Cadillacs, Mopeds and Octopi


Waterscapes
After reading that title, you may be asking yourself, “What could these three things possibly have in common?” They all have to do with big mistakes in pond and water-feature construction.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

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

Understanding Back Flow


Backflow
When you turn on the tap, the last thing you expect to see is worms. Yet that’s what one Michigan homeowner got when a malfunctioning lawn sprinkler coupled with a water main break sucked nematodes into his water system. there they were, alive and swimming around in the bathtub he’d just filled for his child.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Pumping Stations


Irrigation
When we think of a pump station, we’re usually thinking of water purveyors who are pumping water so your home can have potable water for drinking, showering, etc. Golf enthusiasts might see pumping stations as a way to pump water from one pond to another.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Step Into the Spotlight: Be a Landscape Lighting Star


Landscape Lighting
It’s important to know how to take advantage of a good thing. When Scott Driscoll of Driscoll’s Landscaping, Mullica Hill, New Jersey, noticed the amount of development in the Mullica Hill area, he moved his entire business there – not to mention his entire family. “It looked like a good thing,” he says. “I wanted to follow the work.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Irrigation: Generate More Revenue


Miscellaneous
Servicing lawn irrigation systems can be a very profitable item to offer your customers. It’s easy to become overly focused on installations as a source of income, but servicing is a profit center that should not be overlooked.    More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007

The Mysterious Ohm Meter


Miscellaneous
My colleagues always joke, "If you ask Joe what time it is, he'll tell you how to build a watch!" This quip by my buddies in the office is partly true. I’ve been working in my present job for many years and seem to have developed quite a following among our contractors. They call with all sorts of problems, with the hopes of stumping me in the process.    More
 
Monday, January 18, 2010 JOE GOLSON

Rainwater Reuse for Water Sustainability


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
If you drive any type of gas-powered vehicle, you are very much aware that the cost to fill up your tank has skyrocketed. But have you checked your water bill lately? Droughts and population growth have resulted in more people having to rely on less water, making it an increasingly scarce commodity.    More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

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