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…
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…
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.
Every irrigation has a common wire that connects all of the solenoids together and in most cases it is a black wire, as this is the colour most commonly used.
The common wire is found in the ‘c’ terminal and is vital to the systems operation.
If a common wire gets cut then all of the solenoids that it connects together will be out of action.
Its usual to have one strand of multi core wire serving the front of a house and another strand serving the rear, so if you find that all of your rear solenoids have stopped working then chances are your common wire will have been cut or broken.
From there it just a matter of tracking it and repairing it.
Ok – possibly the single most common issue I hit each year is this problem.
First up – there is no fuse and no battery in the controller! Silly I know – to have a ‘fuse’ message and a battery symbol at the same time.
The average DIY would look for a dodgy fuse or a faulty battery.
What the message actually means is that there is either a fault in the controller or a fault in a solenoid.
The way to determine the issue is simply to remove wires and keep resetting the controller and testing it. If it operates perfect with one of the wires out then it’s more than likely a solenoid coil sending a ‘fault’ message.
However if the controller display is flickering or if the fuse message only appears intermittently then chances are very high that the box itself is at fault and will need replacing.