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    Belldiver's Pool Build

    Wow, I'm surprised somebody found this old thread! Thanks BTW, pool is still doing great, and so far the Diamond Brite is doing just fine, about 4 years in now. Jim
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    I gave that a try this morning and let it set for about 10 minutes. Still getting the same low readings. I did also bump up to power level II to see what changed. 20 volts and ~6.5 amps @ 75% purifier level. As I stated before, when the unit is telling me it sees 17 Volts, I can test the...
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    More Info... With the unit running, I pull the plug from the Super Cell and it is reading 28 volts, right to the end of the cord. I don't have any way of measuring amps right now. The Test Mode is telling me 17V to 19V.
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    I spoke with a tech at AquaCal today. He mentioned replacing the cord at the same time as the generator cell as a standard practice and see if that solves the low voltage issue. I pulled and tested the old cord though, and it tested out just fine all the way to the circuit board inside the...
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    Anyone have Intellibrite?

    Andiejj, For what it's worth, I've had bad luck with my Colorlogics too. I have two of them in my 4 year old pool and have had three units go bad, with really quite minimal useage. The housings keep flooding. Only the first was under warranty. The others were on me. @ $400+ each, I think...
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    OK, I replaced the SC-60 cell with a brand new OEM but am still getting a *Check System light - Warning/Clean Cell. Not sure why. This is a brand new cell. Any idea what would be causing this? I was getting the same warning with the old cell too. Not sure it was even making chlorine...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    I'm back up and running. Found a VF drive on eBay for $525. The field repair didn't work. It kept tripping the breaker even though the visible damage was repaired. Damage must have been down in the inverter. It actually popped the top off the drive unit once. Kinda strange. No moving...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    I didn't get that quoted from Pentair, but a distributor. Mentioned that he couldn't get them individually anymore, but there were still some out there in inventory. I found a few on eBay, but still makes me leary. Excellent motor and pump, but if the electronics can't survive, then it's a...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Well, the "field repair" didn't take. There must be something else wrong down in the phase inverter. It keeps tripping the breaker. I did find a Drive Unit on eBay for $525, NIB. Hope this one lasts longer... Thanks for the input everyone! Jim
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    I'm not exactly sure how it determines the flow rate. I'd guess something to do with motor resistance as the pressure increases against your filter. It knows to idle up to compensate.
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    That's what got me. I pulled the brain apart last night and it had some condensation in it. I'm going to attempt a "field repair" today and see how it goes. Jim
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Checked the resistance. There's right at 1.0 ohm resistance between any/all of the legs. Motor seems OK. I did pull the "brain" apart last night. Found a little moisture/condensation inside the unit and one burnt spot on the board. Doesn't look too bad, going to solder it today and see...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    The VF is what I had before (and still have the corpse). Will a VS head work on the VF body? I'm guessing it's the same motor and pump but don't know for sure. The VF keeps the turnover (flow) rate of your water constant, as other conditions change, like filter pressure. The VS just keeps...
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    Creative uses for bleach jugs

    Paint them and use'm for duck decoys!
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Well, if that is the case, basically I have a perfectly good motor and pump, and Pentair won't sell me a drive unit to control it. 92% efficiency isn't worth squat if a $1200 pump only lasts four years and is non-serviceable. Might have to reconsider this purchase. Cheap pump that burns...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Just got off the phone with Magnolia, seems like a good outfit. That price is for the VS pump, not the VF, but still a good price. He also mentioned something interesting, that Pentair is no longer selling the Drive Unit individually, because people were buying them and retrofitting them onto...
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Mas, How is this a three phase motor? It says on the motor 230V PH1. There are only three contacts going from the control module to the motor. Hot/Hot/Neutral. Wouldn't three phase have 4 pickups? Jim
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Good find! I could only find them in the $850 range. $600 is better than $1200! I'll be deconstructing my old one to see if it can be repaired or bypassed in a pinch. Results to follow...later... Jim
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Just a bump for anyone else?
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    Intelliflo VF is brain dead

    Hi folks! So, I think my Intellflo VF is brain dead. I suspect the pump and motor are fine, but the Control module is dead. I tested both Hot legs feeding the Module and I have power to the unit, but no LED readout at all and no function from the pump. Couple questions... 1. Can I pull...
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    Sphagnum Moss???

    So...strangely enough, I found this info while researching potting soil mixes for my Citrus trees. Thought I'd copy/paste it over here for comments. I'm not really considering it, just seemed like an interesting subject. Could you pour sphagnum moss into your skimmers and supplement your...
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    I'll probably go with the OEM, it's only about $100 difference. Not so much for the warranty issue though. Unit is 4+ years old now. Thanks,
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    CompuPool SC60 replacement cell? Anybody have experience with the generic version of the SC-60 cell? Looks like a company called Compupool makes a generic version. http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/poolsupp ... APSC60.htm Thoughts? It's a good bit cheaper. Jim
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    Nope, no leak at all. And I have a cartridge filter so no backwashing. I've read something about ammonia? Possibly eating up CYA? Not sure, but I know I'm not losing water. I get a little bit of overflow when we go through a rainy season, but haven't had too much of that lately. Jim
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    Thanks Jason, I'll take a closer look at the actual plates when I get back home and the total amp hours. I haven't had any scaling problems on them and my pool chemistry has been good. Clear water, no CC's, everything else in check, although I seem to have to fight to keep my CYA high enough...
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    AutoPilot SC-60 cell replacement

    Hi folks, I think my SC-60 cell might be nearing the end of it's life. I just doesn't seem to be keeping up with chlorine demand anymore. Pool chemistry is fine, but having to manually supplement with bleach now. How do you tell for sure the plates are worn out? They are clean, no scaling...
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    Under water breathing apparatus?

    No problem! Didn't mean to rain on your parade. Just better to be safe. I scrub algae spots occasionally with my scuba gear but I happen to have it laying around. I doubt I'd go out and purchase it just for that purpose, although I do find it relaxing. Jim
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    Under water breathing apparatus?

    There's really no cheap way to breathe safely underwater, even just in a swimming pool. As you've already noticed, just extending your snorkel to the surface will not work. People do breath with regulators off of basic shop type air compressors, but they are not meant for breathing air...
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    Please help me identify an older sand filter?

    Is there a pressure rating stamped into it anywhere? That's the only thing I'd be worried about. Pool pumps run much lower pressure than the ~50 psi that household pressures run. What pressure does your well pump put out? Otherwise, sounds like a great idea! Jim
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    How deep should be an inground pool?

    My pool is 3.5' sloping down to a 8' deep bowl for jumping/diving. No board though. I wouldn't have a pool without a deep end, unless I just didn't have to space to have a deep and shallow end.