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  1. ckendalls

    Changing brushes and tracks on S300

    They look good. No haze when operating the S300. Just when using a real pole brush.
  2. ckendalls

    Changing brushes and tracks on S300

    While the tracks look a bit worn, it still climbs no problem. I guess its more the brushing I wonder about. When I use a real pole brush, I get more haze than I used to... The “vac suction” works fine on visible stuff.
  3. ckendalls

    Changing brushes and tracks on S300

    How often does one usually change brushes or tracks on a dolphin S300 and what does one look for? I probably run it 3-5 times for 2 hrs a week and its . I am not sure I am getting the same level of brushing I used to get and its a little over a year old.
  4. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    I made about 6 versions all with about 40” of PVC pipe. What seemed to give be the best result was a 5/64 bit with about 40 holes using the 1/3 HP Lowes Utilitech pump. Also, the sound of the water hitting the pool was more pleasing with this size drill bit. Its tough to get consistent...
  5. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    1/3 HP. This one. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-0-33-HPThermoplastic-Submersible-Utility-Pump/1000668993
  6. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Not wanting to block the returns and normal circulation is why I went with the portable submersible pump option showed earlier in this thread. Easy in and out. Its still working well even in humid FL.
  7. ckendalls

    Joint/union replacement

    Awesome Victory! Gonna remember the heat methods in case I need them.
  8. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    What I think would be ideal is to have a water feature sprayer cooler built in with an actuator valve to adjust the flow between water features. On our current pool, it would be nice to have this built in right above where our water fall sheers are. We have a variable speed pump and I think it...
  9. ckendalls

    New Build in SoCal - Grout Color???

    Ours is about 6-8 inches depending on water level. The sun shelf is the same height as our first step. For us it is good with the 1 yr old granddaughter to sit splash and crawl in and fine for our Omega lounge chairs. We also have bubblers in the sun shelf and any deeper than this would not...
  10. ckendalls

    Joint/union replacement

    Awesome!
  11. ckendalls

    Joint/union replacement

    I have a Hayward salt cell and I bought a replacement on Amazon. But it will depend your brand and model.
  12. ckendalls

    Joint/union replacement

    Bummer PITA! I had a cracked SWG coupler I had to replace but just had enough room to use a straight glued union and short PVC pipe with a new SWG threaded union. Is there enough room to use a straight glued union on the broken pipe to join a new very short PVC pipe to a new SWG barrel...
  13. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Certainly where I got the idea here, fitting to returns or bubblers. But Since I don’t need it all summer or every day I didn’t go that route and used the submersible.. for now. If I was building a pool in a consistently hot climate, I’d want something more built in and planned position etc...
  14. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Yep. I saw that somewhere 😉. Silicon grease over those screw heads, inspect em and I don’t leave it in all the time or same spot. Thanks
  15. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    How’s it going or how did this end up?
  16. ckendalls

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Our 11K gallon pool gets direct sun much of the day. If it wasn’t in a screened enclosure and the sun sails I installed, it would be too warm on the hottest part of the year particularly with the short fall on storms this year. The multiple sun sails I put up are a god send. But this year...
  17. ckendalls

    MUSTARD ALGAE!!!!

    I had to resort to the mustard slam recently as a SLAM a while back didn’t hold even though I passed the tests. Never saw any algae though. Just chlorine consumption and a hint of cloudy water. Once whatever it was capitulated, it took a good while for my Fc to drift back down from mustard...
  18. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    Biological debris can consume chlorine. Sand by itself should not, unless it is mixed with algae or other biomass that was growing on it or mixed with it. I’m assuming that it came from your blasting and brushing so possible.
  19. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    In medical terms, this is sort of like “lancing an abscess” or “debriding infected tissue” so the microbes are exposed and the antibiotics can work... So its not surprising that you are consuming more Fc since the microbes are not being pulled out as its being released by brushing and blasting...
  20. ckendalls

    How Clear is TFP Clear? Let's See (Pics Please).

    Finished slamming from unseen growth with chlorine consumption and hoping it holds.
  21. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    We feel your frustration man! I would be too!
  22. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    Man you are getting after it now! You probably realize that the stuff above the current water line under the coping should be attacked too. I check these hidden areas from the in the pool perspective regularly and if I see anything, it gets sprayed with bleach and brushed. Definitely see if...
  23. ckendalls

    Starting to look better...but.

    You will probably want to regrout and plug those voids up along with those pipe holes. Even with the TFP chemistry guidelines these areas without circulating water will regrow. I’ve learned on this thread. Thanks for the diligent updates.
  24. ckendalls

    Hayward Omnilogic question

    Yep. The heater wants 80% minimum speed setting to fire up and run when it turns off after reaching temp will go back to the set lower speed or off (after a bit more circulation time to cool the heater).
  25. ckendalls

    Hayward Omnilogic question

    The default RPM speed on our Hayward VS pump setting is 80% when the heater is on. It can be configured in the OmniLogic settings, but I think 80% was the default min safety setting for our 40,000 BTU Hayward gas heater.
  26. ckendalls

    Jandy TruClear Panel Defect?

    Agree.... I’ve suggested the reflective cover idea a few times to the neighbor or that the unit be “boxed” after it was replaced twice. It gets very hot. The pool builder says “we use this all the time in the FL ☀️ “ No problems...
  27. ckendalls

    Jandy TruClear Panel Defect?

    My neighbor has had to have his Jandy TruClear control touch panel replaced 4 times under warranty. The touch pad buttons become non responsive and locked on the last setting still reading on the display and SWG still working. I think its because its getting direct sun (almost due south) here...
  28. ckendalls

    Speed Stir Usage question

    The latter. You read the number or drops it takes to stop changing color. It may change to lighter red first and with another drop go brighter red. Use that number. Also, with new kits and particularly in dryer weather, static electricity on the tip of the R-009 reagent can affect accuracy...
  29. ckendalls

    Jumping back in: Bullfrog A5L with SmartChlor

    Any updates? We just started a new tub with this @ease system after Awwsome treatment since we got a bunch of it “included”. I maintain our SWG pool totally TFP wise and with borates. The water seems agreeable so far but the pH rises very fast with aeration at their recommended TA. I am...
  30. ckendalls

    Does a heat pump work in the San Diego area?

    Heat pumps (heat exchanging) doesn’t work as efficiently in dry climates which is why they use more evaporative cooling (heat pumps in reverse) in desert climates. Not sure about your specific location but dryer climates would generally need a larger heat pump and would need more power...