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Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS

first_img City:Hwaseong-siCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hwang hyochelRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. The program for this house for two sisters and their families was relatively clear. They wanted the house in bright tones with a simple exterior design; desired an outdoor space that received good sunlight; and wished to build with wood.Save this picture!© Hwang hyochelSave this picture!SectionThe most difficult aspect about this project was that three parking spots had to be secured on a small plot of land. We first created a simple exterior volume and then from within drew out the interior space.Save this picture!© Hwang hyochelSave this picture!Floor PlanWhile one of the houses followed the shape of the exterior design, the other house took the form of a hidden terrace house within the outer house. Then, to resolve the parking lot problem, we elevated one of the houses. We created a steel skeleton frame for the ground floor and a parking lot, placing a three-story house on top. Size-wise, it became a four-story wooden building. We had to locate a structural design firm that works with wood structures, which is relatively rare in Korea. We also took great pains to consider the detail of the different contraction and expansion coefficients of steel frames and wood jointers. The Dongtan House is a four-story wooden residential home with different spatial structures within one volume.Save this picture!© Hwang hyochelSave this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessAn Old Breton Barn Converted into an Artist Studio / Modal ArchitectureSelected ProjectsArchiculture Interviews: Ted LandsmarkVideos Share 2014 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/603588/dongtan-house-jya-rchitects Clipboard Structure: Houses Save this picture!© Hwang hyochel+ 38 Share South Korea Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTSSave this projectSaveDongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS CopyAbout this officeJYA-RCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHwaseong-siKoreaRepublic ofHousesWoodSouth KoreaPublished on March 02, 2015Cite: “Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS” 01 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Hwang Hyochel “COPY” SAMIL / LIMAS ArchDaily Photographscenter_img 2014 Area:  246 m² Area:  246 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/603588/dongtan-house-jya-rchitects Clipboard Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS Area Area of this architecture project SPF wooden structure + H-Bim Construction: Projects Year:  Deif House Lighting: CopyHouses•Hwaseong-si, South Korealast_img read more

Toolkit to help philanthropists achieve ‘maximum impact’ released in the UK

first_imgToolkit to help philanthropists achieve ‘maximum impact’ released in the UK A toolkit to help philanthropists plan and refine their giving to ensure they achieve the greatest impact has been released in the UK by wealth management firm UBS.The UBS Philanthropy Compass guides philanthropists through the “necessary building blocks and addresses the key questions” that “any philanthropist should consider when shaping his or her philanthropy”.It is provides advice on:different strategic approaches to philanthropyidentifying and assessing opportunitieshow to implement and evaluate the impact philanthropic of activitieschoosing the right ‘philanthropic vehicle’, or product, such direct giving, donor advised funds, or setting up your own foundation.“Whether you are just starting out or running a long-standing foundation, philanthropy is iterative,” the Compass advises potential philanthropists. “It is natural to query and review the basis on which yours is run.”Taking this iterative, approach, UBS says, will allow philanthropists to:adapt their philanthropy to a changing environmentimprove their operations to maximize impactstay true to their initial visions. Advertisement  78 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A ‘logical theory of change’ for philanthropistsSpeaking at the British launch of the Compass at City University last week, Dr Peter Grant, of City’s Cass Business School, said the compass would help provide a “logical theory of change” that will help philanthropists balance the resources they have, with the impact they could achieve with those resources, and the risk they’ll need to take to achieve that impact.Dr Peter Grant: Compass provides a “logical theory of change”“I see even sophisticated philanthropists and foundations enter into programmes without anything like the resources needed to have a significant impact, and they are then surprised when they don’t find any measurable impact,” Dr Grant said.He added that ‘risk’ was “inculcated throughout” the Compass.UBS has released the compass – which was first developed in 2011 with Cass Business School and social impact consultants FSG – as an open source resource for trustees, philanthropy advisors and individual and family philanthropists, not just clients of UBS.“We are taking an extremely progressive view of corporate social responsibility, by looking at where we can add most value,” UBS’s head of philanthropy services in the UK Tom Hall told delegates.The Compass was launched in the USA at the end of March. It can downloaded from USB’s website or viewed online. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 28 May 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy impact strategic givinglast_img read more

EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Recent Court Vacatur…

first_img SHARE On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a key order providing farmers with needed clarity following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 vacatur of three dicamba registrations. Monday’s cancellation order outlines limited and specific circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used for a limited period of time. EPA’s order will advance protection of public health and the environment by ensuring use of existing stocks follows important application procedures.“At the height of the growing season, the Court’s decision has threatened the livelihood of our nation’s farmers and the global food supply,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Monday’s cancellation and existing stocks order is consistent with EPA’s standard practice following registration invalidation, and is designed to advance compliance, ensure regulatory certainty, and to prevent the misuse of existing stocks.”EPA’s order will mitigate some of the devastating economic consequences of the Court’s decision for growers, and particularly rural communities, at a time they are experiencing great stress due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.Details of the OrderEPA’s order addresses sale, distribution, and use of existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products – XtendiMax with vapor grip technology, Engenia, and FeXapan.Distribution or sale by any person is generally prohibited except for ensuring proper disposal or return to the registrant.Growers and commercial applicators may use existing stocks that were in their possession on June 3, 2020, the effective date of the Court decision. Such use must be consistent with the product’s previously-approved label, and may not continue after July 31, 2020.BackgroundOn June 3, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order vacating EPA’s pesticide registrations containing the active ingredient dicamba: Xtendimax with Vaporgrip Technology (EPA Reg. No. 524-617); Engenia – (EPA Reg. No. 7969-345); and FeXapan – (EPA Reg. No. 352-913).Dicamba is a valuable pest control tool that farmers nationwide planned to use during the 2020 growing season. Since the Court issued its opinion, the agency has been overwhelmed with letters and calls from farmers citing the devastation of this decision on the millions of acres of crops, millions of dollars already invested by farmers, and threat to America’s food supply.Monday night Bayer issued the following statement:We welcome the EPA’s swift action. XtendiMax and the other low-volatility dicamba products are vital tools that many growers rely on to safely, successfully, and sustainably protect their crops from weeds.Our top priority is making sure all our customers have the support they need to have a successful season. We are reviewing the EPA’s action and we will keep this webpage updated with the latest information for our customers: www.RoundupReadyXtend.com/XtendimaxUpdates.Bayer stands fully behind XtendiMax, and we will continue working with the EPA, growers, academics, and others to provide long-term access to this important tool.Source: EPA press release Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Recent Court Vacatur of… By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 8, 2020 SHARE EPA Offers Clarity to Farmers in Light of Recent Court Vacatur of Dicamba Registrations Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleCommodity Groups Making New Plans after State Fair CancellationNext articleCommodity Groups Making New Plans after State Fair Cancellation on the HAT Tuesday Podcast Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Treasury to Streamline Capital Markets

first_img  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Treasury Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Treasury to Streamline Capital Markets The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily October 9, 2017 1,272 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Treasury 2017-10-09 Nicole Casperson Previous: CIT Group Sells Reverse Mortgage Operation Next: Delinquency Rate Continues at 10-year Low Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Treasury to Streamline Capital Markets The U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report outlining ways to streamline and reform the U.S. regulatory system for the capital markets, and how to reduce burdens the capital markets cause.The recently issued report was in response to Executive Order 13772 issued by President Donald Trump on February 3, 2017, which called on Treasury under the direction of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin to “identify laws and regulations that are inconsistent with a set of Core Principles of financial regulation.”As the capital markets are a source of liquidity for small businesses as they grow, invest, and hire, Treasury identified a list of ways to reduce the burden on companies that are looking to go public or stay public, while maintaining strong investor protections.According to Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, the U.S. has experienced slow economic growth for far too long. In this report, Treasury examined the capital markets system to identify regulations that are standing in the way of economic growth and capital formation.“By streamlining the regulatory system, we can make the U.S. capital markets a true source of economic growth which will harness American ingenuity and allow small businesses to grow,” Mnuchin said.Treasury’s recommendations include numerous measures to encourage companies toward public ownership, including “eliminating duplicative requirements, liberalizing pre-initial public offering communications, and removing non-material disclosure requirements, among other recommendations.”In light of any improperly tailored regulatory burden that can “benefit the largest companies, which are better positioned to absorb the costs, and discourage competition from new entrants,” Treasury has also identified opportunities to ease challenges for smaller public companies, including scaled disclosure requirements.A list of all of Treasury’s recommendations within this report is set forth as Appendix B, including the recommended action, the method of implementation.View the full report by clicking here.In addition, click here to view Treasury’s fact sheet. Related Articles About Author: Nicole Casperson Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Dawn brings in new mix

first_imgDawn Foods’ new Traditional Scone Mix only needs the addition of water to produce all sweet scone varieties and, once the scones are produced, they can be frozen.The mix is sold in a 12.5kg pack, with each bag producing approximately 300 x 60g scones. Dawn says the product gives consistency, good volume, and stays soft. Marketing manager Jacqui Passmore added: “The scones can be frozen and defrosted and, for the just-baked feel, can be baked-off in the oven just before serving.”last_img read more

New director at Allied Bakeries

first_imgAllied Bakeries has appointed Matt Lee as its new sales director.The bread manufacturer, which creates products under the Kingsmill, Allinson, Burgen and Sunblest brands, has hired Lee to help facilitate growth with both new and existing customers. He will also take up a position on the company’s board.Lee said: “Working with ambient products is a great new challenge. The shorter the shelf-life of the product, the faster and more efficient the operation needs to be, so that our customers and consumers have the freshest possible produce.“Allied Bakeries is by far the fastest-paced operation I’ve been involved in – and it’s a great business. There’s a solid foundation in place here – our people, infrastructure and products are market-leading – and with new service deals and a capital investment programme under way, there’s a foreseeable opportunity for the company to put some real space between itself and our competitors.”Lee previously worked as sales director for Silverspoon, as well as commercial director for its Crusha brand. In addition, he also worked at Premier Foods for more than three years as director of retail sales, as well as business unit controller for Arla Foods between 2000 and 2005.last_img read more

Mihali Welcomes Phil Lesh & Twiddle, Thievery Corp, Dopapod, Stick Figure Members In Denver [Video]

first_imgOn Friday night, Twiddle hit the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their fiery debut headlining performance with reggae-roots band Stick Figure. During the show, the Vermont four-piece invited out a number of high-profile guests, including Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band and Midnight North guitarist Grahame Lesh, and Electric Beethoven keyboardist Todd Stoops. The following night, during Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band’s own Red Rocks performance with Leftover Salmon on Saturday, Phil and Grahame returned the favor, welcoming Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis during their encore for takes on “Fire On The Mountain” and “The Music Never Stopped”.With Mihali and the rest of the members of Twiddle still on hand over the weekend, on Sunday evening, Mihali headed to Denver’s Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox for a special “Mihali & Frends” set. Given the immense musical talent on hand, both locally and following Friday and Saturday’s Red Rocks shows, Mihali Savoulidis brought together a high-caliber group of musicians to celebrate at the intimate venue.For the special “Mihali and Frends” set, Mihali tapped locally-based talents drummer Jeff Franca (also known as Congo Sanchez of Thievery Corporation), saxophonist Nick Gerlach (formerly of Turbo Suit), and bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod) to join him. Denver-resident keyboardist Todd Stoops, as well as Grahame Lesh—both of whom played with Twiddle on Friday—were also on hand to round out the featured lineup.However, in addition to this already stacked lineup, a number of other musical special guests made appearances throughout the night, including Phil Lesh, Midnight North multi-instrumentalists Elliott Peck and Alex Jordan, and Stick Figure keyboardist and vocalist Johnny Cosmic, in addition to his Twiddle bandmates.Following the show’s set-opening cover of Bob Marley‘s “Iron Lion Zion” and Mihali original “Stubborn Smile”, Phil Lesh and Elliott Peck came out for an extended four-song run including Grateful Dead classics “Bertha”, “Deal”, and “Scarlet Begonias”, as well as Midnight North’s “Greene Country”. Next up, the house band switched out with the members of Twiddle (plus Grahame Lesh and Todd Stoops) for a rendition of Twiddle’s own “Every Soul”, off the band’s recently completed, two-chapter album PLUMP.“Bertha”“Greene County” After this Twiddle cameo, Mihali and Frends invited out Stick Figure’s Johnny Cosmic for Sublime’s “Pawn Shop”, Mihali’s “Fading State”, and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”. Closing out the band’s set, the group offered another Mihali original, “Over Land & Sea”, which featured Midnight North vocalist Elliott Peck once again—a song no doubt familiar to both Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck, given that Midnight North invited Mihali to join them for a cover of the song during their 2017 performance at Twiddle’s Tumble Down.For the two-song encore, Twiddle keyboardist Ryan “Norb” Dempsey, Peck, and Cosmic joined the band for a rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s classic “The Harder They Come”. Making his first appearance of the evening, Midnight North’s Alex Jordan came up to join Elliott Peck and the core Mihali & Frends band for the band’s final song, “Last Dance For Mary Jane”, which served as a tribute to the late Tom Petty.Setlist: Mihali & Frends | Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox | Denver, CO | 5/6/2018Set: Iron Lion Zion, Stubborn Smile, Bertha 1, Deal 1, Greene County 1, Scarlet Begonias 1, Every Soul 2, Pawn Shop 3, Fading State 3, Get Up Stand Up 3, Over Land & Sea 4Encore: The Harder They Come 5, Last Dance For Mary Jane 6Notes: 1 – w/ Phil Lesh & Elliott Peck | 2 – ONLY Twiddle w/ Stoops & Grahame | 3 – w/ Johnny Cosmic | 4 – w/ Elliott Peck | 5 – w/ Norb, Elliott Peck & Johnny Cosmic | 6 – w/ Elliott Peck & Alex Jordanlast_img read more

One year later: What we’ve learned from migrating customers to Windows 10

first_imgBy now you are likely looking at or already planning your migration to Windows 10. Each new Windows transition ushers in a unique set of challenges and opportunities, and this final transition to Windows 10 is no different. I’m excited to share what we’ve learned in helping customers through the process. This first post in a series provides an overview; watch for additional blog posts where I’ll dig into the details of each topic.Windows 10 brings with it a different set of challenges which are, in reality, great opportunities. There are three main areas I want to focus on: key new security features, automating deployment and preparing for regular Windows as a Service (WaaS) updates.New Levels of SecurityWindows 10 has a whole host of new security features, some of which are more relevant than others. The two most important features are Secure Boot and Credential Guard. In brief, Secure Boot protects the firmware from malware attacks while Credential Guard protects the operating system (OS) from pass the hash attacks. Both require upgrading legacy BIOS to UEFI.That’s not a problem for new computers which come with UEFI, but what about older computers still running BIOS that aren’t old enough to warrant replacement? You can update to UEFI manually or you can automate part or all of that updating process. In the next blog I’ll provide details on these options and my recommendation for how to proceed.Increased Automation for Easier MigrationThere are four issues to consider during the migration process: BIOS/UEFI settings, applying your IT standards, installing user-specific applications and data migration.First, you need to apply your custom BIOS/UEFI settings using OEM-provided tools. Dell recommends applying those BIOS settings during manufacturing for new computers and integrating the BIOS tools into an automated task sequence for in-place upgrades.Then, you need to apply your standard image, including the OS, drivers, customization settings and core applications. In today’s multi-device world we see more customers adopting cross-platform imaging technologies like Dell ImageAssist and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that allow a single image to work across multiple computer models which dramatically simplifies this task. Dell can help build and factory install static, ImageAssist or MDT images.Microsoft’s new Windows Image and Configuration Designer (ICD) tool takes a totally different approach. It applies your standards on top of the OEM OS load and drivers. This enables a much smaller “image” (provisioning package in ICD terms) that works on any system and can simplify the process.Next you will have to address applications and data migration. Dell recommends using discovery tools (like Lakeside Systrack) to determine which applications users need, then packaging your common applications for automated deployment through tools like KACE, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and MDT. Data migration is often the most time consuming step for both your IT staff and end users. Dell automates this process using Dell Migration Tool (DMT), which is Microsoft’s free User State Migration Tool wrapped with our own technology to make it much easier to use.Dell has spent the last decade developing our ability to automate PC and OS deployment. We now help customers deploy over 11M computers every year. We are the industry leader in this area and, not to brag (ok, it’s a brag), but in each of the last six years we have won a variety of Microsoft Partner of the Year awards, largely due to our expertise on Windows client deployments.  Most recently, in July 2016, we were named worldwide Windows 10 Deployment Partner of the Year by the Microsoft Enterprise Partner team. So, if you are still looking at this and need help, Dell is ready.Planning for Windows as a Service UpdatesWe’ve talked about how to migrate to Windows 10, what’s next? This last one is a big deal. Windows 10 will be the last full OS upgrade from Microsoft. Yes, really. There won’t be a Windows 11. Instead, Microsoft is releasing new features on a regular semi-annual update schedule. This means no more expensive mass Windows migrations every few years, and this turns migration into a predictable and continual process. But it also introduces new issues that you need to plan for, including implementing a lab testing program of critical applications in advance of updates and piloting these updates on systems before pushing them out to your users.Our recommendation is to identify critical applications and begin lab testing (with tools like Dell ChangeBASE) as soon as updates are released to Insider Preview. I will go into greater detail on this and what you need to know to be ready and be successful in my follow up piece. For now you should know that Dell’s WaaS Planning Services can help you with testing, organizational planning, network readiness and SCCM readiness.There’s more to comeI trust I piqued your interest in learning more about each of these areas! Watch this space for the next blog in the series: a deep dive into security. I’ll also be discussing Win10 at Dell EMC World session MT-113, “Migration Doesn’t Have to Hurt: When Win-10 Wins.” Please join me if you are attending. It would be great to meet you and discuss these issues real time.Dell can help plan and train your IT team to meet these challenges and support you as Windows 10 updates come out. To learn more about how we can help, talk to your Dell representative or visit this website.last_img read more

Additional Juvenile Case Of COVID-19 Reported Saturday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday.Officials say there are now 72 confirmed cases, including the two new cases, one patient under the age of 18 and the other a woman in her 20s.This is the fourth pediatric case reported locally since the outbreak began.Of the cases, 28 active cases, including no hospitalized cases. Those infected continue to recover under orders of isolation, officials say.So far there is 40 recovered cases and 4 deaths.On Friday, officials reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 where all but one originated from the same infected person.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),another wedding party infection?last_img read more

Sprinkler Checkup.

first_imgPhoto: Joe Courson Sure, it’s spreading water. But is your irrigation working right? The University of Georgia’s state climatologist predicts we can expect wateringrestrictions that will come sooner and last longer this summer. If I want to keep my yardnice and green, my irrigation system becomes a lifeline to my landscape.It took a little while to refamiliarize myself with my irrigation controller. After afew minutes, I got the system to spew water, but I didn’t know if it was workingcorrectly.So I asked Kerry Harrison, an irrigation engineer with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences, to take a critical look at my system.He found a problem immediately. A seal had failed on one of the sprinklers, wastingwhat could become precious water.”See the bubbling?” he said. “This is water that should be going outinto the yard and be distributed out there. Instead, it’s wasted around the edge of thesprinkler.”It’s not altering the pattern,” he said. “It’s just not putting thewater where it could be used better. Wiper seals, at the base of the sprinkler, are amongthe most common sprinkler parts to wear out, regardless of the brand.” Photo: Joe Courson Check Sprinkler Before It’s NeededHarrison said spring checkups should be done long before I need to use the system. It’simportant to check out every sprinkler. Make sure it turns. And make sure it provides aneven watering pattern.Sure enough, another of my sprinklers had a problem, wasting water on the deck whilemissing the plants on the opposite side. Harrison said I, like many others, probablyknocked the sprinkler out of adjustment when mowing the yard.”It’s one of the more common problems,” he said. Luckily, the lawnmowerdidn’t knock the head of the sprinkler off. It just changed its adjustment.For more than an hour, I inspected every sprinkler. I found a few minor, easilycorrectable problems.Consider a Maintenance ContractPeople who don’t have time for a spring sprinkler checkup, or who aren’t mechanicallytalented, may want to consider a maintenance contract. Let a professional keep the systemoperating year-round.”An irrigation person would come out and do your spring season tune-up foryou,” Harrison said. “Generally, a maintenance contract doesn’t include anyparts. It just includes his labor.”The contractor would adjust the settings on a time clock for spring, summer and fall,too, he said.”You’re usually talking about two to three trips to your house or place ofbusiness to do this run-through,” Harrison said. “That kind of contract isprobably a good one if you’re a busy person.”Often, irrigation contractors have other businesses, such as landscaping. So theirother commitments may determine when they can tune up your system. As a rule, Harrisonsaid, maintenance contracts aren’t very profitable for contractors. Many do it just forgood customer relations. Does water puddle at the base of a sprinkler? It’s a common problem that costs your lawn. Photo: Joe Courson Harrison’s advice to people who do their own checkup is to “run the system throughits cycle,” he said. “Be familiar with the time clock if you have an automatedsystem. Know how to adjust it. And make sure the time is correct.”Starting ahead of time, before the system is needed,” he said, “isgoing to be the recommendation for any homeowner.”Now, if we have outdoor watering restrictions (and not an outright ban), I’m ready. Iknow my system works as it should because I checked it out before the really hot weathertried to suck the life out of my yard. Know how to operate your system controller.last_img read more