My Best Mate

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

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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’…

 

 

When Retic Won’t Switch Off

Posted on 20th November 2013 in solenoids, What's Going on There?

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There can be a few causes of this, but its rare that it happens.

Typically when a system doesn’t have a master valve any time a solenoid fails the retic will leak, but its very unusual when there is a master valve.

I was at a property this week where the retic ‘wouldn’t shut off’.

When I got there the ball valve that isolates the retic had been closed because it wouldn’t stop running on station 1. I opened the ball valve and nothing happened… So obviously it had shut off…

I checked the controller and it was an X Core with some a dodgy dial that wouldn’t do what it was supposed to. So I replaced it, thinking that this was the source of the problem. It needed replacing anyway and when I tested it, all worked well.

Then I got a call that night telling me the retic was stuck on again…

Odd.

So I dropped in and checked the new controller and it was working fine – BUT – the retic was definitely stuck on station 1.

I had to do another job so I turned it off at the ball valve and went away for a few hours. When I returned and turned it on the water flow had stopped.

The only thing that could cause this was a faulty solenoid both on 1 and the master – perhaps solenoids that were slow closing or remaining partially open. I located solenoid 1, a Rainbird, and noticed that the bleed screw was just a little loose, so I tightened it and that fixed that. I went to the master and the bleed screw was loose on there as well.

Weird…

I have no idea how these screw get loose, but its worth knowing that this happened without any interference. No one messed with them.

If your retic won’t shut off and you have a master valve then check your bleed screws.

Hopefully tonight all will be well

Alkimos, Yanchep and Two Rocks Reticulation Servicing

Posted on 12th October 2013 in Repairs, sprinklers

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Its that time of year when you switch reticulation back on so its likely you’ll be looking for someone to service your sprinklers and get it all up to speed for what looks like being a long hot summer.

So give us a call on 0400044236 and we will book a time to get everything working as it should be, set your controller and ensure you are ready for summer.

Reticulation Servicing in Yanchep

Posted on 14th August 2013 in Repairs

A couple of years back Brighton Reticulation moved from Butler to Yanchep and now we are available to all residents for spring servicing and general repairs.

If you have just bought a house and need a rear yard turf and retic package then we can help you there too.

We can offer excellent service, good prices and friendly staff who will take care of your needs.

Call Andrew on 0400044236 to book a service

How to Join PVC Pipes in Very Tight Spaces

Posted on 18th April 2013 in Repairs

Occasionally I pick up a job where I need to remove a solenoid and replace with another, but once the ground is excavated we discover a series of closely joined PVC fittings with nowhere to cut into. A tight series of elbows and tees can be a challenge to remove and refit.

A recent job saw solenoids lined up against a concrete driveway on one side and then dense roots on the other and this morning I needed to replace 5 solenoids all in a very tight confined space.

So if you need to do this what are you looking for?

The biggest thing to remember is that you want to plan what you do before you start.

– Solenoids that have an outlet onto black poly will be the easiest to work with because of the flex in the pipe.

– If there isn’t room to use a slip fix (telescopic fitting) to join pipes then you need to rely on there being some lateral movement in the pipes themselves. Always join the least movable parts first and save the moveable ones until you need to make a final join.

– Cut precisely and check your measurements. Sometimes – when you need to join PVC fittings side by side if you don’t get it perfectly right you can end up having to disassemble everything and starting over.

At the end of the day the goal is to get things joined up and working so if you need to get creative and run some pipe and fittings around a bit to get a join then that is better than not being able to make it work.

I don’t have any pics, but this is one of those jobs where it almost always pays to get someone in to do it. It will probably save you a lot of headaches!

 

My Lawn is Dying! What Do I Do?…

Posted on 12th January 2013 in General, Local Knowledge

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After the recent run of crazy hot weather all around Australia there is a fair chance your lawn will be looking the worse for wear.

I have seen a number of browning, ‘crunchy’ lawns lately and it seems that the weather is simply getting the better of the two day/week watering regime. When the temperatures are as hot as they have been and we are only allowed to apply 10ml of water twice a week then your lawn just won’t like it.

The good news is that you can handwater to keep it going – which obviously isn’t ideal, but occasionally it is what’s needed.

The other thing to consider is that your lawn may have a disease. Black beetle is common at this time of year so you may have an infestation and will need to treat it for this.

As a general rule if the area in question is getting wet from sprinklers then the issue is not going to be one of water. It is going to be something else. So go to Bunnings and get some Confidor and get spraying!

X Core Hybrid Controllers

Posted on 2nd November 2012 in Controllers, Installing, Never Seen That One Before, Products

This is the control box you would use if you have no access to mains power. It is totally battery operated and does not require a 240v supply.

I came across one of these in Butler this week and only realised when we arrived that it was a hybrid. The trick here is that none of your regular 24v solenoids will work with it, so because we were laying retic and turf that day it meant a frantic search to locate some DC latching solenoids.

In the end Total Eden in Balcatta had 3 we needed so it was long drive there and back to make it work. I’m not sure why anyone would use one of these in Suburbia where power is not an issue. The other thing to remember with these controllers is that the solenoids are expensive. You will pay $80.00 for each solenoid rather than the regular $30.00 so it adds to the cost of the job.

I believe you can use regular Hunter valves and simply change the coil to DC latching, but I haven’t tested that method.

Next time I’ll be making a note of whether the controller is AC or DC!

 

My Bore Won’t Come on

Posted on 22nd February 2012 in bore, Controllers

Normally when your bore starts up you hear a ‘clunk’ sound as the bore starter kicks in. If you can’t hear this then chances are your relay to the starter is faulty or the problem is in your control box.

If the control box looks ok then you will need to call an electrician to have a look at the relay switch.

 

Reticulation When Moving House

Posted on 10th June 2011 in Local Knowledge, Repairs, sprinklers, What's Going on There?

If you are moving house then at your pre-settlement inspection everything should be in working order.

The sprinklers should all be spraying properly and retracting and there shouldnt be any leaks or blocked nozzles.

If you arent happy with the condition of the retic then get your agent to call us and we can arrange to get it all sorted at the current owners expense. If yiu dont sort it now then it will become your problem very soon and it shouldnt be.

PVC or Poly Pipe for Retic

Posted on 9th June 2011 in What's Going on There?

So which type of pipe should you use for your retic?

When we install we use PVC in lawn areas and poly in garden beds. You can use PVC in garden beds too, but I like go have more flexible pipe in the garden both in form and in function

With poly you can use shrub sprays, microsprays or drippers, but when you use PVC you are limited to shrub sprays

In the lawn where you are less likely to make any modifications it is wise to use PVC. It is durable and harder to chop thru with a spade.

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