Where do we go?
We are based in Yanchep, and specialise in all suburbs from Joondalup to Two Rocks. Suburbs we service include Alkimos, Eglinton, Trinity, Butler, Jindalee, Quinns Rocks, Mindarie, Clarkson, Merriwa, Kinross, Currambine, Iluka, Carramar, Banksia Grove and Tapping.
We may go further south, but if not we can connect you with someone who will do quality work at a good price. .
Sometimes your reticulation isn’t working on one station because there is no power getting to the solenoid to open it. I was in Two Rocks today with this exact problem and it turned out a dog had chewed the wires and broken them.
What to do in these situations?…
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) Simply change the wire to an unused terminal and you should have power. Voila!
If there is power there then the break is somewhere between the control box and the solenoid. Depending on how easily accessible the wire is will determine what you do next.
If its possible to use a wire tracker then you may wish to go this route, but assuming most people don’t own one of these then the next best option is to look in obvious places for a break.
These are usually:
- at the base of control box
- by the solenoid itself
- anywhere the ground has been disturbed.
If it doesn’t turn up easily then you need to decided whether it is worth tracing from the box and testing at regular intervals.
If it a sole solenoid then you don’t have much choice, but if it is sitting next to another solenoid then you have two options.
a) wire the two stations together and run them as one – if there is enough pressure.
b) use an ‘add a station‘ device to act as the wire that was broken.
Option A is cheaper if you can get it to work as the ‘add a station’ modules come to nearly $100.00 for the part itself. However if this is your only option then its good to know you can use it.
For help with any of these issues call Andrew on 0400044236 or email email@example.com
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
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
Water 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.
Improve 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.
Use 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.
Choose 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.
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
So you haven’t got any way of getting water to your back yard other than using a tap?
Here’s a set up that can enable you to get two stations of retic functioning well. Start by removing the garden tap and then screw a 15ml brass T piece into the outlet. Then use a 15-20ml nipple in the tee to connect the ball valve, which will allow you to isolate this retic if you ever need to.
From the ball valve you will need a 20-20ml nipple to allow connection of the digital controller. This one is a Rainmaster and is simple to use and easy to program, but they all do pretty much the same job.
From the controller you can either run one line of retic or (as in the picture) you can add an alternating valve to create two separate stations. Be aware that these valves only allow water flow of 20l/min and do require a minimum pressure to function. If this minimum pressure isn’t there they may not switch between stations.
When setting it up test it at each stage for leaks and be sure to use threadseal tape to minimise the possibility of this. And then when programming the controller be sure to schedule two start times if you have an alternating valve.
Again we used Sir Walter Buffalo here and the result was fantastic.
Spring is the busiest time of year for the replacement of reticulation control boxes. At the end of winter we stroll out to switch the retic back on only to discover the box has died and needs replacing.
We specialise in the supply and installation of top quality reticulation control boxes and generally prefer the Hunter X Core for its quality and features.
If you are seeking a new box then check our other site www.reticcontrollerman.com for info on various brands and prices.
No its not Bede Anderson of Mr Retic… although he is a good mate.
Its my trencher in the trailer with Bede’s on its way down to Welshpool for its annual service. There are a lot of things in life I can live without, but if my trencher carked it then I might be considering another business…
That said I only get it off the trailer for big jobs and often just dig the trenches by hand to stay fit.
But when it comes to cutting through established turf and doing the job quickly it just can’t be beaten. Hence the title ‘my best mate’…