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    Another Pool Newbie - Valve Identification & Stains


    I've just moved into a new home and am glad to have found this site.

    I have read through the Pool School section and feel I'm doing well with the chemistry of my pool. Chlorine and PH levels are looking good and the water has been crystal clear since I've cleaned the cartridge filters. (It didn't look as though they had been cleaned in a long time. Pressure was 20psi before and 7 after cleaning.)

    Can somone please tell me what they think the valve does in the photo I'm attaching? Obviously the current setting goes to the filter. Is the other setting a drain to the sewer system? The pool has 1 skimmer and 3 jets and 2 bottom drains, but it doesn't seem to ever have any suction from the bottom. There is also a "hole" half way between the shallow and deep end about 12" bellow the water line that doesn't seem to do anything. The previous owner connected the Zodiac MX-8 to the skimmer port.

    I am also seeing brown stains on the plaster that aren't affected by chlorine pucks left on them. The pool was replastered about a year ago. I was thinking about trying a Purity Pools "Underwater Acid Wash" kit to try and remove them. Has anyone had luck with this?

    Thanks a bunch

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    linen's Avatar
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    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Another Pool Newbie - Valve Identification & Stains

    Welcome to tfp, Archer_TX

    I am not sure but that second line that runs through the small filter may be for a pressure side cleaner. If you turn on that line, where does the water come out?

    Try some crushed up vitimin C tablets (put in a sock) on one of the brown stains and see if it lightens.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Another Pool Newbie - Valve Identification & Stains

    Hey Archer
    Turn the valve and see if pressure comes shooting out of that "hole" in the middle of your pool that is 12" below the surface. I think it may be for running a cleaner like a Polaris. The one that they used the skimmer for was a vac type.
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    Re: Another Pool Newbie - Valve Identification & Stains

    Thank y'all. I'll check it out when I get home.

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    Re: Another Pool Newbie - Valve Identification & Stains

    When the valve was turned to the alternate position water did indeed come out of the "hole". The hole is also threaded, so yes, I'm sure it is for a pressure side cleaner. See... I'm so new I didn't even know that kind of cleaner existed. I'll be getting one of those before next summer. I'm already tired of constantly switching between vacuum and skimmer.

    I'll try the vitamin C tablets next regarding the stain.

    Thanks again!

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