Recent content by Wolfmarsh

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    Boosting Solar Throughput

    Yeah, I think im gonna get the solar cover also. Since I have the extra pump laying around, I would only lose my time and a couple of bucks in fittings to add it to the system. Is the general consensus that this would be a waste of time?
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    Boosting Solar Throughput

    1.5" all the way there. THey are about 9 feet off the ground at the low point, and 13 feet off at the high point. The place where the panels are is perfect, south facing. It gets sun all day long. Ill take some measurements once I get everything going again for the summer, but it does rise...
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    Boosting Solar Throughput

    Nah, I at least know better than that :) I have an automated controller too, so it's not operating when the panels are cooler than the pool.
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    Boosting Solar Throughput

    I know I could use more panels, only have 80 sq ft of them. Unfortunately I don't have any more accessible roof space without going all the way up to the top of the second story. The panels are a good 100 ft away from the pool. I'm surprised how low your temperature losses are. If I get...
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    Boosting Solar Throughput

    Hi Everyone, In the past 2 summers, I havent really been satisfied with the way my solar heating system is working. It does bring the temperature up on warm, sunny days, but quickly loses that over night and takes all day to recover the heat. I know a solar cover would help dramatically...
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    Building Chlorine Injector

    Wow, I love seeing this thread pop back up. Ill get around to posting my injector some time in the near future.
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    Sand Filter Leaking

    Hey Everyone, I was out at the pool today to clean the skimmer and noticed my sand filter was spraying a fine mist out of a pinhole crack on the side. I shut it down for fear that the whole thing might rupture and drain the pool. :cry: I am now trying to figure out what to do as far as a...
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    Need some pump advice

    I was worried that might be the answer. I have used all of the available space on the little patio roof i built, so I may have to get creative at this point.... I might try the cheap way out and try a solar cover during the week (since we only swim on the weekends) and see how much that helps.
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    Need some pump advice

    You cant tell from the picture, but it is actually slightly tilted as well, so the lowest point is the front pipe. When it switches the panels off, the vacumn release valve gurgles and the panels do drain. It never really freezes here in Charleston, so draining them before winter and leaving...
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    Need some pump advice

    I misspoke in my post above, and my math was wrong :) They are 2x10 panels, there is 80 sq ft total. When I saw mas mention 160 sq ft i realized my error. 80 sq ft should be enough for my size pool though, correct? Edit: And since there doesnt seem to really be anything obvious wrong, I will...
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    Need some pump advice

    It is all 1.5" piping, four 2x20 panels, plumbed in parallel. Here are some pics of the installation for reference:
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    Need some pump advice

    Hi everyone, I installed my solar heating panels last summer, and based on everything I read, I am not getting enough flow through them. Everything I have read says that I should only feel a few degree difference between the pool water and the water coming in the pool after running through the...
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    WalMart Ultra Bleach - $2.54 now

    With the wal-mart bleach, has anyone else noticed that the pull tab seal on the top of the bottle has become infinitely crappy lately? It used to be really easy to remove, now I seem to have to fight with every single one of them. Like production quality went down or something.
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    Replaced Polaris Turtle/65 Parts and Only Front Jets Working

    I would be willing to say that it cant hurt to really thoroughly clean everything with that scrubber. The cleaner the polaris is, the better. I bet there are some nasty things in there, because you arent using the little wire filter. I would recommend going back to using that. I just keep a...
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    Replaced Polaris Turtle/65 Parts and Only Front Jets Working

    Hey Catherine, thats exactly what im referring to. I wouldnt stick anything metal under the seals, so you dont nick them. I have some small wooden spoons I use that do fit (maybe the size of a popsicle stick), so I apologize for not being clearer :). Did you replace the clear chambers as...