HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE SAYING, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"? Here is a scenario to think about: two weeks ago, one of your crew members came to work and realized that his car was running on fumes...
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the day of the big lawn bowling tournament. You watch Aunt Emmie step up with her ball, get ready to make the winning throw, and then—the sprinklers come on.
The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site?
When an irrigation or lighting
system works the way it
should, it adds significant
value to the property where it
was installed. But what if you
receive a call from the property
owner because one of the systems
is not working and you think it
might be an electrical problem?
It was January of 1988 and
John DeCell was out of a job.
He’d worked as a loan officer for
the First American Bank in his
hometown of Baytown, Texas for
five-and-a-half years, but the
banking industry had fallen
under hard times and DeCell suddenly
found himself without a
job. Factor into this the added
pressure of knowing your first
son is only months away from
being born, and you’ve an idea
of the headspace DeCell was in
on this particularly tumultuous
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD
High School in Rockford, Minnesota,
had been a wasteland for years.
The ground was cracked and dry,
the surrounding area was practically
devoid of grass, and what little
grass existed was as shriveled as
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to
conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It
seems like more and more municipalities are placing
restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some
homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to
inform its neighborhood residents that they can only
water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited
amounts of time, but that’s just one option.
As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system. Like the nerves that carry impulses between neurons and the brain. If the message is corrupted between the two, so will be the resulting response.
So it’s already January and
things are cold, wet and
winter-whitening chilly and
a nice hot cup of coffee is
just what the doctor
ordered. And best to drink
up now, recharge those
batteries and get ready to
kick things into high gear,
because—cold as things are
now—spring is just around
the corner, and there’s
work to be done.