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    Store VSP Inside for Winter?

    I ended up taking it inside yesterday. It only took 5-10 minutes. That's good advice about capping the lines. I taped some plastic over the lines, but thinking about it more it's probably best to get a couple PVC caps for the union fittings.
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    Store VSP Inside for Winter?

    I know this has been discussed before for traditional pumps, but haven't seen anything for variable speed. Is there a big benefit to storing my variable speed pump indoors during the Minnesota winter?
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    New pump - lower pressure in DE filter

    Does it still work? The motor can be sold to a recycler.
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    Fellow citizen's pool

    Have you thought about a drain and refill (I think you can do that with a AGP without damaging the liner?)? That might be the easiest way to clean the junk off the bottom. 9k gallons of water is pretty cheap in MN.
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    New pump - lower pressure in DE filter

    With your variable speed pump, the filter pressure will vary with pump speed. Higher pump speed, higher filter pressure. It could be that you are running at a lower speed than your single speed pump, or it could be that the variable speed pump has a lower flow rate than your old pump even at...
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    The cost of pool ownership

    Kelly - if your water is clear in the spring and only 55-60 degrees, what is the reason you are SLAMing for so long in the spring? I would think with clear and cold water, even with no FC you might have to SLAM for 24 hours and then be done. Do you fail the overnight chlorine loss test?
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    The cost of pool ownership

    If you have a solid pool cover (vs. a mesh cover) then I would say most people don't have to SLAM their pool in the spring. The first couple years I owned the pool I had a mesh winter cover and I would have to SLAM every spring, but I was also opening it mid to late May here in MN. Now I have a...
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    Timer for Heater

    I would like to avoid having to manually turn the heater on/off. I would like to automate when it turns off so the heater has a chance to cool down prior to my pump turning off. My questions are: 1. Is it possible to control power to my 110V heater with the Intermatic T104P201? This is a DPST...
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    Timer for Heater

    I recently installed a Hayward MaxFlo variable speed pump so I am no longer using my Intermatic T104P201 mechanical timer to control my pump. The Intermatic timer has a fireman's switch that I had been using to control my Raypak natural gas heater. I was planning to continue using the...
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    Hayward MaxFlo VSP Problem

    Meadow, thanks for sharing. I could have used these pictures 2 weeks ago!!! ;) The SP3202VSP (Tristar) shares the same control panel as the SP2303VSP (MaxFlo), so this is exactly what I was dealing with. In your first picture, I had the green wire on the +12V side and the red wire on the COM...
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    Hayward MaxFlo VSP Problem

    The short answer is yes. There is a low voltage wire going to the display board and I had the 4-pin connector upside down so that the 12V and common wires were reversed. You would think that Hayward would make it so that these connectors would only fit one way... The long answer is that I could...
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    Cautionary Tale of a Pool, Fed Up, Frustrated, Lost & Sinking In The Deep End!

    Re: Cautionary Tale of a Pool, Fed Up, Frustrated, Lost & Sinking In The Deep End! Great job! Did you figure out some way to pump the sand/dirt out of the deep end, or did you have to shovel it out?
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    Automatic cover color- pros/cons

    This is what I mean about looking dirty.
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    Automatic cover color- pros/cons

    My cover is navy blue. If I had to do it again, I think I would have chosen a lighter color because the dark color always looks dirty. I think tan or gray would hide dirt better, but when clean I do like the look of the navy.
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    Hayward MaxFlo VSP Problem

    I installed a new Hayward MaxFlow SP2303VSP variable speed pump today. Before plumbing it in, I hooked up power to make sure it wasn't dead in arrival. It powered on and seemed to run fine for the few seconds I ran it. After doing the plumbing and reconnecting the wiring it is not working...
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    Opening pool with "dead" water

    The average depth makes a huge difference in the volume calculation. Even if it's 10' at the deepest, the average depth might be closer to 6' than 7', especially if the sides in the deep end are sloped.
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    Opening pool with "dead" water

    Your plan sounds good. Regarding the volume, what is the length/width of the pool?
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    Sticking sprinkler heads

    Some sort of silicone lubricant would likely last the longest. I'm thinking silicone would take longer for water to wash away vs. petroleum based lubricants.
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    Equipment Pad

    Like I said, concrete is cheaper not easier! ;)
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    Equipment Pad

    That looks easier than concrete, but I'm not sure it's cheaper. 2 80lb. bags of quikrete will make a 2'x2' 4" thick slab. That will cost about $8.
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    Reoccurring layer of dirt at bottom of pool

    Use one of these until you buy a robot.
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    Opening pool with "dead" water

    I would get rid if the shock and maybe the algicide. I would keep everything else. The tabs may be useful if you go on vacation, although you probably don't need to keep all 25lbs. Maybe just 10-20 tabs if you have any vacations this summer.
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    New pool owner

    Yes, that's right. I would add half a gallon a day of bleach until you get your test kit, or leave your chlorinator on until you get your test kit in order to maintain you FC level. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Borates and human health

    Re: Borates and human health We're all for data. Do you have any references to recent research? By the way, when I read Richard's post I took it as there was no data at that time regarding effects of borates in humans, but the guidelines were that if a child consumes even a small amount of...
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    Borates and human health

    Re: Borates and human health Here is a good thread discussing safety of borates: https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/14157-Are-Borates-Safe-to-Use
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    New pool owner

    I suggest you read https://www.troublefreepool.com/content/123-abc-of-pool-water-chemistry If you properly maintain the free chlorine level in your pool you will never need to "shock" your pool. There are many members of this forum who have not "shocked" or SLAMed their pool in years and always...
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    New pool owner

    Welcome to the forum! In order to help you, we need to have water test results from a reliable test kit (either the TF-100 or Taylor K2006C). Pool store test results are not to be trusted.
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    Alkalinity Level with Auto Pool Cover

    That seems to be somewhat similar to what I am experiencing. When my TA is around 90, my pH wants to be stable at 7.2-7.3. If I add borax to get it to 7.6, it will slowly drift back down to 7.3. This year my TA is around 130 (because I had to add some tap water this spring) and my pH is holding...
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    Alkalinity Level with Auto Pool Cover

    For those of you with auto pool covers where your pool is covered the majority of the time, what TA level do you find you need to keep pH stable? Before my auto cover, a TA of 90 would give stable pH. With the auto cover, I find I need my TA to be 120-130. I understand that with the cover on...
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    What pump to buy?

    I recently bought the Hayward MaxFlo VSP2303. I only need a smaller sized pump, so it was between this one and the Pentair SuperFlo VSP. I chose the Hayward because it had the potential to easily integrate with an automation system, if I ever decided that is something I need in the future. Most...