Recent content by Andrew Sarchus

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    What's the strangest thing you've ever...

    I found a couple of dead mice in the skimmer last week (on different days) and keep finding my daughter's cat peering into the pool like she's lost something.
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    Airsoft pellets and pool water.

    My (almost) seven year old is agitating for an airsoft gun (to use with daddy and eye protection). I know that if I let her use it at home the bbs are going to get into the pool (it is probably 40% of the area of my backyard). Has anyone had any experience with the biodegradable bbs in...
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    Building a 6'x10'x4' exercise pool - Help appreciated!

    One more plug for bleach: I can smell the pool at the local Y from the street outside, and occasionally across the street. Just thinking about swimming there makes my skin itch. The outdoor pool near my house also smells of "Chlorine" and leaves my skin dry. But they don't smell like...
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    Building a 6'x10'x4' exercise pool - Help appreciated!

    FYI: dichlor is chlorine. But unless showering with municipal water has the same effect your issue is probably with byproducts of sanitizing a high bather load and not the chlorine itself. If your schedule allows, I'd suggest arranging the shade so you get sun part of the day (on the east...
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    Low water flow to one cycle of infloor cleaning system

    I think you may need to rebuild the quickclean actuator to get a better seal between the active circuit and the others. It cost me about $125 in parts to do mine last year and really improved flow from the active heads. It is a pretty simple project. The test would be to hold a hand or foot...
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    Under water breathing apparatus?

    As I recall there is a fairly shallow limit (3-4 feet?) beyond which a snorkel won't work because the pressure outside your body is so much higher than the pressure at the end of the snorkel. On the bright side, this should do a lot for your cardio fitness...
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    Is it possible to calculate volume if my pool is irregular

    Re: Is it possible to calculate volume if my pool is irregul I'd use the oval calculation to start and test again after the addition to test the volume estimate.
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    CYA Too High / Draining Question...

    For less than $25 worth of PVC I was able to add a T leading to valve and the right threads for a garden hose. I did it to be able to drain a low spot the builder left between my filter and heater, but it should work for your problem to.
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    Peculiar problem of vacuum hose crimping

    I have an in floor cleaner so priming on jet doesn't work for me either (plus I opened to 58 degree water). What did work was attaching the head to the hose, dropping the head in, and slowly push the rest of the hose straight down into the water until I just have enough hose left to get to the...
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    How did I mess up this bad?

    I just had a bright idea. Next time you're at the pool store (or Walmart or wherever), take a look at the cheap OTO test kit. If you can tell the color blocks apart you shouldn't have any trouble with the pH test, or at least no more than the rest of us do. But I'm not color blind so I cannot...
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    Jandy lite2 won't fire up. Block siphon tube?

    The switch and tube and 18 and 19 on this diagram:
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    Jandy lite2 won't fire up. Block siphon tube?

    I figured out that if I jumped the presure switch the heater would come on so I ordered a new switch. The new switch also doesn't close the circuit. So I pointed the siphon tube in a direction I didn't mind getting wet and turned on my pump with the switch off and nothing came out. :( I...
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    Liquid Solar Covers - Do they work?

    I don't know about carts or borates, but I couldn't feel or see it. And the packages say to add more regularly.
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    I need to drain hot tub into pool....

    I don't think you can do it from the remote, but the "PS4 power center" (looks like a large breaker box) has a control panel inside with a "spa drain" mode that will pump the water into your pool. Here is a link to the install manual which has some pics:
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    clueless Newbie needs help with PH

    Pour it in front of the return.