Tag Archives: sprinklers

Flow Control Solenoid Valves

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So what’s the difference between an ordinary solenoid valve and one with flow control?       Basically its the large ‘dial’ in the middle that you can turn to adjust the rate at which water flows thru the valve. You may choose to use one of these if you have a small station and […]

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Spring Reticulation Service in Perth

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On September 1 we can all switch our retic back on. Inevitably that is the time when you discover that it isn’t working quite the way you hope it should. If that is the case and your retic needs servicing then give us a call on 0400044236 and we can book you in. The spring […]

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What is the Best Type of Sprinkler?

A lot of people ask me what the best sprinklers are, and the answer is that it depends on the job it needs to do. Here are some pros and cons of various types of sprinklers: Standard Toro/Rainbird pop-ups:  are good sprinklers in that distribute a lot of water in a short space of time and they […]

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Why Does My Solenoid Stay Open?

If you have a solenoid that stays on with all of the other stations then 9 times out of 10 it is your diaphragm that is playing up. First check that you haven’t accidentally placed it in the ‘on’ position, then check that the small screw for flushing is done up tight. If these are […]

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My Retic Doesn’t make Sense

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Occasionally retic does weird stuff. The good news is that being a ‘closed system’ there are only so many variables that can go wrong. If you have an analytical mind then you can solve most problems by a process of deduction. Yesterday I went to see a client whose retic had come on and wouldn’t […]

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My Reticulation has Lost Pressure

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Ok so you have noticed a drop in pressure on your sprinklers. Believe it or not the first place to check is your water meter. Make sure someone hasn’t turned the pressure down here. It happens… I have no idea why people do it but that’s the first test. Then check and see if it […]

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In My Own Backyard – Sleeper Retaining Walls

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When we bought the house we were aware that some of the retaining walls were around 20 years ago and had either completely fallen over or were in need of repair. We were faced with the choice of doing it all again in limestone blocks or rebuilding the sleeper walls. In a perfect world with […]

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Great Gardening Info

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My friend James Middleton at Aussiegreenthumb is a legendary gardener and a fount of information when it comes to anything in our backyard. This month he is running a series of blogs entitled 30 Days to a Better Garden. He’s only up to day 5 so its not too late to catch up and follow […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Set a Reticulation Controller

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  Before I got into retic I used to get my wife to do this… so if you find it difficult then know you’re not alone! These days I can set most controllers quickly and easily so its a case of having a minimum charge. For local suburbs (anywhere north of Hester Ave) I charge […]

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Fixing a Leaky Solenoid

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If you have a station that stays running then you have a leaky solenoid. Simple as that. You can fix it by removing the whole solenoid and replacing it, or if you are lucky you may just be able to unscrew the top, take out the ‘guts’ (diaphragm, spring etc) and replace them. If that’s […]

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