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Thread: I am a complete idiot...

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    May 2009
    Dallas, TX

    I am a complete idiot...

    ...or I have a lot on my mind...whatever...

    Last night I got home from work late. Noticed that the water level in pool was at the bottom end of operating range, so I put the hose in and turned on the water full blast. It needed about 1/2" additional water. 4 hours later I remembered to turn it off.

    The really disturbing part, besides overfilling and water waste, is that the pool didn't overflow as far as I can tell. Where did all that extra water go??? Water level in the pool only got up to the bottom of the coping. The equipment pad area was flooded, so I assume a lot of water exited around the top of skimmer, but could all of it have drained that way? Weird.
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

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    May 2010
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: I am a complete idiot...

    I did that a few times ... once we had gone to a Birthday party and had to leave to get home and shut off the water (pretty sure it was more than 4 hours) During a remodel, I added an auto-fill to eliminate me as the source of the issue.

    Mine also did not overflow. I have a few rocks that are on the coping and the deck goes around them. I think the water was draining around the rocks so it never got up over the deck.
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    Feb 2008
    Denton, TX

    Re: I am a complete idiot...

    At least you remembered it after 4 hours. You could have gone to bed and discovered it again at say, 10:00 the next morning.

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    Jun 2012
    western NY

    Re: I am a complete idiot...

    Never did it with the hose but, did it with the heater a couple of times. Worst one was the time I heated to the pool to 105*. Wife and I went to a friends house for a graduation party. She asked me to turn the heater on to warm up the pool a little so she could use it the next day. This was about 1:00 in the afternoon. When we got home from the party a little after midnight I realized that I forgot to turn the heater off. When I pulled the thermometer The water was so hot it scared me at first. So I had an 18' hot tub for a while.
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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