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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...
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    the truth on DE filters

    Hello All... I am looking for sound advice and after spending hours and hours looking at various vendors web sites I decided to check TFP...hoping someone can shed some light on the topic. I live in a tropical paradise...but every place has its inconvenients. The temperature is nice (high 80s)...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Finally getting there... Glad to say that I only lost ~6ppm of FC overnight...so at least it is getting somewhere. water still a bit cloudy but because I just redosed it but I think a few more shots should do the trick. Still have to find the gravel so I can change the sand... Anyway here is a...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Hello Ted, Thanks for the input...Yes I do realize that this is not a precise method but it is nevertheless a lot more accurate than the taste method :wink: . In a perfect world I would have my TFT kit in my hands but given that it is stuck at customs since monday, is the best I can do aside...
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    power went off..now cant get power to pool?

    A bit late but this might provide some insight and more importantly some peace of mind. A while back I was having a weird problem with a Pentair pump, unrelated to your problem but I think I stumbled onto your answer nevertheless. In the course of diagnosing my problem I was directed by...
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    nature 2 system vs. SWG system

    Hello, A bit of additional information about Nature 2 or rather Zodiac Pool Systems. I can't tell if Nature 2 is a good system or not but can tell you on that topic that I did take out another brand mineral system that I replaced by a SWG system and that was the best move I made. This when I...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Thank you for the helpful contribution Waste, I am trying to get this done...not easy in a new country. On the good side my water is getting clearer and in shades of blue rather than green. Few more questions: Turns out I am having a hard time finding the pea gravel here in Panama. I did find...
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    Need a cheap, reliable, easy way to drain of top of pool.

    Hi, Might be a bit late but I am not sure you need to pump anything out. I have owned an IG pool in Montreal for over 10 years. The whole thing freezes solid usually by early to mid december. I do the same every year...lower the level a few inches below the skimmer and jets and block the...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Thank you for these posts Waste. After reading all I kind of made up my mind...and I believe I will pea. You will guess that this means that I will change the sand. Despite very valid arguments against the need to change the sand in my filter I have decided for it. No dis intended to anyone! My...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Forgot to mention: I changed all the multiport gaskets/ o rings in July
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Thank you all for the answers... I wish I would have found this forum 10 years ago! First: Teapot: Report on sand inspection 1-I spent the most of afternoon trying to clear out channeling as per the instructions on the post I found here. Pretty much the bugs that stopped me because the water...
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    CH dropped by half overnight

    Thank you Richard, Your answer makes perfect sense. In fact after I read your post I thought of going to check the valves...my handyman often forgets to turn the bottom drain back on after vacuuming and indeed only the skimmer was on. So I thought you had it... I then shut off the skimmer and...
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    CH dropped by half overnight

    Hello all, I am puzzled by my CH test results of today and am hoping I can get clarifications here. Two nights ago we had huge amounts of rain. There are overflows builtin to the pool so the excess water drops out. So usually CYA and CH drop after heavy rains. I figured my CH would have dropped...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Hello Teapot, My filter TR100 is listed as having 4.91sq ft and Pentair lists 98gpm as optimal flow rate (@20gpm/sf). At 30 it would to 150gpm(147.3 to be precise). So it would appear that my flow is between Pentair's and your recommendation. Also I don't have a flowmeter but timed how long to...
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Thank you for the input Teapot! Agreed the ion exchange does not work...what I am after is improved mechanical filtration and reducing backwash frequency. Wouldn't zeolite do that? Thanks Eric
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    Question/opinions on filtration and media

    Hello All... and thanks for the answers. My understanding of filtration is a two part process: mechanical filtration and chemical balance. I normally manage to keep the chemistry within range but do have to add salt and stabilizer frequently (because of heavy rains) and calcium occasionally. I...