Recent content by PaigeMark

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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Just checking back in to report that after digging up part of the pool deck (travertine tile set in sand saved a lot of headaches in this case), and checking for a leak in the main drain line to the Paramount debris canister, everything is solid. We didn’t find an air/water leak but were able...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    They do in Broken Arrow. Funny, though...I bought Muriatic Acid there for just over $3/gal a couple of weeks ago. Now, they won’t sell less than a case of four.
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Just an update...I was able to pick up all of the O-rings for my suction side valves for a total of $16 locally which saved me a lot of $ vs. buying the WaterWay O-rings. Changed all of those out. I replaced a damaged part in the cartridge filter, too. All fitting joints were re-glued (just...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Sorry about the confusion. The bubbles show up in the check valve before the heater (yes, all three returns run through this line) and in the spa return check valve which comes after the three way actuator separating the pool returns vs. spa returns. As long as I have the pool returns...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Thank you, Rob & Poolman. Yes, the original owner was certainly sold a lot of pumps. Glad it wasn’t me. The system is 6 years old and it runs year-round. I think it is definitely a suction side issue. I’m also pretty sure it’s a Main Drain issue. It’s possible that there is a crack/leak in...
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    Moving ... from Newark, DE to Allen, TX - any pointers for a Texas pool owner?

    Just to add...you may end up dealing with a few TX critters depending on your location. We lived on a couple of wooded acres north of Ft.Worth so snakes, tiny scorpions, armadillos, and hawks frequented the backyard. I never knew an armadillo could swim but they can...at least for a little...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Thx...yes. This is the equipment deck. The band clamp is a patch. I missed it completely until looking for suction side leaks. Looks like someone drilled a 1/4” hole in the pipe for some reason. I’m the second owner so I’m still trying to figure out this set-up. The patch seems to hold...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I’ll work on checking the valve right before the pump again. I don’t have a check valve there...just a three-way actuator. Should there be a check valve there?
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Still having issues with a suction side leak, I think. Attempted to seal all joints with glue and added new silicone to the union before the pump. Haven’t changed O-rings yet. That might be next but they look good so I’m not sure about that. Called Paramount about the air coming into my...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I’ve found a few plumbing joints that seem to be sucking air (Saran wrap method) so I’m going to attempt to seal those with quick dry glue. I can’t really tell if the valves are leaking so my plan is to replace all of the O-rings on the suction side. I have three to replace so 3 cover O-rings...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Only two check valves...one between the heater and the unused chlorinator and one on the spa return line. There are two more but on separate closed systems to the cleaning system and the waterfalls (both on separate pumps). Henry, the suspicious-looking pup, is afraid of the pool but likes to...
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Will do. That check valve is on the return side, though. Still an issue for a possible leak?
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I have had bubbles in the return lines for a few days. They are coming out of the pool and spa return lines fairly consistently except when the system is in high RPM cleaning mode when they seem to disappear. I was convinced I had a suction side air leak and have tried several methods for...
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    HELP!!!

    If you have an Atwood’s Home and Ranch nearby, they have Liquid Chlorine (10%) for $1.99/gal and their Muriatic Acid is under $4/gal, too. I’m in Tulsa and just found this store. They seem to be all over the state.
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    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    I’m counting on it. No clue on how long those pumps should last. We run it year round in Tulsa so it takes a beating. We think it’s about 6 years old. Next, I need to learn how to work with PVC to replumb a few lines. It can wait, though. This project took all day and I’m worn out. Just...