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    Sand filter let's silt through? Alternative media?

    My pool is about 5 years old and has a cover over it most of the time. Since it was new I have had an issue with silt collecting in areas of the pool. The longer the pump runs the more silt. It's a very fine silt and dissipates with water movement but, of course, settles out again over time...
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    FC, CC, CYA and shock question

    Until I came to this forum shocking had been presented to me as a "do it every couple of weeks" thing. Clearly that's not accurate but that's pool builders and suppliers for you. I've read quite a bit here and in pool school and get bits but haven't yet seen it stated specifically (I'm sure...
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    How to check sand level in Cristal Flo II sand filter, think builder under filled

    Long story short. I have very little confidence the pool builder we used. It seems our Cristal-Flo II 3.15 sf allows a fair amount of either sand or silt through the filter and back in to the pool. I suspect it's silt because when brushed it disperses easily (my readings here indicate that is...
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    Easy Touch 8, How to get lights and equipment to communicate with panel?

    Short version of long story. Pool builder has basically quit, I am finishing pool myself. He had brought out all the equipment and automation parts and I am trying to figure out how to get the automation going. I did get an electrician to do a basic and safe wire to the EasyTouch 8 panel...
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    Correct Light Installation IntelliBrite Color? Blob of tar on connection???

    My pool builder has basically abandoned the job at 95% complete (fixing all the screw ups is going to cost him much more than I owe) and I am trying to get it finished myself. The lights (spa and pool, both are intellibrite color, 120v) were installed, wired to the J-box and then onto the...
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    What Should the Bonding wire be tied to? Inspection?

    We are having a pool put in and the builder is pathetic. It has full automation, automatic cover, pool/spa, water fall and deck jets. Once filled (5 weeks ago) the builder's electrician could not come out to hook up the pumps to circulate. After a week and a half I insisted and the...
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    Builder forgot supply line for water features - Plan B?

    Very long story but our builder forgot to put in the supply line for our water features (2 sheer decent falls and 8 deck jets, separate Pentair VS pump). I have zero confidence in them and will likely negotiate a separation and finish the pool myself. I am considering using the skimmer line...
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    Water in pool light junction box??

    We are having a new pool put in with a raised spa. It is almost complete but a few details need to be finished up including getting the lights (Intellibrite color) going. I notice that there is water dripping (a rather constant and rapid drip) out of the light wire junction box. First I would...
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    Spa-Jets, Any problem using pool pump and diverter rather than a dedicated pump??

    Our builder did not put in a split safety drain for the spa-jet pump and I am very uncomfortable with that. The pool pump is shared with the pool and, of course, both suction and supply switch to the spa when in spa mode and THAT suction does have a split safety drain. I have come up with the...
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    Is it OK for my builder to add a suction line he forgot??? Leak concern here.

    Long story but my pool builder forgot to put in the dedicated suction cleaner line we had spec'd in. The pool has just been plastered and filled. He went through all of the piping and valving and when I asked him where the dedicated cleaner line he basically said, "oops, forgot it." After a...
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    Spa Safety Drain and Jet Supply line SAFETY concern.

    We are having a pool/spa with a spillway built, on pump for pool and spa. The spa will have a separate pump for the spa jets. When the pool company plumbed it they put a split safety drain in the spa (as well as the pool but my question is about the spa drain). They also put another line from...
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    Help! Easy Touch 8 # of actuators able to use????

    Am building a pool with spa (with spillway) as well as a shear decent water fall and deck jets and a suction cleaner with a dedicated line. There will be 3 pumps. Two 1.5hp VS (Pentair). One for the Pool/Spa combo and one for the Sheer decent and deck jets. The third pump, 1 hp, for the spa...
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    Booster vs Suction side and plumbing/connection?

    We are going to be putting in a new 16 x 32 rectangular pool with an automatic cover for heat gain and debree (loc - Albuquerque). I am up on the air on the cleaner to use. Probably will go with either a suction side crawler or a pressure side with booster. I am leaning toward the suction...
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    Installing Automation System Myself? VS pump?

    We are getting ready to have a 16 x 32 pool with raised 8' round spa. Being something of a "do it yourselfer" I am considering having them build the pool and spa with filter, pump and valving and adding/installing the heater, water feature and automation system myself. Does anyone have...