Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Add a Solenoid When Things are Tight

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Holidays started today and then I got a call… ‘Can you just come and wire up some solenoids for me? I haven’t a clue how these things work’. It was another landscaper but someone who wasn’t confident with retic. ‘Sure…’ I said. That’ll take 5 mins. And then I got there and discovered he was […]

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When One Reticulation Station Won’t Work – But Everything is New

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This week I installed a new reticulation system for a client in Duncraig, but after wiring it all up I discovered that station 1 didn’t come on. I checked my wiring and it was intact. I checked the solenoids functioning and it was fine. Eventually I went back to the controller and checked that there […]

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The Value of an Expert

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In my younger years I did a lot of running, so much so that by my early 30’s I had bad tendonitis in my ililo-tibial band and over the last 20 years it has gradually worsened to the point where I currently can’t run any distance at all. Even walking hurts and that aint good… Today […]

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Running Reticulation off a Rain Water Tank

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I get asked often if I can install a rainwater tank to act as the supply for the reticulation. Short answer… No… What you need to realise is that unless you are planning on having a massive (100 000l tank) there isn’t much point. Let’s assume you have a 3000L tank. Then assume you have […]

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Why You Should Use a Competent Reticulation and Turf Installer

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With the economic downturn plenty of tradies are feeling the pinch and the retic and turf business is no exception. In an unregulated industry anyone can pick up a shovel and lay pipes, or roll out lawn. But not everyone can do it well. (I don’t often write posts like this, but lately I’ve seen […]

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Its Winter – Retic OFF

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As of June 1st all reticulation needs to be shut off or you will risk a fine from the Water Corp. You can still get a watering exemption for new lawn and you can still handwater, but all systems need to be turned off from now until September 1st. If you aren’t sure what to […]

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