Brighton Reticulation

When You Break the Tap off the Water Meter

Have you ever found a water meter that either won’t turn on or off? Like the tap is just stuck? This week it happened again – about the third time in 11 years but I knew what to expect. The water meter was on but the tap timer I had installed was leaking a little and I went to turn it off and fix the seal. But it wouldn’t budge – and I knew that taking the grandpa wrench to it was most likely going to snap it. So I called the homeowner out, explained the situation (the water had […]

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Does It Matter if I Use Cheap Sprinklers?

Not if you don’t mind changing them every 6-12 months. You can get really cheap budget sprinklers for $1-5, but as with everything in life, you get what you pay for. We only use Toro sprinkler bodies which have excellent seals, springs and general construction. Generally you can expect 7-10 years from a Toro which in the longer term is much better economy.

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Why Does My Retic Keep Running

This is a common question. And the answer is usually very simple. Generally speaking this happens when more than one start time is set. Unless there is a watering exemption in place you are only allowed to water once a day which means you only need one start time. Often people get ‘start times’ and ‘run times’ mixed up. So get this : YOU ONLY NEED 1 START TIME! Most errors are made when people set 5.00am as a start time, then 5.15, 5.30 and so on. So when you set your controller make note of which function you are […]

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Retic and Turf Replacement in Butler

I have had a call each year for the last two years to come and replace the turf at this small backyard in Butler. A combination of young dogs and a shaded area means it has been tough for the lawn to survive. It starts with a dig out of the old turf. Only 12m so not too much hard work. You can see the patchy old lawn below. Then it’s time to screed and update the sprinklers with some mp rotators. The regular Toro nozzles were getting blown around in the wind and dirtying the pool fence. And from […]

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Third Time Lucky? Retic and Turf in Butler

I have had a call each year for the last two years to come and replace the turf at this small backyard in Butler. A combination of young dogs and a shaded area means it has been tough for the lawn to survive. It starts with a dig out of the old turf. Only 12m so not too much hard work. You can see the patchy old lawn below. Then it’s time to screed and update the sprinklers with some mp rotators. The regular Toro nozzles were getting blown around in the wind and dirtying the pool fence. And from […]

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Why is My Water Pressure so Poor

If you have exceptionally bad retic flow and pressure then it could be that you have a restrictor fitted to your water meter. This can limit the flow to 9l/min and mean that it’s very difficult to get an efficient system up and running. If you aren’t sure then check with your plumber. You may go from 9l to 30l overnight!

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What If Reticulation breaks Under Concrete?

We fix it! Yeah it can be tricky and occasionally you need to cut the concrete, but where possible we try to reach under and make a connection. Here’s one I did recently. The poly retic has come apart about 150mm under the concrete and there was a retaining wall on the other side of the area. So I ran the station and blew out some sand from under the concrete. I reached under and added a piece of poly which I joined with the broken piece. It worked but below is a pic of my hands later than day! […]

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Backyard Reticulation Installation in Jindalee

Today’s job was to install a backyard system for a client in Jindalee. There was no retic in the place at all so we began with the sprinklers plumber, then the master valve and just one station solenoid to serve the lawn using MP Rotators. The trencher got a good workout in the established turf and we finished in good time. If you need retic installed in your backyard then be sure to give us a call!

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How Long Should I Run My Sprinklers?

A common misconception is that retic should run for 10 minutes. NOT SO! You are allowed to apply 10mls of water on your watering day. This is where the confusion comes from. 10ml not 10min! So different nozzles require different run times. Normal Toro – 10-15 minutes MP Rotators – 45-60 minutes Gear drives – 20-40 minutes (The difference is related to the spacing between the sprinklers.) But don’t buy the 10 minutes thing!

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