Recent content by Katodude

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    Tired of stuff growing in between my travertine pavers

    Skynet became self aware today.
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    Yet another DIY pool controller thread

    Gremlins have removed. Controller has worked great for the last few days. Really happy with this project. I probably have about $600 into this thing (not including the actuators). I now have a fully featured pool controller, with Alexa integration and it was fun to build. Now I just need to up...
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    Tired of stuff growing in between my travertine pavers

    So no video yet, but it works. The Roomba will go to the edge of the pool stop and turn around. I may still end up using the virtual walls since I really just want it to clean the sitting area that is under cover. This might be a good excuse for me to buy a new Roomba with the fancy new...
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    Tired of stuff growing in between my travertine pavers

    Still looks great, however, a byproduct of looking good is it shows dirt more, but the dirt is easily hosed off. It actually looks good enough where I might try the Roomba to clean it. I figure the stair avoidance feature should keep it out of the pool.
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    Yet another DIY pool controller thread

    Well it just took getting an electrician over to help with the high voltage stuff and I am done. The box is installed, and working. Still chasing some gremlins down in the programing since the pump was randomly turning off yesterday. Got two actuators installed, a Hayward and a Pentair...
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    Robotic surface skimmers...anyone?

    The panels clouding over is something that still happens on the new one. They recommend cleaning the panel with CLR and then applying a light coat of WD-40. I just did this and it seemed to work nicely. We will see how long that lasts, but I guess some regular maintenance of the device is required.
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    Guess what...... I just got the M600

    I have the M500, if I had to buy one today I would probably get the M600. I like the 3rd brush and I think it does actually help brush my pool and makes sure it does not get stuck on anything. However, the primary motivator for me would be the single basket as opposed to the two baskets that the...
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    My new automation system.

    So here in South Florida the most prolonged outages are hurricane based. When that happens I have other issues to deal with. But we do get a lot of brownouts, less now since FPL just replaced all the poles and wires going into my neighborhood. But I think I can work to mitigate most of the...
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    Why doesn’t Pollywood make a plantation chair!!!

    So I guess I dont really have a problem with once a year maintenance on my chairs, but when I try to read up on oiling/sealing or whatever for teak the amount of differing opinions is crazy. Just not sure what product to use.
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    Built in Robot power

    Well look at that. That is exactly what I want.
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    Built in Robot power

    Well ideally I would like something in the tiles, above the waterline, but under the coping. I realize that has the highest degree of risk. Next best would be some form of connector flat on the deck so you would see a little bit of cable. The big key is how do you make it serviceable so that...
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    Why doesn’t Pollywood make a plantation chair!!!

    The black ones were even nicer, but very poorly made. I would love to have some easy to clean long lasting ones.
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    Pool this year, Apache Junction

    I think I read somewhere that you have propane. If you have a big underground tank, and have a problem with mosquitos or no seeum. Get a mosquito magnet. Each one is supposed to clear and acre, but in my house we believe in overkill. We have a 1/2 acre and two of them. They need power and a...
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    New pool - Water colour & tiles HELP :)

    It’s really a very personal choice. I like the contrast of the darker tile.
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    New pool - Water colour & tiles HELP :)

    Here you go, and they are even on sale!!! https://www.mineraltiles.com/clear-glass-mosaic-tile-stained-blue-12x12/ And everybody shhhhh. My wife picked them and I did not want them, wanted something more blue. Of course she was right and they look great.