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    DIY - towel holder

    Hi, I have a 4”x4”6’ treated post left over from my fence project. It’s a red color and my question is, can I use this for my towel holder project? Is the treated post a bad idea? Thanks in advance.
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    Cartridge Filter

    Hi, Is it terrible to pour a little bit of DE in the skimmer if I have a cartridge filter (4 cartridges inside the housing). A pool tech stated it will help if I pour a small amount (half of scoop; scoop he uses for other DE filters). Thanks in advance.
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    Filter pressure

    Hi, I have a 4-cartridge filter and it seems that I need to clean the filter x2/month in the summer to keep the pressure at 17-21 or so. I do notice that when the solar heating turns on, the pressure goes from 17 to 30. I assume this is normal when the solar heater is active. Thanks in advance.
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    Solar panel leak

    After plugging the other end of the second hole, the panels are all good. Appreciate the help.
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    Solar panel leak

    I used this exact same kit. I'll look later today to see if the leak stopped as I used plugs on both ends on each hole. I'm not sure as I can't see any marking on the panels anywhere. Any idea how to check?
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    Solar panel leak

    Let me try to explain again as I may have not included all the necessary info. I plugged the upper leak inserting plugs pointing up only (not plugging this same hole on the other side (pointing down). I figured water flows downward and no need to plug the line where it points down. I plugged...
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    Solar panel leak

    Hi, I have a panel with a couple of leaks. I inserted repair plugs along with liquid nail. After testing the following day, the upper hole no longer leaked but the bottom hole on the same panel/same line still leaks (see photo and video). I thought if the top hole was plugged, the bottom hole...
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    Solar panel leak/s

    I wish I had info on the solar panels. I'd have to dig the docs that were handed to us when the house was purchased 15+yrs ago. The leak in the PVC connection was very minor so I ended up using epoxy clay around the tubing and the leak is no more :) I hope this is it for the remainder of the...
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    Polaris 360 - tail gets sucked in

    Thanks for the response. How can I test the flow? The tail doesn't whip back and forth like it did last swim season. Not sure what to make of that. It seems to spray out of the water but to a lesser degree.
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    Polaris 360 - tail gets sucked in

    Hi, My Polaris 360 started to suck it's own tail in. It's happened 3-4 times in the last 3 weeks or so. What can I do to avoid this? I just cleaned the filter and everything seems to be running good. It has been rebuilt once in the last 12 years. Thanks in advance.
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    Solar panel leak/s

    I don't know what the black pipe is exactly (hoping someone would call this out). I know the black pipe looks dull and not like the shiny plumber pipe I see at Home Depot. What would be the correct glue to use to marry PVC to ABS (if that's what it is; how can I confirm)?
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    Solar panel leak/s

    Hi, One of the solar panels has two leaks. One leak is easier to get as it's near the middle of the collector which seems to be made of hard rubber. I inserted two (by accident) plugs. One plug is up there (inside) and the other plug closest to the cut I put liquid nail adhesive and inserted...
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    Solar heater plumbing repair

    Thanks for the advice. I repaired it and forgot to take photos while I was up there. Now we can enjoy our pool :-)
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    Solar heater plumbing repair

    Hi, One of the elbows in my solar panel has a crack (I assume the roofing company stepped on this while working in the area; can't think of this elbow bursting on it's own). I'm no plumber but can follow specific instructions to do the work myself. Can someone please tell me where I should...
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    Do commercial hot tubs/spas use chlorinators like a Petair IC20?

    Hi, Do these make sense for or only used for pools and why? This question pertains for use in commercial properties. Thanks in advance.
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    Need a safety fence installed around my diving board

    Hi, My wife is opening a day care in our home ( San Jose, California ) and we have a pool with a diving board (old style). It seems very difficult to have a fence installed with the diving board in place. I was hoping to just have a safety net installed but I guess this is not approved. Any...
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    Polaris 280 is not moving

    Hi, My sweep has stopped operating as it once did. The video (see link below) shows how the polaris sweep just sits there while the hose just gets tangled up. The o-ring in the valve seems to be worn but I doubt this is the culprit. https://polaris280.shutterfly.com/ Please suggest what I...
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    Polaris Sweep shoots water out of tail

    where can I purchase one of these?
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    Polaris Sweep shoots water out of tail

    Hi, I have a Polaris 280 and when it's working, it splashes water all the way to my windows, about 10' (leaving a water stain). The pool guy recommended a 'weight' for the sweep. The photo (see link) shows the weight at the beginning of the tail and not at the end like I thought it was...
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    what is acrylic when plastering a pool

    Hi, My neighbor has a very nice white plaster (was re-plastered 6 months ago) in their inground pool. I asked what their contractor used and they stated acrylic. I'm not familiar with "acrylic" and my pool is in need of re-plastering. I'm looking for a bright white color (which I believe...
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    Solar heating not what is use to be.

    @ tgmb: good point. @JamesW: I did not use a cover last year either (which I will starting next yr) I replace all 4 filters about 2 months ago. What reading do I need from the flowmeter?
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    Solar heating not what is use to be.

    @Jason: There is a drain valve to the panels, should I open this when off or on to release any air that may be locked? @ping: Not sure of the difference between the return and water. Let me check in regards to the panels draining. I know the diverter moves when the solar system is turned...
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    Solar heating not what is use to be.

    Hi, I have a 25k gallon pool with solar heating. I recall last season during the hot spells, the water was very warm and my kids asked me to turn it down. This season the settings have been the same (timer=6 hrs, solar heating set at highest) but the water temp is lower ( I would say 7+...
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    Solar heat is not heating like it use to

    sorry for the ignorance but how do you check the inlet and outlet temp?
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    Solar heat is not heating like it use to

    Is there a way to check if my your solar system is working properly?
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    Solar heat is not heating like it use to

    I'm in Sa Jose CA 95118 and this year has not been too warm. We hit 80-85 this week and my pool has been rather cold compared to last year. I would say it's only in the 70's (pool temp). I have the system running 6.5 hrs like usual this time of year and I can see the solar heating is on. When...
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    solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    sorry for the ignorant question but I did spray wd-40 in-between the reel roller......I guess I should spray it on the screw itself right? thanks
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    solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    please see photos: http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s54/ ... arreel.jpg http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s54/ ... reelII.jpg
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    solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    hi, I cannot find a make/model anywhere on it. I will attach a photo when I get a chance. there is only 1 screw on each side of the reel. thanks again,
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    solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    does this mean I need to replace it? is there a way to replace the bearings or lubricate? thanks in advance, ~jv