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    Oct 2014
    Villa Park, CA

    Hello from CA92807

    It all started with a leak. My 20+ year old pump, on its second 1-speed 2HP motor, had a hair-line crack in the wet end that sent a jet into the adjacent spa pump’s motor killing it. So I started to look for a replacement VS pump as we live in the land of 31 cent kilowatt hours.

    I’d used a “splash & dash” (pucks and vacuum) pool service for years and every summer had constant yellow algae. Mr. Pool Guy always had the same explanation – we had too many trees and didn’t run the pump enough. 12 hours minimum in the summer was his demand. His advice about VS pumps was they were OK, but it wouldn’t solve any of my problems.

    My searches for pump info ultimately brought me to TFP and boy am I glad. I got a real test kit and discovered my CYA was 300+. My light gray plaster was stained green from all the Cu algaecide PG used. It was apparent we needed a 100% refill & acid wash but I’m in SoCal and a drought. I hoped for rain but it didn’t happen. In July ’14 I replaced the pump, got a suction cleaner and worked on the algae. I kept FC 10 and Phosphates <50 PPB and the yellow algae was in check, but we didn’t use the pool. I fired Pool Guy two months later.

    So early March we acid washed & refilled. I needed to automate as I travel, so I installed a Stenner pump and the only thing I add now is Chlorine, Acid & DE and our pool looks great. I was able to pay for the pump cost in just 9 months with the reduced energy use and that sent me down a path that ultimately cut my SCE power bill in half with their new Time-Of-Use rate plan. I do 5 hours of low speed & 1 hour of vacuum at high speed a day. Here is my timetable:

    6-7 AM Low speed filter
    7-8 AM High Speed Vacuum & some CL
    12-2 PM Low speed filer & some CL
    10-12 PM Low speed filter and main CL

    My water:

    FC 5.5
    pH 7.7
    TA 70
    CH 300
    CYA 50
    Borate 50
    20' x 40' 30,000 gallon IG Plaster with Spa, wading pool, fountain built 1993
    Pentair 011018 IntelliFlo / 2HP fountain pump / 2 HP spa jet punp / Jandy Ji8000 controller with IntelliComm II interface to IntelliFlo
    Crystal Water Aqua Clean 60 Sq ft DE filter / FlowVis Flow / Stenner DIY Chlorinator / The Poolcleaner 4-wheel / Taylor K-2006

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    Divin Dave's Avatar
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    Oct 2013
    Longview, Texas

    Re: Hello from CA92807

    Hi CA,
    welcome to TFP! Obvously you took all the right steps to both get your pool nice and clean as well as cut your electfic bill wayyyy down.
    Very nice!
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge. Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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    BoDarville's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Hello from CA92807

    Welcome to the forum! Nice job taking control of your own pool!
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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