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  1. the_sphynx

    New Pool Cleaner

    I love my Dolphin M500. I went from a suction side Pentair Rebel to the M500 and never looked back. It is so nice to be able to clean the pool without the use of the pump or running the pump at a higher RPM. I live in SoCal and energy costs are high here. it takes about 300W to clean my pool...
  2. the_sphynx

    Nest Protect (smoke alarm) out of warranty replacement

    I bought my house a couple of years ago and it came with a few of those. I did the same thing and immediately reset/connected them to my network. Love them. Have cooked lots of bacon in the house with lots of smoke and no piercing alarm sounds. I have no complaints about them and I still...
  3. the_sphynx

    Dirty Robot/Vacuum Thread

    Tell me about it! Ran 3 cycles today before the mud stopped coming out of it. I still have a few long blades of grass in the pool that I'll get out tomorrow. Crazy stuff out here.
  4. the_sphynx

    Dirty Robot/Vacuum Thread

    We have had some fairly high wind days here lately and my M500 is paying the price! I pulled it out this morning after the 1st pass and I got this. I thought I would start a thread to see how bad some of these poor things are abused! :oops: I didn't get a pic of the skimmer basket but it was...
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    Why doesn’t Pollywood make a plantation chair!!!

    I was just going to say that. Some people actually like the gray coloring that the teak does naturally over time. I personally would sand it and throw a few coats of Epifanes marine varnish on them. Taking a few days to do that right once will make those things last quite a while.
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    WaterGuru Sense Test v. TF-100

    This is good stuff. I may have to pick up one these next year if we see the value here on the forums. I also like to run my chlorine a little higher than the recommended values for those "Just in case" things that might creep up. There absolutely comes a point where it's just wasted chlorine...
  7. the_sphynx

    IntelliChlor Flow and Temperature Sensor FAILED

    Thought I would provide my recent experience with this in this thread so it might help someone. My pool was just handed over to me in December 2018 so still under warranty. All of my Pentair equipment has 3yr warranty on the equipment since it was purchased with a filter/pump/swg at the same...
  8. the_sphynx

    Pentair Screenlogic and Mac Catalina

    Gold, I agree. Unfortunately Pentair isn't a software company. I do think it's interesting that when I look at ScreenLogic Connect's settings on my Mac as I type this, it really uses a port of Wine. Wine is like a way to layer Windows apps on top of Linux (or a Mac in this case). My gut...
  9. the_sphynx

    Pool got out of control!

    If it's as bad as you describe then I'd expect that 5ppm of FC to disappear pretty quickly. You should be prepared to do this at least once a day for the next few days or so depending on how bad it really is. Once you get the TF-100 refreshed and run some tests I am sure the people here can...
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    Pool got out of control!

    And plenty of chlorine. You need to know your CYA number before really knowing how much chlorine/bleach to add to get get SLAM levels but I'd go ahead and put a couple of gallons of 6% or higher in there and repeat the addition of the chlorine pretty much every few hours until you get your test...
  11. the_sphynx

    Mosquito control chemicals and your pool

    Hmm, not a chemist but here's my take. I live in rural SoCal and purchase the concentrates of various pesticides & pre-emergents. When reading the labels on those it specifies a dilution rate based on targeted pests/coverage/etc. Most of the time it's 1oz-to-2oz per gallon of water, sometimes...
  12. the_sphynx

    New Pool Blaster Max HD Li Battery Charger Headaches

    I agree with Rocket. I have learned to plug in the power side and then connect up the pool blaster. I have to sort of jiggle it to get a steady LED light sometimes. I am not sure I have ever heard mine "click", it just sort of sits in there and I hope it doesn't get bumped.
  13. the_sphynx

    bugs in my skimmer

    Bowser, I have a similar setup. If you use a skimmer sick like us then the Skimmer Angel won't work as far as I know.
  14. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Thanks for the help guys. Really appreciate it. Good to know these things will last a long while if I take care of them. Looks like I'll just continue to rinse them properly and maybe, if needed, toss them in some TSP for a good soak.
  15. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Well that's a rabbit hole of a response I suspect but for me I think it's a cosmetic thing. I assume the slight yellow tinge is a sign of some sort of deterioration but is it significant enough for the functionality to be affected...I suspect not at this stage. Was just trying to get ahead of...
  16. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Just an update here. I didn't have any TSP available but I had some of the new formula of Spic-n-Span. It doesn't contain TSP anymore but I thought I would try it. I soaked the filters in the solution overnight and I can see that the yellow from the one that was showing its age is not nearly...
  17. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Anyone know about how long the "ultra fine" filters last for them? I have had the M500 since late April or so. I've been using the ultra fine paper filters pretty much since the 1st week. The robot cleans everyday. I rinse them out everyday. I have started to notice the filters aren't quite...
  18. the_sphynx

    Options to clean spa?

    I have a Dolphin M500 that I use for the pool and a Pool Blaster Max Lithium Ion for the spa. I use the Pool Blaster about twice a month. It also helps for my baja/sun shelf. Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Li Pool & Spa Cleaner by In The Swim Pool Supplies Learn more: Amazon.com : Water Tech...
  19. the_sphynx

    I am new to your forum and website

    If you don't get the water to turn pink after 1 or 2 scoops of the powder then that means you have no "Free Chlorine" or FC. If it doesn't turn pink after 2 scoops I wouldn't waste the powder as that is one of those reagents that disappear quickly. Add an appropriate amount of chlorine/bleach...
  20. the_sphynx

    Maytronics Cloud Service Down?

    I don't have a M600 and therefore can't answer your question but this this why I hate this trend of every vendor's "cloud"...at least Maytronics fails back to a Bluetooth connection but why a pool cleaner should depend on an internet connection beyond maybe an occasional backup or something is...
  21. the_sphynx

    Boatmen and/or backswimmers

    I have an occasional backswimmer. I mainly get pill bugs lately (roly poly bugs). I have been and still am fighting an invasion of Springtails although the heat lately has put a big dent in the Springtails (thank god). The pill bugs drown and sink to the bottom and the robot gets them. I...
  22. the_sphynx

    Dolphin Pool Robot Question

    Just giving you more confirmation that some people leave it in the water. I do mine. Clean out the filters everyday though. I have the control unit/caddy protected under one of those plastic storage boxes so it stays plugged in all the time and is protected from weather.
  23. the_sphynx

    New SWG, trouble keeping chlorine in pool.

    FYI, my SWG is a IC-40 so different but my SWG kicks on about 1500RPM. I have it set to 1700 just for skimmer purposes and to account for various fluctuations that just happen. For you sending those through your solar system on a roof then your pump may need to run higher to account for the...
  24. the_sphynx

    Diphosphonic Acid and Orthophosphates

    I am able to read those words but have no idea what they are but I think you can summon @JoyfulNoise and this sounds like his language.
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    bugs in my skimmer

    jorowan, Hard to tell if they are springtails but that is what they do to you...join together in a circle over time. They all end up dying by the morning but it is disgusting. Only in the last week have I I NOT had thousands and thousands of these things in my pool in the morning. Here is a...
  26. the_sphynx

    Dolphin outdoor container

    I like your pool. Especially looks nice for Oklahoma City area. My extended family is in the Norman area. A lot of flat and nothing although there are some trees. You have nice color and a nice variety of trees. Looks good man.
  27. the_sphynx

    Dolphin outdoor container

    I actually just decided I would permanently store my Dolphin M500 Caddy/Power Supply in the Suncast deck container I had out there. I know this may be a touchy thing but I leave my robot in the pool almost all of the time. I do take it out when I add acid for a little bit but otherwise it...
  28. the_sphynx

    Best skimmer bag?

    I use a silt net for the fine debris on the surface when the skimmer didn't get it. Gets the pollen and tiny little springtails that are on the surface easily. I really don't ever use the leaf rake anymore. Silt Net
  29. the_sphynx

    bugs in my skimmer

    I have been fighting a springtail infestation for about a month so pretty much every day after the pump stops, the skimmer basket (I use socks) is pretty much disgusting. 90% are dead but the remaining 10% of whatever critters I see some kicking around...good times. Definitely the worst about...
  30. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 vs. Commercial models

    Agree with hollywood above. I purchased mine from there a couple of months ago. Was really painless. The robot showed up like 3 days later I think.