Brighton Reticulation

Alkimos Reticulation and Turf Installations and Repairs

(photo – Dan Gibson) If you live in Alkimos then you are a part of our primary service area and we’d love to help you with either new installations of reticulation and turf or repairs and modifications. Most times we can get to quotes within a day or two and repairs can also be done quickly and efficiently. Give Andrew a call and we will be there quickly!  

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The Fuse Message on Irritrol Kiwdial Irrigation Controller

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 […]

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What Does ‘P err’ Mean on a Hunter X Core Controller?

If you own a Hunter X Core Control box and see ‘P err’ on your controller then it means nothing will work (or it may come on for a few seconds and then fail) and there are two possible causes. The first and most common is that the master solenoid coil has developed an electrical problem and is sending a fault message back to the controller. ‘p’ = pump or master valve. We can locate and replace this – problem solved. The second possibility is that the box is faulty and needs replacing. You can determine which one it is by […]

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One Station of Reticulation Is Stuck on

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 […]

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My Reticulation Won’t Come on

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. […]

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Shared Bores and Strange Problems in Yanchep

This week I had an early morning phone call from a regular client who lives at the top of our street.   ‘Andrew – my retic is on and it won’t go off. I’ve turned the controller off but it keeps running…’   If this were a system running off the mains then we would naturally presume a faulty master and station solenoid but this was a bore. I told him to turn the bore off at the mains and that stopped the flow.   Assuming it was the electrical contactor failing I told him to get the electrician out […]

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Easy Retrieve Memory on Hunter X Core

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: 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. Release the    and    buttons. The display will scroll three segments    from left to right […]

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My Best Mate

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 […]

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When Retic Won’t Switch Off

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 […]

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Alkimos, Yanchep and Two Rocks Reticulation Servicing

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.

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