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  1. JoyfulNoise

    Ok, so she was too darn cute

    Meet Meringue (like the pie topping), our 8 week old GoldenDoodle -
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    UGH!!! My pool is infested ...

    It started out with small patch of pink flamingo and I was ok with that because I was keeping my levels right where the pool store told me to and I gave it a good brushing....then all of sudden it turned into a pack of llamas!?!?! I used my test strips and all the colors say "OK" .... what can...
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    I kid you not ...

    I ran my cleaner yesterday and took it out of the pool but did not clean it until this morning (too busy yesterday). I found this in the filter basket - It’s a dive-ring toy. Now the opening on the bottom of the cleaner is just a little bigger than the diameter of the ring but I would have...
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    PSA : Check your Reagent Expire Dates

    So yes, it can happen to even the most seasoned of us.... This morning I was out by my pool testing my water using my K-1004 "Troubleshooter" test kit after making some adjustments the day before. It's nice because I can easily do pH, TA and FC/CC tests with it. The chlorine test is a color...
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    MasterTemp 400 Failure To Ignite Issue - SOLVED

    I wanted to document this on the forum threads since this issue got diagnosed and solved via PM. First, let me give total credit to our esteemed forum expert @JamesW for helping me to diagnose, test and fix this heater issue. James' help saved me from calling in a "pool service" guy and...
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    Coronavirus Stability on Hard Surfaces

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf The above link is an research paper posted on an open-source medical archive that has not been peer reviewed yet. However, it contains some early data on the survival rates of the SARS-CoV-1 virus which is very similar to...
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    IntelliChlor Flow and Temperature Sensor FAILED

    There are many threads on this topic but I just wanted to report that the Flow/Temp sensor in my IC40 that I purchased roughly about a year ago failed (not exactly sure when I installed it) ...:cautious: It was the Pentair OEM replacement (the $99 model on Amazon) so that was a costly $100 for...
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    Why hot tub sanitation is important

    https://gizmodo.com/state-fair-hot-tubs-probably-spread-deadly-legionnaires-1838786238 :sick:
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    Fluctuations of Reduced Quantum Gravity and Nose Dives

    Here's an odd way to do a nose dive and then the dead-man's float - That's a ground squirrel and it's literally pointing vertically upwards with it's nose touching the plaster surface...I have never seen a critter go like that before. Oh well, it was scooped out and given a proper desert...
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    Rent your pool for $100/hr ?

    I dunno .... maybe we’ll need a new sub-forum for “how to sanitize my rented pool...” https://apple.news/ApKP9hh0nSvGSFqJ2-b1Fwg
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    Father’s Day Gifts 2019

    My take-away from the gifts received - 1. My baldness clearly demands a new cap; 2. Wait, Bob Ross has his own board game :unsure:; 3. My kids think I should wear tie and get a job; 4. They’re dying for me to BBQ some s’mores.
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    A bird in the hand ....

    is worth two in the skimmer :unsure: And a baby packrat too....gonna be some good BBQ tonight!!! Good thing I had the hairnet in there to catch them. Would hate to have those guys sucked into the filter :ROFLMAO: Oh, and there’s a dead centipede in the shallow end but I’ll let Mr. T...
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    Call me crazy ....

    ... but I really do get excited by large drums buckets of chemicals ?? And I got to demonstrate the science of burning magnesium ribbon to 4th graders today...they loved it when I pulled out the MAP gas torch and lit the Mg wire on fire. I had them use a squirt bottle with water to try to...
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    Leaky Pentair diverter valve fix

    So the other day I was out at the equipment pad and I happened to notice the dirt looked a little different under the plumbing where the two return-side diverter valves are (one of the benefits of living in a desert is that we don’t have grass to mask all our water leak problems). So I threw...
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    Differential Draining of Pool Water

    So I thought I would start this thread for the purposes of logging useful information and, perhaps, teaching others. I am currently doing a differential drain of my swimming pool whereby I am removing water from my deep end well using a submersible pump and some PVC plumbing while I am adding...
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    Homemade compost ...

    So back in January I got a small barrel composter and decided I’d make my own compost this year. I also got a scrap bucket for the kitchen to collect veggie scraps, egg shells, fruit peels, coffee grinds, etc., (no meats, oils or processed foods). So today I got my first half batch of compost...
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    Why I don’t swim in ponds...

    Just....gross! https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1811820 Further proof that chlorine is your friend.....
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    This Engineer Deserves a Medal!!!

    https://youtu.be/xoxhDk-hwuo I literally could not stop laughing in the middle of a crowded mall. If this guy ever shows up on TFP, he needs an immediate honorary Expert badge!!!
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    Pentair INTELLICHLOR Flow Switch Replacement

    So I thought I would share some pictures of what I did here so that there’s a reference to look at. Others have done this in the past, so there’s nothing new here. Backstory So at the beginning of the season I noticed that my IC salinity readout from my EasyTouch panel was quite a bit lower...
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    You thought your SLAM took a while ....

    Can you imagine how long this one is going to take :scratch: https://www.wgal.com/article/septic-tanker-crashes-into-swimming-pool-spills-sewage/22689884 I dunno....I think they’re going to need to use some floc :laughblue:
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    The Hidden Danger of Cal-Hypo

    UPDATE: Second fire breaks out at Lonza chemical warehouse in Bradley County - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather Sports While I certainly advocate the use of cal-hypo when it can be substituted for liquid chlorine, it is a good reminder to treat it carefully. Cal-hypo can come in several...
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    Ah the perennial “CDC says pools are DEATH!” Article....

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/public-pools-and-hot-tubs-may-pose-serious-health-hazards-to-your-family-cdc-says/70005213 Some good, some bad in the article. Sadly, the usual trope about having 1ppm FC (no mention of CYA) is there and the incorrect assertion that pH drives...
  23. JoyfulNoise

    MaxxStrip Tile Cleaning in Tucson

    Had the pool tile cleaned today using MaxxStrip (kierserite) blasting. The process is basic soda blasting technique coupled with kierserite media (MaxxStrip). The kierserite is the same Mohs hardness as calcium carbonate and so it is well matched to remove scale without damaging tile. Some...
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    Water softener installation!!

    So this morning, before the mercury hit 100F, the autofill line was dug up - Yikes...a little too close to the gas line for my comfort :shock: The water softener is a double tank system - the top tank is a GAC (granular activated carbon) prefilter (chlorine/chloramine/VOC eliminator) and...
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    Beverage progression during tax prep

    There are two certainties in life - death & taxes .... and, with the advent of advanced medical technologies, death is becoming less and less certain. So today was tax prep day because...well....I've run out of excuses not to do them. So, with the kids duly occupied by playdates and/or screen...
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    So I guess I won’t be saving 15% or more on my car insurance....

    1st Kill of the season.... NOTE - this was a pool-related fatality. Lizards are my friends...
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    Happy Pi Day!

    To the first 100 digits - 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679
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    Why can’t I just get a bottle of water....

    I think my pool water is safer to drink than this stuff - We’re at the Reid Park Zoo today trying to see the red pandas before they leave. Bottled water choices are limited.
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    Under Cabinet Lighting - Suggestions

    Mini man-cave work bench needs some under cabinet lights. Looking at LEDs. Strip-ribbon LEDs seem cheesy to me. I want bright, daylight temperature (4000K or better) and as many lumens as I can get (1500 lum or greater). Wondering what others have done or feel are good brands to explore...
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    Current Automation Technology Gap

    Well, my actual opinion on the matter is that Pentair is INCREDIBLY behind the times in terms of automation. If my $80 HP printer can have a built-in wireless IP access point AND Bluetooth access as well, then it’s just stupidity and cheapness on the part of automation companies (Pentair...