Category Archives: Bore Perth

Applecross Water Bore

We drilled a submersible water bore at this Applecross home in 2015. The owner at the time was building a new home and we talked them through the ideal specifications for their Applecross water bore.

We drilled the water bore to a depth of 27 metres. We used a 1.1 kilowatt single phase submersible pump in this Applecross water bore.

Earlier this year we designed and installed the reticulation system for this Applecross home using an internet wifi reticulation controller.Check out the wi-fi internet controller on our website. Click here

wi-fi internet reticulation controller

Look how fabulous their Applecross lawn looks at the moment.

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If you have a home in Applecross or the surrounding areas of Ardross, Mount Pleasant or Bateman give us a call on 92460111

Pulling up a submersible water bore.

Portable winch used to pull up submersible pumps
Portable winch used to pull up submersible pumps

In some circumstances a submersible pump and motor will need to be pulled up to the surface.The torpedo like submersible pump is usually suspended at the bottom of the borehole by a stainless steel cable used to retrieve the pump. Also coming to the surface from the pump will be a flexible poly pipe that delivers the water and an electrical cable that powers the motor. Our service teams connect the stainless draw wire to one of our purpose built portable electric winches and simply winch the pump to the surface. Simultaneously though it is important that we also manually gently pull up the electrical cable to prevent jamming and damage to the heat shrink joint. If we can help you pull up a submersible pump please call us on 92460111  or 0408454130.

Ready to winch up a submersible pump.
Ready to winch up a submersible pump.

What is my reticulation controller battery for?

Pro 469 retic controller
Pro 469 retic controller

Does it matter that my irrigation controller’s battery has gone flat? What does a retic timer need a battery for anyway? There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a retic controller’s 9 volt battery does. Retic controllers have batteries to preserve the memory of that has been programmed in the event of a mains power fail. The battery is normally only 9 volts and does not have the power to operate solenoid valves or pump start relays. Solenoid valves and most other irrigation devices operate on 24 volts. Most retic controllers are 240 volt mains powered with a transformer that steps down to 24 volt to operate the individual irrigation devices. It may seem like a minor inconvenience if you have a flat 9 volt battery in your controller as at first glance one would think it is not a big issue if you lose mains power and the controller has to be reprogrammed.

9 volt battery
9 volt battery

BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore. If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of retic controllers and there is no back up battery then when mains power is restored the controller resets all programming to factory default which is often 10 minutes per station per day. This may then turn the bore on to stations that don’t exist and the pump runs with nowhere for the water to go. This can damage the pump or pipe work of the bore. This season we attended 3 bores that had been affected like this from Ocean Reef alone. All after a power fail. These bores, incidentally should have had the unused stations ‘looped out’ to safeguard against this. Remember it is wise to change your disposable 9 volt battery at least once a year. Some newer model controllers have rechargeable batteries. You can test both types by simply turning mains power off and checking whether the display to the retic controller is still working and whether customer program’s have been retained when mains power is turned back on.

Need further advice call us 92460111.

Trailer mounted drilling rig for limited access

Drilling water bores in limited access or difficult sites just got easier in Perth. One of our drillers just completed a new trailer mounted drilling rig.

Trailer mounted drilling rig
Trailer mounted drilling rig
Rig fits into tight spaces
Rig fits into tight spaces

It can be manhandled through tight spaces as little as 2 metres wide and 2.3 metres high. We can push it under carports that are high enough and through to the backyard. This new water bore drilling rig can even drill through limestone prevalent along our Perth coastal strip.

If you have a water bore requirement that is in a difficult to access site then give our new bore team a call at Virgin Bores on 92460111 or visit www.virginbores.com.au. We also have portable bore drilling rigs that can be reassembled in even more difficult to access sites and extra tight spaces for bores that are being drilled mainly in sand or light clays.

Limited access for water bore Perth

Limited access and tight confines water bore drilling is a speciality of Virgin Bores. Check out the website www.virginbores.com.au

Small water bore for tight access
Small water bore rig for tight access

For garden water bores with limited access for our full size truck mounted drilling rigs we have smaller bore drilling equipment we can partially reassemble onsite. Ideal where garden walks surround a home or retaining walls limit access. These small rigs can only typically drill a bore to a maximum of 30 or 40 metres. This is deep enough for most Perth garden bores. One drawback though is these portable bore drilling rigs can only drill in sand or light clay but not through lots of limestone.

Call us on 92460111 if you have a water bore that needs to be positioned in a space that is difficult to access.

Water bore Perth limited access
Water bore Perth limited access

Water bores Piara Waters

Water bore just drilled in Piara Waters
Water bore just drilled in Piara Waters
Water bore Piara Waters
Water bore Piara Waters

This week we drilled two bores in the Piara Waters.

The water table was relatively shallow at six metres which means would normally drill to eighteen metres. In both of these water bores we drilled to twenty five metres for better quality water and greater flow.

Both of these Piara Waters water bores are being equipped with a 1.1 kilowatt submersible pump. This is perfect for the smaller gardens in Piara Waters.

We have good local knowledge in Piara Waters and surrounding suburbs like Atwell, Banjup and Champion Lakes.

If you would like a water bore in your garden visit our website on www.virginbores.com.au or call on of our friendly and knowledgeable team on 9246 0111.