Brighton Reticulation

Reticulation in Jindowie with Poor Water Pressure

  Recently I laid the main retic line for a client in Jindowie (a part of Yanchep). I’ve written before about water pressure issues in this part of the world and today we hit the same problem again. I use Richdel solenoids 99% of the time, but today they wouldn’t seal. They need a certain amount of backpressure and the water being what it is up here I just couldn’t get them to work. I changed them for Hunter PGVs and they worked fine. I’m not sure why Hunters will operate with the lower pressure, but they seem to be the […]

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Here’s an Idea…

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… ‘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 […]

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PVC Pipe Blowout

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…

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Dismal Water Pressure For Reticulation?

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 […]

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Reticulation Solenoid Puzzle in Yanchep

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.   Odd…   So I checked: […]

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My Retic Won’t Shut Off

For people with Hunter X Core Controllers this is one of the most common issues and it arises because the controller is incorrectly programmed. What happens is the system comes on at 5.00am (or whenever you have set it for) runs thru the whole cycle and then does it again… and again… and again… The problem is more than one identical start time being set. By that I mean that start time 1 is 5.00am, start time 2 is 5.00am and then start time 3 is 5.00am. For some reason this confuses the machine and causes it behave in this […]

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There is Always a Way

  This week I went to do a job that involved connecting the rear retic (running off a tap) to the main system at the front. In doing the quote I noticed a thin 70ml channel down the side of the house where liquid limestone ended and the fence began. I figured that with a thin trenching shovel we could get enough dirt out to lay pipe and wire… That all made sense but I forgot to take into account the fence post right smack bang in the middle of that 70ml channel. I was about to go and see […]

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How Many Volts Does My Retic Need?

I was working on a friend’s place recently with a strange fault that was proving difficult to track down. The solenoid would come on and off intermitently. It would work 10 times in a row and then fail. There was power (27V) coming from the control box but at the solenoid the power varied between 22-26v according to my multimeter. The power wire to the solenoid had been joined several times before it reached the solenoid and after eliminating any other possibilities (faulty coil/controller) I could only conclude that there was a problem with the wire run. I ran a […]

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My Hunter X Core Controller Won’t Work on Manual

    If you have a Hunter X Core Controller and it doesn’t come on as it should when operating manually the you could have a dodgy switch issue. Normally to run an individual station you turn the dial anti-clockwise to the ‘run single station’ indicator, then select the station an return the dial to auto-run. If it doesn’t come on (and you will know its on by the presence of a little sprinkler symbol) then you may need to jiggle the switch a bit and see if you can get it to fire up. Usually if this is a […]

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X Core Hybrid Controllers

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 […]

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