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    Replacing the mesh on a Dolphin robotic filter

    Hey all- my second set of "spring" filters for my Dolphin m500 (the ones with the fine mesh, not the cartridge filter media) has ripped on me. This time around, I'm thinking I'm going to glue on some replacement mesh material- no sense in throwing away a lot of cash on another set. Any one...
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    Costco bleach prices (alternate source in Dallas?)

    Man. I remember just a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few) it was in the $7s for the 3x 121oz of 8.25%. Then it was in the $8s. Then, maybe 2 years ago?, it was in the $9s and it fluctuated up and down in the $9s a bit. And it's $10.59 today (this is in Dallas). Holy cow. Anyone...
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    Replacement float for BlueWhite flowmeter

    Have an F-300 flowmeter, and, long story short, was a little careless when I was trying to flush out some sediment that got in, and lost the float (the "old style" stainless float). BlueWhite wants $24.58 plus $10 to ship :( I can get a brand new one, new style (red plastic float), for $63...
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    break in underground pool light wire

    We've got two incandescent pool lights (in gunite); we had a gas leak earlier in the year and half the yard had to be dug up to replace pipe. I didn't realize until months later that a light line must have been hit- switching it on trips it's breaker immediately (we don't use the lights that...
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    m500- partially running- impeller problem

    My just-over-3-year-old (aka out of warranty) Dolphin m500 is having some issues. The lights on the control unit behave like I'd expect them to- just turning it on, or cycling through the three programs, everything looks correct. But the cleaner won't move (that's not exactly true- every few...
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    stenner injector- water coming out in reverse

    I've had a bleach injection setup for a number of years, with the stenner injector after all the equipment, in the top of a horizontal pipe just before going back into the ground at the pad. Nothing's materially changed recently. I noticed liquid dripping out of the output side connector of...
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    How do I keep leaves from blocking my overflow drain...

    I very consistently have an overflow problem with my pool. We've got shrubs around it, and trees over it, and rain and wind always cause at least a few handfuls of leaves (or pollen chunks or other floating goodies) to land in it. And they go straight to the overflow drain and block it. when...
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    Scrubbing DE grids with a soft brush

    It's that time when my grids need a good TSP soak. Has anyone ever tried a (soft) scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush to accelerate the process?
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    Dallas, TX- pump rain water through DE sanitary sewer pipe?

    All- So I've got a yard drainage problem. Specifically, whether the house was built this way or got this way through erosion/shifting over time, I've got a low point in the yard where I collect an awful lot of deep standing water after a storm. There are some yard drains but the pipes have...
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    Looking for advice on a new pump timer

    All- My current set up is: - 2-speed pump with the mechanical toggle speed switch on the back, on a simple Intermatic digital timer with freeze protection - Dolphin pool cleaner (on it's own power supply and timer) - heater (turned on and off manually; no outside wiring, so I need to make sure...
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    Will a Polaris robotic 9550 climb a right-angle wall?

    All- Currently running a 3900. Two years ago, when we had our pool resurfaced, we had some steps put in, spa filled in, etc., and now a good third of the floor meets the wall at a sharp right angle (I didn't think about the curved floor at the time to accommodate the cleaner, nor did the PB)...
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    replacing grout at deck/coping line

    Hello all! 2 years ago, we had our pool resurfaced, and part of that job was cutting out a width of the cantilevered deck and installing stone coping. Previously, with the soil expansion and contraction in Dallas, there was a seasonal gap at the grout line between the decking and the tile as...
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    temporary drain and fill "discolored" my plaster

    Specifically, my pool was resurfaced with pebble sheen (Riverbend Sandler's version of it here in Dallas) a little over a year ago. I don't remember the color name but it was a blue-colored plaster between the pebbles for an overall bluish look. I did a partial drain and fill (got it about...
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    "cloudy water"

    So here in Dallas, we got massive amounts of rain through May. My backyard was frequently flooded and I got an awful lot of overflow from flower beds into the pool (I've never seen a skimmer full of tiny snails until now). Was only checking my FC, pH, and Alk for several weeks, and then as of...
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    FNS Plus 60- small grid bending to fit and lower positioning grid fit

    Just bought and installed a new set of grids for my FNS Plus 60. Two things that always bothered me that I finally got around to asking... 1- the small grid needs to be forced into a bended position to fit. Specifically, the upspout is in the position the small grid needs to be, so to make...
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    Any mods out there so pool cleaner can navigate right angled walls?

    So we recently had our pool resurfaced, and part of that was to knock out a spa and put in some new steps as well as knocking out some old steps and putting in a tanning ledge. Not thinking about it ahead of time, a significant portion of the pool wall is now forms a tight right angle with the...
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    Staining(?) tile grout

    All- Recently finished a pool resurface. We went from white plaster to a blue pebble. Along the way, all the white hardware (eyeballs, etc.) got switched to black. We had a round grate in the middle of a tile covering an overflow line. It got switched to a black rectangular grate. The...
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    Possibly painting a Cooldeck...

    All- So my pool resurface recently finished- however, the PB left an assortment of "stuff" on the decking. When they came to clean it up, there was some uncertainty around if it was bond coat splatter, gunite splatter, grout splatter, etc. There's actually a variety of crud, I think more so...
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    Starting up new PebbleSheen re-do and proper levels

    Just had PB finish our pool's PebbleSheen re-plaster (well, the local PB's version of it). I was expecting an acid startup based on discussions with them- though it turns out last year they switched i up and went with what I'm calling an "accelerated" acid startup. As soon as the pool was...
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    Mystery drainage box in yard after resurface

    All- So the day after our resurface was complete (PebbleSheen equivalent) found this in my yard- it's got a blue tint that matches the color of the surface that was applied- I imagine they're going to remove it sooner or later :)- was it used for drainage that they didn't want to put down the...
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    Adding a bottom drain line to DE filter

    All- Have a 60sqft FNS Plus DE filter. As I'm changing out my pump while I'm having the pool resurfaced, figured I'd take the time to do something I've always wanted to do- add a drain line to the bottom drain plug. It's a standard 1.5" tapered thread, and the plug has got an o-ring on it...
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    Can I use a 48sqft FNS Plus grid assembly in a 60sqft body?

    Have a 60sqft FNS Plus DE filter. Found a Craigslist ad for a 48sqft unit (with a cracked base). Any reason I can't pop in a 48sqft grid assembly (from top manifold to bottom spreader) as a spare set? Pool is being resurfaced so specifically I'm thinking a spare set I can really get mucked...
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    Looking for pearls of wisdom on pool re-do

    All- This Friday our ~4-week project of re-doing our pool will commence! Specifically: - pebble-sheen-equivalent resurfacing (from white plaster) and re-tiling - sawing out our cantilever deck and installing stone coping - knocking out a spa wall and installing a sun ledge as as well as...
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    Dallas- start pool resurface before risk of freeze is gone?

    All- Getting ready to sign a contract for resurface (equivalent of Pebble Stone), tile, coping and some gunite work for building out steps and filling in a spa. We're in Dallas. We were planning on starting in March when there's a good chance the last freeze has passed. PB wants to begin in...
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    Going from single-speed to 2-speed

    Will probably swap out my 1.65bhp single-speed for a ~2.2bhp 2-speed (for the sake of saving some electricity by running primarily at low-speed) . A few questions- I've currently got a 60sqft DE filter. On the current pump, I'm measuring in the ~70gpm neighborhood. I need to look it up but I...
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    "Extra" gunite

    All- We're gearing up to have a resurface with new tile and coping installed. We've got an area of steps that we're turning into a bit of a sundeck and pushing the steps out, as well as filling in a spa to create a secondary sundeck as well. The contractor we're pretty much decided on wants...
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    Repurposing return lines as suction lines

    I've got a ~32k gallon pool. The lines are smaller than what they should have been when the pool was built 25 years ago. I'm probably going to have the pool resurfaced in the next year and have a spillover spa that we'll probably have filled in and converted to a sun ledge. With a 1.5hpx1.1sf...
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    Upsizing motor on exiting pump

    Have a Pentair Whisperflo WF-26, 1.5hpx1.1sf. Long story short, I'm pushing about 65gpm on a clean filter, in a ~32k gallon pool. I've probably got some fairly restrictive plumbing (and a 6-way multiport) and would like to push more water- not to turn it over quicker, but to get more actual...
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    Availability of liquid chlorine in DFW

    All- So I enjoyed my Liquidator for a long time until last season- I broke one of the float valves, and my liquid chlorine supply ran out. I had a huge supply from an accidental shipment to a local Leslie's, with my backup being the 6% bleach jugs from Costco. I want to get this thing running...
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    Advice on re-plaster/cut out cantilever in Dallas, TX

    All- Starting getting quotes on re-plastering our Dallas pool, approx., 28k-30k gallon, "abstract modern" shape with 150 perimeter feet. We're still deciding between colored plaster vs. pebble vs. quartz (and rabidly reading other threads comparing them), but have some bigger issues: 1) 1 of...