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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 Retic Won’t Come On

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  This week I went back to a job I first looked at a couple of months back. I stopped in on my way home to see why this particular system wasn’t working. It was late in the afternoon and more than I had time for so I declined to take the job on right […]

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Remote Control for Retic Controllers

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If your control box is in an awkward spot or if you have a bigger property then┬átesting┬áthe retic can be a real pain in the proverbial. Running back and forward to the box to test, flush re-test takes time and the solution is a simple remote control that will save you that annoyance. Finally, you […]

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None of My Retic Works

If nothing comes on whatsoever then chances are you may have a broken common wire. We were at a job today where the back came on, but the front didn’t. The fact that the back came on eliminated the possibility of it being the master solenoid. It had to be a common wire (or all […]

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Low Voltage Reticulation Wiring

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  Reticulation wiring that leaves the control box is not dangerous. As a general rule if you feel anything when you touch the wires it will be a light buzzing in your finger tips. That’s because its low voltage – around 24v and it isn’t enough to hurt you. The Control box has an inbuilt […]

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Which One is the Common Wire to My Reticulation Solenoids?

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  Sometimes you find yourself working on a job where the original installer decided to save money by simply using the same colour wire all around. Its ‘black’ wire to the master, the stations and the common rather than the multi-core version pictured above. What happens though if your dog rips up all the rear […]

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How To Wire Up Your Solenoids

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Its easy once you have done it a few times… So I’m not sure if this will make good sense but here goes… In your control box there are terminals marked ‘C’ for common, ‘M’ or ‘P’ for master/pump and then there are the numbers for solenoids 1-6 etc. Ok – so assuming you are […]

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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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