Monthly Archives: March 2011

My Reticulation Doesn’t Come On At All

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Ok so nothing works? Here is a series of checks to eliminate the most obvious possibilities: 1. The first thing to check is whether the control box has power and is functioning. I know this sounds obvious, but firstly check for a display. if there is no digital display then the controller may be fried. […]

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Solenoids and Planning for the Future

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If you are installing your own solenoids then do it with a view to one day having to service them – or with a view to someone having to service them! The more serviceable they are the less it will cost you if they need replacing – and of course the opposite is true too. So to that […]

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When Sprinklers Just Don’t Work Any More

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I was at a job today where sprinklers that had once performed well were now not popping up at all and we were trying to determine why the water pressure had decreased so markedly. The water meter had been tested, so we were able to rule out that possibility immediately. The next most obvious fault […]

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Pants First Then Shoes…

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  If you are planning to install both retic and turf then make sure you get the order right. Some folks don’t have enough money to do both and so they settle for turf first… Bad decision! Firstly its a bad decision because now you need to water that turf 3 times a day to […]

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My Controller Blows a Fuse

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  If your controller is showing a ‘fuse’ message or actually blowing a fuse then the most likely cause is the coil on the solenoid or some wires crossed somewhere in the system. The coil is the electrical component of the solenoid and when it malfunctions it causes the fuse to blow and protect the […]

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Help – I’m Watering the Road!

I often get asked if I can rig up a system that doesn’t end up with water on the road. Nope. I’d really like to be able to say yes, but it just isn’t that easy.  If I could control the wind direction and strength then I’d be ok, but in the absence of godlike qualities I […]

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Broken Wires in Reticulation?

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Sometimes a solenoid isn’t working because there is no power getting to it. What to do?… Firstly – check that there is power ‘leaving the control box’. Put the multimeter probe on the station terminal and on the common and the reading should be 24V+. If not then the problem lies there. (This does happen) […]

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Why is my Reticulation Water Pressure So Lousy?

This morning I went to help someone discover why their water pressure had suddenly decreased on the front two stations. As you would expect I was looking for broken risers or water bubbling up and suggesting broken pipe under ground. After 10 minutes of running the system there was nothing to see. I checked the […]

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Unknown Error Message on Holman 1248 Controller

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I was doing a backyard install yesterday on a home in Carramar where the developers had used a 6 station Holman 1248 Control Box. Everything was looking sweet but each time I tested the new stations (5 & 6) an error message would appear on the display. It said ‘error 2 station 3’ and the ‘fuse’ […]

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You Get What You Pay For in Sprinklers

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Its not particularly difficult to change a sprinkler, but what matters is getting the right sprinkler. If you buy a quality ‘brand-name’  product then there is no question it will last a lot longer than those purchased from a local hardware store. Its really a classic case of getting what you pay for. My sprinkler […]

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