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    What voltage activates pool automation relays?

    I have a Hayward/Goldline automation system. It has relays that look like this: Amazon.com : Hayward RELAY 3hp FOR AQUA OR PRO LOGIC - GLX-RELAY : Swimming Pool And Spa Supplies : Garden & Outdoor. I have a separate wifi 4 bank 12v dc relay that I use to activate 9 or so different speeds on my...
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    Adjust jandy valve actuator manually to a position?

    Wow the manual operation mode is fantastic, I had no idea! Thanks so much, I will test this out in the morning. I can't use the automatic positions because it's a two way and the two ways are spa + pool (pool mode) and everything into the spa (spa mode).
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    Adjust jandy valve actuator manually to a position?

    I am getting some work done on the flagstone on my spa and I need to have the spa empty for 2 days. I can drain the spa but I would like to run the pool pump during this time. In the photo there is a yellow circle around the jandy actuator. If I could rotate that valve 180 degrees it would stop...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    Quick update. I've done some tests with low speeds and the booster pump pool cleaner. Pool full (meaning the water level is high at the skimmers): 2500 rpm, run cleaner, spillover has a very reduced flow. Stop cleaner, more flow at the jets, spillover does not recover. Pool low (meaning there is...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    The latest set of tests that I'm performing is with the amount of water in the pool. This week the water was low enough that I was going to have to add some in. I noticed that the headloss was non-existant. So now I'm performing all the same tests with low speeds, keeping the water on the low...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    At the start the symptoms were: (1) got new pump (2) flow at the spillover reduced (3) backwashing fixed. After a month of repairs (that weren't needed) and testing I found by random chance that turning the pump off also resolved everything. Prior to this I thought it was a backwash issue, how...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    It has been almost a month and I wanted to report on my findings. My original question was why did this happen when I got a new variable speed pump. I am 100% sure why now, it is the pump running at slow speeds and gravity (someone can probably explain this better). My equipment is a little...
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    VS Pump taking in air at low speeds

    I took the lid off and the installer did not put any magic lube on the seal. It was kind of hard to get a fat finger down in there but I greased it up pretty good. Now at 2500rpm after 4 hours there is a tiny bubble and after 8 it's a bit bigger. Doesn't seem to be affecting the performance...
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    VS Pump taking in air at low speeds

    I found a great post on here Pentair Variable Speed Pump losing prime at lower speeds (adding it so I can find it later). I'm going to try the ideas in there. Not the same pump but the same symptoms.
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    VS Pump taking in air at low speeds

    On my new VS pump, if I run it at 3100 or 3450 there are no bubbles in the pumps viewport. Then I change to a lower speed, 2250 or 2500. Over the course of 8 hours I noticed that there slowly is more and more air in there. After 8 hours the water level is an inch down from the top. I can turn...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    I may have found a piece to the puzzle. I have been keeping the FC above the recommended 5 for 7 days. Yesterday while enjoying the pool I had the pump running at 3100 rpm. Flow was perfect. I was done for the day and I reduced the speed down to 2500. Immediately the flow was reduced to less...
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    Poor mans bubble reducer for a spa blower!

    You absolutely could make a T and put a valve on it. Then you could open and close the valve to the desired amount. I wouldn't think it would be any noisier than the hole. I'd say the air noise ads 15% to the blower noise. Luckily my equipment is around the corner and you can't even hear it at...
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    Poor mans bubble reducer for a spa blower!

    My spa had a 1hp blower. It died and I wanted more air flow so I went with a 2hp. Wow did I get some air flow then, but it was a little too much. Then I had an idea how to reduce the air flow for about $5. I bought one small PVC pipe and one PVC coupler. I stuck them together and drilled a small...
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    Small drip from where valve meets pvc

    It is the suction side. Also it's the suction when in spa mode, so in normal pool mode nothing is even moving through the pipe. I can even drain the spa into the pool and have that pipe be empty. It's been dripping for years, not any better or any worse.
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    I took this cheap 14" brush that I bought from Walmart for when I put calcium hardness in. I brushed that down the sides of the pool and about 3 feet along the bottom and then back up the wall. All around the pool. Looks the same, clear. I've never brushed the pool before but I have used this...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    I was not describing the slam process. Before slamming I'm going to verify that keeping my FC at the recommended range will not keep things running smoothly (now that I have backwashed once and the flow is spectacular). I'll report back after a few weeks so you can laugh at me.
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    So while it's not advisable, it is possible that backwashing what was clogging the system out, then keeping the FC at the top end of the recommended amount, could fix things without the shock. If it doesn't, then that's the next step. Walmart is out of 10%!
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    Baby steps, and I do appreciate all of the advice. When I backwashed yesterday and the flow returned to normal, where did all that algae that was clogging things up go?
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    Thanks, I felt like it was directly related to the new pump, even if it is an algae problem. So when my pump is running slow, example 1400 rpm during the night, that algae could be building up? If so, it seems like when the speeds up during the day it would push it on through. I ran the old pump...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    My theory is two+ weeks of dirt is enough to impede the flow of this pump. However, this is easily tested right? I can shock the pool, keep the chlorine higher than normal, and if was algea in two weeks my pressure and flow should be fine? Weather isn't going to allow swimming for the next few...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    April 23rd: FC: 3.4, pH: 7.8, TA: 80, CH: 240, CYA: 50-60 (tested 2 weeks ago) April 24th: OCLT of .6 May 17th: FC: 3.8, pH: 7.6, TA: 80, CH: 230, CYA was last tested 5+ weeks ago, probably in the 40-50 range. Not sunny so didn't test it. I can keep the chlorine higher but I'll be shocked (ha...
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    On the previous page I posted the results back then and an overnight test, which was fine. I'll grab a new full set today and report back.
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    Filter is more sensitive after pump upgrade, needs more backwashing

    Ok guys it's been around two weeks and over the past few days the flow has started to reduce again.... Today at 3450 rpm the water is barely moving and the PSI was at 30. I backwashed for about 45-60 seconds until the viewer was clear. Now the flow is strong and the PSI is at 18. It didn't seem...
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    Small drip from where valve meets pvc

    You were sure right. I had to use a flashlight at dusk and I was able to pinpoint that the leak is coming from the top and not the bottom. Since I've already made a huge mess of the bottom with the epoxy, is there any disadvantage to just epoxying the top as well? My other idea is just a small...
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    Small drip from where valve meets pvc

    I'll see if I can find the exact spot
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    Water spigot with disintegrated handle

    Under a skimmer cover I Have this spigot. In the pool is a plug to keep water from going in I guess. I assume that the spigot could be used to fill up the pool faster if it had to be drained? I've never tested it. I looked in there yesterday and saw that the handle has disintegrated. I'm not...
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    Small drip from where valve meets pvc

    Ignore the water over to the right, it had been raining. I have a valve and where it meets the pvc there is about 1 drop a minute. It has been like this for years, no better an no worse. I decided that some good 'ol epoxy would surely fix it, so I shut everything off and epoxied it. Didn't fix...
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    WTB the right 2 inch pvc coupling?

    You know, you might be right about that. In the store I bought an extra 2" pipe for something else and when I left the store I stuck the coupling on the end. It only slid in about 10% but it did slide in that far easily. On the existing pipes it wouldn't even slide in 1% without force.
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    WTB the right 2 inch pvc coupling?

    Installation went fine. Anyone that says it will "slide right in once the primer and cement are applied" is one hundred million trillion bazillion percent wrong. It would not slide right in. Luckily I planned for this and had a rubber mallet beside it. I used the mallet to hammer it down on...
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    First time cleaning sand filter, need some tips

    Ok it is all fixed up now. New everything! Thanks for the help on this.