Recent content by Mike0893

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    CH at 800

    Thanks AJ, Splash and mknauss for your responses. I knew managing the CH was gonna be a little bit of a pain and now I know what my alternatives are. The water softener idea might be something to aim for long term as a source for fill water. I also never thought of a cover as a evaporation...
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    CH at 800

    Hello Trouble Free Pool. I have a question about the CH in my pool. I have just completed my first year of owning a pool and the help I have received here has been indispensable. Last December I did a drain and fill because of extremely high CYA. We are on a community well and the CH content...
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    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    Thanks for the response Jim. Yes the new bulbs looked the same to me as the old ones.
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    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    I have not removed the lights from the pool since I replaced the bulbs. I saw the warning not to operate the lights out of the water. I got the part number for the bulbs off of the light fixture. Now I know Pentair doesn’t make bulbs but could modern bulbs burn hotter than 25 year old ones
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    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    So my pool has 4 Pentair Aqualights. Three are in the pool and one in the spa. These lights have a 250 watt halogen bulb. None of the lights worked when we moved in last year. I have done a lot of electrical work in the pool pad area and the last thing on the list was the lights. So I...
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    Pool lights repair or replace

    Thanks AJ. At $300 a piece new, I decided to try new bulbs and seals first. There doesn’t seem to be a led replacement so it looks like I have to stick with what I’ve got.
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    Solar Pool Heater 300ft from pool

    My piping is below ground. About 2/3 of it is about 12 to 16 inches deep the other 1\3 is only 3 or 4 inches deep. Heat loss from above ground pipe is minimal. The water is moving too fast In the pipe. The largest heat loss is of course the surface of your pool.
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    Solar Pool Heater 300ft from pool

    My ground mounted solar rack is 225 feet from my equipment pad and is 60 feet long. My 2 hp pump has no problem with flow. I get 65 gpm with 2 inch pipe. For 300 feet you might think about using 2 1/2 inch pipe and if that’s not enough you could try a solar booster pump. I got a couple of bids...
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    Pool lights repair or replace

    So I have 4 Pentair pool lights that don’t work. I’ve tested the circuit and determined it’s the lights themselves. The are Pentair series 77 lights but I don’t really see a part number for the whole fixture. There are numbers for replacement parts (bulb, gasket and retaining screw). I looked...
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    Solar Panel Heaters

    All my pipe is 2 inch. I get about 63 gpm. I had a proposal giving to me by a solar installer and they wanted to install 2.5 inch pipe so that the system would achieve 70gpm. That wasn’t necessary.
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    Solar Panel Heaters

    I installed a solar heating system for our pool over the off season. It has 672 sf of panel surface area. That is about 83% of pool surface area. We just started using it last month. It’s great. Temp here today was 77 and the pool reached 84. I have a 2 hp pump and the panels are 225 feet...
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    Return Jets

    I just measured the threads for the returns in the pool. 1 3/4 inches. I did a quick web search but so far no luck. I’ll keep looking
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    Return Jets

    So I realized this week that my pool doesn't have jets in the water returns. I have 4 pipes with threads in the wall of the pool but thats it. Now I'm just wondering which jets do I need. I see that there are 1/2", 3/4" and 1" eyeballs but is that the only difference. Are there different...
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    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    That info could be very helpful. Thanks to both of you
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    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Thanks for you help Pool Clown. I figured there might be a problem with the board. I’ll keep messing with it. If nothing else it could be a reason to upgrade.