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    Best method to locate, fix suction side leak

    I'm having the exact same issue, just different equipment. And like you, this air problem followed to a brand new pump this year. It's pretty much impossible that it could be coming for a leak in the pipe under ground, right? I assume we would notice a wet spot in the yard somewhere?
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    DE Blowing in to Pool

    Hayward 60 sf DE filter, Hayward 7 position multi-port valve, 1HP motor, vinyl liner. After opening this year and my first backwash, I clearly saw clouds of DE blowing in to the pool from the returns. I suspected my old multi-port valve probably had a bad gasket; I had replaced it a couple...
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    Another Humming Question

    I've spent some time searching posts, but still have a vexing humming question - By the way it's a 1HP Emerson 1 speed motor, part of a Hayward Super Pump. Couple weeks ago motor was humming; the capacitor tested bad, replaced, pump worked. A few days later I noticed pump wasn't coming on -...
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    Is anyone else in the closet?

    To try to explain BBB in the middle of a soccer game to someone who is isn't really ready to hear it anyways is just a waste of both persons time! Since it's kind of hard to explain everything, I usually just try to boil my advice down to: - Pool chemicals can be very expensive and troublesome...
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    solar cover - major PIA?

    Yes the covers are cumbersome, but I've found in the beginning and end of the season, it's a big help keeping the water a few degrees warmer. Our cover looks similar to yours, shape and size, and my wife is able to roll it up and unroll it. I noticed that yours has wheels on the bottom, and...
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    Shocking pool causes CLEAR GREEN TINTED WATER

    I had one other thought, sometimes powdered shock contains copper, if you used powdered shock when you were cleaning up the algae. Either way, sequestrant should help. So how did the pool party go? What did the guests say about swimming in the green water?
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    New Guy..

    Thanks for the laugh on a Monday morning! That's how I got to this site too. Welcome, and best of luck on your journey.
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    Potential new pool owner

    I highly encourage you to do it yourself. It will be an adventure and a big learning experience with how your pool reacts, the equipment, and the test kit. You'll gain first hand knowledge of your pool very early, and it will be a big confidence boost. Plus, "swamp" threads are always very...
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    Holy O-Ring, Batman - Hayward DE filter O-Rings

    If you click to order that o-ring part, it says: REPLACED BY DEX2421JKIT, KIT CONTAINS O-RING, CLAMP, HARDWARE, AND LABEL. However, it still lets you add the o-ring to your basket, but at least when I did it it says "Currently Unavailable".
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    Electric_Part II

    Just a related note for you, while you're doing the electric now and digging the ground, plan for the potential for a heater down the road. In my case, our equipment is 60+ feet from the main breaker, and the original electric was sized only for the pumps. If we want to add a heater...
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    Holy O-Ring, Batman - Hayward DE filter O-Rings

    Well, as a Hayward customer with a relatively young (2 years) filter in this category, I would be quite frustrated if I go in next summer to buy a new o-ring, and am told I have to buy the entire clamp assembly. Because, and I haven't checked the numbers, but the clamp assembly is like $150...
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    Taz vs. Pool Store Test

    Wow, again reminds me to be thankful for this site and a good test kit. Were they recommending that you buy $100 worth of "PH DOWN"? Or did they scold you for having your FC too high??? I can't imagine how much that would have messed things up if you hadn't been troublefreepool'd. Steve
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    Pump pressure increasing rapidly

    I agree I think it's time to open the filter and do a thorough cleaning of the grids, even soak it. Then you'll be back to long periods between backwashes. Good luck!
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    help!

    I think you can go ahead and stock on up bleach while you're waiting for the new pump. Please read this article http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-school/defeating_algae and you'll be ready to turn the water back to blue. You are going to be so much happier collecting your own test results...
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    Dealing with algae for the first time

    According to the Chlorine/CYA chart, for a CYA of 60 your FC range should be min. 5, target of 7, so that's probably why you got algae. You didn't mention what you use for a source of chlorine and what you are using for shock, and what test kit you have? I think once the algae is dead, it's...
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    New pool safety cover question

    We have one of the newer Ultra Loop Loc covers, it has a couple of mesh drain panels. I love not having to worry about water pooling on the cover, and we get a lot of leaves... as soon as they dry, I can blow them off. I still get leaves and junk underneath, I guess I need to tighten the cover...
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    Need information about maintenance of pool filter please.

    Not sure about question 1, but for question 2, I say lube the o-rings with the same gasket lube. I usually do anyways. Sounds like you're doing great and this has been a learning experience.. it's going to be great when you get that filter going and can really keep the water clean.
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    Need information about maintenance of pool filter please.

    I kind of think this might be a good project for you.. they are already used to spending a little bit of money on chemicals, maybe you can feel them out to see if they would be willing to invest in a good test kit first, and then some additional things if you open up the filter and clean it. If...
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    First Time Fiber Clear Usage

    I've been using Fiber Clear for two years now, I would say my biggest reason for using it vs. DE is to avoid the risks of inhaling DE and any risks from dumping it in the grass and street. Having said that, Fiber Clear is pretty dusty too, and I'm sure you want to avoid inhaling any of that as...
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    head hurts from banging it against the wall

    It is tough.. a good friend has a small AGP, and I've had the "conversation" with him all summer. I went over there the other day and it's all cloudy. I say "what's going on?"... he pulls out his test strips and says "Look, all my levels are perfect except I have too much chlorine". I then...
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    Cover or no cover

    Yes, my point of reference is southern Virginia, definitely not as cold as Maryland. However, my recollection from last winter is the folks that were frustrated that they had to run their pumps so much because of the cold winter... I'd be surprised if a running pump was not able to protect the...
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    Cover or no cover

    I use a mesh cover for two reasons - small children (safety) and two trees near the pool (debris). You've covered both of those concerns, so in my opinion, I don't see anything wrong in keeping it uncovered. I have a friend that did not cover last winter, and to my surprise the earth did not...
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    Bubba263....1st time pool guy

    Hey, be happy you've become enlightened so soon... took me 3 years of being "pool stored", cheap test kits and various advice before I found TFP. And by the way, welcome!
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    How to take apart a Hayward DE filter

    The entire grid assembly will come out of the filter, it is only attached by one white pipe. You may have to work that free, but once it's free, the whole grid assembly will lift out. I would not remove the nut at the top unless the grids are out of the filter and you are wanting to separate the...
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    What happens to water that requires fresh fill periodically?

    I've personally been able to keep the water in the hot tub a lot longer than the recommended refill. But I think I've read that the soap from bathing suits gets in the water and will start to cause a lot of suds over time, not sure of any others reasons except maybe certain ways of maintaining...
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    Hello, my name is Dave B. ...

    Funny, I was trying the same thing after buying a new DE filter 2 years ago.. unfortunately, we get a lot of pollen and a lot of leaves/debris, and it got to the point where I was needing to backwash it seemed like every week, at which point... it really wasn't a big deal to pull the filter...
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    Polaris Hose stuck in nut!

    If I'm reading this correctly, it's happened to me, and I felt it was easier just to go buy a new nut for a few $$ then to try to mess with it. I guess you could try an exacto knife or something to cut out the hose, but again, the slices on your hands and frustration probably isn't worth the...
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    Pool opening, high chlorine concerns.

    Well, he's a bit wrong about that one.. filters don't remove CYA, and you absolutely should consider the CYA level. Whether your pool is 1 gallon or 1 million, the basics of BBB are the same.. get your CYA in range, keep it there, and chlorinate based on the CYA/Chlorine chart recommendation...
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    Equipment House Options - Looking for Advice/Ideas

    I don't want to make a recommendation of where the equipment should go, but make sure you consider the following: - you'll want plenty of space around and above the equipment for ease of service - you may want additional space for future additions, like a heat pump or solar or whatever - I...
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    Any auto mechanics? Need advice.

    I know it's scary going to the dealer, but in this case that is what I would do. First, they will be able to look up any known TSB's (Tech. Service Bulletins) and they'll have access to lots of data and known issues from Lexus. If there is a TSB it may be fixed for free, although not always. It...