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  1. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    OK - I'm an idiot. Just went back out to look again and realized I had put the Comm port back into the Intellichlor power center upside down. So while the sequence was right, it wasn't locking in properly. I fixed it and we're golden. Thanks for the advice here.
  2. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    First time around I had it all backwards in the IntelliChlor Power Center (I looked at it upside down when I wired it) and it not only caused the salt cell not to work but it screwed up my pump settings as well. I fixed it and then the pump settings came back but the COM LINK ERROR when I run...
  3. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Hooked up a the four conduct cable yesterday (red, white, green, black wires -- 22 AWG) and still get the Com Error. Ugh.
  4. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    This is a look at my com port currently (wired for the pump and screenlogic communication):
  5. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    If I'm following your question (and I think I am), it appears the data cable was not installed (the com port in my ET has the Screenlogic (all 4 colors) and green/yellow) connection for the pump. Are you able to point me to what type of wire I need as it seems like something I should be able to...
  6. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    OK, seems things are pointed in the right direction. Salt now reads 3,200 and the cell is fired up and working. TA is down to around 100, pH at 7.6 and FC at 5. The CYA is at 40 so I added some in a sock today and hopefully that can get the CYA levels up a bit. So now I'm down to three...
  7. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    I guess I'll wait on the Taylor K-1766 kit to confirm. It would be great to get the Easytouch to give me a reading as well.
  8. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Looks like the TA is coming down and chlorine as well (now that the tablets are gone). Levels today are: FC: 9 CA: 40 pH: 7.2 TA: 120 Calcium: 200 I added 4 bags of salt to the pool but the IC20 still reads "low salt" and the system remains off. I was hoping the Easytouch would tell me how...
  9. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Thanks for all the responses. One more response: I know dry acid is frowned upon due to sulfites but I was able to get my hands on it easily so I started with that rather than MA (as I figured it would be a one time use to get the TA down and then I'd switch over to MA in the future). It seems...
  10. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Added acid to my pool (a few times now) which drove the pH down to 7.2 but the TA only moved from 190 to 160. Do I keep adding acid? I read elsewhere that a high chlorine level will keep the pH reading from being accurate but just wanted to ensure I should keep adding acid. FC is now at 10.0...
  11. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Sounds like a plan. Thanks much.
  12. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Thanks much. I'll get my hands on some MA to add to the pool to try to lower the TA and also will leave those tablets until they are dissolved. Noticed that aerating the pool raises the pH. I've been running the waterfall almost constantly (with pump running aroun 1150 rpm) so would shutting it...
  13. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Sorry - meant CYA 40, not CA
  14. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    A few days later, here's an update and my latest questions: After striking out trying to get pool salt (Walmart canceled my order) and finding bleach sold out in many places around here, I decided not to keep chasing chemicals and instead asked the maintance co. that opened the pool to come...
  15. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Thanks. Both CYA and Chlorine level seem to be undetectable right now (running the CYA test, it says to stop pouring when you can't see black dot -- I poured the full thing and still black dot was 100% visible). So I'll go find a source for liquid chlorine to get me going. Any sense adding salt...
  16. McLovitz

    Complete newbie getting started with my first pool

    Hi all - We installed a pool in NJ late Fall/Winter and immediately closed it without testing anything, etc. (as the water was frozen). This forum was a huge help to us as we dealt with all the difficulties of pool construction (including having to fire the pool installer near the end of the...
  17. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Dont worry about hijacking the thread. I'm far from an expert in this area. For my pool, they didnt use dirt in the backfill but didnt use clean gravel either. I have a big question mark on my backfill. My big issue was the concrete guy pouring dirt over the compacted base before pouring...
  18. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    For all the drama and headaches of our project, we are FINALLY just about at the finish line. From having to fire the PB to having the Godfather of Concrete rip me off, this is certainly a project to remember. Now to get the fence up, cover on the pool and wait for warm weather. Thank you VERY...
  19. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Quick follow-up and a bit of a warning. So we had the landscaper clean up the bond beam by cutting it back and packing concrete under it. The landscaper is confident that this will support it and we have roughly 20" of concrete around the pool which should be more than enough (everyone seemed...
  20. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    No rebar (concrete guy didn't have the patience to have the electrician bond the rebar (as the electrician required) and the pool manufacturer had told me it wasn't necessary... up to us).
  21. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Thanks for the advice. The landscaper expressed regret that he didn't do the concrete pour himself... he had never done a pour around a fiberglass pool so he was happy to defer to the PB's mason but neither he nor I expected this type of work. The landscaper did all the prep work and, as you...
  22. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Thanks. I think I am just going to trust the landscaper to fix it. The mason wanted to fix it himself but I don't care to have him work on the pool anymore given the quality of his initial pour. I will have the landscaper fix it up and the mason agreed to split the cost with me...
  23. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Mason had me pay the concrete truck when it arrived. Landscaper told me he stuck a piece of rebar under the concrete and it "went in like butter." He suggests not letting the mason anywhere near the project. The mason insists it's fine but if I'm concerned, he will come back and pour what he...
  24. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Mason obviously says his work is fine but if it will make me comfortable, he will come back, dig around the edges of the bond beam and pour 8" of concrete down in what he called a "chair rail"... Does that make sense to anyone? I'm such a novice in construction and stuck between two different...
  25. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Problem with that is the landscaper already attached the coping to the concrete today before he realized what the mason did underneath. So he was just going to cut the concrete 6" past where the coping ends (the coping is 14" wide) and compact/clean it up on the end rather than rip all 36" off...
  26. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    OK - my project just got more screwed up and I can use some advice. Landscaper prepped around the pool for the 3' bond beam to be poured (Blue Hawaiian requires 3' of concrete around the pool). We then had a mason pour the concrete and then today the landscaper came back to start with the...
  27. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Just to follow on, I spoke with our landscaper and one concrete company who expressed concern with Blue Hawaiian's request -- in their mind, pavers are meant to sit on a paver base to allow drainage under and the more we place on concrete, the bigger the chance pavers are heaved in the...
  28. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    One more question on the bond beam as we are a couple days away from pouring. I've gone back and forth with the pool manufacturer (Blue Hawaiian) on what is required and they are adamant we must pour at least 3' of concrete around the pool for our warranty to be valid. The concern this raised...
  29. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    Exactly my thinking. PB said he thought that was the best material for our soil. I don't know what to believe from his mouth but at this point it is what it is.... Unless I want to pay even more to empty the pool and start over (which I really am not).
  30. McLovitz

    Bond beam/collar on fiberglass pool

    A few more shots to see what I'm talking about. First two shots show you what our PB told me after a month of work was "fully graded and ready for concrete." You can compare that against the shots above of what we look like after one day of the landscaper working (and the third picture which...