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  1. the_sphynx

    Waterfall recommendation

    I have 3 of them sort of like what you pictured there above. Mine are driven by a dedicated pump so that they can run pretty much whenever I want them to. They were called sheer descents whenever I built my pool a couple of years ago. I guess Pentair might call them "MagicFalls" now. I have...
  2. the_sphynx

    Does anyone go an entire swimming season without SLAMing their pool?

    This is my 1st pool. Been following the TFP method since my pool was installed in 2018. Haven't had to SLAM it yet. I live in an environment where my pool is "maintained" year round though. I could see where winterizing and opening it up in the spring would pose challenges I don't have to...
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    Stabilizer,,Who needs it?

    I am not sure if this is a trolling post or not but there are a few things regarding this that I am aware of. 1. You are using test strips which this forum is not going to be proud of you for that as they are unreliable compared to a proper test kit with chemicals. 2. It is my understanding that...
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    Official 2020 Pool Critters Thread

    I have the occasional scorpion in my pool around here. They don't survive long in the water. They show up overnight but I haven't ever seen one alive once it hits the water so I didn't time it. Mine aren't this exact type shown in his pic either but it's still of the "Don't step on it" variety.
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    Pool ph

    I don't have any surefire ideas on this one but I had some pretty wild pH/Acid demands earlier this year I solved by lowering my high TA. I was putting in a gallon over a two week period which for me is a lot and then I realized my TA was too high (like 80). I have a salt pool so I put a ton...
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    Preventing Algae with an SWG during winter?

    I live down in SD county (North SD county) and I have a SWG. I typically just got buy a 4 gallon of bleach pack from the pool store and that lasts me all winter. With the low water temperatures we really don't get any growth in the pool. My SWG is only off for maybe 2-3 weeks total before the...
  7. the_sphynx

    Quarantine Swamp turned Icey Blue Paradise

    Good job! I don't have any thoughts on keeping black algae away as I have never encountered it but I suspect you have to keep the FC numbers up. Were you able to solve your bleach sourcing problems? I'd hate for all that work to happen and then it come back because you can't find any bleach...
  8. the_sphynx

    Robotic Cleaner for Long In-Ground Pool

    I'd think it's probably cord length. I am lucky in that I have an outlet about halfway down my pool up on the deck. So as long as the robot's cord enters the pool somewhere sort of close to the middle of the pool I would think it would be fine. that would allow it to go 30' in either...
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    Finding strange things in the pool

    So far this year I have found a couple of drowned rats, a couple of mice, a gopher, a few live frogs, and about 1,000+ various floating insects in mine. It's like a habit now to just walk out there in the morning and see what I have to dispose of that day!
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    2 month old pool using 3 bags of salt per week

    Solid, Yes, I never trust the SWG. 3200 is perfectly fine for the SWG. In fact, as long as the "Low Salt" light isn't on on the SWG then you should be fine. Mine starts lighting up at about 2700ppm-ish. Even when it lights up I only use the K-1766 test results to determine how much to add...
  11. the_sphynx

    S200 swivel cord, not really

    How long have you had the S200? Might be worth seeing Maytronics can send you a new cord. I have the M500 with the swivel, I think all of their swivels are the same. I have no problem rolling/twisting/whatever the cord and the swivel moves just fine for me. No effort at all really to get the...
  12. the_sphynx

    Giant Birds of Paradise - Poolside - issue?

    I don't have them installed right by the pool but I do have two big ones in a retaining wall on my front yard. I have never seen their roots becoming a problem or "invasive" is the term plant people use. I do trim them though about 1-2x a year to get the deadfall off of them. Here a mine but...
  13. the_sphynx

    New Pool Cleaner

    I love my Dolphin M500. I went from a suction side Pentair Rebel to the M500 and never looked back. It is so nice to be able to clean the pool without the use of the pump or running the pump at a higher RPM. I live in SoCal and energy costs are high here. it takes about 300W to clean my pool...
  14. the_sphynx

    Nest Protect (smoke alarm) out of warranty replacement

    I bought my house a couple of years ago and it came with a few of those. I did the same thing and immediately reset/connected them to my network. Love them. Have cooked lots of bacon in the house with lots of smoke and no piercing alarm sounds. I have no complaints about them and I still...
  15. the_sphynx

    Dirty Robot/Vacuum Thread

    Tell me about it! Ran 3 cycles today before the mud stopped coming out of it. I still have a few long blades of grass in the pool that I'll get out tomorrow. Crazy stuff out here.
  16. the_sphynx

    Dirty Robot/Vacuum Thread

    We have had some fairly high wind days here lately and my M500 is paying the price! I pulled it out this morning after the 1st pass and I got this. I thought I would start a thread to see how bad some of these poor things are abused! :oops: I didn't get a pic of the skimmer basket but it was...
  17. the_sphynx

    Why doesn’t Pollywood make a plantation chair!!!

    I was just going to say that. Some people actually like the gray coloring that the teak does naturally over time. I personally would sand it and throw a few coats of Epifanes marine varnish on them. Taking a few days to do that right once will make those things last quite a while.
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    WaterGuru Sense Test v. TF-100

    This is good stuff. I may have to pick up one these next year if we see the value here on the forums. I also like to run my chlorine a little higher than the recommended values for those "Just in case" things that might creep up. There absolutely comes a point where it's just wasted chlorine...
  19. the_sphynx

    IntelliChlor Flow and Temperature Sensor FAILED

    Thought I would provide my recent experience with this in this thread so it might help someone. My pool was just handed over to me in December 2018 so still under warranty. All of my Pentair equipment has 3yr warranty on the equipment since it was purchased with a filter/pump/swg at the same...
  20. the_sphynx

    Pentair Screenlogic and Mac Catalina

    Gold, I agree. Unfortunately Pentair isn't a software company. I do think it's interesting that when I look at ScreenLogic Connect's settings on my Mac as I type this, it really uses a port of Wine. Wine is like a way to layer Windows apps on top of Linux (or a Mac in this case). My gut...
  21. the_sphynx

    Pool got out of control!

    If it's as bad as you describe then I'd expect that 5ppm of FC to disappear pretty quickly. You should be prepared to do this at least once a day for the next few days or so depending on how bad it really is. Once you get the TF-100 refreshed and run some tests I am sure the people here can...
  22. the_sphynx

    Pool got out of control!

    And plenty of chlorine. You need to know your CYA number before really knowing how much chlorine/bleach to add to get get SLAM levels but I'd go ahead and put a couple of gallons of 6% or higher in there and repeat the addition of the chlorine pretty much every few hours until you get your test...
  23. the_sphynx

    Mosquito control chemicals and your pool

    Hmm, not a chemist but here's my take. I live in rural SoCal and purchase the concentrates of various pesticides & pre-emergents. When reading the labels on those it specifies a dilution rate based on targeted pests/coverage/etc. Most of the time it's 1oz-to-2oz per gallon of water, sometimes...
  24. the_sphynx

    New Pool Blaster Max HD Li Battery Charger Headaches

    I agree with Rocket. I have learned to plug in the power side and then connect up the pool blaster. I have to sort of jiggle it to get a steady LED light sometimes. I am not sure I have ever heard mine "click", it just sort of sits in there and I hope it doesn't get bumped.
  25. the_sphynx

    bugs in my skimmer

    Bowser, I have a similar setup. If you use a skimmer sick like us then the Skimmer Angel won't work as far as I know.
  26. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Thanks for the help guys. Really appreciate it. Good to know these things will last a long while if I take care of them. Looks like I'll just continue to rinse them properly and maybe, if needed, toss them in some TSP for a good soak.
  27. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Well that's a rabbit hole of a response I suspect but for me I think it's a cosmetic thing. I assume the slight yellow tinge is a sign of some sort of deterioration but is it significant enough for the functionality to be affected...I suspect not at this stage. Was just trying to get ahead of...
  28. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Just an update here. I didn't have any TSP available but I had some of the new formula of Spic-n-Span. It doesn't contain TSP anymore but I thought I would try it. I soaked the filters in the solution overnight and I can see that the yellow from the one that was showing its age is not nearly...
  29. the_sphynx

    Dolphin M500 Filter Replacement?

    Anyone know about how long the "ultra fine" filters last for them? I have had the M500 since late April or so. I've been using the ultra fine paper filters pretty much since the 1st week. The robot cleans everyday. I rinse them out everyday. I have started to notice the filters aren't quite...
  30. the_sphynx

    Options to clean spa?

    I have a Dolphin M500 that I use for the pool and a Pool Blaster Max Lithium Ion for the spa. I use the Pool Blaster about twice a month. It also helps for my baja/sun shelf. Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Li Pool & Spa Cleaner by In The Swim Pool Supplies Learn more: : Water Tech...