Recent content by Mark Shvitz

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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    Thank goodness for the brilliance of the nanny state. Given the quality of pool hardware, two years is about as long as I expect my new one to last. It will be great to pay double the price and get zero reduction in energy costs.
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    I got some advice and determined that a variable-speed pump would end up costing more in the long run, so I went with a Hayward Super Pump. I know these pumps are low quality, because I've had two fail, but Amazon offers a 3-year warranty for $76, so hopefully I will be covered when this one...
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    I'm trying to get advice from Hayward, but they have a 34-minute wait when you call.
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    Thanks for the reply. It's not a spa. It's a few little nozzles that shoot at your back when you sit on the steps. Silly, really. I have never used it. The "waterfall" is a little slit a foot above the pool, and water shoots out of it. The 2-HP Pentair runs the waterfall and vacuums pretty...
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    I am thinking maybe I should change tactics and splurge on a VS pump, but it appears that the manufacturers don't like to share data with end users. Does anyone know whether a 1.5-HP Pentair Superflo will serve me as well as my current pump? I believe my pool is 20,000 gallons, based on online...
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    The current pump is a Pentair MPRA6G-155L. Seems to power the pool with no problems apart from the motor failing due to its open design.
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    My 2 HP Pentair pump is not doing well. The motor is making an interesting noise, and the housing has cracks which are too numerous to repair. What's a good economical pump to replace it? I just want reliability. It doesn't have to be wi-fi enabled or make espresso.
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    Green Stuff on Screen Enclosure

    I'm going to try this stuff. Thank you for the advice.
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    Wire Brush Okay for Gunite?

    Will wire damage gunite?
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    Wire Brush Okay for Gunite?

    I've been using a wire brush on my gunite pool, and it seems like a lot of junk ended up in the filter. Is it better to use nylon? I'm afraid what's going into the filter is gunite. Amazon lists a lot of nylon brushes, but the ads say they're for vinyl pools.
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    Green Stuff on Screen Enclosure

    My pool is screened in. The enclosure is bronze-toned aluminum. Green stuff is growing on the screens and frame. What's the best way to get rid of it? Is there a way to prevent it from growing?
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    Vacuum that Catches Crud Before it Gets to Filter?

    Last year I wanted to vacuum my pool, so I got a cheap vacuum thing and a hose. Problem: the Crud I vacuum up goes into the filter, so I have to backwash and add DE every time I vacuum. Is there something better out there? I don't want an expensive gadget that cleans the pool by itself, but I...
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    Reinstalling Sta-Rite S8D110 Clamps So They Don't Leak

    Thanks for the reply. I was talking about the entire filter, not something that would use an O-ring. I finally got it working. I had to make sure the clamps were aligned carefully before tightening them, because they do not align themselves.
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    Reinstalling Sta-Rite S8D110 Clamps So They Don't Leak

    I am trying to get my filter to stop leaking. I try following the instructions (alternating sides as I tighten clamps), but the filter still leaks. Is there a trick to this?
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    How do I Make Swimquip Slide Valve Stop Leaking Around Shaft?

    I have a Sta-Rite DE filter (S8D110) with a Swimquip slided valve. The slide valve leaks at the top. I replaced the O-rings, and it doesn't help. The O-ring that is supposed to prevent leakage around the shaft is a #014 ring. It goes up against the underside of the lid. There is no seat for...