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Have you lost the display on your control box? Have your sprinklers stopped coming on? Or is your controller just old and difficult to operate?

We can help you. New controllers start at $375.00 inc GST fully installed by a licensed electrician

Call 0400044236 or email here to make an appointment for Andrew to come and replace your old controller with one that works well. Or you can search through the archives of information on this site to try and find a solution for yourself.

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 to be turned off) and then began to gently crank the wrench.

And it snapped…

Bugger…

No major drama – just a call to water Corp to come and fix. Meantime I went around the back to try and tighten up the leaking tap timer but as I did it can’t apart and water gushed EVERYWHERE!

Ok ‘call now!’ I said.

After a few minutes I managed to get a poly fitting screwed on and sealed the leak. I headed off to lunch and came back to see Anton changing the tap over. He did it ‘live’ which I thought was pretty clever.

Disconnect the water on the house side, create a way for the water to divert and then remove and replace the tap. Then turn it off…

Fixed… and I can go back this week and carry on!

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.

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!

Why Does My Retic Just Keep on 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 operating in the dial and just set the one start time.

If you get stuck then just give me a call!

Irrigation and Turf Upgrades 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 here it was a case of laying the Sir Walter slabs and making it look good again.

Hopefully he won’t need to call next year!

Time to Turn Your Reticulation Back On?

It’s pretty miserable outside today but Sunday and Monday are looking very nice!

Call us to ensure you’re retic Controller is working and set correctly.

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!

How Long Should I Run My Reticulation?

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!

Will Changing the Battery Fix My Retic?

Nope…

If your reticulation isn’t working then changing the battery will just be $9 down the drain.

The battery is not responsible for the operation of the sprinklers. It simply helps to retain the settings when the power goes off.

Your retic needs 24v if power to open the solenoids so changing a battery wont do the job.

If it’s not working then it could be any one of a number of issues – but it won’t be the battery!

Locating and Replacing a Faulty Solenoid in Yanchep

If you see water running down your street like this from the sprinkler at the bottom of the hill then it means you have at least one leaky solenoid.

The next step is to locate the correct solenoid and change it over. We can do this quickly with our solenoid detector and we can generally get the location perfect which minimises the digging in your lawn.

Here you can see we have been able to pinpoint the faulty valve.

Then once the valve is exchanges we test it and make sure all is working as it should be.

And just for good measure we go back to the sprinkler that was causing the problem and ensure it is no longer weeping.

Problem solved!