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  1. Mike0893

    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    Thanks for the response Jim. Yes the new bulbs looked the same to me as the old ones.
  2. Mike0893

    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    I have not removed the lights from the pool since I replaced the bulbs. I saw the warning not to operate the lights out of the water. I got the part number for the bulbs off of the light fixture. Now I know Pentair doesn’t make bulbs but could modern bulbs burn hotter than 25 year old ones
  3. Mike0893

    Pool Lights - off, then on, then off, then on

    So my pool has 4 Pentair Aqualights. Three are in the pool and one in the spa. These lights have a 250 watt halogen bulb. None of the lights worked when we moved in last year. I have done a lot of electrical work in the pool pad area and the last thing on the list was the lights. So I...
  4. Mike0893

    Pool lights repair or replace

    Thanks AJ. At $300 a piece new, I decided to try new bulbs and seals first. There doesn’t seem to be a led replacement so it looks like I have to stick with what I’ve got.
  5. Mike0893

    Solar Pool Heater 300ft from pool

    My piping is below ground. About 2/3 of it is about 12 to 16 inches deep the other 1\3 is only 3 or 4 inches deep. Heat loss from above ground pipe is minimal. The water is moving too fast In the pipe. The largest heat loss is of course the surface of your pool.
  6. Mike0893

    Solar Pool Heater 300ft from pool

    My ground mounted solar rack is 225 feet from my equipment pad and is 60 feet long. My 2 hp pump has no problem with flow. I get 65 gpm with 2 inch pipe. For 300 feet you might think about using 2 1/2 inch pipe and if that’s not enough you could try a solar booster pump. I got a couple of bids...
  7. Mike0893

    Pool lights repair or replace

    So I have 4 Pentair pool lights that don’t work. I’ve tested the circuit and determined it’s the lights themselves. The are Pentair series 77 lights but I don’t really see a part number for the whole fixture. There are numbers for replacement parts (bulb, gasket and retaining screw). I looked...
  8. Mike0893

    Solar Panel Heaters

    All my pipe is 2 inch. I get about 63 gpm. I had a proposal giving to me by a solar installer and they wanted to install 2.5 inch pipe so that the system would achieve 70gpm. That wasn’t necessary.
  9. Mike0893

    Solar Panel Heaters

    I installed a solar heating system for our pool over the off season. It has 672 sf of panel surface area. That is about 83% of pool surface area. We just started using it last month. It’s great. Temp here today was 77 and the pool reached 84. I have a 2 hp pump and the panels are 225 feet...
  10. Mike0893

    Return Jets

    I just measured the threads for the returns in the pool. 1 3/4 inches. I did a quick web search but so far no luck. I’ll keep looking
  11. Mike0893

    Return Jets

    So I realized this week that my pool doesn't have jets in the water returns. I have 4 pipes with threads in the wall of the pool but thats it. Now I'm just wondering which jets do I need. I see that there are 1/2", 3/4" and 1" eyeballs but is that the only difference. Are there different...
  12. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    That info could be very helpful. Thanks to both of you
  13. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Thanks for you help Pool Clown. I figured there might be a problem with the board. I’ll keep messing with it. If nothing else it could be a reason to upgrade.
  14. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    I have a gas heater. I changed the #8 dip switch from off to on, turned off the power, took out the battery and let it sit that way for 3 minutes and turned it on again. There was no change. So I did it again this time changing #8 back to off and again no change. I don’t know what is...
  15. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Thank you for the reply Pool Clown. So to answer your questions, yes I do have the heat pump priority set to off. Yes the solar temp sensor is on the 3 and 4 pin. Now the polarity was something I didn't think about so I checked it and it was correct. Now I don't think my solar sensor is a...
  16. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Yes it is. I went out to double check that already
  17. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Pool Clown, I have the All Button controller. When I scroll through the system setup menu there is not a solar priority choice. In its place is heat pump priority. I don’t have a heat pump. The choices are on and off. This is where I get stuck.
  18. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Thanks for the response. Yes I did install a solar temp sensor. I looked at the manual you referenced ajw22 but it looks like that board has two sets of dip switches and two of those are related to solar. My board only had one set of dip switches none of witch has anything to do with solar...
  19. Mike0893

    Aqualink RS4 Help - Solar Automation

    Hello TFP. I have recently completed work on a solar system for my pool and I am now ready to have it operated by my Aqualink system. I have the Jandy valve wired into the controller and it works. I have the in house control panel and when the pump is running and I press the Solar button the...
  20. Mike0893

    Solar Heating Project Evaluation

    Thanks for the replies jseyfert3 and mas985. I appreciate the input. Also, mas985, those spreadsheets are really something. It's going to take me awhile to wrap my head around all the info. Thanks again.
  21. Mike0893

    Solar Heating Project Evaluation

    Hello TFP members. I am in the planning stages of a diy solar heating project for my pool and would like your opinions on it. My pool is 27000 gallons with 800sf of surface area. It is in the shade more than 75% of the time. The plan would be to place 14 4x12 FAFCO solar panels on a ground...
  22. Mike0893

    New to me pool

    Good morning TFP members. Just wanted to say hi to the forum that I have been reading for the last 2 months. My family and I have just moved into a new home with a pool 2 weeks ago. We have never had a pool before and are looking forward to the spring and summer so we can enjoy it. This pool...