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  1. Bandit5

    Building fluid level gauge

    I currently have a standard Stenner 15 gallon tank with mount for my pump. I am trying to make a gauge that will let me know exactly how much chlorine is left in the tank. My current plan is to run a capped 50" piece of 2" diameter polycarbonate tubing through a grommet on the flat surface of...
  2. Bandit5

    Skim-A-Round modification

    I have a Kafko skimmer on my pool and have been having issues with the skimmer basket. The short tab on the top to lift it up breaks off easily, even after applying epoxy which lasted about 2 months. I did modify one with a universal handle that seems to work ok, but at the same time I ordered a...
  3. Bandit5

    Pentair Challenger Problems

    I replaced all the seals in my old (previous owner installed) Pump to try and solve a leaking problem. The labels tell me it is a Pac-Fab (Challenger) CFII-N1-1A. Which comes out to a 1HP Standard Up Rate pump. So the diffuser o-ring in the GOKIT5 seems to be a bit thinner than the worn...
  4. Bandit5

    Stenner pump tank

    I have been very happy with the results of my Stenner pump install over the past year. However, I have noticed a few small things that I would like to improve. As you can see from the link in my signature, I hooked it up to come on with the pump, which is working pretty as I can adjust the...
  5. Bandit5

    Pump with easy to remove basket lid

    I currently have a very old pump with a lid that is extremely difficult to remove. My current SOP is to stick a 2' length of rebar through the basket lid and then use that leverage on both sides to work it loose. I only tighten it by hand, so I am not sure why it is always so tight. I have been...
  6. Bandit5

    Can't figure out problem with filter, DE and air in return

    At the beginning of the swimming season I replaced some of by broken grids with this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E06892/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 as it seemed like the best value. Everything worked perfectly for several months until about mid-July. All of a sudden we...
  7. Bandit5

    Stenner Pump install!

    Greetings all, I have finally completed the install of Stenner Pump. The largest wait was for my electrician to set up the new outlet, but it is working great. My install is setup a little differently from others I have seen, which I attribute to my own stubbornness. I wanted it to...
  8. Bandit5

    Stenner check valve not checking

    I am nearly complete on my Stenner pump install. Everything is setup, but I am waiting on my electrician to install a 220V outlet powered only when the filter pump is running. I removed my temporary plug from my 2" x 2" x 1/2" FPT slip fitting and installed the check valve to see if would stop...
  9. Bandit5

    Worth it to upgrade multiport valve?

    I have been working on my stenner pump install a little bit at a time as my free time allows. After installing the Tee adapter to 1/2" NPT on my 2" pipe going to the two returns, I began to re-do some of the plumbing that I no longer needed, such as the removal of the long dormant pool frog. In...
  10. Bandit5

    Leslie's chlorine

    I am planning the install of a Stenner pump system and decided to check out different sources for bulk chlorine rather than individual gallons of Walmart bleach. So I stopped by the local Leslie's store on my way home to see if their liquid chlorine came in bulk and was fresh. The guy behind the...
  11. Bandit5

    New to the forum

    I have been lurking this site for a few years now and started using the BBB method just last year. It has made life with a pool so much better. I am in southeast PA with a vinyl liner in-ground pool with DE filter. I like to tinker around with ways to make pool maintenance easier, and this site...