So what do you do when your dad is a retic bloke and its a beautiful day outside?…
Grab some black poly pipe, some black plastic and some microsprays and create a water slide… Nice work kids
servicing Two Rocks to Trigg – call Andrew 0400044236
Just for fun…
Most days I enjoy retic and turf but then there was Thursday last week…
It rained pretty much all day, which is never fun and from the very start of the day things didn’t go to plan. We arrived to dig some dirt out of a backyard and lay some lawn. As we arrived the tyre on the trailer was clearly going flat and needing pumped up. Bummer because we were out the back of Banksia Grove and the nearest servo was 15 minutes drive.
Anyway we weren’t going anywhere with a tyre like that and we couldn’t load up the dirt we needed to tip so I took off and got the tyre pumped back up. Half an hour gone and by the time I got back it had started to go down again… Waste of time…
I continued digging out the yard and instead of removing about a third of a cube we finished up with just over a cubic metre – a pretty big load for my trailer and technically overloaded.
I decided to change the tyre over and use the spare, so I loosened the wheel nuts on the faulty tyre and then tried to get the spare off – but it wouldn’t come easily and then it started to pour so we took shelter in the client’s carport. We chatted for a bit and realised the weather wasn’t going to change so it was decided we would drive down to Wanneroo, get a tube put in the tyre and then head down town for our city jobs before coming back to finish off.
Remember the loosened wheel nuts?
Hmmm… we didn’t… so halfway down Pinjar rd the wheel came off the trailer… Fortunately there was no major drama other than having to dump the trailer and take the wheel to the tyre shop to get a new rim, some new wheel nuts AND a tyre… This day wasn’t going well.
We managed to get a good turn around on the tyre and went back and fitted it on the trailer. Knowing we still had work to do we headed back to move the big pile of dirt. But as we arrived the rain set in again – heavy, dense, unrelenting. So… we turned the car around and again headed for the city.
It rained non stop down there and we couldn’t do two of the jobs we had driven down to do. Annoying.
So we drove back to finish off the turf laying and get that pile of dirt to the tip. The rain eased a little and we shovelled all of the dirt into the trailer. It was well loaded.
And we headed for the tip… And all was going well until we hit that bump on the way in and the axel snapped on the trailer… It was the last thing we needed… The leaf springs held the wheels in place so we managed to drag it down to the dumping area and unload in the pouring rain before calling a friend who allowed us to borrow his trailer to go back to the client’s house and get the rest of our gear.
So we dumped our trailer at the tip and ended a disaster of a day by loading up on a mate’s rig and heading for home. Its been 7 years of retic and never a day like that one…
And never again…
If you’re laying turf then inevitably you will need to trim it at some point.
There are many ways to do this, but we have found the steak knife to be the most effective way. But not any old steak knife. Most knives will cut wintergreen and the softer turfs, but if you want to cut thru Sir Walter then you will need something more solid.
We have found homemaker knives from K Mart to be the best as they are a strong one piece stainless steel knife. But good luck finding any as they seem to be a discontinued line. I bought the last 26 boxes in Perth!
By my reckoning there should be another 7 years of turf laying left there…
Its always nice when you get a chance to see how a garden you have worked in has developed and grown. I did some work for D & D from Quinns Rocks around 18 months ago and then went back this week to help them with the front yard.
This is how the back looks 18 months later.
The turf is Empire Zoyzia and there is an assortment of some beautiful plants in there too.
Like all turfs the Zoyzia goes dormant over winter, but it is just starting to come back nicely now.
At the start of the year we got a great buzz from winning the Holman competition and scored a free trip to Sydney to the cricket.
Well it happened again.
A couple of months back Hunter industries launched a promotion open to all retic contractors who completed their 10 modules of online training.
Well… a couple of nights in front of the computer paid off and Brighton reticulation won the $1000.00 in Coles/Myer gift vouchers.
We picked them up last week and tomorrow they get spent on 4 new tyres for the Patrol
Thanks to Hunter for the prize!
Well… we were planning a break from Christmas to New year and then we won this competition so its now the first week of January as well.
If you are chasing some retic repairs then we still have one car on the road, but I’ll be in Sydney chilling at the cricket thanks to the nice people at Total Eden.
Feel free to call or email and we will do our best to fit you in.