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  1. Texas Splash

    Storm/hail prep?

    :goodjob:
  2. Texas Splash

    Storm/hail prep?

    Flooding is sometimes a concern. But if your equipment pad is positioned in such a way that the pump (motor) won't get submerged, you should be fine. Power outages can occur, but usually aren't long enough to be much trouble. Good luck!
  3. Texas Splash

    Pool Leak

    The dye test is one (DIY) way. Leak companies have other methods to check for leaks, especially if they wish to rule-out plumbing. Since you have a drain, it would be important to determine if the leak is from the drain plumbing itself, or perhaps related to a hydrostatic valve in the drain...
  4. Texas Splash

    Pool Leak

    That's a strong possibility. Do you have a main drain? Drains can be troublesome. If not, the liner may be the culprit. :( https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2019/01/18/leak-detection/
  5. Texas Splash

    House fire

    That is horrible. Very sorry. If possible, I would continue to manually remove as much metal and foreign objects as possible to help prevent staining. Do it now while you can still see in the water. Other than that, if you can't get power to the pool, let it turn green and worry about it...
  6. Texas Splash

    Could it be a water leak?

    24 hours should be long enough to give you an indication as to a leak or not. The page below has more details if you haven't seen it already. Evaporation probably isn't such a big influence this time of year, but wind sure could be. WIth no cover, that might be one area to consider...
  7. Texas Splash

    Solar Panel Use

    Welcome to TFP! :wave:
  8. Texas Splash

    Help needed - Pool pad equipment dry fit - What would you change?

    Not necessarily. Your call. You can pump water out quickly from the return T. I have something similar when I need to drain water quickly. But if you ever needed to vacuum junk to waste, you would want it directly after the pump before the filter (same function as a multiport valve-WASTE)...
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    Help needed - Pool pad equipment dry fit - What would you change?

    Looks pretty good. I'm assuming the vertical segment is for a salt generator? Have you considered a valve after the pump-before the filter so that with a cart filter, you would have the option to pump water directly to waste? Some like that option. Or at least a hose bib.
  10. Texas Splash

    Skimmer Protection from Leaves & Bugs

    Charlie, we had to move your post since it went to a very old thread (rule thing). But hey, checkout the link below for some ideas. Hope that helps. https://www.troublefreepool.com/wiki/index.php?title=Skimmer_Guards
  11. Texas Splash

    LED Lighting

    Should be the same principle overall. Have you seen this video?
  12. Texas Splash

    LED Lighting

    Much of what you ask depends on the type of light. The smaller LEDs have no niche behind them, so yes, the water level needs to come down, or else once you pull the cover cap and unscrew the light itself to break the seal, water will get in the conduit. That's different than a halogen light...
  13. Texas Splash

    New Member - Storing Acid New TV?

    @Kirstine, first off ......... Welcome to TFP! :wave: Along with Matt's comment about the MA, I'll add some things since you are new to us and mentioned the algae stop and clarifier. I would encourage you to visit our page to understand the TFP concepts, and be sure to update your signature...
  14. Texas Splash

    How can I use dye to check bottom main drain....for leak ?

    No Victor, I never diluted my food coloring. Just squirted it carefully around any suspect areas then watched the cloud. Maybe the bucket test will give you some confirmation. Good luck!
  15. Texas Splash

    Winterizing Differences from TFP Recommendations

    Sounds like you've got it down to a science now. :goodjob:
  16. Texas Splash

    What to do when going on vacation - LEAVES!

    For only a week, you have a few options: - Temporary cover - Ask a friend to clean out the skimmer basket daily - If you have a main drain, set the suction to that - Create or buy a type of skimmer leave block (see below) https://www.troublefreepool.com/wiki/index.php?title=Skimmer_Guards...
  17. Texas Splash

    Lost plug to oil filled 30 lb. pressure gauge..

    Jim, you know the A/F maintenance concept .... grab some duct tape. Bwahaaahaaaa.
  18. Texas Splash

    Leaf Stains

    Leaves can stain. How tough those organic stains would be to remove later is hard to tell. Ideally, I would try to remove them since it's so early in the closing season. Easy for me to say though, I'm not the one doing it. :)
  19. Texas Splash

    Inground Pool Liner Fade & Wrinkles

    Liner changes are expected to happen, but it varies by pool, and certainly not within just a couple years. Besides overall age, the quality of the liner and chemical maintenance are probably two of the biggest culprits to changes in a liner. You don't have a signature loaded so we don't know...
  20. Texas Splash

    Leaking Pentair light niche, suspect niche/liner gasket interface

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: For your light, let's call on the help of @jimmythegreek who might be able to point you in the right direction. Best of luck, and have a safe winter. See you next season. :swim:
  21. Texas Splash

    How can I use dye to check bottom main drain....for leak ?

    When I did a test, I injected the dye closely to any suspect areas. The tube at the end of a syringe helped me quite a bit. If there's a leak, ideally the dye will drift towards the leaking area.
  22. Texas Splash

    How can I use dye to check bottom main drain....for leak ?

    If you suspect you have a leak behind any tiles, that would mean a compromise in the gunite shell behind it. I would think leaving the water level high enough to keep the tile submerged would be an ideal way to see if any dye gets sucked between or behind the tiles.
  23. Texas Splash

    How can I use dye to check bottom main drain....for leak ?

    Ha ha. Yeah, it can be tough to stay submerged. If you don't have a weight belt, maybe try "gently" lowering a cinder block by rope to the bottom? You can either keep the rope taught by tying it off to something. Then when you dive down, you can hold the block with one hand to help keep you...
  24. Texas Splash

    Fiberglass Weirdness?

    That's good to hear.
  25. Texas Splash

    Fiberglass Weirdness?

    Appears to be a gelcoat issue. Perhaps something during the manufacture or application process. Make sure to have your test records/history available as I'm sure they will ask for it. Curious to hear what your installer or Latham have to say about it.
  26. Texas Splash

    Pool ladder

    Can you post a pic or two? Might help.
  27. Texas Splash

    Pool valves

    Oooooohhhhh. Very nice. :swim: For the first (mystery) valve, you may have to just slowly open it and see what changes with water suction. Maybe each drain is plumbed separately?
  28. Texas Splash

    Pool valves

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: Those valves are all on the suction side of the pump, so they are pulling water. I suspect you have something like: - One poolside skimmer; maybe two plumbed separately? - Main drain - Spa - Dedicated port in the wall for a suction cleaner? It would help if you updated...
  29. Texas Splash

    Finding and repairing an AG pool leak.

    In that case, if you are sure to have ruled-out anything above ground and feel confident it's in the liner, there's two things to consider: 1 - You could let the water drop a bit to see if it stops. That new waterline would be an indication of where the leak is. 2 - But if the tear is lower or...
  30. Texas Splash

    Finding and repairing an AG pool leak.

    The water must be getting chilly. Are you still able to get in there to search for a leak?