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    Pool level spa return replacement options

    Sorry that I didn't give more background. This is a 2 1/2 year old pool/spa and we have used the spa frequently during with cooler months without the blower. I had never really investigated how the spa returns worked (and have found much more info on the forum since I posted). What I now...
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    Pool level spa return replacement options

    While it's 98+ degrees in Texas, I'm dreaming about those few months when we will heat up the spa for an evening soak. We have a 7' x 7' square pool level spa with 8 seat level returns, each with a 1" eyeball. We also have a blower, but we rarely use it, as it's one speed and pretty aggressive...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Seems like a good option...what are the specs of the pump you are using?
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Yes, I agree...I was not implying I would glue into the return! I have a threaded adapter that I screwed into the return, then slipped the end of the fountain into it, as per post #65, including tapping it in with a dead blow hammer; however, the fit was not tight enough to hold when I blocked...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    I think you're right, too many holes. I did some work yesterday plugging all the other return jets, then ran into another problem: my connection between the slip fitting in the return pipe and the fountain was not sufficiently snug to keep the assembly together (my fountain is not glued to the...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Good questions. I went with a lot of small holes (maybe too many?). the vertical pipe goes into a tee that is about 5-6" above the water line. the two horizontal drilled pipes are about 18" on both sides of the tee. I used the "graph paper" technique to drill my holes and there was probably 2...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Primarily (as mentioned in another post) to keep the pool circulating; but, I understand the principals and am going to try to close off a few returns as well. I've currently hooked my contraption up to the booster pump return, and am getting 3' - 4' of spray, but still not optimal for this...
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    With Houston having a week + of heat advisories, my pool finally hit 90. Since my favorite swimming hole is Barton Springs in Austin (year round temperature of 68) this is wholly unacceptable. So I found myself in the A/C under the ceiling fan looking for this post.... and subsequently made...
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    Travertine beam wall coping repair advice

    The cable guy was working on our neighbor's home and needed access to our back yard. To take a shortcut, he walked along the top of our beam wall and broke off two end pieces of travertine coping. Two adjacent tiles were also loose (see photos)... This seems like it should be a fairly easy...
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    Adding a Pentair actuator to waterfall valve and EasyTouch

    Jim, after super fast shipping from Pool Supplies 4 Less, the install is done and is exactly as I wanted. I did have to open up the actuator to change the stops to a 90 degree vs 180 degree orientation, but after a little trial and error, this went flawlessly. Your expertise is much appreciated...
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    Adding a Pentair actuator to waterfall valve and EasyTouch

    I have an existing Pentair valve that is installed between my pool return pipe and the pipes for 3 waterfall/scuppers. I've never touched it, as I've controlled the waterfall flow on/off with variable speed pump. Looking at my equipment pad, it occurred to me that it should be easy to add an...
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    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    I hadn't yet scheduled Spa, because I usually just do that manually when we want it... but I'm a complete dork....I never tried to highlight the line, and once I do under the "heat mode" column, then I get the heater settings as you said.... See? I know someone smarter than me would chime in...
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    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    Jim, thanks for the reply. Yes, I did see where the desktop app has all this functionality for "heat command" and I'm sure I can set things up as I want through that app. But, I usually use the iOS app, so see the screenshot below. There is a "heat mode" column, but does not seem to be a way to...
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    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    I use ScreenLogic on an iPad almost exclusively to control our pool and spa; I'd like to experiment with a schedule to turn on the spa, with heater, in the morning for a soak after my morning run. As I started looking at the iPad screen logic app to set up, I see that there is a "Heat Mode"...