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  1. PoolBrews

    Who is still swimming?!?

    We've been in ours at least a couple of times a week. Heat pump and solar cover easily keeps the pool at 88!
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    Measurement on sample tubes in TFTestkit don't match Taylor sample tubes. Which is correct?

    Maybe I got a defective batch of tubes in my original kit :cool:
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    Measurement on sample tubes in TFTestkit don't match Taylor sample tubes. Which is correct?

    I did the test twice to ensure I didn't do something wrong... I just found it interesting! I want to keep doing my chlorine tests only in my chlorine tube. I guess I'll use the sample sizer in the Taylor tube, then pour the water into my chlorine tube.
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    Measurement on sample tubes in TFTestkit don't match Taylor sample tubes. Which is correct?

    I know I have to use the sample sizer with the Taylor tube - the real question here is which tube is actually 10ml? Obviously one is 10ml and the other is ~11ml or one is ~9ml and the other is 10ml. (Or neither are correct:oops:) Having been an engineer in a manufacturing facility for a good...
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    Measurement on sample tubes in TFTestkit don't match Taylor sample tubes. Which is correct?

    I have recently noticed that the 10ml and 25 ml lines on the TFTestkit and Taylor sample tubes do not amount to the same amount of water. I had always used the TFTestkit sample tubes, filling to the appropriate line, then dropping in my speed stir pellet, then testing. I purchased a Taylor...
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    Got myself a pH meter (Apera PH60)

    The manufacturer only recommends always storing in solution for the PH60S - that is the pH tester with the spear probe. For the PH60 bulb probe, you can either store it in the solution or no solution.
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    Hayward OmniLogic R4.0.0 MSP Released!

    This is most likely to verify that the panel actually has connectivity to the internet. The mobile app does not communicate directly to the panel. The app connects to the Hayward service on the internet, which then communicates with the panel. The panel then responds to the service, and this...
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    Got myself a pH meter (Apera PH60)

    I have had one for about 8 months. Works great (far better than the one sold on TF Testkits). According to the instructions, you clean it with distilled water, but you don't store it in distilled water. I use mine at the start of my pool testing process, then let it soak in distilled water in...
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    Hayward OmniLogic R4.0.0 MSP Released!

    I got the same message. I went to the panel and selected Alarms. When I did, I was given the option to start the update. Everything worked perfectly well and I am now running version 4.0.1. I don't recall the release notes indicating that updates could be initiated from the mobile app - it only...
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    On the books for a 16 x 32 inground - Thoughts please?

    I am on my 3rd pool in 30 years, and would never get a pool without an autofill/drain system. Hands on has nothing to do with it, it's about maintaining the level in the pool properly. No matter how good you are at filling or draining as needed (more important in a hot state vs a cold state)...
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    Omnilogic App

    You will also get this same message if the Hayward cloud service is down or unreachable for any reason. Keep in mind that the app does not talk directly to your Omni. All communication goes from the app --> cloud --> Omni, then Omni --> cloud --> app. If anything is down in that stream, you'll...
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    How I cool down my Pool

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but I tried those in GA and they didn't work very well. In addition to not working to lower the temp of the pool, they stop your water from circulating properly, and get in the way when you swim. I solved my temp problem by installing 4x6 posts and attaching shade...
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    Handrails?

    With pavers, you will have the same issue for a base regardless of whether it is stainless or composite. You need a base to provide stability, so you're going to have to remove pavers, pour concrete (and make sure the concrete is at the right height to allow the pavers to be replaced and look...
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    Advice needed on my new pool

    I'm not sure you want to connect your autofill to sprinkler control. The autofill is designed to be connected directly to a water source - or are you putting it on a zone that will be on all the time? You don't know when the autofill will demand water, and for how long, so it is best to have it...
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    Picking up home fermentation/brewing

    The only place automation would help with brew temps would be in the fermentation process... and then it's mainly beneficial for brewing lagers. The brew process itself only lasts a couple of hours. I use an electronic brew kettle, so it's easy to set temps during the soak and boil, and easy to...
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    Hayward OmniLogic R4.0.0 MSP Released!

    I do have a Hayward VS pump, and I had no issues with the upgrade - no reconfiguration was required for me. I did have to restart the Omni twice for my schedules to run properly. I restarted as part of the upgrade, and my system did not start running as expected. I restarted again, and...
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    Hayward OmniLogic R4.0.0 MSP Released!

    Hayward just released the latest firmware for the OmniLogic automation system - R4.0.0! The big news here is that future updates can now be done directly from the internet - no more plugging in a USB to perform an upgrade!!! I installed it yesterday, and (per the known issues list) I had to...
  18. PoolBrews

    What have you done for your Pool Paradise recently?

    Mine is very similar, and also made by Dunn Rite (Dunn-Rite Products Poola Hoop Pool Basketball Set). I was able to use a $50 off coupon with Leslie's to get it. I did shorten the pole on mine - the rim was too high from the pool edge for casual fun in the pool!
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    Picking up home fermentation/brewing

    It's impossible to pick a single best yeast... any given type of beer or cider may taste best with a given type of yeast, but it definitely varies with the beer or cider type/taste. i.e. the best yeast for a wheat beer may suck for a pilsner, or a stout, or a belgian. And to go even further...
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    Picking up home fermentation/brewing

    The conical fermenter is a FastFerment and is 7 gallons. It's large enough for 6 gallon batches. The other fermenter is a Craft-A-Brew and only holds a little over 6 gallons - I have to use a blow off tube for many of my 5 gallon batches, but I like the design better. The electric brew kettle...
  21. PoolBrews

    Picking up home fermentation/brewing

    Brew day was yesterday! Brewed an Amber Bock, and am creating a Pineapple Habanero Wheat which shall be called the Hawaiian Burn.
  22. PoolBrews

    New pool owner, new to GA

    My last pool was in Douglasville, GA - just west of Atlanta. It was an 18K pool, saltwater, and had a 120K heat pump. We closed our pool in mid-November, and opened the first week in March every year. A heat pump will not be able to heat the pool adequately during the winter months, but it does...
  23. PoolBrews

    Minimum Flow rate for SWCG

    Moved from here. How can I determine what the minimum is? Does the SWCG issue a warning message? I have all Hayward equipment.
  24. PoolBrews

    Under construction in Tampabay Florida

    COP is coefficient of performance. The higher the number, the less it costs to heat your pool. Not sure why your PB would say this model works best for your size pool, but I'm guessing he probably has installed a lot of this size and may have some in stock:). A 120K unit will heat slower than a...
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    Under construction in Tampabay Florida

    I would switch to the Pentair Ultratemp 140. The 120 offers 127K BTU's with a COP of 5.7. The 140 has 143K BTU's with a COP of 5.8. The larger unit will heat faster, run less (...last longer), and is more efficient. It is only $200-$400 more. To me, this is a no-brainer. You'll save that amount...
  26. PoolBrews

    Under construction in Tampabay Florida

    I'm in Central Florida. My pool is 7K gallons, and I have a 144K Hayward HP21404T heater. I keep my pool at 88 degrees. Last winter, my heater would run anywhere from 1 1/2 - 3 hours each day to maintain the heat. I used a solar blanket for January and February. No issues keeping it at temp. The...
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    Under construction in Tampabay Florida

    The cost for the heater is not dependent on the size of your pool. $5K is probably about right if the heater is a 140K unit. The Hayward 144K unit is near $4,000 on it's own, so the extra $1K would be for electrical and installation. You can save a few hundred dollars on a smaller heater... but...
  28. PoolBrews

    Under construction in Tampabay Florida

    I would definitely add the automation. It allows you to see that everything is running properly when you are away on vacation, and allows you to easily set schedules, run times, SWG %, pump speed, etc using an app on your phone. I would definitely add the heat pump - it will allow you to keep...
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    Pool build underway - NE Fla (plumbing)

    Based on my research, my next heat pump will be an Aquacal. They have the highest efficiency ratings and are far quieter than other brands (about 10db less). I would look at at the SQ225 - it's 143K BTU's. The SQ166 is only 126K BTU's. Unless you really need the cooling feature, the 225 will...