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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    About 1/2 down this page There is a section called Interpret Commands and Room Awareness It figures out the SN of the Dot that you are talking to, and then you can route the response to that Dot. In my flow, I'm turning on the lights in the room where the Dot lives. The next example is a flow...
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    Hacking Pools?

    I also use lastpass for generating long, random passwords. But for the security of my home network, I don't use port forwarding, and have my router locked down as much as possible. My Netgear router supports VPN, and I use the VPN Connect app to connect my phone to my network from outside...
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    DIY Automation/Control ESP32

    Thanks for sharing Thanks for sharing I thought the interesting part of this project is you're using your own VFD to make a diy Variable Speed Pump. I saw somewhere there is an advantage to getting the VFD away from the heat and vibration of the pump. Be curious to see how that works for you...
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    Any DIY PLC setups out there?

    I put in a stenner at the beginning of the year. I'm using an outdoor smart plug to turn it on and off, so daily dosage is time based. That's been working well. I just check chlorine once a week now, and its been fine every since I added the Stenner. I have been looking at methods to decide...
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    Hanna Phep Digital pH Meter-Update

    I've been thinking about getting a ph meter, guess I'll avoid the cheap chinese ones. I did find that Hanna makes a HI98100 and HI98103. Both have removable tips. I'm reading conflicting information on the 98100 accuracy though, most places it says 0.2, but in one place on the Hanna website...
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    Controlling Rs485 slave devices (heater, pump, SWG) directly with Pi

    I use a DS18b20 temp sensor, and install as described here Its not hard, but you do need a tap to do it like I did. Tapping plastic pipe is easy though. I would recommend making the hole at a joint where its thicker, not in the middle like I did. But, if I was starting now, I'd probably use...
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    Controlling Rs485 slave devices (heater, pump, SWG) directly with Pi

    There is also a 2 wire mode, that just turns the heater on or off. You could monitor the temp, and turn it on until it reaches the temp you want. But more work to do it this way. Being able to pick two temps works fine for me.
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    Controlling Rs485 slave devices (heater, pump, SWG) directly with Pi

    I have a Hayward heater for my spa, and a Hayward vsp for my pool I control both with relays. The heater has a 2 wire and 3 wire remote control mode. I use the 3 wire mode. Two relays. You short the common wire to one input to go into pool mode, and the other input to go into spa mode. Only...
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    DIY Automation/Control ESP32

    If I wanted to light those 12V leds, I'd google for a simple transistor circuit driven by arduino or pi or esp. It should take a transistor and a few resistors per LED, but you also obviously need a 12VDC power supply. Since the ESP32 has a bunch of GPIO, you can dedicate 8 GPIOs to drive the...
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    automatic dosing

    That may be a reason to not diy both a chlorine and acid dosing system. I dose chlorine, and my fiberglass pool doesn't require enough acid to add an acid doser. I trust software about 95% of the time, so I wouldn't depend on sw for the interlock. It can be done in hardware, but would take a...
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    automatic dosing

    Maybe the system is smart enough, or has some kind of interlock where only one of the pumps can run at a time. So it won't let you inject chlorine and acid at the same time, and avoid your concern. Since its a combined system, that would be pretty easy to do. Randy
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    DIY Automation/Control ESP32

    I have a page about how I wired up my pool equipment here Another page on setting up ESPs Both links have a lot of subpages. I updated part of the ESP stuff recently, but some is out of date. The pool stuff is old, but that hasn't changed except for the temp sensor info, which was revised...
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    DIY Automation/Control ESP32

    To wire up my ESP's, I used double or triple bases for the mini D1's link to bases from ali (I bought from a different store, just found this link in a quick search) But I don't see bases like that for the ESP32. Too bad, it really helped me. I always install a set of sockets in the base, so...
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    DIY Automation/Control ESP32

    I use an ESP8266 to control my pool equipment with relays. I have a pi inside that tells the ESP what to do. They talk over MQTT. Actually have a couple pi's, one runs Home Assistant and the other one is running Node Red. Using Pi's and readily available software like this, its easy to make...
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    In Home Assistant, guys have figured out how to talk to Pentair EasyTouch systems too. Home Assistant Pentair This one requires MQTT. There might be other options that don't use MQTT if you don't have it.
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    I checked a little earlier, I'm running 1.8.x. On their website, they said there is no recommended upgrade solution for docker users yet. So I'll wait a while until they roll out something out, and then give it a little time to make sure its stable.
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    So it turns out that I just needed to figure out how grafana works. I made a few charts in a grafana dashboard to plot the temps from upstairs and downstairs, and my spa. I'll add my pool after I fix its temp sensor probe. Here's my graph for downstairs temps. We are having a heatwave, so not...
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    No, haven't really looked at the nodejs pool controller stuff. I've come across it, and I think there is a long thread at the HA forum for a Hayward version of it. But my pool system is really simple. I control my VSP pump with four relays, and monitor the pool temp. For my spa, I have one big...
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    Polycarbonate Pool Cover Slats system

    They look interesting, never heard of this until seeing this post. If you do go further, curious what they cost. When the kids were little, we had a semi automatic safety cover (motorized bench, but had to pull out and put in a bunch of hold downs) I now am using solar or winter covers, but...
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    Last night and this morning, I used IOTStack to make docker containers for InfluxDB and Grafana. Home Assistant has built in support for InfluxDB, and I set that up to record a few parameters from HA to InfluxDB. Than I logged into Grafana to see if I could find them. I was able to see spa...
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    Any Pool Automation Grafana / InfluxDB users out there?

    I run smarthome software call Home Assistant, and grafana/influxdb is a pretty popular addon, but haven't get around to trying it yet. Maybe I'll give it a go now. I recently found this utility IOTstack It will install docker for you, and then install a bunch of other IOT programs, including...
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    Northern California remodel

    I use a shelly 1l to control a flood light in my backyard. Its wifi, and has an app to setup. I installed in a metal box and reception wasn't great, so I changed to a plastic box and it works fine. They also make a no neutral version, but its new and not on amazon yet
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    Stenner Pump Controller/Automation

    I use similar (if not identical) relays to control my vsp, spa heater and sprinklers. VSP and heater are easy loads, but sprinklers are through very long wires (wires are inductive) and sprinkler actuators should be similar to a small motor, load wise. Never had a problem (knock on wood)...
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    Stenner Pump Controller/Automation

    FYI, looked at a pic of your sequent pi relay card It uses four Songle srd-05vdc-sl-c relays. Its for a pi, and appears to run on 5V So is a pi and a 5V power supply in the mix somewhere? I don't know what your system looks like. But regardless, the relay card I saw in the picture won't use...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    @cmc0619 Since you're a real programmer, I'm sure you can do better than what I did. My background is HW, but I manage to brute force programs together to get them to do what I want. I use relays to control my Haywood heater and VSP pump. I know the pump supports a serial port, but relays were...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    LOL Took a quick look at what you did, impressive. I didn't know there was a library for controlling pool equipment, may need to look into that. For the alexa stuff, I figured out how to get alexa to announce the temp, but it uses a specific dot. Or you can have it announce on all of them, I...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    I use alexa-remote2 to send canned messages to my dots, there's a good tutorial here It takes a little work in setup this palette with your amazon account, but the link explains how to do it well. You use the routine node to make announcements. My wife loves the "wash done" announcement when...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    Interesting thread, but seems to have died? FWIW, I run Home Assistant on a pi, and use that with MQTT to talk to a couple of ESP's. The ESP's interface to my pool and spa equipment (I have two separate systems). Only basic controls though, it turns on my pumps to circulate water. I have a...
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    Southern California in-ground pool... to close or not to close and how?

    I use a winter cover (live in Brentwood) and it will save a bunch in evaporation and reduced chlorine usage. I basically leave it covered until next spring, and it works fine for me. Only problem is when it rains you will need a pump or something to get the water off of the cover, unless we...