Who in the hell…

… puts 33 sprinkler heads on a plot of land that the assessor’s office lists as 0.14 acres?

That’s 33 that I’ve found. Supposedly, there’s at least one more. And from spacing, I think I’m still missing another two beyond that.
Today, a neighbor asked if I could work on his sprinkler system, too. I struggled manfully not to cry, and told him I’d look at it.

5 thoughts on “Who in the hell…

  1. mamaliberty2014 December 17, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    Low water pressure? Someone with a really deep discount at the Home Depot? A nutcase? 🙂 Welcome to the wonderful, insane world of irrigating grass with drinking water.


    • Bear December 17, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      Not drinking water. That’s one sane thing that was done: There’s a shallow well pump serving the irrigation system. Of course, given the tap water here, the well water might not be any less potable.

      I haven’t figured out what the original owner was doing. It’s almost as if any time a sprinkler head failed, he simply installed a new sprinkler rather than replace the bad heads. I’ve got sprinklers within 18 inches of each other.


  2. mamaliberty2014 December 18, 2014 / 10:01 am

    Sounds like it would be a very good idea to dig up the whole mess, forget the grass and pour gravel or, if absolutely necessary, plant some kind of ground cover that does not require any more water than your average rainfall. Most of those don’t require any mowing or other maintenance beyond pulling up the occasional tree seedling once they are established. If you have elm trees of any sort in your neighborhood, look to have seedling pulling a part of your normal summer exercise program. But it still beats the water, feed, weed, mow insane cycle.

    If that is not possible in the “laws” of your locality, I fear you moved from the frying pan to the fire. Personally, I find snow is easier to deal with.


    • Bear December 18, 2014 / 10:51 am

      1. It isn’t my call; it’s the owner’s.
      2. Digging up the turf, laying a barrier, then pouring gravel would be more expensive and time-consuming than fixing the irrigation system.
      3. This is covered by an HOA, so that wouldn’t be an allowed option anyway.
      4. I’ve already finished (aside from the mysterious “missing” sprinklers that may or may not exist) fixing the irrigation system. I just have to draw up the final documentation (which will make the job a lot easier for the next sucker… who could be me again).

      Elms, no. Cypress and pines, yes. And I didn’t move here for the weather. (But I won’t miss the 8-10 feet of snow.)


      • mamaliberty2014 December 18, 2014 / 11:02 am

        Oh me… sounds like you landed in the fire for sure. An HOA? Good grief. Hope that location is strictly temporary for you. Does not sound like a Bear friendly place. 🙂

        We rented a house once for 6 months (waiting for escrow to close on a house we bought) where one of the lease terms was to maintain the “lawn.” I think that’s were my utter hate of the things started. Happened in the middle of a drought season, water restrictions, and what water we could have was very expensive. Catch 22. At least we didn’t have any city ordinances or HOA breathing down our neck when the damned thing got brown a few times. It lived… and we were very glad to move away from it.


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