Recent content by jeffbrig

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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    Yes, but the chance of that happening is very low, and a risk I'm willing to take. The flow switch is the backup/failsafe in case the timers ever get out of sync with each other, or the pump fails. I would NEVER rely on a flow switch as the primary on/off for the SWG, but I have no issue with...
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    My pump is a variable speed model with built in clock/timer/controls. I have it run at a high rpm first thing in the morning, low rpm thru the day while making chlorine, and high rpm again in the evening. The high rpm periods allow the suction cleaner to do its thing. My SWG is on its own...
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    I didn't say it was rational... :p
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    And today the pool is back to blue and clear. Measured 16 FC and .5 CC this morning. SS brush arrives today - I'm gonna work on the spots over the weekend and then do an OCLT.
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    Define "regular", lol... I test pH and FC pretty regularly. I test TA and CA far less often, and these numbers hardly ever shift in my pool - I have not needed to add calcium or baking soda in 4+ years. Agreed - honestly I was surprised to see it was so low. I usually try to keep it in the...
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    Yeah, it's easy to get lulled into a false sense of complacency once the SWG is dialed in. Sure love having one though... beats the heck out of lugging chlorine jugs around to refill every week. Morning stats: pH: 7.5 FC: 13 CYA: <20 (bringing this up to 30) TA: 60 CA: 300 SALT: 2900 Ordered...
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    Grrr - now I gotta SLAM (SWG timer failure)

    Looked out back yesterday and the pool had a distinct greenish tinge. Haven't seen that in YEARS following TFP. Well, apparently the old timer controlling my SWG stopped working. Naturally, it chose to do so in the OFF position. Not sure how many days it took, but the chlorine fell off, and...
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    Replumbing - couple of questions

    Jim, thanks for the super quick response. I do appreciate it! My desire to use 2" is probably a carryover from prior experience with saltwater aquariums - high flow, low pressure pumps that were VERY sensitive to head pressure. It wasn't unusual to use a 1/10 or 1/12 hp pump, and almost all...
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    Replumbing - couple of questions

    I'm plumbing a new Hayward VS pump and SWG for my pool. I have 3 1.5" drains combining into a 2" pipe before the pump. Hayward recommends a 10" straight length of pipe into the pump (5x pipe diameter). I would like to put a ball valve on the inlet line, to make pump removal/servicing/priming...
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    Replumbing the pad - couple of questions

    Thanks Jim! I think I'll go the easy route and keep the existing valve setup. I'll go ahead and turn the pump 90 degrees for easier access to the controls. I appreciate it, Jeff
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    Replumbing the pad - couple of questions

    I'm replacing my old 3/4hp single speed with a 1.5hp VS (Pentair 342001) and adding a Hayward T-15 cell SWG. Here is the current setup at the pad... I have four 1.5" pipes coming out of the ground, from left to right: Return to pool From main drain From skimmer box From vacuum cleaner The...
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    2017 Bleach Prices

    Wow, I regularly fill two of those jugs for about the same price at the Leslie's around the corner. I've also seen the occasional coupon for 3 jugs for $10 (approaching $1. 33/gal!), but that's a special sale.
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    What's your current pool temp?

    89.7, great for nighttime swims!
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    My turtle nemesis is back--I caught her yesterday but don't know if it's too late

    I've rescued baby turtles, ducklings, a baby possum, even a small snake out of the pool. All were perfectly fine and released. The pool was fine too...
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    Trouble with Pool Light

    I had a non-LED light that started working intermittently a few years back. Mine was a bad wire nut connection at the light junction box. Look for an electrical box on a pipe sticking up out of the ground - either near your pool light or the equipment pad. On mine, I found that the cover was...