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  1. scdaren

    Meet Nessie!

    Got this sweet girl delivered from Marina today, Pentair Warrior SI (aka Dolphin S300). Pretty cool! Kids named her Nessie, after the Loch Ness monster. I can’t figure out how to get the Bluetooth to connect though. No matter what I try, it can’t seem to find it on my iPhone or iPad. I’ve...
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    Air Leak After Filter Cleaning

    A few weeks ago I had my cartridge filter cleaned -- a friend of mine who owns a pool service owed me some money, so I had him send one of his guys out to do it instead of doing it myself. I'm just now noticing that I seem to be sucking air somewhere. For example, if my pump shuts off, then...
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    Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

    Hello -- I know there are a number of folks from the Vegas area on here. My family is going to be there over Thanksgiving, can anyone recommend a good restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner? Still months out, just starting to plan for it. Not into buffets (I hear they get crazy on T-day). Don't...
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    When to Clean Filter

    Hello, I have a cartridge filter on my pool, which was built in April 2018. The psi gauge on the filter started off around 12 psi I think with the pump at 100%, and there are hash marks on the gauge -- the PB told me to clean the filter when the psi reached the next hash mark, which I think is...
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    Adding Borates with Solubor

    Moved from Borates, heard of Solubor? Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread --- but I'm getting ready to add borates to my pool for the first time, and plan on using Solubor since we have tons of it at work and I can get it at no cost. From researching on the forum, I found this old thread...
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    Waterway Oasis App

    So I have kind of an uncommon set of equipment made by Waterway Plastics. My pool controller is a Waterway Oasis. They are made in USA by a company in Oxnard, CA. So far everything has worked out really great with it, I'm pretty happy. BUT... on Tuesday night they updated their Android app...
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    Using Liquid Calcium Chloride

    Hello, I'm going to do a water replacement to get my CYA down, and it's possible I'll have to bring my CH back up when done. I have access to free 12% Ca liquid calcium chloride. Does anyone have any numbers to translate it to the Calcium Chloride calculation used in pool math (I'm assuming...
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    California "Closing"

    So where I am in central California we rarely get a freeze, maybe just a few hours for a few nights in December. So we pretty much leave our pools open all year. But I'm getting ready to shut off the heat pump, store the solar cover, and that will be it for swimming until the spring. Does...
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    Optimal Pump Speed for Heat Pump

    Hello, I have a Pentair 140 heat pump. I'm wondering if there is an optimal speed to run my pool pump when heating to get the most overall efficiency. If I run the pool pump slower, will the water gain more heat as it moves through the heat pump? Or does that not happen, and the faster I...
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    Help with Solar Cover Install

    Hi all, I just got a solar cover for my pool, and this reel to put it on: Amazon.com : VINGLI Pool Cover Reel Set Aluminum Solar Swimming Inground Cover Blanket Reel, Up to 18-Feet Wide x 40-Feet Length : Garden Outdoor My pool is freeform, and I'll need to cut the cover to fit the pool. The...
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    Sunpower vs REC Solar Panels

    Obviously off topic for pools, but so far I see a lot of smart people on here, and hoping for some good advice since I'm guessing lots of you have solar (electric solar not pool heat solar). We have had solar panels on our house for about 7 years, but with the pool completed this year, and...
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    Poorly Treated Bleach

    I decided to start bringing some bleach home from work to use in my pool. We buy 330 gal. totes of 12.5% bleach, but prior to visiting this site I was not really aware that sodium hypochlorite degrades in heat. Our storage practices have been... not great. Going to at least need to start...
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    Poor Air Quality and Swimming

    Right now where we live in Central California the air quality is horrible. It is often pretty bad, but now there is a ton of wildfire smoke in the air, plus they are starting the nut harvest which adds a whole lot of dust. I have asthma, my family has asthma, and as a result we have been pretty...
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    Duralum Lattice Patio Cover Build

    After months of waiting for permits and other delays, finally putting the finishing touch on our pool build and backyard remodel -- a Duralum aluminum lattice patio cover. It will have a ceiling fan, floodlight, and electrical for string lights. I'll post photos of the progress, should be done...
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    Pool Safety Video

    So this is our first year with a pool, and I have kids aged 5 and 8. We have gone over pool safety and rules with the kids repeatedly, and they are both decent swimmers. But as much as we discipline them for breaking rules, I don't feel like the gravity of it is really sinking in. Does anyone...
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    Pool Build Photos - Gunite, Pebble Fina, Clovis Calif.

    Here is a photo album of our recent pool construction if anyone is interested, details in my sig. Pool Build 2018 | Flickr
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    Poop in the pool

    Tonight we had a pool party. Lots of kids in the pool, and I was hanging out poolside with my buddy (who owns a pool service company) and he notices what he thinks is poop in the pool. I took as closer look (regrettably), and discovered one of the kids had indeed pooped in the pool. I brushed it...
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    High CH on New Pool

    Hi, My pool was just completed in April this year. I was pretty hands off with the startup and chemicals until a week or two ago, when I realized I needed to get involved with it and got a TF100. Everything looks pretty good, but I have very high calcium hardness, my tests have all been...
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    New Pool Owner

    Hi all - appreciate the site, I'm already learning a lot. I've never owned a pool before, and we just finished construction on ours in April -- details are in my signature. It was technically an owner build, but my friend owns a pool company and managed the whole process for me as a...
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    Pebble Tec - Pebble Fina

    Just finished our pool build, and during the process we really went back and forth over which Pebble Tec finish to go with. We were thinking Pebble Fina, but I really could not find much online about what the finish really felt like as far as texture, so wanted to post how it worked out for...