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    New Pool Build Los Angeles

    Equapotential Bonding is required on all permanent pools. Its described in Article 680.26 of the National Electrical Code. California adopted the 2014 version of the NEC on Jan 1 2017. 680.26(B) requires the pool and associated equipment be bonded and 680.26(C) requires the water be bonded...
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    Owner/builder SoCal

    I couldn't see anything in the super blockade specs for tile over the material. How does it handle thinset? I like the fact that it stops effervescence but I'm concerned how the thinset and plaster will adhere. Any info on that?
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    Do I NEED a professional?

    As Danny points out the issue with a heat pump is whether you feel you have the knowledge and comfort level taking the front off your panel, installing a new breaker and running a circuit to the new heater. Depending on the location of the panel and the heater a suitable electric line may not...
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    Question about Burial!!!

    Its doubtful most on here with experience will tell you to fill to get your site level and neither will I. Filling in low spots is one thing raising up to level is another. That pool will be extremely heavy and will compact the earth under it. So I am not recommending filling up. I would...
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    Question about water circulation

    My waterfall has a small basin at the top that can get interesting so I try and run the waterfall once a week or so during the summer. If it goes for too long I get a brown plume of dirt and leaves in the pool I put an umbrella in the sleeve in May and remove in October. The rest of the year...
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    SWG before Pool Heater

    You could use some 45's to take it up a bit and bring it down
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    Bestway Above Ground Costco Pool

    Yea, it comes with a 3 foot cord. And you can't use an extension cord. Because its a permanent pool (or I should say the electrical code thinks its a permanent pool), you have to have a GFCI outlet within 20 feet of it (but no closer than 6) anyway. If you dug the trench and roughed in the...
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    Price Check in Aisle 1 - Replaster pool bids?

    20 K sounds high but thats a big pool. I would definitely get a couple more bids.
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    Trash can for outdoor kitchen question.

    +2 on the Suncast ---- looks good no flys and very convenient.
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    Pentair SWG Power Center Bonding Question

    The Bonding Jumper is NEC. Did they require insulated wire and termination in the niche covered by potting compound?
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    Creating a sand/beach area next to pool? Anyone have experience?

    Wow that looks wonderful. Ya know my outside garage cat does her business in a litter box. I have zero issues with cat poop. Just have the chore of dumping the cat box.
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    Upgrade old pool light to LED

    Wow Wow Wow. I would call Inyo pools or Sunplay and see if they can sell you a light fixture that would fit in this pool that can be upgraded to an LED bulb. I have my doubts. There also may be an low voltage LED fixture that might fit. Again I would Call Inyo or Sunplay and ask...
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    SWG before Pool Heater

    Absolutely, anything to keep the chlorine concentration low in the heater most of the time.
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    Pentair SWG Power Center Bonding Question

    Well Dog we are going to have to agree to disagree here. The last sentence of 680.26(B) states that remote panelboards, service equipment and electrodes need not be bonded. Which is what I think your guy is thinking of. 680.26(B)(6) however provides that metal parts of electrical equipment...
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    SWG before Pool Heater

    I wouldn't go that far. But I would say that the risk of greater chlorine concentrations is greater and the less harsh you can make that environment in the heat exchanger the better. And even a small amount greater may have long term consequences. Remember you are running this thing whenever...
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    SWG before Pool Heater

    So I won't go into it all but your heater life should be longer if the SWCG is after the heater and you have a valve that bypasses the heater when its not on. How much longer is an open question. Your mileage may vary. But its worthwhile to get this done because its not good long term.
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    Pentair SWG Power Center Bonding Question

    No you are not crazy and the Pentair instructions don't use US terms. You are correct. The internal screw is for the equipment grounding conductor -- the "ground wire". The external lug is for the bonding system. The 8 guage solid copper wire that connected to the lug on the pump case. A...
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    SWG before Pool Heater

    They couldn't install it on the other side of the heater? Is there a heater bypass?
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    Why are Pool Builders Steering Me Away from SWCG's?

    pflood's complaint about the Jandy product explains why the Jandy Distributors run away from the product. But recent reviews are much more favorable.
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    Pool Defender In-line Water Bonding Product

    California inspectors will require a water bond. An LA county building inspector will want to see the rebar bonded at the pre gunite inspection, the water bond rough in, the deck bonding and deck to rebar bonding at the pre deck inspection. If these are not in to their satisfaction they will...
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    Phosphate Rise and Borates

    I'll refine Dave's comment above a bit. If you are getting regular algae outbreaks while maintaining your pool at close to TFP standards then you may want to consider reducing your phosphate concentration. Well water or lawn runoff are likely culprits for your over the winter rise. I would...
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    Why are Pool Builders Steering Me Away from SWCG's?

    Ask the PB for the names of the cities that ban them. I am aware of none. There is talk of banning sand filters in California and some cities are strict about the way sand filters waste is handled, but I haven't heard of any banning salt systems. I think part of it is product, cost, profits...
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    Emptying pool and refilling

    The curcuit breaker is blowing or the GFCI is blowing? Low voltage or 120 light?
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    Pool Defender In-line Water Bonding Product

    The NEC requires the water be bonded in all permanent pools. NEC 680.26(C). 680.26(B) lists the seven pool components that must be bonded. It is complex and can be difficult to interpret. (C) on the other hand is clear, if a bonded part listed in (B) is not in contact with the water, the...
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    Pool Guy Messed up my Renovation

    Are both the pumps on the same pad?. If you hired the labor seprate from the skilled work you could save mucho bucko.
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    At what point is it safe to be in the water?

    When ph and FC are within normal range its safe. If you are getting more than.5 to 1 of combined chlorimines in your test results you should SLAM and wait until the OCLT has .5 or less.
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    Plumbing water to add slide to existing pool

    I do not see a problem here. Run the trench from the equipment pad to the back fence, along the fence, up the side fence and to the slide location. They take a bunch of water so you may need to dial down the other returns. Connect the line to the return header (if you have one) with a...
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    California Pool Fence/Alarm Requirements

    California Health and Safety Code Section 115920 and following set out the requirements for RESIDENTIAL POOLS. They can be found here: Health & Safety Code. Acceptable enclosures are in H&S section 115923. Article 2.5 has some drafting issues but it probably can't be modified by local...
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    Wiring Question - Pentair Intelliflo VS Pump with SWG and no controller

    Zeus I believe your diagram works. And I think you understand what I am about to say. If you hook it up that way you need to be sure that the pump's timer and the intermatic timer are coordinated so you don't have the situation occur where the SWCG is working and the pump is not. In theory...
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    Air bubbles from only one of my 3 returns?

    Not necessarily. If thats the "higher" return the bubbles may get pushed out there. So you might have a very small suction side leak. Does the pool lose water when the pump is off?