Yeah you can.
But the pipes get crusty with sand and they are harder to cut and keep clean.
The green retic glue will still work even with a little water on it so you don’t need the two surfaces perfectly dry and clean – although that is preferable.
The biggest challenge of rainy days is definitely the sand that sticks to the pipes but just carry a towel and wipe the ends before joining and it should be fine!
If you want to achieve maximum water efficiency then there is no question that Netafim Dripline is your friend!
Here is a job I did recently in Yanchep where new native plants had been installed and the client wanted to ensure minimal wastage of water. Now that the Dripline is in he can mulch the area.
If you are on a bore then you may like to consider ‘bore line ‘, similar but not pressured compensated – which usually isn’t an issue on a bore.
This dripline is extremely effective at dripping water right next to the plants and is designed to resist root invasion of the drip emitters.
While there is no digging involved in a project like this dripline is a more expensive product and generally works out a little more costly than sprays.
I’d been using a very old Hydrawise controller for around 6 years when it suddenly decided to stop connecting to my wifi.
It was one of the original indoor models and it did the job fine, but when Hunter bought Hydrawise they did some work speccing up the controller to make it more user and contractor friendly.
By comparison with the old controller the new controllers have:
1. A designated master valve terminal
2. Larger and more accessible terminals making installing easier.
3. A sturdier outdoor casing.
4. An easier to read display
5. A stronger wifi connection.
All of these are significant improvements on the original model and as a result when I had the choice of any controller I chose to stay with the Hydrawise.
The app works really well and once installed the controller itself is pretty much set and forget.
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.
I have installed a lot of these controllers this year and only recently had a couple of problems with them when used on bore systems.
It seems that the smaller transformer in them may not have sufficient capacity to cope with the demands of a pump start relay and a solenoid at the same time. The controller either brings up an ‘MV err’ message immediately or runs for a short time and then cuts out. Its been tricky to diagnose the exact problem but in discussion with Shaye from Rainbird it seems that the transformer may be the source of the problem.
The controllers have worked perfectly on mains water supply systems but I hesitate to use them on bores now and would go with the Hunter X Core which has a larger transformer. Its worth knowing in case you are having similar problems!
The ESP-RZX Controller provides zone based set up that is easier to understand by untrained users. We supply and fi, 6 and 8 zone models at $385.00 inc GST and $415.00 inc GST respectively.
These controllers are easy to use, have a 3 year warranty and no dials to get sticky or break off. The large LCD display shows all of the programming for each zone at the same time. Simple graphic based user interface is easy to explain and presents every controller feature at your fingertips.
If you are seeking a simple to use and top quality controller then I can recommend this one to you. More info from Rainbird is here.
Its still winter, but very soon we will be able to switch the retic back on and chances are you may discover that your controller has died over the break.
Spring is the time the rush begins so why not check your controller’s status now and call us to replace the old one before the warm weather begins.
We supply and install top quality controllers at excellent prices all over the metro area.
Its very common over winter for control boxes to die, either because the door has been left open and rain has affected the circuitry or because of power spikes.
So come Spring when its time to turn the retic back on you find yourself with a dead box.
Unfortunately nothing can be done for boxes affected by a power spike, but the other situation of weather damage is completely avoidable. Always keep the door on your controller closed and you shouldn’t have any problems.
We can always check for the tell tale burn signs of a power spike by removing the circuit board. Below are two boards side by side – one brand new and one damaged by a power spike – you can see the brown stain where the capacitor exploded.
If you happen to check your controller and discover it is doing weird things or just not doing anything then give me a call. I can usually diagnose and quote over the phone and get there fast to replace it for you.
If your retic controller is dead, giving you trouble or just difficult to operate then give me a call!
I am based in Yanchep but service the northern suburbs. I carry a range of boxes onboard at all times but generally recommend the Hunter X Core for reliability, ease of use and value for money.
The Hunter has a two year warranty, a back up battery that will last 5-7 years and is remote control enabled (purchased separately).
It is also easy to use and comes with a lockable casing.
Prices as at March 2017 are $375 for a 4 station controller, $385.00 for a 6 station and $415 for an 8 station. These prices include GST and I am a licensed electrician so you can rest assured the job will be done safely and competently.