Recent content by Mark Shvitz

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    How to Deal With Drain Full of Plaster?

    My late father's house has been sold. The last time the finish was redone, the contractor got plaster in the main drain. My dad did not force them to repair it, and now the pool can't be drained in the usual way. Eventually, the buyers will need to have it drained so the drain line can be...
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    How to Capture DE During Backwash?

    I assume what I read was typical environmentalist claptrap, but it sounded so insane, I had to ask. It would be nice to have a way to keep DE off my driveway and lawn. My trouble-free filter was a cartridge filter, not sand. I typed "sand" by mistake.
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    Let's hope this one lasts longer than my last Hayward. FYI, you mentioned this earlier in this thread. Do you know whether they'll ban replacement motors and other parts?
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    How to Capture DE During Backwash?

    It goes shooting out of the backwash hose, and I have to refill the filter with DE.
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    How to Capture DE During Backwash?

    I have a feeling I'm asking about something people prefer not to talk about, but here goes. I read that I'm supposed to put used DE in a container and "dispose of it properly." How do I put DE in a container when it comes shooting out of a hose at 100 gallons per minute? I think I may dump my...
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    Tough, Economical 2 HP Pump?

    A manufacturer of VS pumps told me a VS pump would not save me money. I called to order one, and they steered me toward a single-speed pump. That's good enough for me.
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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.