pipe & Fittings
Some landscape contractors are wary of installing irrigation systems. However, more and more clients are demanding that they deal with one contractor who will be responsible for the whole project.    More
 
Friday, March 1, 2002 Janie Franz