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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 5:59pm

Street Frontage - Advice Please

****o all. New to the forum. My system is being installed as we speak. Should be done tomorrow. When I got home, I noticed that the pop ups for the Street frontage (the grass between the street and the city walks) were located near the street curb instead of next to the city walk pointing back to the street. Our lot has sloped curbs, so it's not uncommon for a car to run onto the grass.

Would it be better to have these placed near the city walk pointing towards the street instead of near the street where a car could hit them? The contractor said this is kind of a signiture thing that he does and that we'll like it because we won't have overspray on the street. He also said he has done 300 installs and hasn't had any problems so far. He claims cars can run on top of these and not break them and that only if the system were running and a car hit it, would we have a problem. He also says he'll move it if I don't end up liking it. Each one sits just below curb level.

The contractor has been great to work with and he will take care of the issue. It just seems to me it would be better to have these near the city walk so that I won't have to worry about cars accidentally running on them--our street isn't high traffic, but we have a long lot line in the front and you always have the occcasional car that might park there on the weekend or if someone has company over.

What should I do? He'll change it either way--now or later, but is there a good reason why I shouldn't have him change it now before my sod is put down?

Thanks for the responses. Hope to hear from someone quickly.


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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 6:31pm

How high is the curb? No-water-in-the-street favors heads by the curbs, and the precipitation by the curb might be a bit heavier this way, which is a good thing.


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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 6:39pm

We design and install heads just the way your contractor has done. I have virtually no calls from damage done by someone driving over the heads. The disadvantage to spraying towards the street is wasted water as well as soaking someone's car if they are parked in front of your home. My advice is to trust your contractor, it sounds like he is doing the right thing.


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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 6:46pm

Appreciate the response.

The curb is not very high. I would say 4 inches and it is sloped. They are not the curbs from years ago where if you hit it with your car you knew it. You'll feel a bump if you drive up on these, but it's not much. Without having a picture, I would say it's like a gentle 40 degree angle max from street to curb height. Not like the old ones that were 90 degrees.

Is the contractor right that these things can be run over. Again, I don't want to paint a picture of this being a high traveled road, but I've got 9 heads on the front and on weekends or some days when a neighbor has a get together, someone may park there. It's fairly rare though. Probably the most people that would park there would do so when we have people over.

I don't want to offend the guy, because he's been great to work with and like I said he will change them if I absolutely want him to. He's done this on all of his installs other than those in Iowa City, Iowa (they won't let you bury anything between the center line of the street frontage and the sidewalk. He prefers it this way. I just want to know if I should be concerned. What if the city needed to work on the street in 10 years?? They always dig up the curbs. That's a far out event however since the area is very new.

You said "No-water-in-the-street favors heads by the curbs, and the precipitation by the curb might be a bit heavier this way" I believe that's why he likes to do it this way. He claims I won't be spraying over into the street and any overspray that may get on the sidewalk would drain back onto my grass.

I buy those arguments. I'm just worried that everytime a car is parked out there I'm going to feel like I need to check to make sure they are sitting on my sprinkler heads.

Hey thanks for the response. I really appreciate it.


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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 6:48pm

Thanks Beartooth. I was responding when you posted.

Again, I really appreciate the quick responses. Isn't the web great?


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Tuesday, July 18th 2006, 6:50pm

Oops...One quick question Beartooth. Are the curbs in the area where you installed sloped as I have described, or are the older style that seldom get driven on? Thanks.


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Wednesday, July 19th 2006, 2:34pm

All of the newer subdivisions in our area have the lower profile curbing which you have described. My foreman drove over a couple of spray heads two days ago with our 7,000 pound trailer and no damage resulted. I am confident that you'll be O.K.

Bill Painter

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Thursday, July 20th 2006, 9:09am

One alternative method might be is to use center and end sprays running down the middle of the easement. Depending on the easement width, I know Toro nozzles have patterns that will address the size.
One potential negative is some cars may get spray on them if the right nozzle isn't used.
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Thursday, July 20th 2006, 9:18am

Only problem with the middle is there is a gas line running the length. I think for now I'll stick with the way he has it. He's said he'd change it if I didn't like it or was having problems with it. Sounds like most here don't see it as a problem.

Thanks for all the responses. I really do appreciate it.

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