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  1. Swampwoman

    Phosphate scaling

    EDIT: This was separated from the thred "Phosphates: Are They Worth Removing?" in the deep end. For continuity and background on high phosphate levels on gas heaters for well users and the methods of phosphate removal dscussed in this branch, please see this link, from about page 16 onward...
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    Sophie's Choice on leaking pump before pool party ;(

    I'm just whining, but welcome suggestions. I had my pump motor changed to variable speed last month. Last weekend, there was a small puddle of water when it was on overdrive, but then after carefully watching it all week, nothing. We had cleaned our salt cell and zinc anode last Sat. I'd...
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    Hate My Solar Cover, Loved Cover Free, Can They Be Used Together?

    Boldly going where few posts have gone before...I want to kick around a crazy idea ;) Cover by night and Cover Free by day...but presumably the cover free, which is lighter than water, would be carried out daily on cover...? Background: This year I've run my pool in winter in Michigan with an...
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    Stuck in Econ mode on very old jacuzzi ;)

    This is probably a Hail Mary, but aside from electrical disconnection and reboot, removing topside controller cover, etc. is there any way to Jerry-rig and old Jacuzzi sport to get it out of Econ mode? Any troubleshooting tips? The mode button s the ONLY one not working on the controls. I do...
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    Flow rate advice: Will a 2-speed Superpump produce adequate flow on low speed for SWG

    Hi all. I'm looking for in-the-field experience as to whether the "low" flow on a 2-speed Hayward Superpump is too low for SWG production or heater operation. My Hayward Superpump 1 HP single speed needs a new seal, and if I hire the labor out...am thinking I might as well upgrade to 2...
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    Pool Solar Cover - Thoughts on a Swing Armed Rocky Reel?

    Hi all. As some of you may know, I've recently started using a solar cover on my grecian in ground due to a new dome and winter operation. (See this link: Anyone Have a Winter Pool Dome - Ameridome or Others? ) My success in reduced heating bills has motivated me to get serious about finding a...
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    AA 10 Minute Spot Treatment Experiment

    I thought I'd report a mini experiment for spot treatment of iron staining on stairs that IMHO is easier than full AA treatment and far cheaper, but thoroughly effective. Background: I am on well with 2 ppm iron in source water. I use softened water, which reduces iron to .5 ppm, then 10" Blue...
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    Any Tips for PE653 Instamatic Install?

    Ok, so my electrician friend who really wants to do the install in his spare time as a contra had to cancel (again) for this Saturday. At ths rate, it will be Xmas before my automatin is installed, but I am simply not going to have anyone other than an electrician do it. However, he and I are...
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    Best Way to Set Up Back Up Generator for Pump In Case of Winter Power Outage

    Ok guys, need to pick your brain to protect my crazy "running-in-winter-dome-in-Michigan" scenario. I have a little 60 amp sub panel in the pool house with a 1 hp, single-speed hayward superpump. There is also a square D box down line from panel. My raypak also feeds from this. All equipment is...
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    Pool Heater Cost Calculator Link

    A lot of people post on TFP to try to estimate potential heating cost. This link is too good not to share! IME, pretty accurate calculations on heating cost projections, and allows for pretty precise input based on location and pool specs. Check it out! SWIMMING POOL ENERGY TEMPERATURE...
  11. Swampwoman

    Series of Videos on Blowing Out Lines for Complex Pool

    Hi all. I've seen a few questions about the sequence of blowing out lines here and am never confident enough to assist because I've always had a pool tech close. But I found this series of videos on a pool with spa, in floor returns and two skimmers that I think might be useful to new closers...
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    Anyone Have a Winter Pool Dome - Ameridome or Others?

    Hi all. I'm looking for reports of anyone whose had an Ameridome or similar style winter pool enclosure. Pool Domes | Ameri-Dome Inground Swimming Pool Enclosures I have a torn meniscus among other issues that has not healed since June. I've seen a specialist who wants me to keep up my pool...
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    Plumbing a Zinc Anode - worthwhile on SWG Retrofits?

    Greetings, all. Horse may be outta the barn as I already have someone installing this today with the new heater but Joyful Noise suggested I post in a new thread to discuss caveats of Zinc anode placement. In my setup, the tech intends to plumb a t-style one inline between the filter and...
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    Troubleshooting 15 y/o Hayward H 200 Leak/IF code

    Hi guys. My old Hayward H200 heater circa 2001 got jealous that we were having the liner measured for new yesterday and threw an IF code and possibly a leak ;) Not sure if puddle of water ( a few feet after several hours) is from a hole in heat exchanger or if violent storm yesterday got water...
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    Vinyl Liner Pattern Roundup Project - Post Pic & Name Of Your Liner

    Calling all in-ground vinyl liner peeps! Whether its old or new, if you know the name of your liner pattern, please post a pic of your pool with water in it, with mfg and pattern name. This is a social experiment to see if we can help answer the liner-shopper's most pressing question: "What...
  16. Swampwoman

    Visual Example of Iron Versus Metal Sequestrant

    Many people struggle with stains, so I thought I'd take advantage of the fact that I accidentally added well water instead of softened to my fountain as an opportunity for a visual demo ;) When iron or copper are oxidized via elevated chlorine levels, which is what happened in pic #1 at raw...
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    Would you recommend pre-emptively changing the limiter on a brand new Aquarite?

    ...Or just waiting until /IF it cracked/burnt. Eg. are the replacement limiters from Digikey (570-1062-ND from Digikey.com) BETTER than what come factory installed on the Aquarite board? I've ordered two of the above just in case/to have on hand since this is a known problem with the...
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    Concrete Deck Enhancement -- Suggestions?

    Hi all. I'm whiling away the time before I can open here in Michigan but thought this year I might consider enhancing the concrete deck on my formerly foreclosed and neglected haven ;) The concrete is not bad, one small crack/lift area. I've ordered a new powerwasher and brush to get it clean...
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    Heavy historical use of phosphonic metal sequestrant, soft water and and swg cell?

    Good morning. ChemGeek got me thinking about my planned spring conversion to SWG with this comment on another thread which I didn't want to hijack: Recently, my pool water was tested by machine, not strips, at pool builder's store - tested 3500 salinity. They also tested my tap water to...
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    Considering SWG - Pros/Cons for pool using Softened water on Well Re Dilution

    Hi guys. Thanks to TFP during the great swamp recovery of 2012, I have learned a lot here. Of late, I've managed high well iron by using only soft water to fill, and my iron is now nicely diluted to .3 ppm iron..,still using sequestrant, but much less! Likely as a result of doubling my...
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    High TA Peeps: Is it possible to pre-filter makeup water to reduce TA?

    Greetings, all. My friend is filling his new above ground pool with well water that we now know has a TA of 340. While I know what he'll have to do ultimately to reduce it, what I don't know is whether a pre-filter on the hose will help reduce the makeup water TA much. My own make up water...
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    Crowd sourcing Bee problem solutions ;)

    So the latest installment of me versus the honey bees shows there's a strategic weakness to my prior plot, and I'm interested in hearing any and al solutions folks may concoct. Background: We live near a river in a semi-country setting with a few acres of forest behind, and a recluse neighbor...
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    Use sand instead of concrete for in-pool table base?

    I just bought this table for the shallow end of my pool: http://www.aughog.com/product-category/relaxation-station-pool-lounge/ I'm not using an umbrella with it (its just for drinks...water dodgeball continues to harm many fine craft beer poolside ;)) You're supposed to fill the base with...
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    Solar heat pump

    Split off of this topic. JasonLion. Joshii, when you were investigating this product, did you look at/consider their solar heat pump at all, or is that prdouct new this year? http://www.hotspotenergy.com/heat-pump-pool-heater/ I don't actually have central air...I do have a heat pump in my...
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    Could epsom salts cause the pump to seize

    Is there any way using Epsom salts in a hot tub would cause the pump to seize? My tech seemed to think it was a no-no...after he replaced my 15-yr-old hot tub pump that seized very shortly after I'd added Epsom salt. So I've avoided it, but it could have been coincidental....
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    Possible to disable ozone on tiger river Sumatran?

    Greetings. My current, ancient ('95) jacuzzi echo sport may be on its last legs after I "fixed" a leak on the weekend -- clearly it did not like the attention and the ham-fisted mucking about, because now I'm getting FLO and the pump won't run. If its just a relay I somehow gummed up with some...
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    Any suggestion for small leaks in an old jacuzzi in Winter?

    I have an old jacuzzi echo model (separate from pool) that I use year round. By now it has small leaks that necessitates weekly or biweekly top ups. I am able to do this by running a hose out of the shop, but thought I'd check to see it there's anything yet there that works as a decent "stop...
  28. Swampwoman

    Why I Need To Close by Oct 23rd Each Year ;)

    Such a sad sight...except happy that it got closed the other day, before the maple had a mass shed ;)
  29. Swampwoman

    Great Season, but With Metals Should I Shock to Close?

    Greetings. By way of background... I've had a Great season controlling my iron with metal magic this year. I am getting ready for a scheduled closing Monday by pool tech (I don't let them touch the chemistry...just the lines and winter cover, equipment closure etc) I raised my cya a bit by...
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    Anyone know what's in API Revive?

    Just curious. The product claims to remove phosphates (which normally don't matter) but also to remove copper and iron to 2ppm (a very specific claim) and to be great for wellwater. Sounds like a flocking agent. Snake oil or science, guys? Tried to get the Msds here but am not a dealer...