Valves & Valve Boxes


Valves
If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation system, for purposes of this article we will address only valves and valve boxes, taking into consideration that the valves being installed are underground.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Adam Whelan

Maintaining Ponds in Winter


Waterscapes
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or for that matter, any type of bodily immersion during that time of year.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

A case study... Hydrometers


Miscellaneous
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction and irrigation components that date back 50 years, there’s no end to accidentally broken lines or leaky valves.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 NANCY HARDWICK

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
IN OUR MOBILE SOCIETY, IT’S NOT UNCOMMON for people to move from a location with year-round warmth, like California, to a location in upstate New york, which has extreme wintertime freezes.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Miscellaneous
Tis the season for cold, cold weather. Frozen ponds, layer upon layer of snow on the ground, the mechanical blare of Vplows and straight blades and salt spreaders plodding the white from Winter Wonderland—this is what the season is made of.   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

The Basics of Irrigation


Miscellaneous
LET’S ASSUME THAT YOUR COMPANY gets a contract with a homeowner whose property encompasses the size of two football fields, and, in addition to regular lawn maintenance, that homeowner wants you to install an irrigation system. You and your employees are all very happy—after all, this is a big job.   More
 
Sunday, February 22, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Gray Water Flows Green


Miscellaneous
Seventy years ago, there were approximately 150 million people living in this country. Today, that number has more than doubled. The population explosion has taken its toll on our nation’s water supply. As a result of increased demand, many of our aquifers are at low levels, and wetlands throughout the country have gone dry. A dilapidated water infrastructure has exacerbated the problem.   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Going Green: The Wave of the Future


Landscape
It's been two years since a tornado swept through Greensburg, Kansas, and ravaged rows of houses lining the streets. The townsfolk were used to living simple lives, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happened, but this was like something out of a big budget Hollywood movie    More
 
Saturday, July 18, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

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

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

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