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Monday, September 21, 2009

Lawn Sprinkler Blow out / Winterization / Winterize Irrigation system

We are now starting our 2009 Winterization Service. We recommend that you have your lawn sprinkler blow out completed by mid October. If you decide to wait and winterize your irrigation system you may be putting your irrigation system at risk of freeze damage.

Call and schedule today before it's too late.

1-800-435-4979

We service the Greater Columbus, Cleveland and Akron areas.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

My personal system: components and maintenance issues to date

My personal system: Installed Summer of 2005

Irrigation products used:
Hunter Pro-C 15 station controller
Rain Sensor
Rain Bird 5000 series rotors PLSS
Irritrol 2400T valves
RainBird JTV valves
RainBird 3500 series rotors
Hunter Pro-Spray 12" sprays
Hunter PS-04 Sprays

Break down of zones: 15 total
9 turf zones
6 flowerbed zones

Since installing the system in 2005 I have had to replace the following items:
12 rotors defective within 30 days, ever since then I have replaced 2 additional (stopped rotating 2008 & 2009)
(2) 3500 series rotors (stopped rotating 2006 & 2007)
replaced 2 diaphragms on the RainBird JTV valves (2008 & 2009)
replaced 6 Irritrol 2400T valve solenoids (2009)

I just wanted to share this information so that people realize that when a issue arises (and they will) it is very important to have a system installed by a company that stands behind their system with warranty that goes past 1 to 2 years in coverage.

All of the issues I have had have been product failure. Hunter warrantys their products on the average of two years. While RainBird warrantys their products atleast 3 years.

Our warranty starts at 3 years on defective products.

Is a sprinkler head a plumbing fixture?????

Noun
1.plumbing fixture - a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building
fixture - an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)

So my educated guess would be NO, a lawn sprinkler head is not a plumbing fixture.

But don't tell that to the Streetsboro Building Department. They are making people pay $4.00 for each lawn sprinkler head since they are saying they are Plumbing Fixtures.

Reduce your water bill

Do you have a water bill for your irrigation system that exceeds $600 or more for the summer?

Email me: info@rilawnsprinklers.com

Put in the subject line: Help Me Save Water

Send me the following information
  • # of zones (include turf/bed notation for each zone) picture for each zone would be great
  • include your irrigation program (run time and days for each zone)
  • include any notes on the system you are concerned about
  • Your programming habits (do you program the timer in the spring and let it go until the fall or do you change the program throughout the summer)
  • Do you have any rain sensors or weather sensors, if so what are they set at
  • Include your irrigation controller make and model
  • On your irrigation program that you send to me include if each zone is: full sun, shade, slope, naturally holds water, naturally drys fast. This will tell me about different hydra zones in your yard.

This service is free for anyone, not just our customers. So if you are serious about reducing your water bills and saving water then send your information in for a free review.

I will review everything and try to help you reduce your water consumption for the irrigation system by 30% or more next year. Saving water is the goal.

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Watering Index: 9/10/09

Irrigation for the Cleveland Area: 10 Day forecast with highs in the low 70's and Lows in the mid 50's. You can now reduce your days you run your system to either 2 days or 1 depending on how deep your watering cycle is.

Irrigation for the Columbus Area: 10 Day forecast has Highs in the mid 70's and Lows in the low 60's. You can now adjust your timer to just run 2 days a week.


If you get a decent amount of rain then just turn your timer off for a few days until things dry up.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Outdoor Landscape Lighting

There are many reasons why people choose to install Outdoor Lighting for their home. The main reasons are:

  • Increase security
  • Increase outdoor living spaces during the nigh time

A few things to keep in mind while in the design process:

  • What are the focal points (from both inside and outside of the home)
  • Where are the power sources (inside, outside or will there have to be additional outlets installed) Longevity of Materials (do you live close to the ocean, harsh conditions) for the application
  • Do you want the landscape lighting system operating on a: switch, timer, photo cell or combination
  • Do you want certain areas on all the time and other areas on only when you entertain?

What is the most important aspect of an outdoor lighting system?

  • The electrical engineering of the system will determine how well the system will operate over time. And when you combine that with the proper choice of materials and installation techniques you can have a low maintenance system that uses a fraction of electricity as other systems use.

Do you live in SW Florida?

  • Then you will want to install corrosion resistant materials: Brass, Copper and Plastic. You will want to stay away from Aluminum products.

Do you live in the Cleveland or Columbus area?

  • Then aluminum products can provide a long product life under normal conditions.



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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Watering Index: 9/5/09

Greater Cleveland / Akron area: Seasonal adjustment 70-80% looking for up to 1" of water per a week between mother nature and irrigation

Columbus Ohio area: Seasonal adjustment 80% looking for up to an Inch of water per week between mother nature and irrigation

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lawn Sprinkler Winterization / Blow Out

It is that time of the year to get your lawn sprinkler blown out. We are currently booking lawn sprinkler winterization appointments for October. We will start the irrigation winterizing process the first week of October for the Cleveland area. For the Columbus are we will irrigation start blow outs the second week of October.

Cleveland, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake, Strongsville, North Ridgeville, North Olmsted, Berea, Middleburg Heights, Medina, Brunswick, Rocky River, Bay Village, Summit County, Portage County, Geauga County, Lake County, Cuyahoga County, Stark County, Medina County, Copley, Bath, Akron, Fairlawn, Richfield, Hinckley, Sagamore Hills, Nordonia, Northfield, Macedonia, Hudson, Boston Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Akron, Kent, Streetsboro, Mantua, Twinsburg, Aurora, Solon, Orange, Chagrin Falls, Auburn, Concord, Kirtland, Chardon, Pepper Pike, Mooreland Hills, Highland Heights, Mayfield, Bentleyville, Mentor, Willoughby, Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Brecksville, Walton Hills, Seven Hills, Broadview Heigthts, Independence, Parma, Reminderville, Bratenahl, Franklin County, Delaware County, Columbus, New Albany, Gahanna, Powell, Dublin, Westerville, Lewis Center, Hilliard, Blacklick, Arlington

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SW Florida Irrigation Report: September 2009

Its that time of the year. The rainy season is in full effect. With the amount of rain we have seen there is really no need for irrigation at this time. Just a reminder that you should have your system checked for maximum efficiency prior to the dry season.

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Cleveland, Columbus Ohio Irrigation Report: September 2009

The watering season for Ohio is starting to descend and here is a few weeks you will be able to turn your system off for the season and have it winterized before the first frost. With the cooler temperatures you can decrease your station run times accordingly. You can decrease your seasonal adjustment by 20-30% at this time. Once the temperatures average close to 70 you can either turn your system off or just run a manual cycle as needed. This will not only reduce your water bill but more importantly it will conserve water.

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