One Station of Reticulation Is Stuck on

Posted on 10th February 2016 in solenoids

A common problem at this time of year is for one station to remain on while the system goes thru its cycle.

Or you may have a constant weep around sprinklers

Depending on what type of solenoid you have it is most likely going to be a faulty diaphragm. Usually it is best just to replace the entire solenoid and be sure that all will work well for a few years to come.

If you wish to try and replace the diaphragm then remove the top half of the solenoid (you may be able to screw it off if it is a ‘jar top’ or you may need a screwdriver to remove screws) locate the diaphragm – it is a piece of rubber and then take it to your local retic store and ask for a replacement.

You will pay around $15.00 for a new diaphragm. Then simply refit it as you removed it (but don’t forget the spring)

When it comes to replacing solenoids I have a range of charges:

a) If it is exposed and dug out with no complicated pipework to add to the time of the repair then the cost would be close to $120.00 inc GST for a new solenoid.

b) If the solenoid is easy to locate but requires digging up then $160.00

c) If you have no idea where the solenoids are then its $120.00 plus the cost of the time it takes to locate the solenoid in question. Generally speaking using either common sense or an electronic tracking device a solenoid can be located in around 30 minutes.

For help with any of these issues call Andrew on 0400044236 or email brightonreticulation@gmail.com

My Reticulation Won’t Come on

Posted on 10th February 2016 in Controllers, General

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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 brightonreticulation@gmail.com

The Fuse Message on Irritrol Kiwdial Irrigation Controller

Posted on 10th February 2016 in Controllers

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This is one of the most common reticulation issues especially in suburbs like Butler, Carramar, Banksia Grove and Clarkson where these controllers were installed as part of the landscaping package.

The first thing you should know is that there is no fuse! And the little battery symbol with a line thru it doesn’t mean there is a problem with the battery. There is no battery.

The message means one of two things:

a) There is a fault with a solenoid

b) The controller is faulty.

We can run some tests to prove which one it is, but don’t waste your time looking for a fuse or a battery!

As a general guide if the display is flickering and intermittent the box itself will be dead, but if everything looks good then it may well be the solenoid coil.

How To Fix Broken PVC Pipe

Posted on 10th February 2016 in Repairs

Ok so you’ve stuck a spade through a PVC pipe or maybe just pierced it. How do you repair it without digging it all up so you have enough flex to insert a coupling?

There are two options.

The first is the best option for a significant break and that is to use a slipfix/ telescopic fitting. Simply cut the pipe at either end, attach a PVC coupling to one side and then glue the narrow end of the slipfix into the coupling. Allow a couple of minutes for it to dry and then slide it over the other end of the pipe.

Give it some time to dry and you’re done. Simple.

A different method that I have used on several occasions is to use a ‘snap on’ tee to fix a small hole. If it is a puncture or a blow out and the hole is 5ml in diameter or thereabouts then you can simply smother the snap on fitting in glue, cover the pipe with glue and press it over the break.

I have worried that these may come away under pressure, but so far no problems. This is a cheaper solution than the slip fix obviously.

For help with any of these issues call Andrew on 0400044236 or email brightonreticulation@gmail.com

Before & After

Posted on 21st December 2015 in Installations, Just For Fun

What difference can a day make to your front yard?

How about this one we did recently in Kinross? Reticulation replaced and new Sir Walter Buffalo laid. It came up looking great.

Call us if you’d like to do similar to yours!

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Here’s an Idea…

Posted on 7th November 2015 in Ideas, Never Seen That One Before

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Remember those old holiday shacks with grass driveways that always showed the furrows where the car had been driven into the asbestos shed at the back of the property?

Well maybe grass driveways are on the return.

This story in the news today is about a local Perth bloke who installed a special grass driveway using ‘Grass-Cel technology and now the council don’t believe it conforms to their specs…

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‘Grass-Cel’ turf pavers are made of porous recycled plastic overlaid with soil and seeded with grass. They take the brunt of a car while allowing grass to grow undamaged.

I guess its not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does allow for a much greener street. The down side is obviously more water usage. It looks easy to install and would certainly be a viable alternative to concrete. Its around $35.00/m just to supply and then there would be installation and the lawn & soil on top. Not cheap, but definitely an alternative to concrete or paving.

Its not a new idea with the company having been around for 30 years or so, but its an idea if you love grass and hate concrete or paving…

Here’s a video of it all getting laid:

 

Fixing Reticulation with Duct Tape in Butler

Posted on 9th October 2015 in Repairs

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So let me tell you now – it aint gonna work!

Duct tape is a saviour for many DIY projects, but it isn’t a good fix for retic. No matter how many times you wrap that tape around the pipe the water will leak out. There is too much pressure for the tape to hold firmly. This week I was fixing a pipe in Butler that had been pierced by a garden fork and this is how it looked before I peeled away the tape.

Try this instead.

 

Easy Retrieve Memory on Hunter X Core

Posted on 21st September 2015 in Controllers

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Another good reason to choose the Hunter X Core Controller is the ‘easy retrieve’ memory function, which means I can come and set your controller, you can fiddle with it, make adjustments and then discover all has got weird, before implementing the memory retrieve procedure below and taking it back to where you want it.

To save a program into memory:

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and     buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the left of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from left to right across the display indicating the program is being saved into memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Program is saved in memory.

To retrieve a program from memory

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and    buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the right of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from right to left across the display indicating the program is being retrieved from memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Saved Program is retrieved from memory.

Irrigation and Turf Installation in Carramar

Posted on 4th June 2015 in What's Going on There?

This was last week

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The client had started the work, dug out some of the old reticulation and was hoping to dig out the old turf and replace with Sir Walter buffalo. Then he decided to call us and this is the result

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Bobcat on Tuesday

Reticulation on Wednesday

Turf laid today

Its an instant transformation and a much better look.

Its Sir Walter Buffalo with MP rotators for sprinklers

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Reticulation and Turf Installation in Mindarie

Posted on 4th May 2015 in Installations, Installing

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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.