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    Possible to RINSE too long?

    I accidentally left my sand filter in Rinse mode for 10 minutes after a Backwash. Excluding the obvious unnecessary water loss from the pool (not enough for the skimmer to dry out), are there any other negative side effects?
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    Should water level in pump basket go down when pump turns off?

    Returns spit air bubbles when pump is initially turned on (priming) but no air after 10 seconds or so. When you say a “leak”, are you suggesting a cracked pipe somewhere or simply air getting in somewhere on the suction side?
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    Should water level in pump basket go down when pump turns off?

    Question: After my variable speed Hayward Tristar pump turns off (for example when a schedule is completed), should the water level in the pump basket lower to near the bottom of the basket? I was under the impression that even though the pump is now off, the basket should remain nearly full...
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    Tips on Removing and/or Lubing O-Ring on Hayward Pump Lid

    I’ll give that a shot. Thanks JamesW!
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    Tips on Removing and/or Lubing O-Ring on Hayward Pump Lid

    I am able to acces the o-ring, but it’s nearly impossible to remove without a tool. So I ordered that pry tool kit linked above. That should do the trick.
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    Tips on Removing and/or Lubing O-Ring on Hayward Pump Lid

    Thanks for the replies all. Very good advice. Jason - I can’t figure out how to easily pop out the clear part. I don’t want to force it fearing I’ll crack something. Is there a trick to doing this? Thank you.
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    Tips on Removing and/or Lubing O-Ring on Hayward Pump Lid

    I have found it very tricky to remove the O-Ring on my Hayward Tristar VS pump lid. All I want to do is put some lube on it. Lubing it while the O-Ring is still installed is nearly impossible. Any tricks/tips? For reference, I am attaching a picture of the lid. Thanks in advance.
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    Should pump be entirely filled with water up to lid?

    Everyone - thanks for your comments and suggestions. I did a bit more research and found a comment on a YouTube video (of all places!) that ended up working for me. The suggestion was to run the filter on Recirculate mode for a while, and then turn back to Filter mode. Do not take the lid...
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    Should pump be entirely filled with water up to lid?

    I have a brand new Hayward Tristar VS pump and what I've noticed is that the water level in the basket housing is not up to the very top when the pump is running. There is about a 1" gap between the water level and the underside of the lid. Is this normal? I seem to recall on my previous...
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    Do I Still Need a Switch for new Pump?

    kadavis - would the existence of the circuit breaker for the pump on a sub-panel within a few feet of the pump qualify as a proper disconnect according to code? Or would I have to maintain an actual on/off switch like I have today?
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    Do I Still Need a Switch for new Pump?

    I currently have a single-speed pump that I turn on/off via a switch that is on a brick wall right next to the pump. I am replacing that single-speed pump with a variable speed pump (Hayward SP3202VSP) that has a built-in programmable timer and touchpad control panel. So I presume I will be...
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    Is it worth it to install new Sub Panel for Pool Equipment?

    tstex - I ended up getting a Hayward TriStar SP3202VSP. I'm not able to install it just yet, as I only have 115v service to my current single-speed pump, and the new pump requires 230v. And I'm starting to realize that patience is the key right now. I've decided that even if I have to wait a...
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    Is it worth it to install new Sub Panel for Pool Equipment?

    This is all great information, thanks everyone! It certainly does make the most sense to take the plunge now with the automation while I'm already having all of the electrical work done. Honestly, I wasn't even aware (still have a lot to learn) that the OmniLogic and other automation systems...
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    Is it worth it to install new Sub Panel for Pool Equipment?

    JamesW: Would you be able to list an example or two of an automation product that comes with a sub panel?
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    Is it worth it to install new Sub Panel for Pool Equipment?

    JamesW: I do plan on putting in an automation system such as Omni Logic, but not this year. Are you suggesting I increase the amperage of the sub panel to allow for additional upgrades, such as automation and a salt water system? PoolGate: Good to hear that adding a sub panel is the normal...
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    Is it worth it to install new Sub Panel for Pool Equipment?

    I am having an electrician come out to upgrade the connection for my pool pump from 115v to 230v so I can install a new VSP pump that runs only on 230v. The electrician is also making some other upgrades to some landscape lighting wiring, GFCI for the pool lights, and relocating some outdoor...
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    Cable for Hayward Wall Mount to TriStar VSP

    I purchased the SPX3400DRKIT Hayward Wall Mount Kit for my TriStar SP3202VSP pump and came across conflicting information about the cable requirements needed to connect the pump to the wall mount. On a video on the Hayward Youtube channel, it mentions the need for a wire rated a minimum of 300...
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    Ohio AEP customers get $350 rebate on new energy star VSD pool pumps

    I took advantage of it! Received the rebate in 8 days.
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    Which new Hayward VSP Pump Would be Best for my Pool Setup?

    Todd - I came across that VS Omni the other day and I'm intrigued. I figured out that they only sell them in brick-n-mortar, so I haven't yet called around for pricing. But I'm open to the idea if the price fits. As I mentioned initially, I found an online retailer that is selling the 3202VSP...
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    Which new Hayward VSP Pump Would be Best for my Pool Setup?

    Jim, Omni Logic is very intriguing, but it may be overkill for our simple setup and certainly more pricey than that Z-Wave control from GE. But I do want to keep open the option to use Omni Logic, so getting a new pump that works with it is a good start. Thanks for your comments. -ms
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    Which new Hayward VSP Pump Would be Best for my Pool Setup?

    Jim, Thanks for your insight on the pipe sizing. It sounds like even though I have 1.5" plumbing, I should still be able to get a new pump that is a 2" model using an adapter. That makes me feel much better about the project and being able to buy whatever pump I want. For the home...
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    Which new Hayward VSP Pump Would be Best for my Pool Setup?

    Thanks for the replies. GSREL: Yes, I do plan on integrating home automation into all of the my pool components in due time. That is one reason I was interested in the 3202VSP as it works with Omni Logic. My newest concern now is plumbing pipe sizing. It appears I only have 1.5" pipes going...
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    Which new Hayward VSP Pump Would be Best for my Pool Setup?

    I'm looking to replace my existing single-speed 1.5 HP/3,400 RPM/1.1 SF pump motor with a brand new VSP pump from Hayward. The main reason for the replacement is to reduce energy costs long-term. Also, Ohio AEP is giving a $350 rebate on new VSP pool pumps right now and I want to take...
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    Closing - Proper Setting for Hayward Multiport Valve?

    Thank you Jason. Makes me feel better. This is my first winter, so trying to learn. What I believe may have happened is that the original label on top of the filter was replaced in the spring, but the new label doesn't have the "Winter" setting noted on it.
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    Closing - Proper Setting for Hayward Multiport Valve?

    The pool company I use just finished closing up the pool for the winter. After they left, I noticed the setting on my Hayward multiport valve is halfway between Waste and Closed. Is that normal? Why wouldn't they use Closed instead? The weird thing is that I actually noticed there is a...
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    Not able to prime pump with only Skimmer Valve open

    I'm filling it up with some more water right now. I believe after a few failed attempts in Waste mode, I may lost enough water to inject too much air into the lines. After raising the water level I'll give it another shot; probably with both valves open to start, closing off the main drain a...
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    Not able to prime pump with only Skimmer Valve open

    I'm trying to start my pump while my sand filter is in Waste mode so I can vacuum out all of the debris and dirt from the pool after a very heavy rain. The pool bottom is covered with dirt and sediment from my yard/mulch overflowing into the pool. This is only the 2nd time trying to vacuum my...
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    One jet (out of 4) isn't returning any water to pool

    I got it working! Now all of the returns have great pressure! Here is what I did to fix: - Closed the valve for the Polaris pump booster to the dedicated return line. - Put a (small diameter) eyeball in the return I wasn't sure what was, but had great pressure and was closest to pump. But...
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    One jet (out of 4) isn't returning any water to pool

    Attaching a picture of my setup. The middle orange valve (now open) is for the Polaris booster pump. I'll go ahead and turn that off. The left orange valve is for the 2 skimmer baskets; the right orange valve is for the main drain. EDIT: I'll go ahead and start changing around the eyeballs...