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    Help Choosing VS Pump to Replace 1.5 HP Single Speed

    So I'm finally getting back to buying a VS pump and I'm wondering about what you guys think I should get for my system. My pool is about 17k gallons which includes a small shared spa (hard to tell - kidney shaped with a deep end around 8 ft and shallow around 3). I have 1 skimmer and a...
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    Yet Another Pump Replacement Help Thread

    So I'm looking to upgrade from an old 1 hp single-speed Sta-Rite to a VSP and would like some help on sizing / the model to buy. Some hopefully useful background: Pool Size: about 16k gallons? It's hard to calculate because it's a kidney shaped pool that gradually goes from about 3 feet to 9...
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    Heat Pump Replacement Installation - Question About Base

    It looks like I'm going to buy a Hayward 21404t Heat Pump to replace my broken propane heater. Thankfully, Hayward doesn't require approved / licensed installation for their warranty, so I'd like to do some of it myself. My father in law is pretty handy, he used to design and build houses in the...
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    Heat Pump Recommendations - Hayward 21404t vs Raypak 8350TI-E

    I want to buy a heat pump to maintain temperature on our 15k gallon pool and heat our 200 gallon spa to ~100f. Since I'm looking to heat the spa somewhat quickly (30-45 min hopefully), I want as many BTUs as I can reasonably get for a decent price. Without getting into the gas vs electric debate...
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    1 Spa Jet Not Working

    I have 4 return jets in my built-in spa. When I set the return to spa-only mode, 3 of the jets shoot water really hard and aerate properly. The 4th jet just barely has a small trickle of water drip out of it. As far as I can tell, there is no noticeable water loss, so I doubt it's a leak...
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    3 Way Valve Without Movement Restrictions?

    This is probably a really silly noob question, but does anyone know of a 3-way "T" valve that allows me to block any of the 3 pipes or leave them all open? The ones I've seen only allow you to block the side pipes or leave everything open but never allow you to block the "middle" pipe. My setup...
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    Electric Spa Heater for Spillover Spa?

    Our pool has a 200 gallon spillover spa, which we'd like to heat so we can use it as more than a kiddie pool. There is currently a propane pool heater but it's obviously broken and according to our neighbors, the tank was above ground and removed before we bought the property. Our efforts to...
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    Pump Help

    It appears that out of nowhere, my pump died on Saturday. I can't think of any reason for it, but it just stopped working. When it turns on it hums for about 30 seconds but never primes or gets anything moving. I can't even feel any air coming out of the filter's air release valve, and removing...
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    Stains On Gunite Pool

    I just had my pool resurfaced in 2015 and in the last year it's developed a couple of stains that I'd like to see if I can get any pointers on how to remove. One type of stain is from pucks that were placed directly in the pool until they dissolved. The other seems to be... dirt? They're...
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    Solar Covers

    I have a very curved kidney bean shaped in-ground pool with a small attached spa (see signature). It gets a lot of sun but is currently unheated and uncovered. In an attempt to extend our swim season and maintain warmer water temperatures, I'm thinking about getting a cover for it. I've done...
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    Cleaning Attached Spa

    I have a spa that is attached to and shares water with my pool. Unfortunately, it collects a ton of dirt, sand, and other debris at the bottom. Being only 6 feet in diameter with a seat leaving an ~3 ft diameter center, it's very difficult to keep clean. Does anyone have any suggestions on items...
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    What Type of Light Bulb Is Needed?

    I need to change the bulb in my pool light. However, I'm having trouble determining what one to purchase. First off, do I really need a $200-$400+ "pool light" bulb? Or could I use one of the substantially cheaper wet-rated LED flood / recessed lights? The fixture seems to have the standard...
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    Harmony Robotic cleaners?

    Sorry to bring up an old thread, but does anyone have any additional information on this model or the similar sounding Aquatron Cobia XL? I understand that these seem like gimmicky "solutions without problems," but they seem like they may be a decent fit for my scenario. I recently bought a...
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    Pool Cleaners You Can Leave in 24/7/

    Are there any pool cleaners - preferably robotic - that you can leave in the pool 24 / 7 and only take it out occasionally to empty the bin / bag? I'd prefer something that you can schedule to run automatically once a day or so and that can hold enough debris that it only needs to be emptied...
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    Pool Flow Recommendations

    I have a kidney shaped pool and a connected 6ft diameter spa (shares water via a spillover that's just below the typical water line). I estimate it to be about 15,000 gallons total being moved by a 1 hp pump. It has one skimmer in the shallow end, close to the steps; 2 return lines, also near...
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    Fighting Algae: Day 5 - Still Green and Visible Progress Slowed

    Background: I recently bought a house with an in-ground pool I estimate at about 12,500 gallons. It was originally foreclosed, but fixed-and-flipped. At the time I purchased it the pool water looked to be in good shape but I knew it had to be resurfaced, so I didn't put any effort into it. Then...
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    Hello From Tampa Bay Florida

    Like a bunch of others on here I'm a new owner of a previously foreclosed house with a pool. I'm a first-time pool (and home) owner that's trying to learn how everything works, and to take care of it on my own. This site's provided some awesome information so far, and I've got a few more...