Welcome to SLABsense!

Installation Instructions

Your Sensor Pack


Your SLABsense rental sensors will come packed in a protective case. Please take note of how its packed so you can repack for for postage at the end of your rental period. Care should be taken to protect the sensor prongs and the antenna. 

If locked with a padlock for secure postage, you will have received the combination via email or text message upon dispatch.


Each SLABsensor unit has a transmitter box, cable and sensor (with metal prongs). They are numbered so you can identify each one and correlate with the data displayed on the online dashboard. 


SLABsensors measure soil moisture content in an area a little larger than a soft drink can, consideration should be given to the placement with this in mind.


A virtual site consult is highly recommended to discuss your specific requirements and how to best place the sensors for your situation. 


Surface Installs


For quick and simple measurements of surface moisture levels, GENTLY push the sensor prongs into the ground as pictured. 

- Avoid rocks and do not force it. If needed, remove and relocate slightly. Damaging the metal prongs may break the sensor. 

- Try not to create a dip/hole that might unnaturally attract or retain water, affecting results. 

- Mount the transmitter box on a wall or fence by any means. 

Buried Install (Preferred)

To best monitor the conditions around your foundations the sensors should be buried in the reactive clay soil.

- Dig a hole approximately 20cm across - similar to a post hole. Ensure you've dug past any fill / top soil until you find a consistent clay mix. Ideally continue digging another 20cm+ into the clay. 


- As the soil type changes, try to seperate your excavated dirt into piles so you can return the soil to as close to original conditions as possible.  

- Be careful of underground pipes and cables. It is highly recommended that you contact 'Dial before you dig' if you're not fully aware of where services are located, especially if using any kind of power tools.

- Once the desired depth and soil conditions are reached, gently push the sensor probes in to the side wall of the hole until the probes are no longer visible. (Note: photo shows partly inserted sensor with probes still visible for instructional purposes).  

- Hidden under the foam in the travel case, you should find some plastic strips. These are used to protect the cable from damage when digging them up at the end of your monitoring period. Unclip the edges and insert the cable into as many strips as needed to reach the just below the surface. 

- Backfill the hole to original conditions as best you can, matching soil types and compacting as needed.

- Mount the transmitter box on a wall or fence by any means. 

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Viewing Dashboards

To view your sensor data simply click the dashboard menu item on the left of the portal screen. (My 2 Sensors in the example image). 

Each sensor's data is displayed on the graph along side your local rain data (sourced from the internet). 


You can export your data by clicking the 3 little dots on the top right of a dashboard item. 

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