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  1. jrs_diesel

    Replacing an old Hayward Super II, any recommendations?

    Good day all. My current pump isn't likely to last much longer, it's gotten a bit noisier and is reluctant to start at times. It's an old 2 HP Hayward Super II that AFAIK, is original to when the pool was built in 1993. With the age of the pump, I am hesitant to sink money into rebuilding the...
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    Pool Store Antics.......wanted to share with you guys

    Alternatively, you can use regular nylon knee high stockings as well.
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    Can any of you fine folk who recommended I purchase an Echo srm 225 help me?

    What head came with your SRM-225? I imagine it was a bump type head that came with it base on what I saw at my local Echo dealer.
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    Who is this and why do his frinds like my pool?

    I've seen a few of those in out pool and skimmer this year. Mean looking pinchers.
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    Neighbor Issues

    Might be time to upgrade the fence too.
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    Leaving filter off for the day - Will this cause issues?

    You can still move the water around manually too. Brushing, boat paddle, etc.
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    Pools are gross

    While neglected pools can be gross, these pools are downright disgusting :shock: : Chinese Swimming Pools, the Most Crowded (and Dirtiest) in the World | Amusing Planet
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    Digital tester?

    There are some testers out there that can test specific things, like pH, but not an all in one tester. Not to mention they can be expensive, and need periodic calibration. Using a test kit, like a TF-100 or a K-2006, is far more accurate and cost effective.
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    Help, My husband had poured cooking oil in a bleach bottle, I dumped at least 2 cups

    First off, please don't rely on advice from pool stores. Some pool stores care and give decent advice, most do not. Clarifier will not do much for oil, and it's an unneeded chemical for TFP methods. Plus it can have other weird effects on your water, depending on your chemistry. You can get...
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    Is It Just Me, Or Can You Simply Eyeball FC After a While

    By eyeball I can tell if there have been a lot of people in the pool since the water will be slightly cloudy. By smell, I can't really smell it unless my nose is right near the water, and only then I might catch a slight whiff of chlorine. Getting to know my chemistry, now that makes it easy...
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    Storing acid

    Yep, splashless is no good for our pools. Foams up good in a HE washing machine too. The acid is very stable over a wide range of temperatures, you can keep that outside. I buy one gallon at a time and keep that in a white 5 gallon bucket with a lid, which fits fairly tightly. The lid keeps...
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    Rain filled pool

    I've had to pump mine down twice in the last month due to rain. No runoff can get into the pool thankfully, so just clean rainwater. Though I do need to bring my CH and CYA levels back up to normal, but I may have to hold off since there's more rain in the forecast for the weekend.
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    Measure and pour chlorine

    I bought a 2 quart Rubbermaid drink bottle for our pool, works out perfectly. 1 ppm of Cl = 20 oz of 12.5% liquid chlorine for my pool, so I have the jug marked off at 20 oz, 40, oz, and 2 quart (64 oz).
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    new Pump VS or single ?

    The 2 speed is more robust by way of its design, being electromechanical, and is easily controlled with a mechanical or digital timer. This design is more tolerant (but not invincible) of dirty power, spikes, and surges. And they get along well with GFCI breakers (2014 National Electric Code...
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    Professional skimmer line un-clogging cost?

    If you have PVC pipe above ground going into the pump, then you also have PVC underground. I've never heard of anyone building a pool with anything other than PVC in recent years (flex pipe to connect a pump not withstanding). Just want to re-emphasize to not use a pressure type un-clogger...
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    Liquid Chlorine

    Brian, my pool store over here in League City stocks the 4 packs of HASA 12.5%, Glacier Pool Supplies. They also have another store around Spring.
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    Do I need a variable speed pump?

    The cost savings depends heavily on your electric rate, and a VS really helps if you have a high rate. My rate here is 9¢ a kilowatt hour which for my pump, a 2 HP single speed, only uses $20 a month running for 6 hours a day. It would take me a loooooonnng time to recoup the cost of a VS pump...
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    Liquid Chlorine

    I use those 4 packs of Hasa chlorine as well. That one of the 4 chemicals I buy from our pool store. Takes me about 8 days to use it all in the summer.
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    Pump on for 30 seconds, off for 30 seconds

    Try to maintain the water level about halfway up the skimmer opening. Higher than that is OK, but you will lose the ability for the skimmer to actually skim the surface.
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    Professional skimmer line un-clogging cost?

    I have the same concerns as Richard. I have seen the pressure systems work on clogs, but that is on metallic piping, not PVC pipe. High pressure air and PVC pipe do not get along. Heck, OSHA prohibits its use in compressed air systems. A plumbers snake is much safer for this kind of pipe. I...
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    Do I need a variable speed pump?

    I run a single speed 2 HP pump for 6 hours a day in the summer. Based on voltage and current (amps) readings, I found out that the pump costs me about $20 a month to operate. My A/C on the other hand, sucks down far more electricity in the summer :( I would like to replace my pump with a...
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    Air switch incompatible with GFCI? What's underlying issue?

    VS pumps are really bad with nuisance GFCI tripping, just by nature of the way they work. In a nutshell, the heart of a VS pump is a variable frequency drive (VFD) which is used to make the speed of the pump variable. VFD's are known for the harmonic distortion they create, and if enough of that...
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    Using Filter Pump to Lower Water Level

    Doesn't take much. I poured a bucket of water into the skimmer about every 10-15 minutes to maintain the water seal after the diverter valve shut. Using a U shaped hose would work too, but could run into the same problem as the diverter, maintaining an effective seal to keep air out.
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    Air switch incompatible with GFCI? What's underlying issue?

    2014 NEC requires GFCI on all pumps. However the 2014 NEC has not been fully adopted by all juristictions having authority, and they can be working on an older version of the NEC. The NEC is updated every three years. Looks like Georgia is on the 2014 NEC with some local exceptions: National...
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    Using Filter Pump to Lower Water Level

    I drained 14-15k out of my pool last year using the main pump. My pump has a three way on the output to send water to the filter or the pool cleaner line. I rigged a hose to the pool cleaner line running to the sewer cleanout on the back of the house. My main drain is plumbed to the skimmer, so...
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    Hose bib above pump

    I have one too, and as mentioned, it's a handy way to drain if you don't have a lot to drain. Can use the water hose to run a sprinkler too.
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    Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I use knee high stockings and they work well. Definitely keeps a lot of crud out of the filter.
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    pump hums but doesn't turn on, hot housing

    Capacitor sounds fine. 2 micro Farads difference is within 5% tolerance. If the centrifugal switch moves freely, and springs back to its default position, then it's likely fine too. I'm thinking the motor itself may have some sort of problem (shorted winding, etc). A standard fridge pulls...
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    Using Sea Water to fill a swimming Pool in California?

    Too me that seems like a short term gain, long term loss. Won't be but a few years until the corrosion becomes a maintenance headache/nightmare.
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    Pump makes buzzing sound then cuts out

    Yes, secure the power before working on it, flipping the breaker is a wise thing to do. Buzzing and then the thermal cutout trips. I think your motor capacitor died. The start capacitor is critical to motor operation, and when it dies, it will usually prevent the motor from working, even if the...