March 2018

Be Prepared For Even Stronger Demand

This is going to be a strong year!  Take action now to be prepared for a fast ramp-up.

Here are 3 must-do tasks to add to your list: 

1)
Start recruiting employees.   The labor market is tighter than it's been in 10 years. If you will need more help, start looking now. 

2) Get inventory ordered. Streamline the process of buying supplies by meeting with your North South representative and placing a stocking order. Get your supplies replenished so you're ready to get work done.

3) Plan your workload. Say "yes" to only the best new opportunities.  Take care of your best customers who stay with you year-after-year and who refer you to new business.

Let us know how we can make things easier.  See you soon!
 

The Team at North South Supply
 
 
Earn a Generous Rebate When You Purchase Sta-Rite Products at North South Supply
 
Grow your profits when you purchase Sta-Rite products at North South Supply.
 
Your purchases of qualifying Sta-Rite branded wholegoods from January 15 to April 15, 2018 are eligible for a rebate.    The minimum qualifying purchase is $7,500.  Parts excluded. 
 
Purchase $7,500 or more  =  2% rebate 
 
Purchase $15,000 or more = 3% rebate
 
Purchase $25,000 or more = 4% rebate 
 
Purchase $50,000 or more = 7% rebate 
 
Your rebate will be paid as a credit to your North South account. 
 
Plan your product needs to maximize your benefits!   
    
New Opportunity:  Add Patio Lighting to Your Projects

We now offer the Prime Patio line of professional-grade outdoor string lighting for outdoor living spaces. Patio or bistro lighting is an easy add-on sale to any landscape project where there is an outdoor gathering space like a patio, deck, pergola, gazebo or courtyard.

Capturing the additional sale - and the increased customer satisfaction - that comes from offering patio lighting is easy. Here are some tips:

Focus on the Benefit of Usability:   Patio lighting makes outdoor spaces usable in the evening and night hours when it would be otherwise too dark to enjoy them.     Because patio lighting can be installed in different patterns and spacing, you can create a variety of moods to match the need - from romantic and relaxing to festive and fun.

Take Advantage of Opportunities on Your Projects:   Many outdoor gathering spaces lend themselves to easy installation of patio lighting. Instead of letting the homeowner install cheap light sets themselves, offer professional patio lighting as an option.   For only a few hundred dollars more, customer gets better product and professional installation.

Tie It Together with Other Landscape Lighting:   Landscape lighting does a great job of highlighting trees and architecture, but it doesn't always do a great job of lighting large open gathering spaces. Now you can connect patio lighting into the same 12-volt system.

Ask us for more information on the complete Prime Patio line.
   

Trench Drain Solutions for Every Application from NDS
 
Dura Slope Trench Drains
Pre-sloped and neutral trench drain system provides a solution for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal drainage needs. Interlocking tongue and groove joints for secure alignment and easy installation - no extra screws or clamps needed. Duraloc integral joint lock to prevent joint movement with various grate options, up to Class D traffic rating.
 
Filcoten Trench Drains
High-performance fiber-reinforced concrete trench drain system designed to handle heavy loads in pre-sloped and neutral configurations. Superior impact resistance compared to the competition. Resistant to changes in temperature, exposure to UV, and non-flammable.
 
Pro-Series Channel Drains  
Lightweight channel drain system with interlocking joints and modular design offers flexibility and quick, easy connections. Lightweight parts connect easily to sewer and drain pipe and fittings or SCH 40 pipe and fittings. Side and bottom outlets can be connected anywhere along the channel run. Load Rated: Up to Class C with appropriate grate.
 
Spee-D Channel Drains - Ideal for commercial or residential applications. Effective in everything from patios to light vehicular traffic areas. Durable polyolefin parts are lightweight and snap together for fast, easy installation. Available in 4' and 10' sections. 
 
Mini Channel Drains   Excellent for light-duty applications including residential pools, concrete and paver patios, spas and tennis courts. Durable polyolefin parts are lightweight and snap together for fast, easy installation. System components are chemically-resistant, rust proof and feature UV inhibitors to prevent fading and cracking from the sun. 

Micro Channel Drains - Designed for residential applications including swimming pools, spas and patios. Available in 10' sections, parts are lightweight and easy to install.
 
   


Traditionally, a submersible pump is installed vertically in a drilled well inside a casing (like PVC). Sometimes customers want the performance that a submersible pump provides, but want to install their pump in an open body of water, like a lake or a pond.  Although not ideal, this can be done.

So how do you install a submersible pump in an open body of water and avoid damaging or shortening the life of the pump?  There are three keys that will keep your pump operating in these conditions:

1) Flow-inducer sleeve  This is a length of PVC roughly as long as the pump.  It mimics the well casing that is found in a standard drilled well.  Simply cut slots in one end of the PVC so that you can crimp/clamp the sleeve near the discharge end.  This will force water to enter from the bottom of the sleeve.  Water flows toward the intake of the pump, cooling the motor as it passes by.  See the image as an example ( click to enlarge)

2) Angle of the installed pump  A submersible pump cannot be installed horizontally.  It is recommended that the pump be installed as close to vertical as possible, but no less than 10 degrees.

3) Avoid installing at the bottom of the body of water   Most open bodies of water have vegetation, sediment, and other debris settled at the bottom.  To avoid pumping these elements through your pump, it is recommended that the pump be suspended at least 10 feet from the bottom.

 
Chuck Walker, VP of Sales with Silverline Plastics discusses the reasons professionals should "go purple" with reclaimed water pipe.    Check out the video!  

 

Troubleshooting
electrical problems with a 2-wire decoder system is significantly more complex than a traditional irrigation system.  

Thanks to Regency Wire and Cable, we have new training videos on troubleshooting 2-wire systems.  They share information helpful to all brands.    Watch the first video on the basics here, then visit their YouTube channel to see the full series.    


 

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