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  1. txtroutbum

    Pool level spa return replacement options

    Sorry that I didn't give more background. This is a 2 1/2 year old pool/spa and we have used the spa frequently during with cooler months without the blower. I had never really investigated how the spa returns worked (and have found much more info on the forum since I posted). What I now...
  2. txtroutbum

    Pool level spa return replacement options

    While it's 98+ degrees in Texas, I'm dreaming about those few months when we will heat up the spa for an evening soak. We have a 7' x 7' square pool level spa with 8 seat level returns, each with a 1" eyeball. We also have a blower, but we rarely use it, as it's one speed and pretty aggressive...
  3. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Seems like a good option...what are the specs of the pump you are using?
  4. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Yes, I agree...I was not implying I would glue into the return! I have a threaded adapter that I screwed into the return, then slipped the end of the fountain into it, as per post #65, including tapping it in with a dead blow hammer; however, the fit was not tight enough to hold when I blocked...
  5. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    I think you're right, too many holes. I did some work yesterday plugging all the other return jets, then ran into another problem: my connection between the slip fitting in the return pipe and the fountain was not sufficiently snug to keep the assembly together (my fountain is not glued to the...
  6. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Good questions. I went with a lot of small holes (maybe too many?). the vertical pipe goes into a tee that is about 5-6" above the water line. the two horizontal drilled pipes are about 18" on both sides of the tee. I used the "graph paper" technique to drill my holes and there was probably 2...
  7. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    Primarily (as mentioned in another post) to keep the pool circulating; but, I understand the principals and am going to try to close off a few returns as well. I've currently hooked my contraption up to the booster pump return, and am getting 3' - 4' of spray, but still not optimal for this...
  8. txtroutbum

    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    With Houston having a week + of heat advisories, my pool finally hit 90. Since my favorite swimming hole is Barton Springs in Austin (year round temperature of 68) this is wholly unacceptable. So I found myself in the A/C under the ceiling fan looking for this post.... and subsequently made...
  9. txtroutbum

    Travertine beam wall coping repair advice

    The cable guy was working on our neighbor's home and needed access to our back yard. To take a shortcut, he walked along the top of our beam wall and broke off two end pieces of travertine coping. Two adjacent tiles were also loose (see photos)... This seems like it should be a fairly easy...
  10. txtroutbum

    Adding a Pentair actuator to waterfall valve and EasyTouch

    Jim, after super fast shipping from Pool Supplies 4 Less, the install is done and is exactly as I wanted. I did have to open up the actuator to change the stops to a 90 degree vs 180 degree orientation, but after a little trial and error, this went flawlessly. Your expertise is much appreciated...
  11. txtroutbum

    Adding a Pentair actuator to waterfall valve and EasyTouch

    I have an existing Pentair valve that is installed between my pool return pipe and the pipes for 3 waterfall/scuppers. I've never touched it, as I've controlled the waterfall flow on/off with variable speed pump. Looking at my equipment pad, it occurred to me that it should be easy to add an...
  12. txtroutbum

    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    I hadn't yet scheduled Spa, because I usually just do that manually when we want it... but I'm a complete dork....I never tried to highlight the line, and once I do under the "heat mode" column, then I get the heater settings as you said.... See? I know someone smarter than me would chime in...
  13. txtroutbum

    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    Jim, thanks for the reply. Yes, I did see where the desktop app has all this functionality for "heat command" and I'm sure I can set things up as I want through that app. But, I usually use the iOS app, so see the screenshot below. There is a "heat mode" column, but does not seem to be a way to...
  14. txtroutbum

    Screenlogic iOS app scheduling spa with heat mode

    I use ScreenLogic on an iPad almost exclusively to control our pool and spa; I'd like to experiment with a schedule to turn on the spa, with heater, in the morning for a soak after my morning run. As I started looking at the iPad screen logic app to set up, I see that there is a "Heat Mode"...
  15. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    I've read about using the 10ml sample vs 25. I've tended to use the 25 as the relative cost of testing supplies (relative to the investment in the pool) is minor. But your comment got me thinking, so I did an evening test using both methods: 10ml sample, 1 scoop of powder, 9 drops reagent; FC =...
  16. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    Oh, it's a swamp! Here's a sample of my test results, all with the pump running 12 hours per day, and CYA of 70. 8/18: FC of 4.6, CC of 0; SWG @ 20% 8/20: FC of 5.4, CC of 0; dropped SWG to 16% 8/23: FC of 5/2, CC of 0; SWG at 16%. Will probably go ahead an bump it back to 20% again.
  17. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    Honestly I was too, but I chalked it up to a 40,000 gal rated cell on an 8850ish gallon pool. we haven't had a heavy swim load this summer either.
  18. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    No, this summer I've been running it about 12, usually back it down in cooler weather (if that exists in Houston)
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    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    I am noticing now (that I'm currently running at 1,500 RPM) that the Cell light on my IC-40 is not lit; Flow is lit. My SWG is set at 16%, which has been keeping me in line for FC the past week or so. Does the Cell light only come on when there is power being applied to the cell? I.e. 16% of...
  20. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    @mknauss thanks for the reply! As I've looked into this today, I've now gone down the rabbit hole of trying to understand my EasyTouch/ScreenLogic programming of various circuits and features. I'll confess that, while I use ScreenLogic frequently to check the status of the pool, turn lights on...
  21. txtroutbum

    New to SWG: managing pH while away

    After a lot of help from this forum, we converted to SWG a few months back and it's been fantastic. I've gotten a good handle on where my SWG needs to be set to maintain good FC levels, and am now ready to head off for a few weeks of vacation with little worry. I have, however, seen a good bit...
  22. txtroutbum

    Unusual Salt Test results with K-1766

    I agree...doesn't make sense. I'm pretty sure I did the correct test procedure. I'm not too worried about it; I'll test again over the weekend to see what I get. I guess I was just hoping someone had an experience with aberrant test results for that test. I'll follow up later in the weekend.
  23. txtroutbum

    Unusual Salt Test results with K-1766

    Valid question: true confession the first test I ran I used the 25 ml sample size and could NOT figure out what was going on....then I did... But, no, both tests referenced above were the 10ml samples.
  24. txtroutbum

    Unusual Salt Test results with K-1766

    We converted to a salt water generator a few weeks ago; had a pool company install, and I was with them the entire time. We added approx ~200 pounds of salt to the pool, which was consistent with what Pool Math said to do. Pool guy's test strips (a few days later) confirmed around 3600 PPM, as...
  25. txtroutbum

    Vacation planning

    I guess what I didn't say is that I used the chlorinator feeder for most of the first year we had the pool, prior to converting to TFP; the puck "usage" while we were gone on this vacation seemed much slower than previous. I can't explain the difference as I have made no changes to my pump...
  26. txtroutbum

    Vacation planning

    Thought I'd give an update on our vacation tactics; we've now returned after being gone for about 3 weeks. 1. I ran a test the morning we were leaving and added about 1.5 gallons of 10% chlorine to the pool to bring to Slam level. All other test readings were in range. 2. I loaded up the...
  27. txtroutbum

    Hair nets on vacation

    Thanks for the input...we'll skip the hair nets!
  28. txtroutbum

    Hair nets on vacation

    I'd like the collective wisdom of the crowd: I've been using hair nets in my skimmer baskets, changing weekly, usually the day our yard guy mows (clippings, etc that fly into the pool). We are leaving for 2-3 weeks of vacation, and I'm concerned that, if I use the hair nets while gone, they may...