Save Water Perth!

Posted on 21st December 2015 in General

This is the latest Water Authority campaign and it lets us know we have had an unusually hot and dry start to spring and summer so our dams are sitting very low.

If you can drop 2 minutes off your watering time you will help out!

Just call if you need help

 

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Almost half of household water is being used on our gardens. And it’s only getting hotter – so we need to act now.

Please join others and reduce sprinkler run times by just 2 minutes per station. So we can all avoid wasting more precious water. 

Water saving tips for the garden

Icon of clock faceWater either before 9am or after 6pm
Watering early is best as it allows the water to soak to the roots and be available to plants throughout the day when they need it most. And remember, only water once on your rostered watering days.

Icon of soil with wetting agent in itImprove your soil
Good soil is the foundation of a waterwise garden, but sandy soil is common in WA and has a low water and nutrient holding capacity. Use soil improvement products and wetting agents to reduce water loss.

Icon of mulch in a wheelbarrowUse mulch in your garden
Apply 5–10cm of a chunky, waterwise mulch to significantly reduce evaporation loss and save water. It’s like sunscreen for the soil and can also reduce weed growth and improve the look of your garden.

Icon of plants in a gardenChoose waterwise plants
These are suitable for our climate and can live with less water. Group plants with similar watering needs so you can water efficiently, or get creative and transform the lawn on your verge into a waterwise garden.


Before & After

Posted on 21st December 2015 in Installations, Just For Fun

What difference can a day make to your front yard?

How about this one we did recently in Kinross? Reticulation replaced and new Sir Walter Buffalo laid. It came up looking great.

Call us if you’d like to do similar to yours!

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Merry Christmas

Posted on 21st December 2015 in General

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Wishing you a very happy Christmas we remember the birth of Christ and the change he brought to this world!

We are taking a short break from Friday 25th-Monday 28th, but will be back at work again on Tuesday 29th and working through the January period also

 

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Here’s an Idea…

Posted on 7th November 2015 in Ideas, Never Seen That One Before

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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 using ‘Grass-Cel technology and now the council don’t believe it conforms to their specs…

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‘Grass-Cel’ turf pavers are made of porous recycled plastic overlaid with soil and seeded with grass. They take the brunt of a car while allowing grass to grow undamaged.

I guess its not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does allow for a much greener street. The down side is obviously more water usage. It looks easy to install and would certainly be a viable alternative to concrete. Its around $35.00/m just to supply and then there would be installation and the lawn & soil on top. Not cheap, but definitely an alternative to concrete or paving.

Its not a new idea with the company having been around for 30 years or so, but its an idea if you love grass and hate concrete or paving…

Here’s a video of it all getting laid:

 

Fixing Reticulation with Duct Tape in Butler

Posted on 9th October 2015 in Repairs

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So let me tell you now – it aint gonna work!

Duct tape is a saviour for many DIY projects, but it isn’t a good fix for retic. No matter how many times you wrap that tape around the pipe the water will leak out. There is too much pressure for the tape to hold firmly. This week I was fixing a pipe in Butler that had been pierced by a garden fork and this is how it looked before I peeled away the tape.

Try this instead.

 

Shared Bores and Strange Problems in Yanchep

Posted on 27th September 2015 in bore, What's Going on There?

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This week I had an early morning phone call from a regular client who lives at the top of our street.

 

‘Andrew – my retic is on and it won’t go off. I’ve turned the controller off but it keeps running…’

 

If this were a system running off the mains then we would naturally presume a faulty master and station solenoid but this was a bore. I told him to turn the bore off at the mains and that stopped the flow.

 

Assuming it was the electrical contactor failing I told him to get the electrician out to check it out and replace it.

 

So the electrician attended and couldn’t see a problem, apart from the faulty station solenoid.

 

So the client rang again and we discussed it some more.

 

It didn’t make sense. It had to be an intermittent problem. Then 3 days later he called again to say it had happened again.

 

Odd… I told him to get the sparky back because pumps don’t just come on of their own accord

 

The electrician went back and could find no fault with the contactor. Really?…

 

I was at home having a coffee so I headed up the street to see if we could resolve this somehow.

 

Sure enough it all worked perfectly, except for the faulty solenoid. I was hesitant to fix the solenoid until we had resolved the intermittent pump issue otherwise we would risk the pump coming on with nowhere for the water to go and possibly burn it out.

 

It was a puzzle… and it was also a shared bore…

 

So I guessed that perhaps the other person’s contactor had failed. Now we were getting warm. The contactor was fine, but then it dawned on me to check the settings on their controller.

 

Sure enough the times my client had noticed his retic running when it shouldn’t have corresponded to the times that the neighbour’s retic was running.

 

Problem solved and now we just need to replace a solenoid.

Shared bores can present some unusual issues so give us a call if you get stuck and need to troubleshoot

Easy Retrieve Memory on Hunter X Core

Posted on 21st September 2015 in Controllers

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Another good reason to choose the Hunter X Core Controller is the ‘easy retrieve’ memory function, which means I can come and set your controller, you can fiddle with it, make adjustments and then discover all has got weird, before implementing the memory retrieve procedure below and taking it back to where you want it.

To save a program into memory:

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and     buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the left of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from left to right across the display indicating the program is being saved into memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Program is saved in memory.

To retrieve a program from memory

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and    buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the right of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from right to left across the display indicating the program is being retrieved from memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Saved Program is retrieved from memory.

Add a Station Incompatible with Controller?

Posted on 19th September 2015 in What's Going on There?

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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 run via the ‘Add a Station’, but not the other. A couple of solenoids were also old and dodgy and in need of replacement.

So I did the job, installed the new Add a Station, ran several tests and all seemed to be ok.

Then I got a call back a few days later that the problem has come back.

I arrived and checked the Add a Station to see if it was working. There was power to the blue wire, but not the brown wire. I changed it for another new Add a Station and the result was the same.

I tested the controller which was working fine and operating the solenoids perfectly. I tested the wiring by running new cable from the controller to the solenoids and again it didn’t work.

So it was a complete mystery as to why things were failing

It seemed like a bad batch of Add a Stations perhaps?…

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Then I got home and tested the Add a Stations on a brand new Hunter X Core and both worked perfectly. So the only conclusion is that the controller is failing to operate as intended. It was an Irritrol Raindial and functioning fine in every other way.

I haven’t tested the system with a new controller yet as the client is obviously reluctant to spend more money, but it seems this may be the only solution…

 

Irrigation and Turf Installation in Carramar

Posted on 4th June 2015 in What's Going on There?

This was last week

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The client had started the work, dug out some of the old reticulation and was hoping to dig out the old turf and replace with Sir Walter buffalo. Then he decided to call us and this is the result

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Bobcat on Tuesday

Reticulation on Wednesday

Turf laid today

Its an instant transformation and a much better look.

Its Sir Walter Buffalo with MP rotators for sprinklers

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Lawn and Irrigation in Eglinton

Posted on 7th May 2015 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf

So I quoted this job on Tuesday and as the client wanted to get it done asap I did it today instead of going surfing…

The bobcat got there yesterday and dug out the sand and spread the soil.

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The retic was installed – two stations using precision nozzles as the water pressure was pretty average and one station wasn’t going to cut it. I didn’t even bother getting the trencher off the trailer for this one as the sand was soft and digging was easy.

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From there it was a case of screeding and laying the lawn. This is Sir Walter Buffalo and it always comes up looking great.

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All done by 1.30 and enough time left to hit the beach before dark