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    Help me blow out the main line with compressor? Its set up as shown but nothings happening.

    Could be but without labels I can't tell which plumbed lines are what. Is the main drain line the line which is plumbed off the tee closest to the front of pump? The lines furthest from the pump are for skimmers? If so then you have those valves setup correctly. That said you have a secondary...
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    Help me blow out the main line with compressor? Its set up as shown but nothings happening.

    Since the main drain is on the suction side of your circulation system you do not need to pressurize anything beyond the front of the pump. In other words it looks like you should be able to turn the three way valve between pump and filter off so that no air flows beyond it. Then just make sure...
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    Running pool equipment with safety cover before closing

    I would still operate the pump a couple hours a day and only have the SWG operate if chlorine levels drop. If FC stays consistent no need to add more especially since your cover is preventing chlorine loss from sun. Close the pool once the water temp drops and off you go. Current water...
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    Help Winterizing a Caretake In-Floor Cleaner

    I have posted a similar question with regards to winterizing these valves. Regardless which valve you have there are a number of ports which feed a branch of cleaner heads. It is probably safe to assume that one of your branches feeds all the cleaner heads in the step. You are likely able to...
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    Safety cover install - 3/4" diamond bit

    I know. I have some. Just means the anchors are not nearly as 'hidden' during pool season.
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    Safety cover install - 3/4" diamond bit

    Well that's some great info - thanks. I am going to look for a cross bit next time I am at a hardware store. Have considered sanding the ridge on an anchor to prevent chipping when tamping them. What do you bevel the concrete with?
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    Safety cover install - 3/4" diamond bit

    FWIW - this was my own pool so was trying hard to keep the construction process and final result "near perfect'. It was also an opportunity to practice using a different installation technique. That said, I could not find anywhere that would rent me a core drill. Ghost town. So I installed with...
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    Does this plumbing arrangement make sense?

    So the next question is...what the heck is going to happen when this persons VS is running at full speed and they decide to kick the Tristar on? Old fashion football team versus firefighters tug-o-war? It honestly seems like a science experiment. Will there be any repercussions to either pump?
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    Does this plumbing arrangement make sense?

    I know. Originally the pool only had one single speed pump. That has been replaced with a variable speed Superpump. My assumption is that they did not know how to program (Hayward OmniLogic) the VS pump to satisfy the heater and salt system with the deck jets and waterfall so they added another...
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    Does this plumbing arrangement make sense?

    Okay. Thanks Jim. I just kept picturing the two dogs from Lady and the Tramp fighting over the same piece of spaghetti. Water, like spaghetti, should not get pulled in two different directions?
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    Winterizing a Caretaker 5 in-floor cleaning system

    Hi folks. I am going to be closing a pool with a Caretaker 5 cleaning system which I have not winterized previously. I am trying to determine what the best course of action is to winterize the lines which run from the unit to the pool. I am under the impression that I can individually blow out...
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    Does this plumbing arrangement make sense?

    Sorry, should have grabbed an image while I was there but didn't. Closed a pool which had an equipment overhaul sometime this spring. This was the suction side setup and I am not sure if this contravenes common plumbing practice. There are two lines (skimmer and main drain) which feed suction...
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    Rheem/Raypak heater with high limit 2 fault

    Thanks. I replaced the spring only and it has operated fine.
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    Rheem/Raypak heater with high limit 2 fault

    Nobody able to confirm this? Going to replace it anyway just hoping I am barking up the right tree.
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    Rheem/Raypak heater with high limit 2 fault

    Just looking for confirmation on what I am assuming is the issue. Friends heater fires fine. After 5 minutes high limit 2 fault. Quick inspection and I find the spring for the internal bypass valve is a mess. I am assuming that because the valve is basically open there is not enough water going...
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    Retrofit lighting for inground gunite/concrete pool

    Agreed. I am wondering about ease of install. I can't see how trying to install a new light fixture in an existing gunite shell would become a mess long term. I would just expect it to leak at some point. I think that LED lights which have a much smaller profile might make sense but it sounds...
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    Retrofit lighting for inground gunite/concrete pool

    Hey everyone, It's pool season! At least for those of us in the northern hemisphere who are forced to enjoy our pools in 5 month intervals. I have a customer who is looking to update their pool. One of the updates they are hoping to include is adding lighting to their existing concrete pool...
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    Safety cover install - 3/4" diamond bit

    Hello, I installed a pool this fall. Looking to install the safety cover. I currently have a 3/4" carbide bit and Bosch rotary hammer. Have installed covers in past with carbide with good results but was looking to get better result with a diamond bit. Problem is I can't find one. Anyone...
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    Pump issue or automation problem?

    I have a customer who has reported to me that their pump will not turn on when the timer kicks in each morning. They have a Hayward 1HP Superpump which is wired to a Goldine PS4 system. It sounds like they are able to get it to come on by shutting down the main breaker to the panel and then...
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    Hayward H250 heater fire

    Hi friends, Recently opened a pool which has a Hayward H250 millivolt heater. Amazingly, the spark ignitor still works and the pilot lit within the first couple of pushes on the ignitor. Pilot flame appeared normal. Turned the heater on for about 5 minutes to confirm it would ignite and worked...
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    Replacing suction side valves under water level

    Hey TFP'ers, I am replacing the suction side of a circulation system inside the pool shed. The equipment is below the water level. Admittedly, I forgot to look if there is a loop outside the shed so I am wondering if there are any tricks that would prevent water from feeding into shed once I...
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    Fibre Optic lighting issue

    Bama, Thanks. You are the best. I'll try it out and see where I get!
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    Fibre Optic lighting issue

    Hi all, I have a fibre-optic lighting unit that I am trying to troubleshoot. The manufacturer/distributer is Optic-Light Inc. which is now out-of-business. The fibre-optic units I am accustomed to operate off of a toggle switch to control on/off on the outside of the illuminator box or are...