Brighton Reticulation

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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Spring Reticulation Service in Perth

On September 1 we can all switch our retic back on. Inevitably that is the time when you discover that it isn’t working quite the way you hope it should. If that is the case and your retic needs servicing then give us a call on 0400044236 and we can book you in. The spring and early summer months are always flat out so beat the rush and get in asap!  

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Why Does My Solenoid Stay Open?

If you have a solenoid that stays on with all of the other stations then 9 times out of 10 it is your diaphragm that is playing up. First check that you haven’t accidentally placed it in the ‘on’ position, then check that the small screw for flushing is done up tight. If these are all ok and there are no visible leaks then its usually the diaphragm. This is the rubber piece in the middle of the solenoid and allows water to flow or blocks its flow. For some solenoids eg Richdel you can probably head down to your […]

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My Retic Doesn’t make Sense

Occasionally retic does weird stuff. The good news is that being a ‘closed system’ there are only so many variables that can go wrong. If you have an analytical mind then you can solve most problems by a process of deduction. Yesterday I went to see a client whose retic had come on and wouldn’t go off. They had been on holidays when this happened so they came home to huge water bill. The logical answer is that both the master valve and the station valve had failed and stuck open simultaneously allowing water thru. But what are the chances […]

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My Reticulation has Lost Pressure

Ok so you have noticed a drop in pressure on your sprinklers. Believe it or not the first place to check is your water meter. Make sure someone hasn’t turned the pressure down here. It happens… I have no idea why people do it but that’s the first test. Then check and see if it is on just one station or on all. If its ‘all’ then you have a break in your mainline – that’s the 25ml or 40ml main pipe that feeds to the solenoids. This should show up in a large puddle of water somewhere.  You may […]

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In My Own Backyard – Sleeper Retaining Walls

When we bought the house we were aware that some of the retaining walls were around 20 years ago and had either completely fallen over or were in need of repair. We were faced with the choice of doing it all again in limestone blocks or rebuilding the sleeper walls. In a perfect world with endless $$ we would have chosen limestone, simply because of its permanence. But limestone was going to cost around $20K installed and sleepers around $1500 (if I did the work). To DIY with limestone it was going to be around $4K but I wasn’t sure […]

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Great Gardening Info

My friend James Middleton at Aussiegreenthumb is a legendary gardener and a fount of information when it comes to anything in our backyard. This month he is running a series of blogs entitled 30 Days to a Better Garden. He’s only up to day 5 so its not too late to catch up and follow the whole series.

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How Much Does it Cost to Set a Reticulation Controller

  Before I got into retic I used to get my wife to do this… so if you find it difficult then know you’re not alone! These days I can set most controllers quickly and easily so its a case of having a minimum charge. For local suburbs (anywhere north of Hester Ave) I charge $35.00, but for other areas it is a minimum fee of $65 + GST.    

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Fixing a Leaky Solenoid

If you have a station that stays running then you have a leaky solenoid. Simple as that. You can fix it by removing the whole solenoid and replacing it, or if you are lucky you may just be able to unscrew the top, take out the ‘guts’ (diaphragm, spring etc) and replace them. If that’s the case then its a much simpler operation even if it isn’t a whole lot cheaper. For that reason I try to use ‘jartop’ valves rather than the ‘screwed’ valves as they are much easier to service. With lots of dirt all around its a […]

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