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  1. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Just checking back in to report that after digging up part of the pool deck (travertine tile set in sand saved a lot of headaches in this case), and checking for a leak in the main drain line to the Paramount debris canister, everything is solid. We didn’t find an air/water leak but were able...
  2. PaigeMark

    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    They do in Broken Arrow. Funny, though...I bought Muriatic Acid there for just over $3/gal a couple of weeks ago. Now, they won’t sell less than a case of four.
  3. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Just an update...I was able to pick up all of the O-rings for my suction side valves for a total of $16 locally which saved me a lot of $ vs. buying the WaterWay O-rings. Changed all of those out. I replaced a damaged part in the cartridge filter, too. All fitting joints were re-glued (just...
  4. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Sorry about the confusion. The bubbles show up in the check valve before the heater (yes, all three returns run through this line) and in the spa return check valve which comes after the three way actuator separating the pool returns vs. spa returns. As long as I have the pool returns...
  5. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Thank you, Rob & Poolman. Yes, the original owner was certainly sold a lot of pumps. Glad it wasn’t me. The system is 6 years old and it runs year-round. I think it is definitely a suction side issue. I’m also pretty sure it’s a Main Drain issue. It’s possible that there is a crack/leak in...
  6. PaigeMark

    Moving ... from Newark, DE to Allen, TX - any pointers for a Texas pool owner?

    Just to add...you may end up dealing with a few TX critters depending on your location. We lived on a couple of wooded acres north of Ft.Worth so snakes, tiny scorpions, armadillos, and hawks frequented the backyard. I never knew an armadillo could swim but they can...at least for a little...
  7. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Thx...yes. This is the equipment deck. The band clamp is a patch. I missed it completely until looking for suction side leaks. Looks like someone drilled a 1/4” hole in the pipe for some reason. I’m the second owner so I’m still trying to figure out this set-up. The patch seems to hold...
  8. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I’ll work on checking the valve right before the pump again. I don’t have a check valve there...just a three-way actuator. Should there be a check valve there?
  9. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Still having issues with a suction side leak, I think. Attempted to seal all joints with glue and added new silicone to the union before the pump. Haven’t changed O-rings yet. That might be next but they look good so I’m not sure about that. Called Paramount about the air coming into my...
  10. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I’ve found a few plumbing joints that seem to be sucking air (Saran wrap method) so I’m going to attempt to seal those with quick dry glue. I can’t really tell if the valves are leaking so my plan is to replace all of the O-rings on the suction side. I have three to replace so 3 cover O-rings...
  11. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Only two check valves...one between the heater and the unused chlorinator and one on the spa return line. There are two more but on separate closed systems to the cleaning system and the waterfalls (both on separate pumps). Henry, the suspicious-looking pup, is afraid of the pool but likes to...
  12. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Will do. That check valve is on the return side, though. Still an issue for a possible leak?
  13. PaigeMark

    One more plumbing puzzle...

    I have had bubbles in the return lines for a few days. They are coming out of the pool and spa return lines fairly consistently except when the system is in high RPM cleaning mode when they seem to disappear. I was convinced I had a suction side air leak and have tried several methods for...
  14. PaigeMark

    HELP!!!

    If you have an Atwood’s Home and Ranch nearby, they have Liquid Chlorine (10%) for $1.99/gal and their Muriatic Acid is under $4/gal, too. I’m in Tulsa and just found this store. They seem to be all over the state.
  15. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    I’m counting on it. No clue on how long those pumps should last. We run it year round in Tulsa so it takes a beating. We think it’s about 6 years old. Next, I need to learn how to work with PVC to replumb a few lines. It can wait, though. This project took all day and I’m worn out. Just...
  16. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Got that. I had new latex gloves and was careful not to touch those seals. I had some new pvc couplings I used to tamp the seal sections down lightly. Hoping it holds.
  17. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Thank you all for your help! It really was just putting a little more muscle in it...and the rag helped, too. I can’t tell if the pump is leaking because the equipment pad is wet after priming and flushing air out of the filter. However, a lot of the air in the return lines is gone and the...
  18. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    I found that video super helpful...until I got to the point of actually removing the impeller. His seems to come off with no problem. Mine, not so much. Thanks for the help, though! Might just need a little more elbow grease.
  19. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Yes, the screw is off (it is reverse threaded). It’s just not budging. The manual tells me to use a flat head screw driver on the fan end of the shaft and hold it steady while turning the impeller counter clockwise. It’s not budging. I’ll see if I can find something with more leverage than...
  20. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Is there a trick to getting enough leverage on the fan end in order to remove the impeller?
  21. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Thankfully, the bonding wire was not an issue. The screws were super tight but they came off. The issue I’m having now is getting the impeller to release. It doesn’t want to budge. Taking a break to clean up the sand/dirt around the seals and then I’ll take another shot at it. The motor is...
  22. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Thank you! I’ll take some pics but after a few minutes of trying to maneuver around the other equipment on the pad, I’m going to disconnect the wiring. I’m probably going to do so at the motor since mine is wired into the Easy Touch and I’m not ready to mess with that end. Thanks for the...
  23. PaigeMark

    Replacing Motor Shaft Seal

    Water chemistry is looking great so we finally bit the bullet and fired the pool service. A week later and some investigation into other issues has led me to a leaky Pentair Intelliflo VS pump. I’m pretty sure it’s the Motor Shaft Seal and I have the new parts ready to replace the seal and all...
  24. PaigeMark

    Which tile combo for my high wall

    Love the colors you’re choosing. Thought I’d take a pic of my high wall in case it helps. They used the 6.6 at the waterline and more like 2x2 on the wall.
  25. PaigeMark

    Infloor cleaning system, troubleshooting tips and maintenance desired

    Looking at the placement at the waterline, do you get air in the system at all? It looks like the SDX isn’t completely submerged. Also, could you rotate the floor drain at all? I’m not sure if that’s possible. The wide opening of my floor drain faces the downslope of my pool so that those...
  26. PaigeMark

    Infloor cleaning system, troubleshooting tips and maintenance desired

    I have the same system. Thanks for sharing that paramount suggested the 20psi. My system seems to work best at 3425-3450 for a shorter period of time. It is still long enough to have the entire system of jets go through it’s rotation at least once on my pool. I’ve set it to run at that speed...
  27. PaigeMark

    Inflator for pool toys

    The small ones at Harbor Freight are portable.
  28. PaigeMark

    Questioning Pool ownership

    I’m completely biased as a pool owner a little north of you but we moved to Tulsa from just north of Ft.Worth and I can’t imagine living in TX without a pool in the summertime. Do you have access to a neighborhood pool? (Friend, family?) With little ones and a budget to consider that may make...
  29. PaigeMark

    Inflator for pool toys

    I second the Harbor Freight compressor idea. I have the small round red one ($59, I think...and they go on sale all the time) and it works really well. I also get to use it for small upholstery jobs so it was a good buy.
  30. PaigeMark

    Infloor cleaning system, troubleshooting tips and maintenance desired

    I’m learning a lot about my own system while following you so thank you for sharing what you’ve learned so far. I’ll be taking my in-floor valve apart to investigate soon. It seems to be working well but I want to know more about the rotation set-up. My system is missing the recommended...