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    Pool Pilot Digital - Check System light is blinking with a not so verbose error msg...

    Hi - after years of drama-free service my Pool Pilot 'CHECK SYSTEM' light is blinking red. It now alternates between the usual display, ie: Purifier 70% 1:32AM 87F ON and this new message: WARNING! Check/C So I did the only thing I know to do: Menu -> "Test Pool Pilot" and see the...
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    Heat pump - fan running, not heating

    Since I opened my pool this year our mostly trouble-free heat pump (Jandy AE2000T Air Energy 103k BTU HP) has been making me a little nervous because sometimes although the fan kicked on, it was obvious from the temp of the returns as well as my swg's thermometer that it wasn't heating. Turning...
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    Realistic life of in-ground liner and possibility of using poolborders product to extend?

    Our pool has the original liner, built in 2008. Below the water line it seems great. At and above the water line, it is a little faded, a little stained, and I have a small tear above the water line where the liner has always been awkwardly stretched through an corner. I patched it with a clear...
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    Weird weir

    I have a weir that was designed by someone that skipped a bunch of engineering classes. It's attached by friction slipping a length of plastic through two sets of plastic 'claws' ... over the years both the plastic on the weir began to wear down, and the plastic claws lost their grip. I...
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    Can I swim? Pool store says yes, after $250 worth of chemicals.

    Good news is my tf100 tests came back pretty exactly to what the pool store came back with. But I was told I needed $250 worth of chemicals before I could safely enter the pool - thought I would run my numbers by the pros here. 4 days of SLAM after an algae-ridden opening. Water is now...
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    How much do you trust pool maintenance services at vacation pools?

    We rented a house at Myrtle beach with a pool and attached hot tub. I checked the skimmer baskets (there are 4 of them) and each one had large chlorine pucks; three baskets had 1 puck and one of them had 4. We have a large gaggle of very young kids and I was guessing the pool guy dumped more...
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    Expected chlorine output of a cell? 2ppm?

    I'm struggling w/my chlorine level lately and suspect my salt cell (10yrs) may be going. I inspected it yesterday and as always it looks perfectly normal to my laymen eyes. Gave it a thorough cleaning with the hose and reassembled. Today I tested my pool water and it's at 3ppm FC. Put the...
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    Pump getting louder and water level in basket low - what's a pump's avg age?

    Our pump just had its 10th birthday. It's growing up so quick!! Shortly after I put in a new filter (went from cartridge to sand) it started acting up - while it never ran perfectly since we inhereted the pool 5 yrs ago (always a bit of air gap just below the clear cover) now it seems like it's...
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    Unions - now or later?

    My local plumbing supplier is out of 2" unions, so I either plumb in my new sand filter without them today or wait a while until I get my hands on unions. I'd like to get this project done today - weather is cooperating. Assuming I don't plan on taking this thing apart until the start of next...
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    Will I need to replace this valve?

    Newbie piping question: I'm replacing my side-mount cartridge filter with a top-mount sand. In doing so I need to move the 90 that's currently immediately above the pictured valve about 2 feet higher. Do I have any hope of removing that 90 to put in a straight length of pipe?
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    Getting those ladder and railing posts into their respective concrete holes

    I feel dumb for asking this but they say the only stupid question is one that isn't asked... Does anyone have any tricks for getting things like ladders and rails INTO their holes when opening their pool? Each year I spend FOREVER struggling with mine and this year is no different. I what I...
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    Moving from cartridge to sand - tips, tricks, advice?

    I'm about to order a Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter S270T2 (topmount valve) to replace my cartridge filter. I currently have a fairly standard setup, with the exception of the availability of a drain which I plumbed my pump's waste into for vacuuming that carries wastewater 150ft away from the...
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    Green water & high Ph

    Noticed through my clear cover some green coloring so I put the SWG on boost and let it crank while I was away for a week. Returned to a still light-green pool, here were my settings earlier today: FC: 6 CC: .5 TC: 6.5 CH: 100 TA: 50 CYA: 25 Ph: 7.7 Off to the pool store for some shock. I...
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    Replacement pump - take floor cleaning system into account?

    Hi, I have a Jandy 1.25 THP pump and Jandy CL340 cartridge filter. The pump is about 10 yrs old and starting to feel shakey - power is low and it's making questionable noises, like there's grit in the motor. I also despise the cartridge filter and would like to switch to a sand filter. I've...
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    Autopilot SWG no longer producing chlorine

    Hello all, For the last few years I've had a great experience with my Autopilot SWG. Today, I did a quick test of the pool and saw chlorine at zero (all other levels are good) which was a little unexepected although we've had some good thunderstorms in the last couple days. I turned the boost...
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    Jandy FHPM1.0 - big drop in suction

    Hello TFP family, I had a nice algae bloom when I opened this year so I've been slamming - the pool has gotten "almost" clear after a week of 24/7 SWG boosts and filtering. This morning I went out and saw the skimmer basket floating, although the pump was still going. Uh oh. So I cleared the...
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    Cloudy pool, and I've committed the cardinal sin.

    I went to a pool store, and then another pool store. Forgive me TFP, for I have sinned. I'm in a slight panic mode as I have a dozen kids coming over for the 4th and my recently opened pool is cloudy: http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w368/MoreCowbell77/poolcl.jpg I would appreciate some...
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    Doubled up (or maybe more?) on pool closing chemicals. What now?

    In-ground vinyl salt 18k. Buffalo NY. My pool was clear and cold - we scheduled our normal pool closer for last Friday. Between blowing the lines and putting the looploc cover on it's worth the $250ish to have someone take care of it. This past spring when I opened the pool it was loaded...
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    Maybe the simplest question ever...

    I am a pool newbie - we have a 18K gallon pool with one skimmer and a drain in the deep end. I've been struggling with the 6 year old SWG, but that's another post. I have two pipes coming out of the ground, combining into one and then into the pump. One of these pumps has a valve on it. Can...
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    Pool Pilot with error msgs that are keeping me guessing...

    Hi, I am very much a pool newbie. We inherited a 2008 in-ground vinyl 18K gallon saltwater pool last year. Last year was pretty much set 'n forget, the pool was great with hardly any maintenance required. This year I had some trouble getting any chlorine to show up but after a week or so of...