Although Jim Davis owner and founder of Landtech Design, says that he doesn’t always work directly with contractors, from time to time his consulting firm is retained to oversee a project’s installation. And when he does, he often has some specific advice for contractors.
“Having the designer of the project on site definitely keeps contractors on their toes,” Davis says. “Our project specifications often ensure that well-qualified contractors wind up on the projects we design. But there are always some areas where we think contractors could put more focus.”
Below, Davis talks about the three key things he often wishes irrigation contractors would improve upon in the field.
Valve Box Placement. “It would help if contractors could put more thought into positioning and placement of valve boxes,” suggests Davis. “This is something that isn’t always given a lot of thought upfront but if you have them located inconspicuously and at the right height, people won’t be tripping over it them. Little things can make a big difference to the client in the end.”
Installation of Drip Tubing. “I’d love to see contractors develop more experience and take more care in installing drip tubing,” Davis says. “Drip tubing depth, spacing and placement is really critical and needs to be given more attention than it often is.”
Controller Expertise. “The final area I’d like to see more irrigation contractors focus on is controller programming,” Davis says. “All controllers are a little different and sometimes the programming is rushed and the contractor may not go through all the fields that come up on the screen. That can mean that things aren’t programmed correctly and the system doesn’t run as efficiently as it was designed to run. Overall it’d be great if contractors became more familiar with today’s weather-based controller technology.”