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  1. HeyEng

    Pool companies telling me I don't want salt water pool

    When we bought our house, the pool was already installed and had a UV system. I found that it was actually useful, though... How you ask? Well, when I installed my SWCG, I didn't have to drill into the brick to mount the controller, I was able to use the existing holes from where the USELESS UV...
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    How do you figure needed depth for a grotto that people will jump off of ??

    Good info! Our neighbor has a "mega pool" (like you would see on the TV shows) and they have a large grotto and it's 9' deep at that point. They have said that it is a good depth and wouldn't want it any deeper since that makes cleaning a little more of a chore. Here are a couple of pictures...
  3. HeyEng

    SWG run time calculations assistance

    It does sound like you have an issue with it. Your description of the fog/bubbles/etc. and your voltage/amps is EXACTLY what I am seeing with my RJ60+. I am running it at 60% for 6 hours a day (split into two cycles... 9p-midnight and 9a-noon) and it's holding right at 7 PPM (which is a little...
  4. HeyEng

    mouse in the plumbing!

    Not that I am a fan of rodents, but a couple of frog logs can really help alleviate these "creature" incidences.
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    Which SWG to buy?

    I would buy the largest one you feel comfortable with budget wise. I bought an RJ-60 and have found that running at 75% for 6 hours a day is plenty enough for our pretty brutal summers. A smaller one would be a little cheaper, but would require running it longer.
  6. HeyEng

    Polaris 280 power suck - 3 hours?

    And they are quite noisy this year! I stepped on the remains of one yesterday and you would have thought I broke a huge plate of glass as loud as it crunched.
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    Polaris 280 power suck - 3 hours?

    I guess it's no wonder so many people are escaping from CA! Those numbers are crazy to me...especially the electric rates. Our 3600 KwH use last month would be over $1,000!!! Granted, my wife and I work from home and I like a nice cool house, so we do use quite a bit of electricity...but still!
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    Mountain Lion takes a swim!

    Wow. That would make for an exciting day. I often see squirrels hanging over the edge to get a drink, but so far, that's the only wildlife we have had to deal with. Too bad you don't have a video link, that would be cool to see!
  9. HeyEng

    Hows your water doin?

    A.OK around these parts. Just took a morning dip before the rain and it was fantastic!!! :)
  10. HeyEng

    Why CYA so high for SWG?

    I installed a SWCG about two weeks ago and I have already noticed that my chlorine consumption is down by 2-3 PPM a day. I attribute this to the increased CYA which in turn keeps the FC from burning off so quickly. I was running CYA around 30-40 non-SWCG but have bumped it to 70 with the SWCG.
  11. HeyEng

    Salt level in non-SWCG pools

    I checked mine before installing the SWCG and the level was pretty minimal. Between 200-400 PPM if that much. Same water for several years (outside of evaporation/rain/etc).
  12. HeyEng

    Voltage in the Pool

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. I don't consider a day complete in my life if I don't learn something new...and this thread has really gone above and beyond that today! TFP is a fantastic place!
  13. HeyEng

    New plumbing pressure

    You know...I see so many of these posts where a PB says, "It's all good!!" when in fact it isn't. I have decided that if I started a PB company and ran it the way it *should* be ran...I would be a very rich man.
  14. HeyEng

    SWG run time calculations assistance

    AH, gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.
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    SWG run time calculations assistance

    How are you testing? Those numbers don't seem to be from a TFP recommended testing method.
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    SWG run time calculations assistance

    Ah, good catch...thanks.
  17. HeyEng

    SWG run time calculations assistance

    Keep in mind that the RJ's have a duty-cycle that is 180 or 200 minutes (I have read conflicting reports on the time). So at 100%, it will only generate for 180 or 200 minutes and then stop chlorine production for a set period of time. As you adjust the output, this also changes the duty...
  18. HeyEng

    CircuPool Fan runs even when not producing chlorine?

    I really think that if I was in the situation, I would figure out a way to put the RJ on a timer. I wouldn't want the fan to run 24/7 because as cheap as it is, I wouldn't consider it a continuous duty component. Also, since it is so quiet...you may not know when it fails and then you could get...
  19. HeyEng

    My WaterGuru Sense testing

    Yeah, I don't know that I am that impressed with it. Like other "new" technology, there is a lot of growing pains and being an early adopter means...well, you know. I am way past the return window, but I don't think I will be buying any additional cartridges when I run out of the ones I have...
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    Going through a 128 oz 10% bleach daily, is this normal?

    I know you are in AZ, so it may not be an issue, but do you get a lot of debris in the pool? Such as leaves, grass, sand etc.? I ask because I have to fight this (Crape myrtles right now...boo!) and when it's extraordinarily hot, I *do* use up to 6 or 7 PPM of FC in a day. So far in two years, I...
  21. HeyEng

    WaterGuru Sense + Concrete Lid?

    Just not sure on this one. It looks like it would be a pain to separate the board from the lid and I don't think I could separate it without breaking something. Sorry I can't be of more help. :(
  22. HeyEng

    Do you keep tabs inside chlorinator despite using liquid chlorine?

    As mentioned my @mknauss it's a bad practice to leave them in there. Not only to mention, I would think they would degrade pretty darn quickly. Prior to my SWCG installation, I would just put some in a floater if I was going to be out of town for more than a couple of days.
  23. HeyEng

    waterguru down?

    It pretty much stopped working. I could connect to the unit, but it wouldn't take the scheduled readings and I couldn't get it to do a manual reading, either. I replaced the cartridge and batteries, but to no avail. To Water Guru's credit, they sent out a new unit without me having to nag...
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    waterguru down?

    They also sent me a new unit. I will caution you...if you want to keep the lab numbers, then write 'em down, screenshot it, whatever. As soon as you register the new unit, you will lose all the data from the first unit. I wouldn't care if they kept having to replace the unit, but I am assuming...
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    waterguru down?

    Sorry, I just saw this. I haven't had any issues pulling up my numbers. I did check them on Saturday, but can't remember what time.
  26. HeyEng

    Renting Out Your Pool; There is APP for That!

    I saw on the app that there is an indemnity clause/contract that the clients are supposed to sign to waive liability. Personally, I am not so sure my insurance company would be thrilled with this arrangement and as an attorney that ALWAYS sees a problem (even if there isn't one!) I see a lot of...
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    Renting Out Your Pool; There is APP for That!

    I know this has been broached before, but didn't want to "necropost" so started a new thread. Anyway, I saw a story on CNBC about an app for renting out your pool. Personally, I think it's a terrible idea and I wouldn't do it...but it's an interesting idea. Nonetheless, I couldn't help but...
  28. HeyEng

    Bizarre RJ30 behavior

    I could really see how there might be an issue if the fan isn't working. My model has a pretty large heat sink, but even with that, it gets pretty darn warm to the touch. I might be a little paranoid, but I went so far to adjust my pump/swcg run times to the cooler part of the AM/PM.
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    Bizarre RJ30 behavior

    I have seen it mentioned a couple of times that some of the RJ's have a cooling fan failure issue. I am not sure if you can tell if the fan is running or not, but I would be my first guess. Perhaps there is an issue when it switches polarity? Don't know, but it sounds like there is a malfunction...
  30. HeyEng

    Cell bubbles

    Does it have any indicators that show that it's generating? Also, I can't see bubbles with mine, but I can see a "cloud" if you will when it's generating. Also, could you be looking at it when it's in a "off" cycle of the duty cycle?