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    Pump/filter schedule

    Thank you both for your reply and suggestions. Jimrahbe, I was not even aware about the "water turnover". A few months ago I bought a house with a pool and as the first time pool wonder I am trying to figure out many things and get an expedite course of a pool maintenance :D. The previous...
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    Pump/filter schedule

    Hello! I have a question about the schedule. What is better, to run the filter for shorter time (6-7 hours) at higher speed, or longer (8-9 hours) at lower speed? I am trying to balance the energy costs with the quality of water. I have a sand filter, Pantair inteliflo vari pump, in-floor...
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    Different Total Alkalinity tests

    Other numbers are quite close, TA is the only "problematic" one.
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    Different Total Alkalinity tests

    Yes, I do use a damp paper towel and wipe the tip of the bottle after each drop.
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    Different Total Alkalinity tests

    I have question about TA results. I finally got my TF-100 and that test shows TA 120, I also have BioGuard test (previous owners left that test behind) which gives TA 70, I have also results from 3 different pool stores (I know what do you think about their tests) but their results (from all 3...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    Thank you Jim, That was my plan to have several small drains/refills. Thankfully my pool is higher that the wash (that's how Arizonans call dry rivers) so the gravity should do the job. Thanks again! Daniel
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    Hi Jim Jimrahbe, do you have mid if i ask one more question "how to ...?" I was wondering if there is any way to drain water from the pool? For now, I can do backwash but I am not sure if I should run backwash for extended period until half of the pool was drained. I should drain at least half...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    Everything works now. Thanks a lot. I set the pump seed at 2000 rpm. Thanks again!
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    74, >>> Sorry, Daniel is fine :) You must have a "lite" version of the EasyTouch if you only have two feature circuits.. ?? >> Possible, I am not sure :D What is SillWay? The Circuit name can be anything you want.. But each time you use it, it must be the same... >>> It's a typo, Should...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    OK, I found time to play with the settings today. 1. Skypalace, I tried your manual way and after I pressed F nothing happened. I saw the both valves changed positions once I pushed V button to Fill position, but the pump did not start (the pump was showing "0 RPM"). Why the manual way does not...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    Thank you both. I will try to run/program as described and will let you know. Unfortunately I will be able to do that on Sat. Thanks a lot!
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    The first is called "spa" and it turns on the spa jets and the water heater. The second one is called "spa light", and the third one "pool light". 2 and 3 does the same thing: turn light in the pool and spa (I think you can not separate them anyway, so I am not sure why they did that) . The 4th...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    No I do not have it (I had to google what ScreenLogic is :rolleyes:. I do have only Pentair ET PL4 wireless controller which looks like this:
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    Sorry for my delayed response. Crazy time here. First, thank you for your reply. Jimrahbe, I am not sure what valve you are talking about. Are you taking about that one circled in red or in blue? The red one I use only for backwash, I have never touched the blue one so I am not sure what is for...
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    Setup the waterfall with Pentair Easy Touch

    My pool has in floor cleaning system and the heads pop up sequentially including these in the spa. When the heads in the spa are working the waterfall is working but only until the heads switched to the pool heads. Is there any way to set it up that the waterfall will be going constantly, it...
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    OK, here are pics of my pool. It's a small pool ca 9000 gallons. There are an in floor cleaning system (I think). .
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    I finally took some pics of the pool and the equipment. Can I post them right here or there is other place? I actually have also some questions about the Pentaire and how to program it.
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    Thank you for your detailed reply. Yes, I would love to discuss the ecology of the pool but I think others can be really bored ;). I am a first time pool owner (as of 5 weeks ago) and also new to southern AZ (and to the country as a matter of fact). I have been told that in AZ we need to keep...
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    This chart is very helpful. Thank you. I will try to lower CYA to 60 so I can keep FC a bit lower (and phosphates will be diluted at the same time)
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    I am working on this... My CYA was 140 now is around 100. I need to go a bit lower, however I have been told that in southern AZ (not entire AZ) CYA level should be higher. Right now we have 105F and over 12 hours of sun.
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    Phosphates - do I treat?

    Moved from here. I am a new guy in the pool "business" but I am an experienced biologist, more, a microbiologist, and according to my knowledge if you kill algae with... anything (it does not matter how you kill them) you actually release more phosphate (other phosphate source can be bird...
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    shocking the pool

    THANK YOU!!! Just do want to add more stabilizer which is together with Trichlor. I would like to maintain the pool as is until the cooler months (November/December) and then I will think about modifications. Hopefully I will know more by then. mistakes are inevitable but I am hoping to avoid as...
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    shocking the pool

    Thank you. I will definitely search for those. I still do not have answer to my question. Is it OK, safe to mix trichlor and sodium hypochlorite in the pool? I was told i shouldn't mix different types of chlor e.g. dichlor, with trichlor or trichlor with pool bleach. Yes, I am new to this...
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    shocking the pool

    I have 1200V multitest and show similar results as these from a pool store. I promise the next one will be suggested above.
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    shocking the pool

    OK, So now I know that stores are bad, the tests are not good but still do not know answer to my question. I bought a house and the previous owner was using trichlor tablets and was adding "shock" products when necessary. I live in Tucson AZ, so unstabilized chlorine will be destroyed in...
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    shocking the pool

    Base on the videos you posted it means that it is OK to mix trichlor tablets used on a regular basis and liquid chlorine to shock the pool ?
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    shocking the pool

    So, you are saying that the professional tests they have at the stores are not accurate?
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    shocking the pool

    Thank you for your reply. I took water sample to a local pool/spa store and they tested for me.
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    shocking the pool

    Hi, I am a new pool owner. I just bought a house with a pool so this pool is well established. I have tested water and pH is 7.9, alkalinity 80 but CYA is 144 and high calcium. I use trichlor tablets (2-3/week, 9000 gal pool). I was told that I should use CYA, Ca2+ free shock chemistry, which...