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  1. HeyEng

    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...
  2. HeyEng

    PVC Help for SWG Installation

    My fancy new SWG showed up today and I am anxious to get it installed. I haven't done too much work with PVC before, but with my previous experience as an airplane mechanic, I don't think it would be too difficult. The only issue is I am not sure what I "don't know" and am not sure how to...
  3. HeyEng

    Adding Salt Prior to SWG Install and Testing #'s

    Howdy All...Happy Independence Day weekend!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their TFP!! Anyway, after some thoughts/discussions/research, I have decided to join the SWG crowd. I do have a couple of questions for the hive, though. 1) Pool size is around 14,000 gallons. With a special that is...
  4. HeyEng

    Upgrading to SWG...Opinions Appreciated

    I am coming up on two years of pool ownership and thanks to the good folks here, I have had a crystal clear pool since day 1. Nonetheless, finding decent chlorine is becoming somewhat of a challenge so I think this is a decent time to move up to a SWG. As my signature indicates, most of the...
  5. HeyEng

    Sand Pools?

    The article is scant on details, but seems like this would be a huge pain to deal with cleaning wise. I understand that it's not "real sand" per se, but still not sure on the details. Will this be coming to the US anytime soon? We shall see...
  6. HeyEng

    Chlorine Consumption For The Last Year

    Things have been slow around the homestead today so I thought I would do some figuring about how much chlorine I have used to date. My numbers run from March 2019 until today. For the year, I have used 67 gallons of chlorine. The "pool season" dictated the most use at 58 gallons (Mar '19 through...
  7. HeyEng

    Life Expectancy For LED Bulb?

    I have the Hayward ColorLogic LED (ver 2.5) and was curious as to what I might expect life expectancy wise. As far as I know, it's the same bulb/fixture as when the pool was installed back in the day. I would *like* to leave it on during night time, but not sure if cycling it causes it to "wear...
  8. HeyEng

    WaterGuru Sense Test v. TF-100

    I recently purchased the WaterGuru Sense after reading about it here. I liked the idea of not having to test the FC/PH everyday, so thought this might be a decent solution. As part of the program, you send them a vial of water for them to test at their lab...as I understand, this isn't the...
  9. HeyEng

    Travel Question(s) Trichlor and Pump Use

    Happy Friday everyone! Dear wife and I will soon be taking a trip and will be gone for about 10 days. I have read up on the use of pucks for travel and think I have this figured out (for the most part). The only questions that I do have is if this brand/type of trichlor is suitable (pic...
  10. HeyEng

    A Toast...

    This evening, it's a balmy 88 degrees outside and the pool is a very comfortable 85 degrees. This time tomorrow, our first TRUE cold front will have passed and it will be in the 60s signalling the end of the 2019 pool season. Thanks to the folks here, our first year owning a pool was a 100%...
  11. HeyEng

    Different Filter Pressures Depending on Valve Position?

    I have one main drain and one skimmer. As a matter of habit, I leave the main drain closed and use only the skimmer. Pressure has held at a steady 11.5 since installing new cartridges a few months ago. In anticipation of going on a trip for a few days, I went ahead and opened the main drain so...
  12. HeyEng

    Suggestions on Raising TA

    Current numbers: FC: 8 CC: 0 PH: 7.5 CH: 225 TA: 50 CYA: 60 Temp: 82 CSI -0.49 I am *slightly* concerned with the CSI. Currently PH is relatively stable and only have to add acid once every couple of weeks so far. Goal is to bring up CH to 250 and *maybe* TA to 70 but slightly concerned on...
  13. HeyEng

    Slow Connection?

    Anyone else having issue with slow connection? Other websites seem to be loading normally and I am not having speed/ping issues on my end.
  14. HeyEng

    Excessive Rain, Runoff and Now Nasty Water

    Had a bit of bad weather yesterday, but nothing terrible. We did, however, have a whole bunch of rain which caused quite the runoff into the pool. As you can see, there is a lot of sediment. We are hoping to have a housewarming/pool party this Saturday, so hopefully I can get this dealt with in...
  15. HeyEng

    Pool Math App Issue

    I am trying to put in some testing numbers from a few days ago, but I keep getting the message "Did Your Phone Go Swimming" and a disclaimer about not being able to "connect to the clouds, check the weather and try again." If I add something using current/day time (as in I don't modify it) there...
  16. HeyEng

    Account Upgrade Required?

    I was attempting to open an attachment that someone posted in a thread and I got the message "Upgrade Required". Can someone shed some light on this? I attached a screenshot of the screen as well as the referring page/link that sent me there. I guess "Silver Supporter" isn't good enough? :cool...
  17. HeyEng

    Heater Outlet Temperature?

    Well, today is the day when I fired up the heater on our "new to me" pool to see if it works...and well...I think it does. Pool temperature is currently 58 degrees. I am not looking to get it in a "we can swim now" range but more of a good ops checkout to see if there are any issues. Anyway, I...
  18. HeyEng

    Bleach Buying Season...How Much to Buy?

    Reading up on some earlier posts, it appears that around July time frame, Wal-Mart stops stocking the 'Pool Essentials 10% Bleach.' It is currently on sale here so I am getting ready to go stock up but curious about how much to get. Storage space isn't a concern since I have a very large garage...
  19. HeyEng

    Calling The Landscape (Irrigation) Experts

    Was out messing around in the yard today and came across something I am not familiar with. It appears to be some sort of water feature/jet something, but I don't know what. There is a fully operational irrigation system that has been run fully and it doesn't seem to be tied to this "system" in...
  20. HeyEng

    Question on Low Speed Use of 2 Speed Pump

    I have recently got my 2 speed pump to finally work as a two speed. Obviously, I prefer to use the low speed for a majority of time since this seems sufficient for good skimming action and freeze prevention. One thing I have noticed though is that when I use the high speed side of the pump...
  21. HeyEng

    Two Speed Pump Wiring Question

    I have a TriStar two speed pump that is currently wired to run in high speed only. I am not sure why the original owner did this, but that's how it is wired. Before I go tearing stuff up to re-wire the pump to the panel, I want to make sure the low speed side pump actually works. So, are there...
  22. HeyEng

    Determining Pump Power Usage

    Perhaps someone can help be decipher how much energy a pump might use. I understand the basic concept of determining wattage and the conversions, but it seems like pool pump motors are marked in their "own special way". In my case, I have a full rate 1 HP two speed with a service factor of 1.85...
  23. HeyEng

    Pump Noise After Filter Change

    This morning, I installed new cartridges into the filter. I debated cleaning the existing ones, but knowing how the previous owner had blown off all preventive maintenance around the rest of the house, I had an idea that all-new filters would be a prudent move. Replacement was no issue..and as I...
  24. HeyEng

    Pool Alarm Solutions?

    Greetings All...hope everyone is staying nice and warm! I was curious if anyone has used an outside motion detector to help protect pets/etc. if/when they fall in the pool? We have a Lifebuoy Alarm and it seems to work fairly well, but when it gets windy (often here in Oklahoma!) it can set it...
  25. HeyEng

    A Couple Questions on Testing

    I have read through the "extended" directions for the TF-100 kit and couldn't find exactly what I am looking for. Specifically... 1) I was told by a forum member that the CYA test should be done with water that has reached room temperature. Is this also true for the other tests? 2) When...
  26. HeyEng

    Another Plumbing Question

    I know, it seems like I have a lot of these. Anyway, I have noticed a small leak from a line that goes to the pressure indicator on the filter. I don't know the purpose of this line as it is connected to the return line just past the auto chlorinator (not using). As best as I can tell, they are...
  27. HeyEng

    New Test Numbers; Seeking Advice

    Still learning the new pool and happy to learn the balancing portion of this during the winter when changes aren't so quick. Anyway, latest numbers are: PH 7.7 FC 8.0 CC 0.5 CH 300 TA 70 CYA 90 Water Temp: 42 Water is clear and looking good. I will be adding chlorine to bring up the FC some...
  28. HeyEng

    What Are These Grates?

    I am stumped as to what these grates are for. You can see the return(s) are above them but they are not depicted on the pool design/build sketch. I did a cursory search here and on Google but really came up with nothing. Don't judge me on the leaves...it was very windy yesterday/last night and I...
  29. HeyEng

    Removing a Booster Pump?

    As I eluded to in a couple of other posts, I am looking at modifying some stuff with my "new to me" pool. One of the things I would like to do is get rid of the booster pump, as I no longer use a pressure cleaner. My plan is to just disconnect/cap the lines going to/from the pump as illustrated...
  30. HeyEng

    Plumbing Question...What is the Purpose of This?

    I have a general idea of the water flow for my pool, but not sure what the plumbing to the right of the pump is for. It appears to come out of the ground, go to a pressure indicator of sorts (cannot see or read it, however) and a hose bib. Looking at equipment schematics online doesn't seem to...