Category Archives: Never Seen That One Before

Add a Station Failing in Ocean Reef

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I’ve been using ‘Add a stations’ for a while now as they are great for turning one power wire into two and solving the problem of having to run a new cable. This week I arrived at a job in Ocean Reef where a 5 year old device appeared to have failed. One station would […]

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Here’s an Idea

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Remember those old holiday shacks with grass driveways that always showed the furrows where the car had been driven into the asbestos shed at the back of the property? Well maybe grass driveways are on the return. This story in the news today is about a local Perth bloke who installed a special grass driveway […]

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There is Always a Way

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  This week I went to do a job that involved connecting the rear retic (running off a tap) to the main system at the front. In doing the quote I noticed a thin 70ml channel down the side of the house where liquid limestone ended and the fence began. I figured that with a […]

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How Many Volts Does My Retic Need?

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I was working on a friend’s place recently with a strange fault that was proving difficult to track down. The solenoid would come on and off intermitently. It would work 10 times in a row and then fail. There was power (27V) coming from the control box but at the solenoid the power varied between […]

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My Hunter X Core Controller Won’t Work on Manual

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    If you have a Hunter X Core Controller and it doesn’t come on as it should when operating manually the you could have a dodgy switch issue. Normally to run an individual station you turn the dial anti-clockwise to the ‘run single station’ indicator, then select the station an return the dial to […]

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X Core Hybrid Controllers

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This is the control box you would use if you have no access to mains power. It is totally battery operated and does not require a 240v supply. I came across one of these in Butler this week and only realised when we arrived that it was a hybrid. The trick here is that none […]

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Intermittent Problems with Irritrol Kwikdial Controller

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I have one customer whose home I have been to twice now to try and resolve a ‘fuse’ issue with his Irritrol controller. When a kwikdial shows a ‘fuse’ message it generally means either box is playing up or one of the coils is playing up. When it does it intermittently then its hard to […]

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Forgotten to Put Conduit Under Your Driveway?

It does happen occasionally… I am currently trying to help some people find a way to get pipe under an 8 m wide driveway with access from one side only.  It is proving difficult. With access from both sides you can clear a path, but meet in the middle but with access from just one […]

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Reticulation in Jindowie with Poor Water Pressure

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  This morning I laid the main retic line for a client in Jindowie (a part of Yanchep). I’ve written before about water pressure issues in this part of the world and today we hit the same problem again. I use Richdel solenoids 99% of the time, but today they wouldn’t seal. They need a […]

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Everything is off But My Solenoid is On

So what’s the deal when your retic box if switched to off and a solenoid is still receiving an electrical signal and is stuck open? Honestly I have no idea… But its happened to me 3 times now and today I was able to resolve it. The first two times were with Hunter EC 2 station control boxes and […]

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