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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

 

 

Extend reticulation Trigg

This householder is doing some renovations and asked us to extend their reticulation system. We have installed, repaired and serviced hundreds of reticulation systems across the Perth metropolitan area.

Our man Jack spent about half a day at this coastal suburb of a Trigg and extended the reticulation so the garden will be watered in the warm summer months.

Jack’s main challenge was turning the reticulation controller on and off leaning over the wet cement in the garage.

We are very happy to fit in with whatever is happening at your house.

We have done a lot of reticulation work in Perth’s coastal suburbs of Trigg, Scarborough or North Beach

If you would like your reticulation serviced, repaired or installed call us on 9246 0111.

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

Get your Leederville garden ready for summer

Leederville is a bright and vibrant area to live in. It is time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for summer.

We have drilled and repaired many water bores and retic systems throughout Leederville our experience will save you money in bore and retic service or repair. If you are checking your water bore to make sure it is ready for summer and your pump is not starting, we can send our specialist bore electrician to work out the problem and fix it. Dave is an excellent electrician with many years of experience fixing water bores.

Don’t forget to also test your reticulation system. If there are any issues with your reticulation off a bore or mains water we can fix it. These issues can include faulty solenoid valves or even finding your solenoid valves. We find and fix broken solenoid wires and resolve sprinkler coverage issues.

Call us about any issues with your Leederville bore or reticulation systems leading into the summer season on 9246 0111 or check out our main website HERE

We service Perth Bores, pumps and retic in any suburb from Two Rocks to Secret Harbour. Our Perth bore pump and retic service teams are only a phone call away.

What is my reticulation controller battery for?

 

Why does it matter that my reticulation controller battery has gone flat? The answer is that it really matters if you have a water bore. Call us on 9246 0111.

Perth Reticulation controller
Pro 469 Reticulation controller

 

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

BUT it can have nasty consequences if the controller operates a bore.

If mains power is lost to quite a few brands of reticulation 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.

Please call us for any help on  9246 0111 or go to  our website.

Fix old style well Perth

Old style well
Old style well

We are available to help out anytime. Today is a public holiday Monday and we were able to help out when Wayne called with a question about an old well south of the river. He rang us on 9246 0111.
Wayne has an old well style bore which is one liner deep. He had removed the sprinkler to flush out a line of accumulated debris. The pump was running but he wasn’t getting any water. Unfortunately he had run the pump at a flow higher than the bore could sustain. We explained to Wayne over the phone how to prime his “orange” pump and he was set to go. That was good news as he had just sold his house and needed his bore and retic working before settlement next week. He was going to get back to us if there were any further issues with his well.
If we can help with an old style well phone one of our team on 9246 0111.

New bore Wilson

Today we attended a house in Wilson. Wilson is a suburb near Riverton and Shelley on the Canning River.

The couple had lived in the house for 12 years and had a shallow old well style bore with a centrifugal pump in one concrete liner. They told us that on average they had spent $400 a year on “bandaid” fixes to the old bore which appeared to be an original DYI attempt. The centrifugal  pump constantly lost prime and the water flow from the bore had been marginal. The couple have decided to bite the bullet and invest in a new trouble free submersible style water bore

Next week we will be drilling an 18 metre bore hole specifically designed for the ground conditions of Wilson. Wilson’s proximity to the river means our bore design must pay due regard to avoiding potential saline intrusion. We will install a submersible stainless steel pump that will have the same or greater flow than the existing pump so we can connect it straight into the customers existing reticulation sprinkler system with little modification. The bore will continue to be run from their existing retic controller.

The drilling sand from the new bore will be used to fill the old well.

For new water bores or bore service and repair in Wilson, Shelley or Riverton call us on 9246 0111 or visit www.virginbores.com.au for further info.

Shallow old well style bore
Shallow old well style bore

Old centrifugal pump in one liner well
Old centrifugal pump in one liner well

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

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

Reprogram Retic Controller

Recently we helped a lovely 91 year old vision impaired woman in the Melville area to reprogram her reticulation controller for summer. Note the Velcro on the middle button which helps her use her controller day to day. She still managed to maintain a lovely garden.

Orange hibiscus flower in garden
Orange hibiscus

….and for something completely different, these days you can operate your reticulation controller from your iphone. It uses your wi-fi network to access the internet. We have installed a number of these now and the homeowners find them very useful and they only cost a couple of hundred dollars more than a conventional reticulation controller.

If we can be of any assistance 9246 0111 or for more information have a read HERE

Reprogram reticulation controller
Reprogram reticulation controller