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  1. MJCP

    air bubbles on pool surfaces.

    Unfortunately I have made many changes to my system this year so it is difficult for me to know what resulted from what but.... I have been noticing zillions of tiny air bubbles on the pool walls, and bottom, even the steps. these are nowhere near the returns and I doubt that they are from the...
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    Replacement Breaker for Equipment pad

    My equipment pad is fed by a 220 line from a 20 amp double pole breaker in the main panel in the house. The breaker in the box at the pad is a double pole 50 amp gfci breaker. Well that breaker failed today and will not reset so it will be replaced. my question is should it be replaced by...
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    Pentair Mastertemp 400 E05 error after other stuff.

    My 3rd season with the Mastertemp 400 started with a major problem. I went trough the troubleshooting guide but tried not to tear the whole thing down to make a simple fix. The guide suggested my problem was the control board. But I noticed the price of the board and decided to do some further...
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    Pentair Superflow lid question

    So I bit the bullet and bought a new pump (Pentair Superflo) When I opened the box, I was surprised I couldn't open the basket lid. It is a press on, with a quarter turn clamping ring. I had to hit the Ring with a Hammer/block of wood to get it off. Then when I went to put it back on I can only...
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    Pump leaks after go kit installed

    I have a Sta-Rite Maxi Glass PE type I'm on the 3rd Motor. Second Go kit and several lid gaskets under my belt. This year the pump was leaking pretty bad (multiple drips per second, but not a spray). The leak was coming from under the pump housing where the band clamp is. It was also losing...
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    Can I filter a pool that is not full?

    My water level is below the skimmer and vacuum inlets. I have my valves set to only draw from the main drain. Assuming there are no leaks that would cause the pump to suck air in, can my filter run with the level this low? I know that's not the recommended situation, but I am wondering if it...
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    Sharing a good experience with a vendor. Pool Pump Motor Purchase

    I read the rules and I think my post won't violate them, if the moderators disagree I apologize in advance. My pump motor Died, and a Google search for troubleshooting actually led me to my own post here on troublefreepool.com from several years ago when I replaced the motor the last time. In...
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    Thanks again, and encouragement for newbies.

    It's funny I seldom come to this site now, but when I first started with a used pool at the house we bought I was here several times a day. I just opened my pool and knock on wood, everything looks pretty good. I just wanted to say thanks again to TFP, and all the people in these forums who...
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    Electrical Question

    My 1980's vintage pool wiring is in poor condition, and has had several questionable changes made by the previous homeowner. The current configuration is as follows Conduit running from panel in the house contains 7 wires 1 - Black (part of 220 line) 2 - Red (part of 220 line)...
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    Pentair Master Temp vent cover.

    I purchased a used 6mo old Heater which was installed indoors. I will be using the heater outdoors. I can easily remove the vent, but I will need to put a Vent cover on, that the previous owner did not have. The price for the part is outrageous - around $70. I am considering making one from...
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    Teledyne Laars Series 2, 3rd Thermopile in 2 seasons ??

    original symptom - Pilot stays lit, heater will not turn on While troubleshooting I would use a jumper to bypass the various switches looking for a bad switch. The heater would come on eventually, but never while bypassing the same switch. I suspected the thermopile was not getting enough...
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    Help out a Shelter Dog

    My daughter is Fostering a Shelter Dog named NOBUYUKI. PETCO is having a contest on facebook and the 3 dogs with the most votes win $300 for the Shelter they are from. the contest runs through Oct 31 and Nobuyuki is is in the top 5. Spend a minute helping Nobuyuki please. On Facebook search...
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    Robertshaw 700-511 Millivolt gas valve help!

    I have the 700-511 gas valve which is the Universal replacement for my Teledyne Laars Series 2 Heater. The valve looks exactly the same as the old valve and connects exactly the same, specs the same, etc..... Only one problem there is an extra gas outlet, with a 1/4" brass connector, that does...
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    Teledyne Laars Series 2 ESG Not turning on.

    Cleaned completely,Good strong pilot, New Pilot generator. adjusted generator for max flame exposure. With heater switch off - generator leads read 454 mV With heater switch on - reading drops to 330 mV When problem first occurred I could flip the on off switch a few times and it would finally...
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    How I spent my summer or thanks to my friends at TFP

    This is my first visit to TFP this year. Partly because I have been very busy and had little time, but mostly because I have spent my first summer without ANY problems with my pool. I took the winter cover off, and had a crystal clear pool on the 3rd day. (First day was removing the cover, and...
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    Home depot for Pool Paint??

    I noticed Pool Paint available from Home depot does anyone have any thoughts pro or con. I figure since Home Depot doesn't actually make pool paint they probably get it from one of the few companies that make it under other names, so it's probably the same paint. And it would sure be more...
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    Pool Painting - Preparing for The Job now doing it Next year

    Our pool has been flaking since we bought the house, and it appears that after this season painting will be inevitable. I have questions that I hope others here can help with before I even begin planning the details. My house and pool are elevated about 15 feet above street level on a sloped...
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    Thanks for a great Weekend!

    My third year with a pool, second year following the advice in this website! Thank You! I actually spent last weekend "SWIMMING" and enjoying my pool No more being a Chemist and "POOL BOY" trying to get the pool ready for everyone else to enjoy. My pool is crystal clear, the test numbers are...
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    Pool Devil - review!

    My wife bought me a Pool Devil for my Birthday. http://www.pooldevil.net/ This is a really nice product. It connects to one of the return ports and creates a vortex that carries all the "floaties" into a filter sock. I have too many trees and right now it's pollen time, and the sock is...
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    Pool Heater - Paranoia

    Last year I melted my plumbing when my filter pump turned off while my heater was still on. Everyone here taught me about adding a firemans switch to my pool heater. I bought one over the winter, installed it last week and it works great. Then came the paranoia! Yesterday Southwest Michigan...
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    New Motor installed - Problem

    OK I obviously did something wrong. Seeing if anyone here knows the answer before I can figure it out. The motor is rapidly cycling on and off. 1 sec intervals, sounds like a relay inside the rear housing of the motor. It comes on, water begins to flow, but before it gets up to speed the click...
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    Replacing Pump Motor - Sta Rite - Dissasembly of impeller?

    I read here I should replace my motor when I could no longer tolerate the noise! Well I guess I have a pretty High tolerance since I ordered the new motor yesterday, and Today the old one seized up for good. Grin! I'm killing the afternoon Getting the old one apart and ready for the new motor...
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    Tri-Chlor Pucks - maybe?

    I read in a different post, several recommendations to use tri-chlor pucks, for vacations. I have done great just using bleach since finding this forum, but my situation is unusual, and wondered - My wife and I live 2 hours from where we work. We stay in a place there during the week and come...
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    A real challenge? or am I making it too difficult

    To make the long story short - I have a hottub, without any "guts", and I've got "Guts" from an old Hot tub. I'm trying to get them together into a workable unit. I have advanced DIY skills, but I am still capable of Moron moves. I have many questions before tackling this, and am open to ideas...
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    Pump noise

    The only label on my pump is on the motor and it is an A.O. Smith Motor 1Hp It is at least 5 years old My pump is making a noise it never made before, if I had to guess I would think it was a bearing squeal. It is not all that loud or irritating "Yet". Just a bit worse than a hum. But...
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    Backwashing - dumps lots of sand is this normal?

    Our waste line is a flex hose leading down and away from the filter (towards the plant beds) Each time I backwash I notice a lot of sand is also coming out, so much so that there is now an obvious, sand path running away from the hose. for like 15 - 20 feet, I know that some sand would be...
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    Pool Heater - major problems

    My setup currently Hayward sand filter, 1.5hp pump, analog timer, Teledyne Laars Heater. The heater has no electronics, it operates based on pressure. When the pressure increases the heater functions, when the pressure drops the heater turns off. Thus (I assumed) the timer for the filter...
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    Empty Chlorine Jugs - Trash to Treasure

    As a Newbie - I am overwelmed by the number of empty chlorine jugs I am trashing. While "recycling" is the immediate response to the question "What do you do with them?" I have to believe there are more creative "Re-Use" options. I have already made: *Pots for plants *Rinse bucket for leaf...
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    Is it possible? Practical? Advisable?

    The paint on our pool is flaking off in spots, some dime sized, some as big as quarters, but mostly just little flecks of paint that I notice in the skimmer basket. After reading about how expensive repainting is, is it possible to just "touch up" the spots? Most of the flaking is on the steps...
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    2nd year in a house with an older cement pool.

    I found this site last year, and by the end of the year I thought I knew what I was doing. This year I find I'm still not so smart. I'll recount some of the events so far, both as a lesson to other newbies in "what not to do", and also sprinkle in a request for advice, from those who know...