July 15 2014
There’s an old tale about a giant with a leaky faucet. In his home, the tale goes, the giant’s faucet has a terrible leak. Night after night, the leak drips and drips. And since it’s ...
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July 15 2014
No doubt about it, 2Wire systems have revolutionized the irrigation industry. They’re as important an innovation as smart controllers, sensing devices, or water-saving sprinkler heads. They vastly ...
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June 16 2014
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 ...
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May 16 2014
However, some of these new electronic innovations have been around long enough now that most of the kinks have been worked out of them. And, for many irrigation professionals, they’re not mere gadgets, ...
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April 15 2014
So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will ...
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March 14 2014
“Water, water everywhere,” begins the old poem. Sure, there’s still plenty of water on this planet. However, if the experts are right, we’re going to have a lot less of it in ...
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Feb. 14 2014
Chances are, you’ve already installed or inherited a 2-Wire decoder irrigation system, or at least heard about them. This game-changing valve control technology is here to stay, and for good reason. ...
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Jan. 15 2014
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ ...
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Dec. 16 2013
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 ...
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Nov. 15 2013
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 ...
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Oct. 14 2013
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 ...
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Oct. 14 2013
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 ...
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Sept. 16 2013
No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. ...
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Aug. 14 2013
The same is true of many irrigation systems. In the past, irrigation designers and contractors may have been able to design and build systems that didn’t need an extra boost from one or more pumps, ...
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July 16 2013
Most clients want to conserve water. Some are motivated by ecological concerns. But let’s face it, many are motivated by money. They want their water bills reduced, and they don’t want to pay ...
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July 16 2013
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart ...
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June 12 2013
CHANCES ARE, AT SOME POINT you’ve had some exposure to the industry initiative of proclaiming July as Smart Irrigation Month. It is an industry campaign to increase public awareness about the value ...
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June 12 2013
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when ...
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June 12 2013
Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when ...
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May 15 2013
Water. It’s vital to all life. Humans, plants and animals can’t live without it. But the problem is, it’s getting scarcer. And, in many places, more and more expensive ...
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