Brighton Reticulation

What is the Best Type of Sprinkler?

A lot of people ask me what the best sprinklers are, and the answer is that it depends on the job it needs to do. Here are some pros and cons of various types of sprinklers: Standard Toro/Rainbird pop-ups:  are good sprinklers in that distribute a lot of water in a short space of time and they are cheap and easy to replace. If well maintained the sprinkler body and seals can easily last 5 years. Their negative is that their spray can mist and get easily blown by the wind. Gear Drives – Gear drives are tough and are generally used […]

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Carramar Reticulation & Irrigation Repairs and Servicing

We do a lot of work in the Carramar area and can attend to your service needs quickly. We can repair solenoids, replace control boxes and do simple sprinkler repairs. If you need some reticulation service work done and you live in Carramar then be sure to give us a call! Or if you want to replace a lawn, or install an entire system then we can help you there too.

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New Retic & Turf in Carine

What do you do when you retire?… Some people play golf, others travel but for today’s job my client in Carine dug out 50 cubic metres of his front yard by hand as preparation for new retic and turf. Wow… yeah… 50 cubes is a lot! So once he had finished it looked like this. That’s a lot of dirt to remove by hand and it meant we needed 26 cubes of special lawn mix brought in to get the right level for the Sir Walter Buffalo. Here’s it all screeded and levelled with the turf ready to go this […]

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Irritrol Kiwkdial Fuse Message?

Every summer one of the most common requests we get is to fix the ‘fuse message’ on Irritrol Kiwkdial controllers. The message flashes and shows a battery symbol (even though the device has no battery) and it will not operate the retic. The short answer to what is happening is one of two things: a) The controller is on the way out. If it does this intermittently and if the display is shaking then count on it being the controller. b) There is a problem with a solenoid and it is sending a message back to the controller telling it […]

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Warranties on Control Boxes

So your control box has stopped working? Chances are it will be covered by warranty as most have two years of factory warranty and if a product simply fails we will replace it at no cost to you. However sometimes boxes fail as a result of user error. The box in the image is just over one year old and ordinarily would be replaced under warranty, except that it is evident that the digital panel has been exposed to the weather. The telltale sign is the greenish colour the panel has turned. It should be the same grey as the […]

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How Long Should My Sprinklers Be on For?

This is not what you want your lawn to look like! Currently the Water Authority is advertising on TV that sprinklers should be on for 10 minutes per station, which is somewhat misleading. I had a client recently send me this photo of her new lawn saying she is struggling to keep it alive on the Water Authority’s recommendations. I’m not surprised. She has Toro Precision nozzles which need to run for 30 minutes each time operate to apply 10mls. So here’s the deal… Sprinkler run times depend on the types of sprinklers used.   The goal is to get […]

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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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Before & After

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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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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Flow Control Solenoid Valves

So what’s the difference between an ordinary solenoid valve and one with flow control?       Basically its the large ‘dial’ in the middle that you can turn to adjust the rate at which water flows thru the valve. You may choose to use one of these if you have a small station and do not want you retic operating at full capacity. For example some people have a small veggie patch that needs some very specific watering. Rather than adding the veggies patch to the lawn station or to other garden beds they would irrigate it separately. In […]

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