Recent content by bk406

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    Thinking of changing to a cartridge filter.

    Hi all, I’m thinking I’m of changing to a cartridge filter from my current sand filter. Any recommendations would be apprecited with regard to size, brand, etc. My pool is 15000 gallons
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    New 2 speed pump - a couple of questions.....

    I have the same pump. Use a rubber "dead blow" mallet to remove and replace the lid. Couple of strikes with the mallet on the ears of the lid do the trick. Dont use a hammer. Any box store will have a dead blow hammer. EDIT: Yes my sig says I have a Hayward pump, but I haven't changed my sig in...
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    What Type of Heat.....NOT AN EASY ANSWER

    Gas. Heat pumps are junk in the northeast unless it's mid june to mid august. But i like my pool 84-88 degrees.
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    Question about wire gauge from house to panel

    Suit yourselves. Its not my money. I'd run aluminum everyday and twice on Sunday's and never think twice. And yea, #4 copper would work on 80 amps. Id run the #3 if i were using copper, but that's just me. Depends on which temperature rating you want to use. If the termination lugs aren't...
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    Question about wire gauge from house to panel

    Oh, and conduit size needs to be at least 1.5 " PVC, and I'd use 2"at that distance. You can also use #4 copper for the ground.
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    Question about wire gauge from house to panel

    At 150 feet for <3% voltage drop on 80 amps, you want #3 copper or #1 aluminum. If it were me, id run 100 amps. If you ever wanted a heat pump, you'd need it. I'd never go through all that work of installing a sub panel out by a pool to run all the equipment with less than 100 amps. For 100...
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    Help me decide how to heat my pool

    Gas, you'll be happier, I promise.
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    Underground Plumbing Connections

    I agree. If it's not leaking, don't mess with it. Leave the poly alone. It's fine the way it is. I'd replace the pump with a 2 speed. Variable speed pumps are expensive and the electric rates in a Massachusetts are cheap enough that you wouldn't get the return on investment. I have a 2 speed...
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    Heat Pump questions

    Just my opinion. I live in Massachusetts. I have a heat pump. Aquacomfort 100,000 BTU. May as well be a boat anchor. In practice, they only work down to about 65 degrees. I bought it when I put the pool in 9 years ago. I used it 2 seasons and said enough of this and got gas. I figured id use the...
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    Home Automation and Integration with Alexa / Google Home

    I'm all good. I got it working. My issue was the pool name. I tried to name it Pentair: XX-XX-XX, just like on the screen logic home screen. Turns out the skill didn't like that. I just named it "My Pool", entered the brick ID, and it added it to the skill. Works great. My pool's closed, but I...
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    Home Automation and Integration with Alexa / Google Home

    I just got an Echo/Alexa. Having trouble getting the skill for the Pentair set up. I enter the name and brick ID, but it says the verification failed. I need to call Pentair and see what's up. I don't get home until 6:30 most nights and haven't had a chance to call them for a trouble shoot yet.
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    VSP keeps tripping breakers

    ^^^^ This x100
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    VSP keeps tripping breakers

    I've also seen discussed the possibility that time (i.e. brush and armature wear) will cause more line noise. So that's a possibility. The NEC only updated the code in 2014 to require a hard wired pump to have a GFCI breaker. Im guessing how this went was: They were sitting around updating the...
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    VSP keeps tripping breakers

    No amount of rewire, new GFCI breakers, new motors, etc, will fix this issue. Look around the net at professional sparky sights. They all see this problem with VSP. A Siemens breaker MIGHT fix it for a bit. My understanding is that the Siemens breaker trips at 6mA difference, the others are 3-4...
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    Two Stage gas line question

    ^^^^ this