Recent content by Durk

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    Pentair Whisperflo Pump

    Also, check your incoming feed with a voltmeter. If one hot leg shorted to ground, it would blow a fuse upstream on that one leg and you would get 110V across your 220V circuit and cause exactly what you are seeing.
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    How to Keep PH Level Stable

    I learned the best thing is to go hands off for a while and give the pool time to find its own 'natural' level of pH and TA. I had wasted a lot of time, chemicals and energy trying for perfect levels of both. When I left it alone, it settled down at 7.8 and 50, and I hardly ever have to touch...
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    Intermatic timer won't turn on/off pump.

    See if it keeps time if you remove all the dogs. If it does, you may have put the one of the dogs on slightly crooked and it was getting hung up. Make sure the dog is all the way on to the disk--the rim should touch the bottom of the U formed by the dog.
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    Liquid Chlorine Only Question

    Well, you could dump the pool every six months and start over. I used pucks exclusively that way for twenty-five years successfully. It was only when I switched to a pool that didn't get dumped in the fall I had to convert to TFP.
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    Pool Temperature

    Above 80° is useless for cooling off on a hot day. 76° is my ideal. At 84°, I start dumping in 55° well water. Yes, I'm divorced, and my GF doesn't like to swim. My kids are boys.
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    Rio Olympic pool

    Well, I can tell you there is no CYA test other than strips available in country. This might have something to do with it. But as someone who managed an outdoor pool with no CYA for 20 years, there is no way a zero CYA pool goes green like that if it gets its daily dose of chlorine at night...
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    Muriatic acid scares me

    Been doing that for 40 years. I use the Taylor Acid Demand and one drop means 1/3 of a gallon MA needed in my pool. Pretty easy to ' feel'. Better than the pool guys in the Bahamas I've seen that liked to stand on the diving board and pour from up there.
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    There's a dead animal in my pool

    75-lb. snapping turtle, very much alive. [Pond is 30 feet from pool.]
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    identlfied the leak - but can't stop it. all ideas welcome!

    I can think of three things: -use a second clamp (we always had two on our black poly) -make sure that elbow has correct black poly nipple and is not cracked -cut hose back 2 or 3 in. and redo. End of elbow should look like this:
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    Pump breaker - Help

    Looks like it might be a GFCI breaker. If so, it's probably not tripping due to overcurrent, but some stray leakage. Those breakers are also prone to fail and trip just because they want to. Surges and lightning seem to kill them easily. My 2004 pool has normal breakers and that is fine with me...
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    cleaning pump strainer

    I have had below water-level pumps for over 50 years and I NEVER close my intake valves when I clean the basket. I just slap the basket against a pipe to get the big stuff and then push the basket into the water flowing out of the pump, working it up and down rapidly. That pretty much cleans out...
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    How long does everything last?

    I have a 12-year old pool also in NJ. It depends in some degree if you have an outdoor or indoor platform. If you are outside, like mine, it's less then a sheltered setup. My original motor died last year. Upgraded the WhisperFlo to a 2-speed and should be good for another ten or more. In 70...
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    Pressure testing lines: leak in the 1.5" skimmer line. Repair or replace w/ 2" PVC?

    Re: Pressure testing lines: leak in the 1.5" skimmer line. Repair or replace w/ 2" PV Yes, it's black poly--clear from the pictures. We replaced our 1946 galvanized with black poly in the early 1960s and ran it with no problems on the pipe until we tore up the pool in 2003. The barbed fittings...
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    Is there another type of PH test - drop test?

    +1 on the acid/base demand reagents. I have the same problem with the reds. If I am high and up in the reds, I don't worry about what the exact pH is. I just add a drop of acid demand reagent. If it is then in the desired range, I know exactly how much acid to dose the pool with--it's a...
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    If I have an overflow pipe, where would it be?

    Some older pools can leak out the junction box for the underwater light if these are set low. Newer pools have the box elevated by code for good reason. Hopefully, you can rule that out as it is not a good situation.