Recent content by Bandit5

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    Building fluid level gauge

    Because I over engineer everything I do... But yes, I think a solid core 1.5" pool noodle would work perfectly. Thanks! That was a brilliant idea. Also much cheaper.
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    Building fluid level gauge

    I currently have a standard Stenner 15 gallon tank with mount for my pump. I am trying to make a gauge that will let me know exactly how much chlorine is left in the tank. My current plan is to run a capped 50" piece of 2" diameter polycarbonate tubing through a grommet on the flat surface of...
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    Any Good deals on Drums for Stenner?

    Not cheaper, but in terms of function I would get one of these with the stand: 15 Gallon Blue Inductor Tank | Ace Roto-Mold INFD15-19LB
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    How often do you really test your water?

    Same here. I only do once a week, or the night after a big party. I used to test daily, but once that Stenner was dialed in, it was so boringly consistent that I didn't need to. I start testing more frequently as I suspect the chlorine tank may be getting close to empty before I get my refill.
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    Skim-A-Round modification

    That sure is simpler than cutting peices of flat metal to fit into the foam area and then coating them with flex seal and gluing them in. But it is certainly easier. I will try that. But if it causes the skimmer basket to disconnect from the top, then I will try my complicated method.
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    Skim-A-Round modification

    I have a Kafko skimmer on my pool and have been having issues with the skimmer basket. The short tab on the top to lift it up breaks off easily, even after applying epoxy which lasted about 2 months. I did modify one with a universal handle that seems to work ok, but at the same time I ordered a...
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    Pentair Challenger Problems

    I covered that o-ring with lube. But that is a good point. I can just bring the diffuser to the pool store and find an o-ring that fits. I have actually spent the past few days researching new pumps and am now planning on getting a digital timer. After learning about up/full rated I am leaning...
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    Pentair Challenger Problems

    I replaced all the seals in my old (previous owner installed) Pump to try and solve a leaking problem. The labels tell me it is a Pac-Fab (Challenger) CFII-N1-1A. Which comes out to a 1HP Standard Up Rate pump. So the diffuser o-ring in the GOKIT5 seems to be a bit thinner than the worn...
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    Pool full of green sludge

    Test the water first. If the CYA is high, then you will need to do at least a partial drain anyway. You should stop using the Frog system. The "Mineral" pack is just introducing silver nitrate. It is not necessary when you have the right amount of chlorine in the water, and can lead to staining...
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    Newbie please help

    DO NOT SWIM IN THAT POOL! Get a good test kit, add chlorine to the pool (liquid bleach or 10-12.5% liquid chlorine), and get your chemicals to the target levels in here: PoolMath You will need to estimate the amount of water in your pool to make this work. You can try sites like this to figure...
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    Stenner pump tank

    You are keeping it 3" above to avoid dirt and sediment, correct? Judging by the picture, that will be much less than a gallon, I can live with that.
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    Stenner pump tank

    Good catch. 40" puts it just under 3.5'. That may actually make it easier for me to fill since I won't have to bend over the whole time. If using a siphon you will need to elevate the tank higher than that, but with an opening so large it may be easier to just pour straight from the jug. I fill...
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    Stenner pump tank

    I have been very happy with the results of my Stenner pump install over the past year. However, I have noticed a few small things that I would like to improve. As you can see from the link in my signature, I hooked it up to come on with the pump, which is working pretty as I can adjust the...
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    Pool testing for the color impaired

    I still say that this is easier. ColorQ Pro 7 Digital Pool Water Test Kit by Lamotte: Water Testing Tips - YouTube
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    Pool testing for the color impaired

    I'll chime in on this one as I had the same issue. I opted to get a kit that is not always as highly regarded as the recommended kits here, but has served me well for a few seasons. I use the LaMotte 2056 ColorQ Pro 7 which is a digital reader with liquid reagents. The drops do change the water...