Recent content by PanamEric

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    Panamal Canal Dynamiting Damage: Plaster Pool Repairs

    Hello All, I am looking for suggestions on repairing my 30y/o plaster pool. I live a short distance from the Panama Canal. Recent expansion works has been wreaking havoc with my pool. Although I am maybe 5 miles away I am guessing that the vibrations from the dynamiting are too much to handle...
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    Tme to Change to salt..

    I feel the need to add one point on the swg systems that is not really emphasized quite enough... It really simplifies the chemistry aspect since you dont have the fluctuations that you do get when chlorinating manually. In a straight cost analysis it might come to the same but I figure that the...
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    Tme to Change to salt..

    NCPool, You are quite welcome. On the surge protector...I live in the rainforest so we get lots of thunderstorms and power fluctuations and shortages. I guess the need for surge protection depends on the reliability of your electrical provider and its network. In any case I would think that any...
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    Chlorine free pool systems.

    Hi, I had one of these that worked with silver, copper and I believe zinc. I had installed this trying to deal with hard well water which was a chemistry nightmare. I worked reasonably well but still required about 1-2ppm chlorine. I was happy with it until I lost my water a few times in a row...
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    Tme to Change to salt..

    HI, I too was looking at CompuPool and almost bought it last week until I found a better deal on CircuPool. The online store I bought from had a great deal on them. Special price and free upgrade to the next larger model . So I ended up paying $749 for a RJ45 that I just installed yesterday...
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    Filter Repair TR-100

    Thanks for the moral support guys... Unfortunately by the time I got notified of these posts the job was done and closed. I changed the laterals, bulkheads, multiport valve and reconnected everything properly. It took a while longer than I anticipated because the bulkheads/locknuts were...
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    Filter Repair TR-100

    Thanks for the replies guys, Well the guy who's gonna sell me a piece of less than a foot of 1/8" scrap metal for $150 is not born yet, even if $150 sounds like a deal compared to the other prices I found. As you might have guessed from my sign in and user name I am in Panama. Some things are...
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    Filter Repair TR-100

    Re: Filter Repair TR-100...they gotta be kidding! Hello Poolschoolgrad, Thank you for your reply. However I am still looking for a more reasonable solution. Here is why... I did manage to track down the right part numbers for the wrenches you mention by calling Pentair as the part number they...
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    Filter Repair TR-100

    Hello All, I have to change the bulkheads on my sidemount TR-100 due to a cracked/leaking external spacer. I am not familiar with the inside of it as it came with my house. Since I only have access to exploded parts lists I am a bit worried about emptying the sand only to find out I cant undo...
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    the truth on DE filters

    In reply to Dave, My whole point in this exercise was to eliminate the backwash cycle of my sand filter. I only have lived here for half a summer season but in that half season I found myself twice in a position where I had to backwash due to greatly reduced flow (barely noticeable jet) and...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Wow...thanks for all the input. This forum is really great. Wish I had found it years ago. That is a lot of information... So to sum it up Cartridge VS DE. Carts don't backwash but instead the cartridges are hosed down maybe every 6months if sized properly (thinking 400 to 500sf for my 25k)...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Thanks Chemgeek, Your post was just on time...I was just finishing to check the best deal I could find on a Pentair and was prepared to order it...only had 3 or 4 more vendors to check. The 4 microns argument had won me over... cartridge with same as DE mechanical filtration, no backwash, no...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Thank you all for the input... A bit weird I replied 2 hrs ago (with Quick reply) and my reply does not show here?? In any case in reply to Acroy. I do have a 600lbs sand filter as my signature says but because of reasons cited above I am/was considering switching to DE (with retention) and...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Thank you MITS, I don't have city water. Some years are drier than others. I do have two wells but In those drier periods they get low and water becomes a very precious commodity. Ironically that is when we usually need the pool the most. Also collect rain water from all roofs but we...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Hello Ohm_Boy, Thanks for the input. I must admit I am not at all familiar with cartridge filters and always thought they were only for kiddy pools. I have had one of these (for kiddy pools) and did not find it to be too performant and the cartridges needed to be changed real often as they were...