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  1. CajunGuy

    *Review* - Pool Baron/Florida Sunseeker color changing LED light bulb

    Just wanted to give y'all a quick little review on this bulb beings there wasn't many I could find on it prior to purchasing it. Our spa bulb went out and we decided to replace it with a color changing LED, previous bulb was a 250w halogen (would get EXTREMELY HOT to the point that it could burn...
  2. CajunGuy

    Pool and spa light...opinions please!

    Currently my pool and spa lights are on separate switches, one switch controls the spa light and the other switch controls the pool light...so I can turn them on and off separately right now. I was considering changing both bulbs to color changing LEDs and was considering rewiring them both to...
  3. CajunGuy

    Changing spa light bulb...do I need to lubricate new gasket?

    My spa light bulb went out, so I plan on changing it out soon. I've watched several videos and it looks pretty straightforward. From what I've read/watched, the lens gasket is supposed to be changed every time the fixture is opened. Does the new lens gasket also need to be lubricated prior to...
  4. CajunGuy

    Does anyone know what these liquid compartments are in my salt cell?

    I have an A5 Resilience salt cell and it has some sort of built in compartments around the top that has liquid inside. Well one of the 4 compartments has a greenish-yellow liquid inside (circle with question mark pointing to it) and the other 3 have clear liquids. Does anyone know what these...
  5. CajunGuy

    Help/advice with recent calcium deposits/flakes in pool

    Recently, I had to perform a short slam (for about a week) on my pool due to noticing a few small spots of algae. It was caused by a pool party for my daughter's birthday (about 20 kids in the pool) and combined with the extreme temps here (over 100 with heat index right now) it caused a small...
  6. CajunGuy

    Why did shocking my pool lower my ph? I'm confused...

    I have SWG system. I had shocked the pool starting 2 days ago. I added liquid chlorine bleach 10% during the day and at night I added a 1 lb pack of Bioguard Burnout 73 for the last 2 nights...yes I know it isn't bleach but my CH level is around 350, so it wasn't going to hurt (normally I only...
  7. CajunGuy

    Recommendations for heavy duty, wide umbrella base?

    We recently bought a new umbrella base for our patio umbrellas (we have 2 umbrellas, but only had one base). The problem is three fold which keeps causing the umbrella and stand to topple over in the slightest wind: 1. It isn't heavy enough (maybe 20-25 lbs) 2. The base isn't wide enough (only...
  8. CajunGuy

    Question about spa light getting much hotter than pool light

    I've noticed ever since we moved into our house (a little over 2 year ago) that our spa light gets much hotter than our pool light. I just wanted to see if this is common or if anybody else has this happen in their spa too? I though maybe because of the amount of water (much less water in the...
  9. CajunGuy

    Recommendations for shrubs to plant near pool that don't drop leaves?

    I'm looking for some type of "evergreen" shrubs that I can plant near my pool to replace some bottle brush shrubs that are AWFUL and drop a ton of leaves daily in my pool from fall to spring. I want something that: 1. Stays green year round and doesn't drop any leaves (this is my #1 priority)...
  10. CajunGuy

    Prime example why you should not trust or rely on pool store results!

    I went to my local pool store today to reaffirm my CYA level because I always seem to have a hard time really deciding when the dot "disappears." I had just ran a full set of levels with my Taylor k2006 test kit and my results were as followed: FC 11.5 (I had just shocked) CC 0.5 TA 75 pH 7.3...
  11. CajunGuy

    Possible black algae, not positive though....help!

    The other day when cleaning my pool on the deep end, I noticed some spots in the deep end of my pool (gunite). Mostly following the pattern along the bottom edge where dirt and some debris tends to accumulate. Although it doesn't accumulate often because I'm anal about keeping my pool clean...
  12. CajunGuy

    Question about pool slab addition and kool deck

    We are almost to the end of our pool deck additions/renovation. We added on 3 separate concrete slabs to make our pool deck larger. Two of the 3 slabs had oklahoma stone laid on top and the 3rd section will have "kool deck" to match the older deck that it is adjacent to that had kool deck...
  13. CajunGuy

    Spa return line eyeball came out?

    I have one return line (from my main pump) to my spa that is located near the bottom wall (if you were sitting in the spa, it would be located behind your calf) and it has an eyeball with a slit pointing down. I'm assuming it is built this way as a precautionary measure of directing any heated...
  14. CajunGuy

    Any recommendations on cleaning out this surface drain?

    We are adding a few additions to our pool slab (please disregard the mess and tree stump lol) and was wondering what you guys thought would be the best way to clean out this surface drain? If I had to guess, it's about 20ft across and about 1.5" wide and 3-4" in depth. The drain holes are too...
  15. CajunGuy

    Air bubbles from only one of my 3 returns?

    I've noticed that I'm getting air bubbles (not many, only 1 or 2 shooting out every 10-15 seconds) coming from only one of my 3 return jets. It's the return that is the farthest from the equipment pad. This return is on the deep end of my pool. Since I only see bubbles coming from that one...
  16. CajunGuy

    Which way is better to run your pump/filter?

    Let's say you want to run your pump for 8 hours a day, is it better to? A) Run it for a continuous 8 hours during the sunniest part of the day or B) Run it for 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon
  17. CajunGuy

    Should new seal plate have a slight curve/warp to it?

    Trying to find out where my leak is coming from and it is leaking at the bottom right bolt and beneath the bolt. I snuggled all 6 up tight when I installed it. I don't see any cracks or anything on the housing, but it appears that the new seal plate is sort of concave (with a slight arch, not...
  18. CajunGuy

    Help...trying to identify leak on newly installed rebuilt pump!

    It appears to be leaking underneath right along the line where the seal plate attaches to the pump (where red arrow is pointing). I looked under and could see several water drops along the bottom of this area where the seal plate bolts up against the pump (where red arrow is pointing). I...
  19. CajunGuy

    Just wanted to give a huge shoutout!

    Thanks to everyone who gave me advice over the last 2 weeks and helped me to troubleshoot my pool pump and guide me through the rebuild process! Got it all put back together, installed it today, and it's running great again! You guys are truly awesome! What would have probably cost me $500-700...
  20. CajunGuy

    Exactly how easy should motor shaft/impeller spin?

    Just finished rebuilding my Whisperflo pump with a new seal plate (grommet housings were cracked bad causing shift, impeller was rubbing against diffuser face), new shaft seal, and new gaskets/o-rings. Got everything put back together and just screwed the impeller on, but it seems like it...
  21. CajunGuy

    Would I need to redo my wiring if I went from a single speed pump to a dual speed?

    Currently I have a 1.5hp single speed Pentair Whisperflo pump. I live In Louisiana and our electric cost are on the lower side here. I may be able to get one or two more seasons out of this one, but soon I will have to get a new pump. I was thinking about replacing it with dual speed pump when...
  22. CajunGuy

    Silicone sealant under lip of new shaft seal?

    Maybe I'm over thinking this...but from everything I've researched, this seems like a 50/50 opinion type of thing. What's you guys opinions? To me it seems like the sealant would be beneficial because it will prolong water from getting under the lip and behind the seal. Just need to be careful...
  23. CajunGuy

    Very small chip in outer edge of new shaft seal...still good/ok to use?

    After waiting for over a week now for my new seal plate and shaft seal to be delivered, I noticed a very small chip on the outer edge of the black side of the shaft seal (the half that has the spring) after I had already went through all the trouble of installing it and attaching the new seal...
  24. CajunGuy

    What to use to clean ceramic and carbon face of shaft seal?

    If you accidentally touch them while installing them, what would you use to clean the ceramic and carbon faces...alcohol?
  25. CajunGuy

    Installing new seal plate, but ran into a problem with motor mount plate

    I was getting ready to change out my old seal plate and install a new one. Problem is...my motor mount plate threads are corroded away. I was able to get the bolts out, but after soaking/cleaning the threads with CLR, I realized the threads were basically corroded away (see red arrows). I think...
  26. CajunGuy

    Question about installing pool pump motor back together with new seal plate

    I will be reinstalling my pool pump and motor with a new seal plate this weekend and I had a few questions before I get started, I've attached pictures to see what it looked like before I took it apart: 1) When putting it back together, I'm assuming I will first need to attach the new seal...
  27. CajunGuy

    Is this impeller in good enough shape to reuse?

    It's in overall good shape with no cracks, warping, etc. The threads inside the grommet are good too. My concern is the area where the black portion of that shafts seal sat on (portion around the grommet). It had a buildup of residue that I was able get off. Do you guys see any problems with...
  28. CajunGuy

    Pool pump and impeller question...thoughts?

    My pool pump (Pentair Whisperflo) wasn't turning on (would only make a humming noise when I flipped it on), checked the capacitor at Grainger and they said it was good. Went back and pulled the motor from the pump. When I removed it, the seal plate, diffuser, and impeller were still attached...
  29. CajunGuy

    Trying to choose between 2 different motor replacements....opinions?

    I need to replace my pool pump motor and I've narrowed it down to 2 different ones below: 1) Magnetek A.O. Smith 1.5 HP, 56Y Frame, Up-Rate Motor (b2854, 717721624) - INYOPools.com - This is the exact one I have now. It has a listed 1.5hp with a 1.1 SF for a total of 1.65hp. This one has an amp...
  30. CajunGuy

    Has anybody used a Century pump motor to replace a Pentair motor?

    I may need to replace my pump motor (Pentair Whisperflo 1.5hp) and it seems like I can replace it with a cheaper Century motor that would cost me $162 versus about $220 for the Pentair. Any thoughts on these two motors? Are there any other motors out there worth considering?