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    Where did the "New Threads" link go?

    Thanks. The "New Threads" helped get quick replies to people, while those would get buried within "New Posts" by ongoing conversations in established threads.
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    Where did the "New Threads" link go?

    I've noticed it for a week or two, if that helps you track what happened. I just thought it might be cookies or bad eyes. Thanks!
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    Where did the "New Threads" link go?

    Under the "What's new" section on the left side, there use to be both "New Posts" and "New Threads", but the latter has disappeared. Is there another place to find that link?
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    Split Nut unions? Any reason not to order these for my T-Cell repair?

    I have them on hand, and seem to be correct, but since it is not leaking, I'm not in a big hurry to try them. If things go well, I'll be able to do a screw-on test as I take the cell out when winterizing in 3 or 4 months.
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    Sand Filter Concave

    The plastic folds don't look especially bad. Could you unload the sand and attempt to remove the laterals, then just try to push the dent out by hand (upgrading slowly to other forms of persuasion, if needed)? I agree with others that it looks like the pump was not pushing water through the...
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    Pool pump died on me

    Looks like a 2.0HP motor without a SF multiplier. I assume you are happy with the performance of your current pump. If so, I'd be hesitant to go any smaller. You can always dial a more powerful motor down, but not a smaller one up. Here is the Energy Star listing of VS pumps sorted by...
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    Split Nut unions? Any reason not to order these for my T-Cell repair?

    I found these cracks in my 2" T-cell unions. They aren't leaking yet, but could easily see them becoming a problem at any moment. I really wasn't enthused at the amount of PVC work needed to just change the union nuts. Then I found this thread. They look perfect as long as they fit and hold...
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    Pool builder is recommending SuperPump 1.5hp (not VSP)

    My "Hayward MaxFlo VS (SP2302VSP)" doesn't have an onboard schedule. It utilizes an external mechanical timer (same I used for my single speed pump) to control on/off cycles. It does have a built in countdown timer that controls when to go from one speed to another (that's all relative to...
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    Pool builder is recommending SuperPump 1.5hp (not VSP)

    Just wanted to reinforce what has already been said.... The VS is better because of economic, environmental, flexibility, usability, comfort, etc. When most people want to move to VS, they hesitate because their current pump isn't dead yet or don't want to mess with changing pool control. You...
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    Vincial?

    Sun2Solar Ultimate Swimming Pool Solar Blanket Cover w/ Grommets - 1600 Series 16mil solar cover 30ftx60ft $76.82.........Price for a 15ft round??? $76.82. Over 8x the material and no price difference. Hmmm...... Doesn't seem they are even TRYING to put effort into their scam.
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    Useless Chemicals

    @PoolGate I just came from the Montgomery Waste Transfer station by King Farm. It seems fully open. I dropped antifreeze, motor oil, and clothing recycling.
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    Should I replace my motor?

    I got the pump from a 3rd party seller on Amazon. The rebate was through electric company. DIY installed. How to size? I'm no authority, but others can help if you give a description of your pool. Many will start by asking about existing equipment and if it is performing well. Further...
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    Should I replace my motor?

    The new VS pump is smaller and quieter even at full speed. At full speed (3000 rpm), it consumes 913 watts. If I'm doing the math right, I am utilizing 1.25 HP of the designed 1.65 HP. At its slowest speed of 600 rpm, it uses an astonishing 26 watts, and still manages to keep the SWG flow...
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    Should I replace my motor?

    I had a single speed 1HP Superpump. I went with the 1.65 HP Hayward MaxFlo VS SP2302VSP (requires external timer). I believe the SP2303VSP has the full timer. Some say that these pumps are smaller than they prefer, but it has been perfect for me. Here is the energy star in-ground pump...
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    Should I replace my motor?

    Some have 24 hour timers integrated, while others rely on external timers for power on/off and internal countdown timers to select speed. Some are one of the above, but can also be configured to completely rely on pool automation systems for control. How is your current pump controlled?
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    TFP recommended levels versus Leslie's / Pinch a Penny recommended levels

    Formatted your table a little better Pool Store PoolMath My last test 6/8 FC 1.0 - 4.0 4.0 - 9.0 7.5 TA 80 - 120 50 - 90 95 pH 7.4 - 7.6 7.2 - 8.0 7.5 CYA 30 - 100 30 - 60 54 CH 200-400 250-650 240 - added 4 lb Hardness+
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    Useless Chemicals

    The Montgomery County is opened the Shady Grove Transfer station on June 5th. The hazardous waste banner only speaks to "yard waste and bulk waste", but might be worth checking again, if you haven't done so recently. Edit: .... or just throw them in your pool. That's what the pool store would...
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    Plumbing for SWG

    Here's a picture of mine vertically right after I self installed.
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    New Owner - What to do Next!?

    Besides cloudy water, that pool looks good. Those pictures look like they're 70% through many people's swamp to pool slideshows. Since the plumbing is working and the TF-100 is on order, you need to find a good source of liquid chlorine (sounds like that is harder for some people this year)...
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    New Owner - What to do Next!?

    I think it is time for you to take full reigns of this situation. Sand almost never needs to be replaced (usually only when destroyed with improper chemical usage). It usually can be deep cleaned with a garden hose when it gets bad. Replacement of a filter or pump can wait until there is a...
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    Weird CYA readings

    Menards? Mills Fleet Farm? You are really making me miss my MN/WI stomping grounds!
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    1.5" -> 2" PVC for Equipment Pad?

    I have the exact filter you have. Those threads don't take a 2" pipe, just special 1.5" pentair unions. (I tried to do the same when I moved from a superpump (1.5") to Maxflo (2") pump. If you can return the valves, I would. a 2" Jandy 3-way valve with reducers and a 2" to the pump would be...
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    Still confused on how to open the pool up

    Do you have a pool leaf rake and pole? Some fine a leaf vacuum helpful also (uses garden hose to flush stuff into the bag). It will take time and effort. The aquabot is wonderful to have to maintain a pool. A pool robot and an SWG makes pool ownership a breeze. Though it probably isn't the...
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    1.5" -> 2" PVC for Equipment Pad?

    Non-pro here: Your filter and ground connections have 1.5" connections. I think your pump has 2" with reducers. Are you abandoning our pressure pump? If so, you could use that additional ground run as another return by installing a 3-way jandy valve. 2" isn't going to change your world, but...
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    The cursed pool...is losing water!

    I'd see if it happens when the equipment isn't running. Perhaps also putting winter plugs in the return/skimmers? (Disclosure: I've never chased a leak before)
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    New Pool Install

    I sit back this morning to read a thread about knowledgeable person building her pool. Looking great, fretting little things like seams and spray paint then.... it's just not important anymore. I'm so sorry this happened. You got a lot of fans here. I'm sure you have them in your local...
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    Still confused on how to open the pool up

    There are people just waiting for posts like this to come up. Likely, the advise given by the pool company is premature. Were they on premise when they made such a suggestion? Before those pros find this, you can start by providing some more information: Could you give us makes/models of...
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    Will honeybees be a problem with saltwater?

    Sounds like you have a source for heavily discounted equipment! I have had SWG for years. Thinking of downsides is actually a chore. Changes in animal behavior is not on that list. The most notable would be the tendency of the pool's pH to push higher. Bees have a collective behaviors that...
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    New SWG?

    The question was leading toward keeping existing equipment until a replacement was necessary. If the cell is close to the end of its life, sure, buy one that can effortlessly keep up with demand by itself. If your current one is working as designed, and you want to hold off on the purchase...
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    too much salt?

    Wow. Didn't expect it to be that cold. I don't even look at my pool until it's approaching 50 degrees. I'd let it warm up a bit. When it does, get it circulating, and the use your K-1766. Hopefully you will still be in the operating range of the cell. Don't worry too much until then.