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My solenoid is sticking open

A common problem in garden reticulation systems is solenoids sticking open. Read on for some DIY tips.

A customer that rang yesterday has reticulation off the mains and one of his solenoid valves was sticking open. His sprinklers were stuck on continuously unless he turned his water meter off. We explained over the phone how to locate their isolation gate valve so he could  turn off just his reticulation system until the problem was fixed.

HERE is a great “how to” find the solenoid valve guide with lots of facts and information of finding lost solenoids and what to do if they are sticking open.  It also contains tips on where the main retic shut off valve or tap should be,

The customer sent us this picture once they had found the gate valve. This main shut off valve shows an unorthodox connection with typical red wheel handle missing from the gate valve.

Isolation Valve

The customer was grateful for the assistance we were able to give over the telephone “Found and isolated. Thanks to you and your excellent website. We only moved in last December and my wife wants to redo the gardens so expect a call soon(ish) to renovate the entire reticulation system”

Thanks very much we are happy to help!

Note that some isolating  gate valves will have a red “wagon wheel” handle and when buried in moist sand these often become brittle and rusted over the years. Sometimes attempting to turn the valve breaks of the handle and a pair of multi-grips is called for to twist the shaft.

If you have lost your solenoid valve or it is broken call us on 9246 0111 and we will be happy to help you

 

 

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.

Replace reticulation controller Carine

Total Eden had passed on a reticulation repair job for a customer in Carine, a suburb of Perth. Thanks to the Carine customer for the great review on the job we did for her.

The customer had a bore and their reticulation controller was faulty. One of our retic service team confirmed the reticulation controller needed to be replaced and we replaced the controller the next day. It was a standard outdoor model with built-in transformer.

Reticulation Controller Perth
Pro 469 Reticulation Controller

Thanks to Total Eden for the referral and thanks to the Carine customer for the kind comments and feedback about the friendly & knowledgeable team.

Another happy customer

We have fixed or replaced hundreds of faulty reticulation controllers. If you have a problem with your reticulation controller call us on 9246 0111 or book a reticulation service online HERE

We service all Perth suburbs.

Virgin bores & reticulation all suburbs Perth
Water bores & reticulation all suburbs Perth

Getting my bore and reticulation ready for Perth’s summer

With some warm weather our phones (246 0111) are getting busier.

We are still in Perth winter total sprinkler bans but from the first of September you will be able to water 2 days a week on mains scheme water and three days a week if you have a modern submersible water bore.

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And remember to only run your sprinklers on your rostered watering day. From September 1 only turn your sprinklers on when needed. For more information here is a link to Water Corporation website

If your bore or reticulation needs repair in all Perth suburbs call us on 9246 011 or book a bore service on line HERE  or book a retic service on line HERE

Our mobile service teams repair and service water bores, reticulation and irrigation systems in any Perth suburb.

Reticulation Controller Bayswater

 

Our reticulation service teams get calls from all over Perth to repair or replace reticulation controllers on 9246 0111.

Reticulation controller that needs replacing
Challenging reticulation service job Bayswater

It is hard to believe that one of these reticulation controllers was still connected and an operating part of the irrigation system in a Bayswater garden.

If you need to replace your retic controller we carry stock in our retic service vans so can do the job quickly.

Call us on 9246 0111 or book online We will repair any Perth reticulation systems whether off mains water or from a modern submersible bore

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

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.

Find my solenoid valve Perth

“Help, I can’t find my solenoid valves!”

Solenoid valve Perth

As Perth people are beginning to turn on their reticulation sprinkler systems for the first time this season we are getting a lot of calls to our Perth Bore and Retic SERVICE HOTLINE ( 1300 734 300 ) reporting faults. A very common fault is to do with malfunctioning solenoid valves. Solenoid valves are the devices, normally hidden underground, that allow the reticulation system to change from one station (group of sprinklers to another).

If a solenoid valve fails open then that station will be allowing water out each and every time any station is turned on. If the sprinkler system is fed from mains water and a master solenoid valve fails open, in conjunction with a station solenoid valve sticking open, then that group of sprinklers will stay on all the time regardless of whether the retic is turned on or off!

If a solenoid valve fails to open then that station or group of sprinklers will not work under any circumstances. This may happen if the solenoid valve is broken or if the field wires (cables) to the solenoid valve are cut.

Solenoid valve locator Perth

Solenoid valve problems are relatively easy to fix as long as you know where the valves are located. If not we then we get the call ” Help I can’t find my solenoid valves” or “how do I find solenoid valves?”.

We can give you some free tips that may help you locate your own solenoid valves  so please give us a call on Perth 1300 734 300 ( South of River, Brett : 0411 511611 or North of River, Troy 0408 454130).

If you need more help we can book a service technician to attend with a special cable tracing wand to locate the solenoid valves or trace cable that may be broken. Or visit our main website for more retic help here

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