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  1. ParB

    Wifi or connected low voltage transformer suggestions

    You're over thinking it. All you need to do is to provide a way to control power to the transformer that you already have. I would add a relay that provided power to the transformer you currently. Something like this Amazon.com : SHELLY 1 One Relay Switch Wireless WiFi Home Automation iOS...
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    Pentair wireless interface died... Need to eeplace

    I spent the evening looking at pentairs website. Not the easiest thing to figure out how things are connected. But yeah, I think you're right, I need to have another tranciever for the wireless remote. I saw a tranciever pair online for $120. I'll go to my local pool store and see what they...
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    Pentair wireless interface died... Need to eeplace

    Hi all, I have a pentair easy touch 8 pool automation system. It was installed by the previous homeowner. Thanks to this forum I'm doing most of the work for the pool myself. On Friday I was unable to use the screen logic app in my cell phone to turn on the pool lights. I spent a few hours on...
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    Rebuilt my Polaris 280

    Total joy!
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    Rebuilt my Polaris 280

    Just bought a house with a pool. Never had a pool before. Took a look at the pool cleaner and realized it was completely worn out. It ran in only one wheel, the rubber on the rims was almost worn out. Check out the tail below, it's worn down until two holes opened up due to the material wearing...
  6. ParB

    Aquabot X4

    Fabio, I'm no expert but others are. Does your robot not have a filter for fine particles? It just stirs things up?
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    First time with tf100, sanity check wanted!

    I'm definitely getting the swcg. I asked the pool company for a quote, but it was 3x what I can buy it for. And he still wanted labor charges to install it... I'm hesitant to install the swcg myself. My brother could help me but with covid he can't easily come to me, he is 2 states away from me.
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    First time with tf100, sanity check wanted!

    Hi all, I just tested my pool. I should also say that I had the tree trimmers at my house yesterday and a very large oak tree next to the pool got a heavy trimming. I turned off the pool pump for most of the day yesterday, and once they where done I took off the stuff that floated and started...
  9. ParB

    Stains on tile above waterline

    Will do. Thanks!
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    Stains on tile above waterline

    Makes sense. I figure I'll try to remove it with some white vinegar. If that doesn't work then I'll try some muriatic acid. What should I worry about if I have to do muriatic acid? Pool chemistry issues?
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    Stains on tile above waterline

    The surface is concrete. Is above the waterline but I don't think it's wet. I like your theory, it seems like it grows from the grout out into the tile. Not at all grout lines, but some.
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    Stains on tile above waterline

    Hi, Brand new pool owner here. I don't know how old the pool is. There are some stains on the tile just above the waterline in the pool. Whitish and feels a bit like sand paper. Any idea on how to identify it, and a remedy to remove it? Picture is from the spa, it's built-in at one end of the...
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    First time with tf100, sanity check wanted!

    I'm going to redo all of the tests including the cya number tomorrow. It's probably the one I'm the least comfortable that I got right. I did the wet towel on the dripper before each drop. But I'll try again. I just bought the house with the pool. Previous owner used a pool company, I decided...
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    First time with tf100, sanity check wanted!

    Hi all, I just got my tf1000 test kit. I think I did every test correctly. The water temperature recorded using a science temp probe of the sample water. What do you think of these results and how I should interprete them? Do the result look reasonable to you? Btw I used the poolmath app...
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I don't know how much they cost (yet). I just turned them on for the first time this weekend. I am going to get solar to reduce my electrical bill though. The dog is (was) Juno my lovely little boxer. She succumbed to cancer after 6 months of chemo about a month ago. She was a sweetheart. Now i...
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    Newbie, have a question

    Great link! thank you!
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    You can see the four infra heaters in the ceiling above the chairs. Each one sits on its own circuit. They are from this company: Infratech Official Site - Premium Residential and Commercial Infrared Electric Heaters outputs a tremendous amount of heat.
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    Newbie, have a question

    You're correct on SWG. So just go by eyesight to gauge water clarity? I have an automatic cover on top of the pool. does this mean i can reduce the time i run the pump since the cover prevents much of the organic stuff from coming into the pool? Any rule of thumb on this?
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    Newbie, have a question

    So i get the point about testing pool chemistry. This question came about after i was calculating Motor RPM, GPH flow to the pool and how much i should run the pump daily. My question is, is there a test that can be done that tests the water for if i have run the pump long enough to filter the...
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I ordered the TF100 test kit. Fast order, got an email after just a few minutes of ordering with tracking number for 2 day delivery. Pretty impressive. I had the pool company come by and check the actuators this morning. They confirmed what you guys have been saying, one of the actuators is...
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    It was a good read, I read the links as well. Since the instrument is certified I went and read the standards under which it is certified. It's hard to find exact details about the nsf 50 level 1 but I found a non protected presentation from them. The highest level of accuracy in the standard...
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I read the entire thread. Thanks for posting it. The solution the author went down is extremely similar to a beer brewery automation I built for my friends brewery. At the time I was thinking that a half dozen sensors, a couple of pump controllers, a couple of ssr's managing heating elements...
  23. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    Strong points, especially the one about being able to communicate effectively when everyone follows the same process. I'll order the tf-100 test kit. It's a bit of personal defeat, I have most of my home automated with digital sensors, software controlled light switches and outlets. I would...
  24. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    It's a fair point, standardizing on a test makes for a better conversation in a group. In fact I think that is an excellent point. Maybe enough to sway me despite my inherent bias towards digitizing these types of things.
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    Why is that, they don't work well?
  26. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I talked to my pool company last night. He told me the same as you did, an actuator needs service. It will be looked into on Monday. Thanks! Separately, I found a digital chemistry tester that uses reagent and reads light transmissions through the reagent. It's called lamotte spin touch. My...
  27. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I got to look into this. I am in a climate where i don't winterize, its year round above freezing so maybe it will be different for my setup.
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    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    I'm with you on this. And i've been part of developing a fair amount of networking technologies in my career. But i'll try it out just in case. Worst case its a phone call to pentair for help.
  29. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    Really useful information. I'll talk to the pool company about the settings and the actuator to get them to fix the problem. So when i run the pool with the spa circuit active and no other circuits active it should not be draining the spa, just sending the water through the filter and back to...
  30. ParB

    Help me with my Pool Equipment

    Hi all, i had some time over lunch (Working from home due to the corona shelter in place but i'm still busy) to look at a few things. I haven't had time to direct wire a laptop to the switch where screenlogic runs. i'll get to that over the weekend. My main computer in my office is 2 or 3...