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  1. pdilow

    Had coping stones reset and grout already has hairline cracks

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure what type of material they used. I'll just do like you mentioned and make sure I get warranty information and express my concerns. Happy summer pooling!
  2. pdilow

    Had coping stones reset and grout already has hairline cracks

    We had some renovations done to our pool 3 weeks ago and I'm already starting to feel a little uneasy about it. A lot of our coping stones were loose, so they were pulled up, cleaned out underneath, then reset. I'm noticing the grout between the stones is already cracking a bit. Nothing BIG, but...
  3. pdilow

    Pool pump maintenance

    Awesome, thanks! Can't argue with a simple startup!
  4. pdilow

    Pool pump maintenance

    We have a Pentair Intelliflo VSF - 011056 pool pump that we used last year for the first time. We took it off at the end of the season and are about to open up again for the year. What kind (if any) maintenance should I be doing on the pump? It was working fine at the end of the year. Should I...
  5. pdilow

    Re-plastering startup help

    Thanks for your replies. We started using the BioGuard chemicals because the pool company we used to use supplied them. No other reason really. I wouldn't mind going cheaper if I can get the same outcome, so I definitely appreciate the advice. I'll take a look for liquid chlorine and cyanuric...
  6. pdilow

    Re-plastering startup help

    We are having our in-ground pool re-plastered at the beginning of June and managing the startup ourselves. I've been reading the info provided by our contractor, as well as other info online (including the guide on TFP) and just needed some additional clarification. Our pool is traditionally...
  7. pdilow

    Issues with IC60 and zero chlorine levels

    I still consider myself very much a pool newbie, so hopefully I'm not missing something super obvious here... I converted our pool this year to saltwater when we first opened it. Took me awhile to dial everything in, but the water has been crystal clear for months now. The main problem: my...
  8. pdilow

    Pentair IntelliCenter Installation Questions/Issues

    guinness for the win! I could’ve sworn the instructions said to NOT use the POE port on the back of the wireless client. Switched it and it fired right up! Thank you!!! Now to extend these Intellivalves....
  9. pdilow

    Pentair IntelliCenter Installation Questions/Issues

    I've been surfing around the threads for some help with a couple of IntelliCenter installation questions. I'm not finding much, I suppose since they're still fairly new. Please go gentle on me. I'm not electric expert and I've seen some other people's questions on this not go over well... -...
  10. pdilow

    Pressure keeps dropping. Help

    Valid. Thank you for your suggestion. There are only so many options before I fill it in with dirt, haha.
  11. pdilow

    Pressure keeps dropping. Help

    I guess that makes good sense. I'll give that a whirl. But when I've set the pump to the max RPM (3,450 rpm), the flow/pressure has still been low. Almost like there's a clog somewhere.
  12. pdilow

    Pressure keeps dropping. Help

    It's a variable speed and variable flow pump. I've been setting the desired RPMs and letting it do it's thing from there. When I check on it I'm seeing both the pressure and flow rates go down. Is there a different setting I should be using?
  13. pdilow

    Pressure keeps dropping. Help

    Opening our pool for the first time myself really isn't going well. It seems like something is off, and the local pool company that is familiar with our pool just told me they wouldn't be able to come out until mid-June. The system will appear to be up and running well, then I walk away and...
  14. pdilow

    Problem number 5,000 trying to open my pool - In floor system issues

    You, sir, are my new best friend. If we have a 6-port module with 10 floor jets and 4 wall returns, is there some rhyme or reason to this madness? We're a single pump system. We have one main floor drain connected to (I believe) a debris in-deck canister, and then we have a skimmer. Those two...
  15. pdilow

    Problem number 5,000 trying to open my pool - In floor system issues

    I believe the pressure is supposed to remain the same with each zone. Looking at some pictures of the pool from last year with clear water, there are 10 floor jets and 4 wall/down jets. If my math is correct, I'm confused. I believe some rotate while others are fixed. I did the most useful...
  16. pdilow

    Problem number 5,000 trying to open my pool - In floor system issues

    I was thinking the same thing. It doesn't make sense to me... I was hoping I'd get away with my excellent pool terminology. Dang. I looked it up, it's just the threaded return down jet. So instead of the return on the wall blowing down, it's just blowing straight out like in the pic.
  17. pdilow

    Problem number 5,000 trying to open my pool - In floor system issues

    For those that haven't read my previous posts asking for help, this is my second year of pool ownership and my first year of managing it myself. It's not going HORRRRRIBLE, but I wouldn't give myself a good grade yet. We have a Paramount in-floor cleaning system (that I actually do like) that...
  18. pdilow

    First attempt at pool DIY - Major leakage

    Found it in the old pump basket!! Thank you!!!!
  19. pdilow

    First attempt at pool DIY - Major leakage

    The pool company left all of the equipment in one bag but unfortunately it wasn't in there. I quickly checked inside the heater cover, but I'll have to do some more investigating around the outside. Any ideas of a part number if I can't find it?
  20. pdilow

    First attempt at pool DIY - Major leakage

    Hello again TFP. I have finally started the attempt at opening/installing/upgrading our pool to salt water and a variable speed pump. This is my second year of pool ownership, and last year I hired a company to open/close the pool for me. Today I de-winterized the pool and installed the new...
  21. pdilow

    Going DIY - Making changes to pool setup

    Wow, thanks for all of the responses so far. To follow-up on a few: I'm not 100% sure how the returns on the pool work, or any plumbing for that matter. After looking at several drawings and diagrams, I've come up with my own version of what I THINK is going on beneath the surface. I've...
  22. pdilow

    Going DIY - Making changes to pool setup

    Hello TFP! Please forgive me as I attempt to explain my pool situation and questions. I purchased a home last year that came with an in-ground pool, the first one I’ve ever owned. It’s been quite the learning curve. I’m a DIY’er and trying to move forward this year without the help of a pool...
  23. pdilow

    New pool owner in MD - Dare I DIY?

    Bought a home last year that has an in-ground pool. This is my first time owning a pool, and I'm trying to not destroy the thing. It's a 27,000 gallon, fresh water/chlorine pool. I used a pool company last year to open/close it, but I'm hoping to do everything myself this year. I'm also going to...