Add a Station Incompatible with Controller?

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


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?…


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…


Alkimos Turf and Irrigation Part 1

Posted on 25th March 2015 in General

I didn’t realise there were large half acre blocks in Alkimos, but last week we did part 1 of a retic and turf install. 100m of kikuyu and retic hooked up the mains, but to be converted shortly to the new bore and then another 600m of turf laid


Reticulation and Turf in Butler

Posted on 12th September 2014 in General, Just For Fun

Brighton retic  began back in 2007 by working only in the Butler area, but obviously things have changed a lot since then.


A couple of months back a friend moved into a Homeswest house in Butler where the previous tenants had left a huge mess so one Saturday morning we came in with a crew from the Quinns Baptist Church and gave the backyard a complete makeover.



When we began it was pretty ugly, but people filled skip bins, moved bricks, cleared rubbish and generally cleaned up.



Dave from Dimension Paving in Butler kindly donated his time to do the paving, Bede Anderson from Mr Retic and I oversaw the retic and turf work and a bunch of men, women and kids from Quinns Baptist came by and gave several hours of their time to transform a wasteland into an attractive space.




By 1.00pm the job was done, we all went home and the backyard was attractive and enjoyable to live in.




Changing Seasons And a Great Time to Install Turf

Posted on 2nd April 2014 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf


This cooler weather is the perfect time to install some turf.

It will grow well before winter, you can avoid the heat and your lawn will look great.

Give us a call for a free quote. We can usually give you a pretty good estimate over the phone and then can measure up if we are looking like going ahead

The Great Australian Backyard

Posted on 6th October 2013 in bore, General, Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf

Back in the olden days when blocks of land were large the typical backyard was big enough for a full length cricket pitch as well as the Hills Hoist.

These days most backyards are compact and good for a game of chess…

Last week we were in Lancelin and installed a bore, retic and turf in this property. We finished it on Thursday and it looks sensational.

The sprinklers used are top quality MP Rotators (3000 series nozzle) on 2 stations and the 320m of turf was Sir Walter Buffalo. Its  a huge backyard ready for the kids to get out the footy.










Heinrich gets stuck into the 8 pallets of lawn we had delivered. Check out the quirky Hobbit house in the next block…




Finished product – looking great

Large Scale Turf Laying

Posted on 20th June 2013 in Installations, Just For Fun, Turf

We have never had to do a job above 400sqm, but I have often wondered if there is a faster way to lay turf over large areas. Today I was visiting my parents and at the park opposite their home there were a crew out laying some new turf.

It comes in 15m rolls and is laid by a machine with an offsider raking it into place before cutting and rolling.

Looks pretty easy and I can imagine how much time it would save.

Here’s some pics of the process. I’m pretty sure the company doing the work was ‘Turfmaster



Posted on 11th June 2013 in In My Own Backyard, Sir Walter Turf, sprinklers

When someone calls us to get to work on their backyard or front yard then essentially what they are hoping for is a transformation – a complete facelift that will have you say ‘wow!’

We don’t often get to go back  and see how our jobs look a year or two later, but this is one job I will stay in touch with because I drive past it every day.

Just 300m from our home is this residence right on the beach in Yanchep. It has had both an internal and external facelift over the last year or two.

Last year we came here and did the retic and turf at the rear, and then today we went back and completed work at the front. Here are some shots from a year ago as well as some pics of how it looks today.











That was last year and here’s today…



brazier back


And then today we did the front






Posted on 27th September 2012 in Installations, Installing, Just For Fun

That’s how warm it got in Perth today…

So much for spring… We were out laying lawn and doing some fix ups and getting pretty cold and wet along with it!


Phil compacts the turf


Coby dishes out the sandwiches!

Laying Sir Walter Turf in Sorrento

Posted on 13th June 2012 in Installations

This is a before and after post so you can see the massive difference new turf can make to a property. We levelled the ground, fixed up the retic and laid the turf.






Laying Kikuyu Turf

Posted on 31st May 2012 in Installations, Turf

Its been over 5 years of running this business and only yesterday I laid kikuyu turf for the first time. Kikuyu is a cooch variety and is typically used in parks or for commercial applications.

It is hard wearing and sturdy. It has a broader leaf than wintergreen and yesterday’s batch felt quite spongy, although I don’t know if that is typical.

We can supply and lay kikuyu at the same price as Wintergreen if it is your preference.