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  1. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    Well, a few weeks ago I thought I was closing my pool, and so I slammed it (FC up to 35), got all the levels in check and thought I was ready to go. Then life got in the way, couldn't get my helper, and paid attention to other deadlines. So I found myself in November with a pool full of leaves...
  2. Earthman Bob

    Winterizing with High CYA

    I tested for CYA .... maybe about a month ago, and it was low, so I added the recommended amount. Just tested it again now, and the level is 90-100. (Don't know why that happened, but that's not the point of this thread.) I'm getting ready to winterize, and Poolmath says I need to add 11...
  3. Earthman Bob

    Thread size of Pentair IntellifloXF VS pool pump plug?

    I'm going to give winterizing the pool a shot this year. I'm planning on hooking up a compressor to the drain plug outlet on my pool filter. I've been searching around for the size of that plug outlet, but have yet to find it. Anybody have a clue? It's a Pentair IntellifloXF VS. I would take...
  4. Earthman Bob

    Compool CVA-24 Valve Actuator: Reverse or 360 degrees?

    I just rebuilt our pool plumbing, and while doing that removed the in-floor cleaning system. The pool plumbing is below the grade of the pool, so in order to work on the equipment, I need to shut all supplies and return valves. My question here is about how to shut off both pool returns...
  5. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    We had emptied our pool to do some work and clean it up after it was dormant for a few years. I'm rebuilding a lot of the plumbing too. ; Here's what I need help with. We're having a pool party on Saturday, but I won't be done with the pool equipment until Thursday. So I'll only have a couple...
  6. Earthman Bob

    Raising Pool Equipment: Are these pads OK for filter, heater and pumps?

    Due to the grading of the land, I'd like to add a couple of inches to the height of my new pool pad. Question is, are these former air conditioning base pads OK to use for the oil heater and pump? I have two different larger pads shown in the pictures. The first is a concrete looking/feeling...
  7. Earthman Bob

    Sch 40 DWV 280PSI PVC Question

    I just started rebuilding my pool plumbing. It had to be done as I had to raise the grade of the area where the plumbing was sitting, to raise the grade of the land. As you can see in the pictures, I've already cut a hole in the ground so I could access all my pool lines. I cut all of them...
  8. Earthman Bob

    Rebuilding My Own Pool Plumbing: Crazy?

    Four years after moving into a house that was in the middle of a massive renovation, I'm finally done with the inside construction and starting to look outside. And that brings me to the pool. The area where the pool equipment resides is next to the house, and the grading is too low relative to...
  9. Earthman Bob

    What's the function of this port in the pool deck?

    I'm starting the renovation of our pool, and I'm looking at an opening on the deck of the pool that I think I remember one of the pool guys saying had to do with vacuuming or the main drain. It has a cover, like a skimmer port, and then inside there's another clear cover with a handle and the...
  10. Earthman Bob

    Pool pump far from pool. Move it or leave it?

    I'm about to undertake a major yard project, with hardscaping, pool resurfacing and more. I've met with several pool companies, and have gotten about as many opinions on various aspects of the job, ranging from best materials for resurfacing, to whether I should take this opportunity to change...
  11. Earthman Bob

    Pre-Excavation Advice: Raising pool pumps/filter, and diagnosing system leaks, etc.

    I'm getting ready to tear up my landscape in order to change my pool surround, remove rocks from the lawn, lay some drainage pipe, grade and add topsoil. Before I do that, there are a couple of things I'd like to address. Currently, the pool has not been open for a couple of years, and I'm about...
  12. Earthman Bob

    Bob From Long Island with Gunite Pool... already loving this forum!

    We've owned this house for over 4 years now, and we inherited a salt water pool that hadn't been opened for several years. As a result of not maintaining the pool, any plaster surface there might have been, was gone. So it was just a bare gunite pool--which I didn't mind at all for the short...