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  1. BowserB

    Normal salt concentration in non-SWCG pool?

    Hi guys. I've had a lot of help here with my decision to get a SWCG. While waiting for a quote, I got the Taylor K-1766 salt test kit, just to get an idea how much salt I'll be adding. For reference purposes, the pool was first filled 9/30/18. For a short time, I used trichlor tabs to...
  2. BowserB

    How big is too big in SWCG capacity?

    Thanks to Marty, Matt, and chem geek plus some others in another thread for helping my decision making. As an all-Pentair shop, I'm getting prices--tomorrow, actually--on installation of an IntelliChlor SWCG. I've read here that "double or greater" capacity is desirable for life of the product...
  3. BowserB

    CYA in salt vs non-salt pools

    I see recommendations of 30-50 ppm CYA for regular chlorine pools and 70-80 for salt chlorine pools. Given that CYA "protects" the chlorine from UV and at the same time reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, why the different levels for salt vs non salt pools? I've searched the CDC website...
  4. BowserB

    Robotic surface skimmers...anyone?

    Here are four solar/battery skimmers I've found: Solar Breeze NX2, Skim Devil, SolaSkimmer, and Skim King. Recently I think another was announced at a show in New Orleans, but I don't remember the name of it, and from what I recall, it's not even shipping yet. The market leader seems to be...
  5. BowserB

    What's your incoming water pH?

    My pool water pH is constantly on the rise, it seems. I never have a problem of too low pH. That made me wonder what my incoming water is. Here is mine. Does this seem typical? * Rain water (TS Imelda came through last night, so I had a good source) pH=6.9 * Fill water (softened with...
  6. BowserB

    Chlorine tabs with no CYA or Calcium?

    There is probably a reason these don't exist, but it surely would be convenient if you could have a floater with chlorine and some binder that just evaporates in the pool. Trichlor is bad news. Cal hypo is not as bad but still not good. Either would be OK for short term if the pool is...
  7. BowserB

    Mystery daily pump restart/reprime

    So far no answer from Pentair tech support, and my pool builder? Well, he didn't even know the pump could be controlled with an app. Pentair Intelliflo VSF 011056 pump controlled by programs via an app and the Pentair Intelliconnect RS485 interface. Up to four programs can be set up as...
  8. BowserB

    Spa Blower too big

    I contacted the mfr about the Silencer air blower (2HP) blowing water out of the spa when people were in it. Suggestions: swap out for a 1 HP model (too late) or drill a 1/4" hole in the PVC pipe. If that's not enough, drill another. I'm considering it, but will also thread the holes for...
  9. BowserB

    West Houston, Katy, Brookshire, Cypress...Winged ants in the pool this weekend?

    We live in Katy. We were out of town Thursday thru Saturday. Returned Saturday afternoon to find thousands (OK, maybe hundreds) of dead and dying large winged ants in the pool and in the skimmer socks. [Sidebar: Thanks to TFP for informing me about skimmer socks, else these little critters...
  10. BowserB

    Thanks to TFP members for referrals to Marina Pool Spa and Patio...and Margaret

    After having had nothing but disappointment with the Pentair Kreepy Krauly Platinum (pressure side) cleaner that was included with my pool, I came here to hear members' experiences. Also viewed a bunch of YouTube videos. Maytronics seemed to be the manufacturer to consider. Selecting a model...
  11. BowserB

    My biggest mistakes (so far)

    First let me say I opposed the whole idea of a swimming pool, suggesting the same money put into a vacation fund would be my preference. We have grown children with only two grandchildren living in the area, and they're both 13, so they're already in the process of phasing over from being kids...
  12. BowserB

    Pentair Racer LS not too impressive

    Hi guys. New pool filled 9/30/18. New Racer LS pool cleaner, provided as part of the pool purchase. Is this normal? About half the time it is running, it is either stranded trying to get past the hose connection to the side of the pool (that connection is about 3" above a bench--poor choice...