Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymous

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymous

    Just moved to a house with a pool..... New liner, everything's going great. I have some very general maintenance questions that I simply don't want to ask the person that installed it as ill spend weeks picking up more cigarette butts and hours talking and my questions still unanswered.

    I ordered the water kit test, recommended here thank you very much. Water is clear, everything's great.

    My goofy questions are:

    1. Do you turn the pump off to move it to other settings?
    2. Backwash.... I know this is a weekly thing in the beginning, and you let it go until the water in the .... Visible part.... is clear, then do you rinse? If so how long? Is the pump on for back washing or is it a gravity fed thing? (Yeah sorry if its a dumb question, but I don't know and don't want to screw anything up).
    3. I don't see a pressure gauge on my pump, are they pretty simple to install? I know I need one.
    4. Do I need to turn any valve before cleaning out the filter housing on the pump? In this case I know to actually cut the power first
    5. Why do all the little frogs I'm killing by accident have all their little legs sticking straight out? (Just kidding on this one... I did order some stairs for the little guys to save themselves though)
    6. Is it possible to get wrinkles out of liners?
    7. Is there any benefit in getting the second pump, the one that goes to an automatic vacuum, working? So far I'm ok with manual vacuuming early before the sun gets to me. Does it get more difficult than this or is it just the neverending concept that lead people towards automation?


    I did read through all of the pool school articles but I'm still a few days from starting with the chemical side while waiting on my kit. Thanks for all of the advice there, I really appreciate the advice by the experts

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW Indiana
    Posts
    9,086

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Welcome to TFP!

    1. Always shut it off before moving the valve.

    2. Backwashing relies on the pump. Backwash when you see a pressure rise of more than a couple of PSI above the normal pressure. Rinsing takes about 30 seconds.

    3. The pressure gauge goes on the filter. Should be a threaded hole near the top.

    4. You can close the inlet valves from the skimmer and drain to make easier to re-prime, but you don't have to.

    6. Yes, but it really depends on the cause. You can sometimes use a plunger to drag the liner, but you can destroy the liner trying that.

    7. It's a personal preference. Some folks have more time than others.
    TFP Moderator
    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Isaac-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    SW Louisiana
    Posts
    6,711

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    If you tell us more about your pool, filter type, etc we can give you better information, also include this in your signature like we have it in ours, this makes for an easy quick glance, also add your location to your profile, this helps us know what sort of climate you are in.

    Ike
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
    I use and endorse TFtestKits TF-100 from http://tftestkits.net
    ~Remember TFP counts on your donations to keep this site ad free~

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Thank you!!!!! You answered everything simply John. I didn't realize the gauge went on the filter, I have somewhere else to look for a hole, or if for some reason one doesn't exist I have a handy tap and die kit and now know where it goes.
    Isaac any future questions ill definitely have all the info at hand by then. On another note. Does your cute dog in your pic scratch your liner at all? I got my pooch a kiddie pool right next to the people pool because I'm afraid her nails will tear it.

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Do not tap a hole into the filter for a gauge if there is not one already. That could ruin the structural integrity and you do not want the filter to explode open.
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Isaac-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    SW Louisiana
    Posts
    6,711

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    When he was first learning to swim he would try to get out on the sides of the pool, but once he learned where the steps were, and that he could stand up with his head above water (barely) in the shallow end he has been fine.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
    I use and endorse TFtestKits TF-100 from http://tftestkits.net
    ~Remember TFP counts on your donations to keep this site ad free~

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    I have a 3/4 hp Hayward super pump and am digging through their literature trying to figure out where a pressure gauge would go but having no luck yet.....anyone know a quick answer?

  8. Back To Top    #8
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbie
    I have a 3/4 hp Hayward super pump and am digging through their literature trying to figure out where a pressure gauge would go but having no luck yet.....anyone know a quick answer?
    Pressure gauge doesn't go on the pump, it goes on the filter.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Maybe you should browse here to start:
    pool-school/visual_encyclopedia
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  10. Back To Top    #10

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Never mind, I figured it out. Thanks anyways. Learning the correct terminology of every part would help me tremendously. When you said gauge goes on the filter I assumed the pump filter, not the pool filter. Got it now

  11. Back To Top    #11
    Isaac-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    SW Louisiana
    Posts
    6,711

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    We call the basket on the pump, the pump strainer not a filter
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
    I use and endorse TFtestKits TF-100 from http://tftestkits.net
    ~Remember TFP counts on your donations to keep this site ad free~

  12. Back To Top    #12
    harleysilo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    North Georgia
    Posts
    1,924

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Internet is anonymous LOL!
    18'x43' Sport Pool
    19,000 Gallons Vinyl Liner 3'-3.5'-4'
    SWCG and D.E. Filter
    Test Kits - Pool Calculator - Chlorine/CYA Chart - Pool School

    Secret Weapon for Pool Chemistry Testing

  13. Back To Top    #13
    y_not's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Redmond, OR
    Posts
    1,086

    Re: Really dumb questions.... Good thing Internet is anonymo

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    Internet is anonymous LOL!
    It used to be. Sort of still is, if you do it right.
    But TFP is about as private as FaceBook. It's like social pool networking, we're the original social network. HAHA
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft² - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •