Category Archives: Reticulation systems

Reticulation system Upper Swan

 

It puts a smile on our face to finally turn on the 4,000 square metres of irrigation we have just installed around this house in Upper Swan.
Gear drive sprinklers are covering the lawn nicely. This is all part of a much larger property. We have installed a 1.5 kw submersible pump in the recently drilled eight inch bore operated by float switches this fills a near-by 12,000 gallon tank.

Pumping from the tank to the irrigation system we have installed a Grundfos Vertical multistage 4KW centrifugal pump. The pump has amazing grunt to pump to the far paddocks and horse troughs and is run by a convential reticulation controller.

Reticulation for Upper Swan retic job
Upper Swan Reticulation
Grundfos pump
Vertical multistage centrifugal pump

The whole project was completed by our installation arm Virgin Bores. If you would like talk to our expert team about a big bore and reticulation project call 9246 0111 or if you need a large reticulation job done get more information HERE

Broken Reticulation Trigg

A resident of Trigg rang with a problem with their reticulation system. It was about 30 years old and was losing pressure to the front verge. The reticulation sprinklers were hardly popping up.

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After locating the front solenoid valves we found the 25 ml PVC pipe was disappearing into a mass of tree roots. It looked like the roots had crushed some of the reticulation pipes.

There was lots of hard yards digging and cutting roots to solve the problem.

Roots damage Trigg retic system
Root damage to PVC retic in Trigg

If the Virgin Bores team can help you with a reticulation problem in the northern suburbs call 92460111 or go to our website HERE

Applecross Water Bore

We drilled a modern submersible water bore in this Applecross home. They called us on 9246 0111.

That was in 2015 and we talked through the ideal specifications for their Applecross home. We drilled the water bore to a depth of 27 metres. We used a 1.1 kilowatt single phase submersible pump in this Applecross submersible water bore.

Earlier this year we designed and installed a new reticulation system for this Applecross home using an internet wifi reticulation controller. If you are in the Applecross area and would like to replace you old retic system we can design and install a new reticulation to fir all your needs.

Check out the wi-fi internet controller on our website.

wi-fi internet reticulation controller

Look how fabulous their Applecross lawn looks at the moment.

Green lawn with submersible water bore Applecross
Lush lawn with submersible water bore Applecross

If you have a home in Applecross or the surrounding areas of Ardross, Mount Pleasant or Bateman give us a call on 9246 0111 or if you would like to read more about a new water bore in the Applecross area HERE 

We also service and repair the submersible water bores for our many clients in the Applecross area.

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Reticulation for a new home

New house needs irrigation
New house needs irrigation

If you are building a new home try and think ahead like this Perth customer did.

The lady cleverly had a 90mm “PVC sleeve” put under the driveway before the paving was laid. Through the sleeve we can run our 25 mm reticulation pipes and solenoid cables. It is wise to put a 90mm sleeve or prelay pipes and cables to anywhere that may require access for future irrigation.

This includes not only under the driveway and pathways but also anywhere an “island ” garden may be created by paths or liquid limestone. Remember it saves trouble if pipes are also put under retaining walls. If you forget it is not the end of the world as we can nearly always tunnel under but it does save time and money.

If there is anything we can help you with call us on 9246 0111.

Perth reticulation controller needs replacing?

Holman reticulation controller
Holman reticulation controller

Whether your retic timer is faulty or simply old and you are not able to program your required Perth watering days, we can help.

We replace reticulation timers in all Perth suburbs. We will fix your retic controller whether connected to mains water or a bore. If it is a plug-in style we send out our service man. If it needs hard-wiring to the mains power our electrician will attend.

Some retic controllers, like the Holman model pictured, look like they may be hard wired but this one actually had a plug pack transformer plugged into a power point in the roof.

We have compatible models to replace all brands of retic controllers including Holman, Rain Bird, Rainmaster, Hunter, Toro, Orbit, Richdel and Irritrol Rain Dial. We typically carry 6 and 9 station models in our mobile stock but we can get any size if required.

You can reach us on 9246 0111.

Failed reticulation controller South Perth

We had a call today from a customer in South Perth who reported her submersible bore was not working. She thought her Rain Master reticulation controller was OK because the screen still had a display.

Fix Retic controller
Rain Master Reticulation controller

We took out the 9 volt back up battery and the display disappeared. This simple home test showed there was either no mains power to the reticulation controller or its internal 24 volt transformer had failed. The reticulation controller needs a 24 volt output to switch the relay, that in turn starts the 240 volt single phase bore or 440 volt DOL starter in the case of a 3 phase pumps.

A bit of an investigation by our servicemen at the South Perth call out revealed that in this case the controller transformer HAD failed. We replaced the controller and there were smiles all round as the bore fired up and the sprinkler came on.

For any bore or reticulation repairs or maintenance in South Perth, Kensington, Como area and surrounds call us on 9246 0111 or book a retic service online HERE

Automation of Old Well

This old well with a tin lid has been running without a retic controller. We are going to automate this old well in Morley.

We will fit an automatic reticulation controller and interface to the clients existing on/off switch. We then replace the manual bore valves (in the foreground of the picture) with automatic solenoid valves.

Hey presto, it will come on automatically and switch from front to rear lawns and it is fully programmable.

If we can help you with a similar issue or anything to do with your bore or reticulation contact one of our friendly team on 9246 0111 or go to our website HERE

Automate old well
Automate old we

Bore and Retic Service – Experience Pays

We uncovered this curious old valve in a job south of the river. The younger retic serviceman on the job had never seen one before.

They are actually a Fimco Hydro Indexing Valve rarely seen in Perth home reticulation systems anymore.  This model can handle 4 zones or stations on a reticulation system. These cam-operated valves were used to split up the water delivery from some older well style bores around Perth. No wires or electronics involved.

Indexing valve old style
Old style indexing valve

 

Each time the bore started the valve opening would move around to divert water to one of four downward facing delivery pipes that can’t be seen clearly in this picture.

We have the knowledge and experience to solve any Perth bore or reticulation problem. You can visit our main website here or call 9246 0111 to book a service visit.

Retic Playing Up?

 Bore Retic controller
Rainmaster Retic Controller

Retic playing up?

Whether your reticulation system draws  water from a bore or from mains scheme water, if suddenly no water is coming out, the first thing to check is your reticulation controller.

Turn on the reticulation controller and set it to “run”, “manual”  or whatever iniates a manual start of station one.  Does the digital display look OK?  In most types of reticulation/iirigation controllers used in Perth you would expect to see time left to run counting down in the display. Consult your user manual for details. Retic controller manuals are often available online and some are available by clicking here.

Hunter Retic controller for bore.
Hunter Retic Controller

Make sure your controller is actually receiving 240 volts from mains power and not just running on the  9 volt back-up battery. 9 volts is not enough to open solenoid valves or start a 24 volt pump relay. Mains 240 V in controllers is stepped down to 24 V for operation of solenoid valves and relays. If it is a model that is plugged in to a power point you could try another appliance in that outlet.

Rain Dial Retic Controller
Rain Dial Retic Controller

If that all seems normal but there is no water try another station. Still no luck? If your system runs from mains scheme water then it may be that the “master” solenoid valve is not opening. If you can locate your master valve you should be able to manually open it. Some have an on/off lever or try rotating the coil about a quarter of a turn anti-clockwise. If you suddenly get water then congratulations you have found the problem!  If your system runs from a bore then check that the 240v or (or 440v if three phase)  pump isolation switch is turned on and that no circuit breakers are tripped. You should hear a pump start relay “click” or “clunk” somewhere when you start the system, indicating the retic controller is sending a signal as it should.

If none of the above has helped give us a call on 1300734 300 for further advice or to book one of our Perth mobile service men to fix the problem for you. Or visit our main website here for more info.

Bore or Retic Problem in Perth?

If you have a water bore or retic problem of any type anywhere in the greater Perth metropolitan area , call us 7 days!

9246 0111

Bore electrician working on a modern submersible bore head.

North of River:

Troy  0408454130

South of River:

Brett 0411511611

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Old well near Wanneroo
Old well near Wanneroo