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    Trouble tracking down leak

    Divide and conquer- if you put plugs in the returns and skimmers and close the valve to the main drain (or plug the main drain), you can isolate the pool itself. Then redo the bucket test. If passes, then the leak is on the side opposite the plugs/main drain closure point. If it fails again...
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    leak when running in recirculate mode

    Bless my wife's heart she "jiggled the handle" and the leak went way down. Still going to replace the spider gasket, but the time pressure is reduced. Thank you!
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    leak when running in recirculate mode

    Long story. I'm currently doing a vitamin c treatment for copper staining (that's in another thread), and my filter pressure rose to the point I needed to do a backwash. Unfortunately I did not have time to do it at that moment, but I wanted to keep my pump running to circulate the vitamin c and...
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    leak when running in recirculate mode

    Hey everyone, I switched my pump from running in "filter" mode to "recirculate" mode to recirculate my water until I do my next backwash. Lo and behold, a small amount of water started coming out of end of the pipe where the waste/backwash water usually comes from. It looks like about 1 pint per...
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    pool stain update

    I unfortunately dumped the rest of the Vitamin C in the pool yesterday. I'll have to get more and test the newer, bigger stains. My DE filter pressure jumped in the last 24 hours from 14 to about 20, and the water isn't flowing over the waterfall as rapidly, so the filter seems to be getting...
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    Yep...a new guy, probably not new problems

    I hate to burst your bubble, but it might not be iron. I initially thought I had "iron" too. I did the vitamin C test, and it improved my stains. Then I discovered that the prior pool/house owner had been dumping "blue shock" (aka COPPER algaecide) into the pool. My stains have been brown/green...
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    pool stain update

    ... and no more improvement. I'm beginning to doubt if there ever was because the stains look different depending on the lighting. Still have several of these around the edge of the pool, which were not there last Fall. I have several of these around the edge of the pool, and all of them are...
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    pool stain update

    pH remains 7.2 today
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    pool stain update

    Hey y'all, I'm back at it. I put the repeated cycles of Vit C treatment on hold due to the cold water/weather. Started again about 1.5 days ago (sunset Saturday evening). Put in 3.5 lbs of vitamin C plus about 1/2 lb of "Iron and Cobalt Remover" plus 1.5 quarts of "Super Metal Control" from...
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    I haven't backwashed since August 2019

    I do have a screened in pool. The 1.5 HP motor is on an intermatic timer and runs for about 4-5 hr / day. Yes the gauge on the filter returns to zero when the power is off.
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    I haven't backwashed since August 2019

    Hey y'all, the title says it all. I've been waiting for my filter pressure to rise either from the "green arrow" to the "white arrow" or to simply go up 25%. It hasn't done either. When I bought the house last year, I read somewhere I was supposed to backwash monthly, which I did pretty...
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    Do it on my own or leave it to the professionals?

    There has already been much said, and I agree with just about everything. My situation was similar to yours, except I bought the house with copper stained pool last year. I had no prior knowledge of anything about pools except how to swim in them. If you have time, please review my first...
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    What is this?

    Just as an update it was 1/8 npt, and i bought a plug instead of a replacement gauge since I also bought a pool robot so won't be using the vacuum line much anymore. Thank you all for helping to solve the mysteries!
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    What pool cleaner is right for me?

    I ordered the pentair warrior se for $699. At marina pool, they quoted me that, and the s200 was $719. I did not think the color change was worth an extra $20. I'll have to see if it fits under the pool sink in the cabinet when not in use, or else I may have to get creative about a storage...
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    What pool cleaner is right for me?

    Thank you so much for your help and guidance! I've narrowed it down to the S200 or the S300, but I'm not sure if I want to pay extra for the Bluetooth (2019 model) or WiFi (2020 model) connectivity. However, the s300 comes with a "caddy". I'm a bit mystified about the "caddy". why would I...
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    What pool cleaner is right for me?

    Hi y'all, I'm getting tired of manually vacuuming my pool. I have a dedicated "vacuum line" for plugging in my manual vacuum hose. My pool specs are in my signature line. The pool itself is inside a screened enclosure, so I don't have too much large debris in the pool. Its mostly dirt/ small...
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    Hayward Pro DE filter model identification

    If thats illegible or missing, you can download the manual and check in there. I have a similar Hayward progrid DE filter, and it said to measure the height of the filter and provided corresponding model numbers based on height.
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    omg I did it.

    As they say "there's an app for that". Or if you're old school like me, I use a web calculator for my chlorine/baking soda amount. However, I eyeball the muriatic acid amount (I don't want to pour it twice, and the odor is like getting punched in the face if you ever inhale it,and if you pour it...
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    What is this?

    One of the people at the many stores I went to said it was 1/8". And before I buy a replacement off the internet, I'll measure it with calipers to confirm size. Thanks again- and enjoy your Thanksgiving!
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    What is this?

    I put on a thick glove just in case #9 shattered in my hand, amd sure enough it came out surprisingly easily. I took it to a Local Pool Store who said they didn't have the replacement. Subsequently, I've been to an additional two other competing Pool Stores, plus Big Box Store, plus a plumbing...
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    What is this?

    I'm going to take a wild guess here and say the busted vacuum gauge could be a/the source of my ongoing suction side air leak- am I right? And if yes, do you think I could remove just the round gauge (the part sticking out of the gray sleeve) and replace it with another gauge, or do I have to...
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    The unpoolstorification - fixing levels, etc

    Ok so I'll also lube up the bottom screw/drain plug. Then I'll run the hose over the pump again and check the bubbles at the return. Because the leak has already improved so much due to fixing pump basket lid gasket, I'll have to pour water over the top of the pump and then check to see if the...
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    What is this?

    better pictures of #9: It says "WIKA" on the bottom of the dial in tiny print. WIKA makes valves and protective devices. Thanks again!
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    What is this?

    better pics of #8:
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    What is this?

    better picture of #7: This may be related to an autofill. I have two unexplained openings on the side wall of the skimmer. I can add a picture of those later too if someone wants to see them. I'm not going to turn this lever for the forseeable future as I'm concerned I may not be able to...
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    The unpoolstorification - fixing levels, etc

    OK so I'm back to working on the pool! After putting on the highhigh viscosity silicone lubricant (nearly as thick as smooth peanut butter), the filter basket no longer had a whirlpool inside about 2" below the basket. After that I had a lot of small bubbles flying around in there, and when I...
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    omg I did it.

    And there's the occasional "I've had a pool for the past 6 months" kind of guy to provide the "that just happened to me" reassurance... Not that I know anyone who would fit that bill or anything... :)
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    Do I need to do anything for the winter?

    Hi y'all we live in central FL and bought our first house with a pool this year. We did not get a pool cover or really anything I can find at all to use for winter prep. My plan was to continue doing what I'm doing- run pump 3-4 hours/day, check pH and chlorine nightly (sometimes I skip an...
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    New to the pool stuff, need some help.

    David, welcome to TFP! I was in your shoes a few months ago. If you have elevated CYA and pool stains, you're in for a long haul. I see you're in central Florida, so you likely also have a high water table which makes getting rid of water more difficult due to risk of floating/levitating the...
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    What is this?

    I dug around 8 and 9, but its too dark to get a good photo. But it did make me feel like an archeologist (Indiana Jones?) to gently excavate around them, trying very hard not to damage the vintage equipment! I also looked at pictures online of "autofills", and I noticed a lot of those pictures...