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    Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    Ok so first off, I'm going to show a pic of my pool, because it went from dull to clear and sparkly after I took out the Ecosmarte junk and added CYA and chlorine to the pool, following the instructions I was provided with here. I'm geeking out over it

    Second - I started out putting enough chlorine in to get up to about 12 FC, and let it drift down as instructed, so it's sitting at 4 right now. PH is just below 7.8, I'd say 7.7. TA is 180 (down from 220 a week ago). CH is still pretty high, around 500 or 525. I added some MA yesterday, about half a gallon. I looked like Walter White out there with all my protective safety gear on, pouring it in over the return lol. I have to test today when I get home - I know I'm going to have to use aeration to get the PH back up without also driving up TA. Here's my issue, I tried to see if my return eyeballs adjust, and I can't move them. I have tried YouTube, searching on here, trying to figure out how to adjust them so I can get one pointed up and get some bubbles going. I can't figure it out! I looked up some other ways to aerate, not sure I'm handy enough to configure one of the piping gadgets some of y'all have done, I'd prefer to keep this as simple as possible. I also don't mind buying a small air compressor if need be.

    18x36 roman shaped pool, 27K gal, well water, IG vinyl, 1 HP WhisperFlo pump, Hayward ProSeries Sand Filter S244T

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    Re: Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    Yeah, some of those return jet eyeballs can be a bit troublesome. But I was just thinking the same thing .... if you didn't' want to mess with the eyeballs or try to configure a separate pipe to create a fountain, then a simple submersible pump should work on an "as-needed" basis just to help create some aeration.
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    Re: Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    I was looking at those online last night, so that would be an option, super... thanks!
    18x36 roman shaped pool, 27K gal, well water, IG vinyl, 1 HP WhisperFlo pump, Hayward ProSeries Sand Filter S244T

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    Re: Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    Not sure about your particular returns, but one of my eyeballs was "stuck" and I could not turn the outer ring to loosen it. The PB stopped by and he said to just stick a screwdriver in the hole and you could aim the jet using the screwdriver as a lever. And then he produced a screwdriver from his shirt pocket and aimed mine for me! But by all means, be careful, don't break your return.
    30,000 gal free-form IG w/ spa, PebbleSheen Blue Surf, Pentair cartridge filter, Pentair 3 HP Intelliflo, extra pump that is way over-sized for weeping moss rocks, Dolphin Oasis Z5, municipal water, all built Jan-Feb 2016. TF-100, SpeedStir, Liquidator 3/8", borates. My build thread http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...-in-Cypress-TX

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    Re: Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    I use the screwdriver technique on Occassion. It works well. Just make sure you do it carefully.
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    Re: Aerating - how to adjust return jet eyeball?

    A strap wrench works great for stubborn outer rings.
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