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    Bought a home- they drained the pool- what now?

    I agree, that is a sprinkler timer and those are solenoid valves for a sprinkler system. The heat pump is for your home HVAC system, hence the copper pipes running up the side of your house to the evaporator (air handler).
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    Bought a home- they drained the pool- what now?

    Just a quick reply about the electrical connections going to the timer. The exposed Romex wire going to the timer is not a good thing. It really should be in conduit, preferably PVC. There are unboxed wire splices connected to what appears to be a light transformer. You should really...
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    Pool Cleaner for Small Pebble Surface pool

    Hey Y'all, I read pool school on pool cleaners, however I am looking for some user suggestions. I have a relatively small pool with a pebble surface, and a dedicated suction port on the side wall. At our last house we had a Zodiac G-3 and we liked it (we named it "spike" because of the...
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    W3T-CELL-15

    So, after 3.5 years my T-CELL-15 appears to be dead. Salt levels are fine (3600ppm), however the panel is reading 2100 ppm, and generating very little chlorine. I've acid washed it on the appropriate stand a few times, same issue. I've been looking for a replacement, and of course checked...
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    Suntouch Automation valves

    Yes, replacing the ULN2803A fixed the problem. I had it on order from Digi-Key before posting, and was looking for some validation. Hopefully this helps out another TFPer in the future. I taught my 9 year old daughter how to replace it.
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    Suntouch Automation valves

    I ordered the 2803, and you are correct it was 24VAC, not VDC. Which makes sense because they tap voltage from a transformer. I ordered the part from digi-key, 5.03 after tax and shipping. I figure that since it is a socketed part it is the first component to go on the board. I made sure...
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    Suntouch Automation valves

    I have a question, I have a Suntouch automation system. And unfortunately two external wires got crossed and shorted. After that all of the valves and relays are measuring 25VDC on my multimeter. I pulled the board and noticed a socketed uln2803a opposite the connectors on the CCA. I...
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    Suntouch and Aquarite SWG

    One of my thoughts is if there was a relay that could take the RS485 commands for a second pump (cleaner pump maybe), and run it on the same schedule as my circulation system and run it in standalone mode. The AQR-15 panel is much more intuitive than the SolarTouch.
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    Suntouch and Aquarite SWG

    We bought a house which has a Pentair Suntouch Automation System. We had an Aquarite AQR-15 from our old house. The aquarite manual says that it can be controlled from a Pentiar system, so I connected it exactly as the aquarite manual said. When running, the "Remote Control" light on the...
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    Air bubbles on Solar Heat

    Thanks for the advice, I updated my sig to reflect pool number 2, which is the pool in question. It is a cartridge system which I have no experience in as pool #1 i s a sand filter. Looks like I'm opening up the filter this week to see how it looks.
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    Air bubbles on Solar Heat

    I am now a double pool owner for a few months until our old home sells. On our new home, I am noticing a lot of bubbling in the return jets when the solar heaters are on, but I am not seeing any water leaking out. My thought is that there must be a loose fitting somewhere where the water is...
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    I would bet one of those return pipes on the pad is dedicated to the in-floor cleaning system. I'd just plumb it in before the SWCG.
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    Kim, The 20k budget is self imposed, it’s what we reduced the purchase price by to re-do he abysmal state of the pool. I’m not sure what is under the stones, I hope it is a surface that we can attach standard pool tile to. That would make it easier to convince my sweet wife to convert it...
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    We are looking to re-model, hopefully with a 20K budget. Once we remodel, the table is GONE! You could tell that the original owners put a lot of money into the pool when they installed it in 2000. The automation system is an AquaLink RS-12. The current surface is a pebble surface. We are...
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    Then there is the electrical, what a mess.
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    They've also hacked the in-floor cleaner.
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    So, here is the bad. The surface is scaled terribly, and the spa has a crack and surface separation about the size of a grapefruit along the enclosure, and of course the usual bad check valve which is draining the spa when the pump is off. Spa Pool
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    Love the house, hate the pool.

    Hey Y'all, I've been around the forums for a year. Right after we remodeled our pool, I unfortunately lost my job. My wife and I have to relocate for a job which I've just got, and I really need some help with this pool. We haven't bought the house yet, but we're trying to determine how...
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    Brown stains in pool

    We got the pool resurfaced about a year ago, when they blew off the nasty fibre-tech surface, there was no re-bar showing. I figure it has to be something from Irma. I spent a week getting all of the wind blown junk off the bottom of the pool.
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    Brown stains in pool

    Since controlling my own chemistry, this has to be the best year I've had with my pool in 8.5 years of homeownership. I've noticed two brown stains on the bottom of the pool, they clearly look like iron stains (about the size of a quarter each). They are on the transition between the shallow...
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    Closing a pool for the winter in Florida; CYA question

    I live in Seminole (Pinellas County), and I never close our pool. Like Yippie said earlier, I plan on using liquid chlorine if our pool gets under 60 degrees, but unless we get another hard freeze like 2010, I don't forsee my temps getting below 60.
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    Wiring a Salt System

    I agree with Jim, you shouldn't rely on the flow switch as your ON/OFF switch for the SWCG. The SWCG should only be powered when the circulation pump is running, the another risk is the H2 generated as part of the chemical reaction within the cell. As long as water is flowing, there isn't...
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    Crack in Gunite before plaster

    When we got our gunite pool remodeled last year, before they shot off the fiberglass they prepared us for the chance that the fiberglass might be hiding cracks. They told us that they would have to repair them with "staples", I don't want to mention name brands just look up "pool crack...
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    Was going to install a SWG but having second thoughts

    I have an SWCG, and I love mine. I previously had a tablet feeder and struggled with keeping CYA down, and got frequent algae blooms. I travel a lot for business, so manually chlorinating with bleach won't work for me. It all depends on your lifestyle, if you can chlorinate effectively...
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    Hurricane readiness

    I live in the Tampa Bay area, if we get a ton of rain, I am going to set up 3 garden hoses to siphon off the top 6" of water when my circulation system isn't running. My thought is, that my heavier salt water will remain near the bottom because it is heavier than the rain water so I will mostly...
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    New Pool Owner - Want to Install SWG - Anode Question

    If your FC/CC (relative to CYA), and pH readings are good from your TF-100, just swim. I wouldn't worry about salt, just chlorinate with bleach and get past your Labor Day event. You can install the SWCG, and leave it off and perfect your SWCG setup after the holiday.
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    New Pool Owner - Want to Install SWG - Anode Question

    I am a Computer Engineer and had no problem hooking up my AQR-15. Keeps me at a solid 5.0ppm with 60ppm CYA, and a Crystal Clear pool in the Florida sun. I concur about not covering DIY installs under warranty. So many DIYers "know what they're doing" and do a bad install. One of the big...
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    Love the sparkle

    Once you have a TFP, it becomes the "new normal". :-)
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    New Owner to an Older Pool - Questions about Cleaning & Plumbing!

    I ordered my from the smiley face store. It is the AQR15 for pools up-to 40,000 gallons; that includes the panel and cell. If your panel already works, you may want to get a replacement cell. I got the larger cell so that I could run the pump less. I installed mine myself, and Hayward's...
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    New Owner to an Older Pool - Questions about Cleaning & Plumbing!

    I have an Aqua-Rite SWCG with the T-15 cell, I would suggest that you replace your cell and go back to SWCG. I live across the bay from you, and the sun just eats through chlorine. Once you do the initial load of salt, you shouldn't have to add any unless you drain water out of your pool...