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    Help identifying a part

    I'm a relatively new pool owner, and I'm trying to figure out the plumbing. I've got most of it, but there's one component I can't identify. It's a cylindrical part on the return line to the pool. Any ideas?
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Any wires on it? Does it open up?
    If not ...
    Guessing a check valve although seems rather large.

    Curious ....

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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Thanks for the reply. No wires. The label is mostly gone, but it looks like it may have said "Nature Soft" which is the brand name of the SWG.

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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Could it be an inline water softener?
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    Could it be an inline water softener?
    Way too small for that.

    My guess is magnets

    About the only other thing it might be is a check valve, but I've never seen one that looks like that.
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    It's a magnet. Strange as it seems that's what it is.
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    I thought you must be joking until I tested it with a piece of metal. Yep, it's a magnet. That's about the last thing I would have guessed. Thanks!

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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Sweet. Now you know you do not even need to deal with adding chlorine to the pool

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    Re: Help identifying a part

    It's crazy but that's not the first one I've seen.
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    Help identifying a part

    So what's the magnet supposed to do for a pool?
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    The magnet is installed on the return line to the pool. It introduces free electrons into the water that allow the unbalanced water molecules to stabilize, which dramatically reduces mineral buildup at the water line.
    That's what the manufacturer says anyway?
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    Totally untrue of course. The magic of the magnets is in their ability to remove cash from the purchasers pocket.
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    The previous owner of this house had one of them on the cold water feed for this house. This one actualy plugged in, and you wrapped two wires around the pipe.

    I had a plumber in doing some CSST work (no license for me) and he took one look at it and said "explain to me how somthing you buy for $40 on late night TV can do the same job as a prefessionaly installed $3,000 water softening system?"


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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    The magnet is installed on the return line to the pool. It introduces free electrons into the water that allow the unbalanced water molecules to stabilize, which dramatically reduces mineral buildup at the water line.
    That's what the manufacturer says anyway?
    Unbalanced water molecules? Sounds scary.
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    Re: Help identifying a part

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Unbalanced water molecules? Sounds scary.
    Yes, you should always keep your water molecules balanced, they're much happier that way!

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