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  1. JohnA902

    Constant pH rise

    I guess it might be normal to add a gallon of MA every month or so? That’s the kind of rise I’m getting. I love when my CYA is low and I can add pucks in. The acidity is great from those.
  2. JohnA902

    Constant pH rise

    No spa or major water features. We do have deck jets but they are rarely used in summer and now it’s closed. When I closed the pool in early October the pH was adjusted to about 7.3 in anticipation of an increase and now it’s high in the 8s. That’s my thought. Something is wrong with the...
  3. JohnA902

    Constant pH rise

    Ok so basically the idea is that if I’m in that window of -0.6 to 0.6 I’m going to be fine? But I just calculated and I’m 0.62, assuming my pH is only 8.5 (too purple to read a number). I thought I had to be within this CSI window?
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    Constant pH rise

    I have no scaling. I’m just neurotic at keeping CSI near zero. When I add acid I have a circulating pump going and I add many many dilutions with swirling. So it’s pretty evenly incorporated. I just tend to panic when that pH is so high.
  5. JohnA902

    Constant pH rise

    I’m in Maryland so I’m closed. Pool is 5ish years old. Plaster. I use bleach as my only chlorine source. During the season I always have to add acid to combat rising pH. I thought it was bc of the new plaster but the pool isn’t so new anymore. I just tested today, after water warmed to...
  6. JohnA902

    Do solar cover reels work?

    Thanks all! I ordered one. I’ll let you know what I think once I use it. Should be here this week.
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    Do solar cover reels work?

    I have a rectangle pool. When the cover is dry it’s not too bad to accordian pull and fold the cover right off the pool by myself. But when it’s wet it’s miserable. I see these cover reels that seem to be housed on wheels and what looks like flimsy plastic. I can’t imagine it working? I...
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    Buzzing in the house? Heater capacitor?

    Very late follow up to this. HVAC guy came and replaced the capacitor and now it works. He tested everything though and didn’t think it was a capacitor at first. Been running well since.
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    Buzzing in the house? Heater capacitor?

    I have a guy coming to look at it on Friday. Who knows.
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    Buzzing in the house? Heater capacitor?

    Thanks Chris, any other takers on this one? I might have to call for service I suppose if this is too tricky. I could probably change a capacitor myself but if it could be more then I don’t want to mess around.
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    Buzzing in the house? Heater capacitor?

    We heard a buzzing in the house near the electric input from the pool. It stops when pool heater is off. Another post on this forum suggests that it’s the heater capacitor. But what confuses me is that the fan still spins. I just ran the heater and put my hand over the jet and it’s not hot...
  12. JohnA902

    Pressure max out at 15 and no squirt from guage

    I’ll check the returns tonight. The valve now blows out water but it’s more of a 2 inch little water arc rather than a water blast of a foot or so. The valve started to blow water after I disassembled it all and put it back together. Thanks guys!
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    Pressure max out at 15 and no squirt from guage

    I just opened so the filter is clean. I do a good hosing off at the end of the season and store it dry in the basement all winter. So it sure looks clean to me.
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    Pressure max out at 15 and no squirt from guage

    I’m not sure what you mean by pushing water back to the skimmer. It’s already full of water? I took it all apart, added some o ring lube or whatever it’s called to everywhere I could. Backwashed and it’s now around 20 after running all night. I’m sure it’s really dirty and ready for another...
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    Pressure max out at 15 and no squirt from guage

    Opening seemed fine. But after pump was primed and things were moving I notice I don’t have good pressure and no water will squirt from the relief guage at the top of the filter. I think I might have accidentally vacuumed while NOT having the pump’s basket in there. Think I sucked up some...
  16. JohnA902

    My winter test results concern me

    I usually do a winter balance about twice during the season. Usually I have to add acid and some bleach but then all is well for a simple open in spring. I expect to open the pool this month depending on weather (perhaps in 3 weeks?). My current results are: pH - 7.5 Chlorine - 5 Calcium -...
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    Any two part epoxy work for a tile that fell off?

    At the corner of my skimmer with the rest of the pool the water seeped into a crack between tiles and a tile fell off. Will any two part epoxy work? I saw gorilla glue has one that would seem easy but I wanted to ask first. Thoughts?
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    On Closing: To Polyquat or not to Polyquat????

    I used it last year. I'm not using it this year. I find it easier to just dump some bleach in during the winter to keep it a little above the recommended chlorine level. I don't like adding anything other than bleach.
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    Remove cleaner line pressure gauge during winter?

    Last year I left this little gauge on and it froze and leaked when I opened. I was thinking about taking it off during the winter but I was wondering if it would be ok to leave the system open to the elements with the gauge gone, or should I search for a plug to close the hole? Any thoughts?
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Ok I did it. I cleaned the DE filter, hosed out the filter housing. I connected the blower to the vacuum hose and put it in the skimmer. It was quite easy until I had to get to the deep end drain. I couldn't work the valves and hold the air hose into the skimmer at the same time. The air...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Interesting. Thanks!
  22. JohnA902

    Cyclone - is this it?

    Quick question that I think I know the answer to: Should I open the filter housing and remove the filter prior to the air blow out? I assume I should do the air blow out on the empty reassembled filter housing connected to all of the pipes.
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    No, it has to go through the filter. This is a heating option to shove hot water to the bottom of the deep end. Two valves surround the drain plumbing. The right one closed and the left one open and the filtered water goes through the heater and into the pool via the returns and the drain...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    When you say connected, I think you are seeing the option for me to use the drain as either suction or a return. So yes, I will have to keep it set one way and not open it back up. I'll investigate this in much more detail once it is closer to closing time.
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    I will get back to your answer once I get closer to "closing mode" - the weather has heated up a bit to the low 80s and I'm still swimming! I'm thinking mid/late November I'll be actually doing this. I didn't forget about this! Thanks!! - - - Updated - - - Regarding the pump unions, I'm not...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Awesome! Thank you so much. Attached are the pics of the valves and pump. Two skimmers. Shallow skimmer and deep skimmer. 3 returns. 1 is deep end return, 2 are shallow returns. 1 cleaner "return" located in the center. I also have 3 deck jets (fountains) located on the same return pipe...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Just placed the order for the Cyclone. I'll try to see if it can connect to my vacuum line directly into the skimmer. If not, off to Lowes or the Pool store I go for connections. I'm still confused about the order of operations: whether it matters if I do the skimmers, main drain with an air...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Stupid question: I'm seeing 1.5 inch threading being mentioned here and also suggested on the pool supply website when I click on the cyclone. I just measured my thread in the skimmer and it appears to be a 2 1/4 inch threading going down to a 2 inch hole. So I would just need a 2 1/4 inch...
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Perfect. Thanks. I think I'll get the threaded attachment and go in the skimmer.
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    Cyclone - is this it?

    Doing it myself this year. The 3hp model work ok? This provides the air and then I have to figure a way to connect it to the skimmer, right? Air Supply Cyclone Liner Vac | PoolSupplyUnlimited.com