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.
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.
From there it was a case of screeding and laying the lawn. This is Sir Walter Buffalo and it always comes up looking great.
All done by 1.30 and enough time left to hit the beach before dark
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.
If you live in Mindarie then there are a few things worth knowing before installing reticulation and turf.
Water Flow: in Mindarie water flow is usually very good – at least 30l/min. Bores are a good idea as blocks are often large, but they can also be quite expensive.
Soil Content: Expect a lot of limestone rocks and sandy ground. Usually this makes for hard digging and its also essential that you use some good quality lawn mix below any turf that is laid.
For a free quote on any installation work in Mindarie give us a call.
It’s that time of year when people consider getting lawn laid again. The weather is cooling down and its a while before winter hits.
Here’s one we did today in Two Rocks – The ground cleared and prepped with 40ml of lawn mix, 105m of Sir Walter Buffalo and a front retic install. We love to work in Two Rocks as its just up the road and on beautiful sunny autumn days like these is even better.
I first came across these 7 years ago just as I was starting up Brighton retic and over that time I’d rate them as brilliant nozzles. As well as operating efficiently on properties with low flow rates, they have proven to be highly durable.
I have often installed these on properties and returned several years later to find they are still working perfectly. Generally if an MP stops working it is simply a case of removing the nozzle and filter, cleaning the filter and then reassembling. The filter catches most of the junk and stops it affecting the nozzle.
They aren’t cheap but they do offer excellent results and longevity.
This is unusual.
I was called to a job in Jindalee where the PVC pipe had simply blown out. Where you can see the hole the PVC is soft and pliable and for some reason it had blown there.
Occasionally this happens but I haven’t figured out why yet…
Does your controller look like this one?
Lost its display or just hard to read?
Does it come on at odd times?
Chances are if it does then it might need replacing…
Give me a call on 0400044236 for great prices on a new controller all set up and ready to go!
If you find your new home has very poor water flow/pressure then you might want to take a look at your water meter and see if its been fitted with a restrictor.
This week I arrived to do a job on a local property only to discover the water flow was absolutely abysmal – around 10 litres / minute and barely enough to get two half sprays sprinklers up and running.
With turf arriving in a few hours the retic needed completing so I texted my local plumber a pic of the meter and he advised me that it was fitted with a restricting device. He kindly sent a staff member around immediately and we replaced the device with an ordinary brass elbow.
It was back to normal and the job got completed with no hitches.
I’ve only had it once before but its worth considering if you are having problems with water flow
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.
On Friday I had a call from a client in Yanchep who had installed a solenoid, but was having problems. The two stations in the back were coming on together.
So I went out to see what was going on.
What was odd was that the two rear stations came on together but they didn’t come on when the front retic station was running. Normally if a solenoid fails open it stays on with every other station.
But in this case station one came on, then station two and three together.
So I checked:
- The direction of flow on the solenoid he had installed. It was correct.
- The wiring and the voltage at the solenoid. It was all perfect.
- Whether the solenoid was clogged with glue or dirt, but both were fine.
- Whether the controller had failed and was sending voltage on both stations rather than individually. It wasn’t…
There was no apparent reason and I was running out of options as all of the logical solutions were coming up blank.
Finally I decided to check whether a different controller would get a different result so we wired one up to test it. As I was doing this I asked the client why he replaced the solenoid.
He told me ‘I didn’t replace it – I added it to split the rear yard in two.’ And as he said that, it dawned on me what had happened. What was once a complete station had been divided in two – but not completely. Somewhere there was still a connection underground. It was the only explanation left for why both stations came on simultaneously.
When we discussed it he agreed and I left him to dig some holes and find that elusive connection.
There is always a logical solution to retic problems, but sometimes you need to gather all the information to make sense of it.