After reading some of the positive (and not so positive) posts on the Liquidator, I decided to get one for myself. I've had it plumbed into my circulation for about six weeks now. As an overall evaluation, I have to say that its been more trouble than its worth. That being said - I'm not giving up on it yet. It may take some tweaking, but I really want to work thru the problems I'm having with it.
My LQ worked flawlessly for the first 2 weeks. Then the WS came. Almost overnight, the tubing, the flowmeter, the valves froze with a crystalized substance that had the texture of coarse salt. I took apart and cleaned everything in acid. Since then I can't get the flow to more than 2. I'm planning a 3/8" conversion to increase the flow. I hope that will also allow those large crystals to pass thru to the filter.
I have two questions for the forum.
1) After a few WS incidents, my pool maintenance guy started adding acid (diluted 50/50) thru the skimmer. This seems to keep the crystals from freezing up the valves & flow meter. Is it okay to pour acid into the skimmer - even if its diluted?
2) The flow meter seems to be a real problem. Is it really necessary? When I re-plumb with 3/8" I'm eliminating the OUT check valve. Shall I get rid of the flow meter too?
BTW I use 12% bleach.
I'd also like to add. Before my pool guy started adding the acid thru the skimmer. The WS on the OUT float caused it not to close when the system was off. As a result -- my pump lost prime. Unfortunately, I was NOT around when the system turned on an the pump had a "meltdown".
Incidentally, this is my 1st post to the forum. Hello to all of you & I look forward to your replies.