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

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

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 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

Smart Controllers for the Residential Market


Controllers
Remember The Flintstones? The “Modern Stone-Age Family” that powered their cars with their feet and used dinosaurs as power tools? That was a great little cartoon, but it has nothing to do with anything happening today, right? Well, if you’re a landscape contractor with residential clients, you may have seen irrigation controllers that look like they were made in Bedrock.    More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Edwin J. Hunter (A remembrance)

Hunter Industries


Close-Up Profiles
For almost half a century Ed Hunter had a major impact on the irrigation industry. He passed on in January of this year and we miss him. His contributions will stand as a monument to his ingenuity.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Simple Fix for That Problem Watering Zone


Miscellaneous
Its green now, but the far area of my backyard used to be brown, spotted and ugly. This was because my expanded landscape had too many sprinklers, and the only pipe to the area turned out to be too small to supply the needed water.    More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2007 J. HURST

Cross Connection: an unprotected connection point between a drinking water source and any source of nonpotable water.


Irrigation
A cross connection is defined as an unprotected connection point between a drinking water source and any source of nonpotable water. If a cross-connection point is not protected, it is possible for the flow of water to reverse its direction.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

VINCE NOLLETTI

Paige Electric


Close-Up Profiles
As an immigrant teen-ager, Vince Nolletti arrived in the United States barely able to speak English. He picked up the language in junior high school, went on to college, where he earned his degree, and now, as they say, is living the American dream.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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