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    Is My IC40 Dead???

    I checked my Cl level today and it was 0. I went and looked at my IC40 SWG and all the lights were off. I opened up the power center and the green light was on. I did a continuity check on the fuse and it tested ok for continuity. I pulled the power cord from the IC40 out of the power center...
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    pH Test Not Reading Correctly

    I opened my pool this year and my pH tests don't seem correct. The colors that I'm getting don't align with any of the colors on the OTO. At first it was bright red like the original color of the R-0014 phenol red so I figured I just had a very high pH for some reason. I approximated at 8.5...
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    Issues With Chlorine

    I'm in the process of opening my pool (currently a green swamp) and am having some issues with my chlorine. I bought THIS below chlorine from Home Depot today which is supposed to be 10% Sodium Hypochloride. I added 3 gallons to my pool, waited 20-30 minutes and tested and had a FC of 1...
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    Opening - CYA First or Straight to SLAM?

    I'm getting ready to open the pool and was wondering if I should adjust the CYA up to around 50 prior to SLAM or just leave it at 20 until after SLAM. Thanks.
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    Diving Board Replacement - Need Advice

    This weekend we had an issue when an adult (~225 lbs) did a big bounce on our diving board and sheared off some extremely rusty anchor bolts, sending the diving board and base into the pool. These are the three bolts that mount the base to the concrete. Truthfully it looks like all three nuts...
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    Timer for 2-Speed Pump??

    I have THIS 2-speed pool pump that I'd like to figure out how to put on a timer to switch it between low and high throughout the day. Currently, have the pump on one Intermatic timer and my Polaris on another one. I want to keep this capability but would like to add the capability to do the...
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    Two Speed Pump - Pump Basket Water Level Drops on Low???

    I've got a Pentair 340042 SuperFlo High Performance Energy Efficient Two Speed Pool Pump, 1 Horsepower, 230 Volt, 1 Phase pool pump. When I run it on high, the strainer basket fills up and maintains a full level. But when I switch it over to low, the water level eventually drops to below the...
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    Hurricane Flo - How to Prep Pool

    So I'm in Virginia Beach and looks like we're going to get a lot of wind and rain over the next couple of days. Right now I'm thinking I should prep for it by dropping the water level significantly and adding a heavy dose of chlorine to the pool. There is a high probability we lose power so I...
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    Help to QUICKLY Kill Algae

    Hey everybody. I went out and checked my pool for the first time in a couple days and I've got an algae bloom going on in several areas. I want to completely get rid of it but also want to use the pool this weekend and need the Cl levels to be swimmable for us and the kids by tomorrow. I'm...
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    Initial Fill After Liner Install - What Order Should I Balance Chemicals???

    Just got a new liner installed yesterday, looks super nice. Currently filling the pool and have about 9 inches of water in the shallow end so I probably have another day or so of filling. My question is, what order should I add all the chemicals (including salt) to get the water balanced? The...
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    Need Advice - Copper in Fill Water, Need to Fully Fill Pool

    I'm getting a new liner installed Saturday and will need to fully fill the pool. Problem is with my last liner I noticed staining due to metals. I had my well water (water used to fill pool in the past) tested and it came back 0.6ppm copper which I understand to be high. I have city water as...
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    Need to Clear Water for Liner Measurements

    I'm going to sign a contract for a new liner in the next couple of days and need to get the water clear-ish so they can take good measurements. I pulled back the mesh safety cover and it was a little green. I could see the floor in the shallow end ok but the deep end was not visible. I think...
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    Looking for Advice on New Liner Install

    It's time for a new liner and I have a couple of questions. The guy I want to go with sells a liner that is manufactured by Dover Vinyl Products and is their Aqua Zone series. The company is American and their vinyl comes from either America or Canada. The thickness is 23 mil. The only...
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    New 2 speed pump - a couple of questions.....

    I have a new Pentair SuperFlo two speed pump and have a couple of questions. 1 - When switching from low speed to high speed do I need to first turn off the pump? 2 - When I'm running my pump on high, the clean DE filter pressure is about 12. On low, its about 4. Does that sound right? I...
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    Sun Gems Salt????

    Based on what I read in Pool School HERE I bought THIS Sun Gems Pool Softener Salt. I got them home and they are huge. The crystals are roughly the size of small gravel. Is this right? Won't this take forever to dissolve? I have 18 bags to apply, please advise.
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    Time To Open - Advice Please

    Pulled the cover back and the water is nice and .....black/dark green. But I'm used to that. Here are my chemical levels. Please let me know what the order of events I should do. FC - 0 CC - 0 pH - 7.0 TA - 10 CH - 30 CYA - 0 Salt - 330 As you can see, everything is quite low which is...
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    VS Pump and Booster Pump

    I just went from a single speed Hayward SuperPump to a Variable Speed Pentair SuperFlo pool pump. I have a Polaris PB-40 booster pump running my Letro Legend. Both the pool pump and booster pump are on mechanical timers (one for each). I plan to run the VS pump on low at all times. My...
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    Removing Heater from Plumbing - Rust

    I have staining on my liner that I'm trying to get rid of. I used the Vitamin C method to clear it up last year but I want to remove the source if at all possible. At this point it's either the heater (which I haven't used in the 8 years I've lived there) or my fill water. My heater currently...
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    Two Speed Pump......Recommendations Please

    So the motor of my Hayward SuperPump went out and I'm thinking of switching to a 2 speed pump (to save electricity costs) instead of just swapping out the motor. I currently have a 1 hp Hayward SuperPump and it seems to work just fine (or it did). My lot is flat and the pump pad is roughly 25...
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    Please HELP - Pump Humming and Smoking

    Went out after Hurricane Matthew and now my Hayward SuperPump isn't working. When I flip the switch it starts humming but doesn't pump any water. If I leave the switch on long enough ~5-10 seconds the pump will stop making noise and start to smoke. I did some research and thought it must be...
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    Help - Matthew Floated My Liner

    So we didn't get the full on hurricane but we got the torrential rain and pretty heavy wind. Went out the next morning and found my pool liner had pulled away from the wall on my radiused end and was full of water in behind the liner. As of now, the water behind the liner seems to be gone and...
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    Closing - Use Metal Magic

    I did the vitamin C treatment for metal stains this summer and it worked great, however I have to keep the metal magic applied or they come back. Should I apply a mega dose before closing or just close and worry about it when I open? If so, how much should I apply? Thanks a ton.
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    Fighting Metal Stains - Getting Ready to Use Ascorbic Acid Tonight.....

    I have metal stains on my pool liner. I tested with a crushed up Vitamin C tablet and confirmed what they were, now it's time to perform the ascorbic acid treatment and I just wanted to make sure I had my plan right before starting when I get home from work today. Here's where I am: FC - 2.0...
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    Debris Near Return Jet - Is This Normal????

    The last two years I have noticed that the return jet closest to the pump always seems to have fine dirt accumulate under it. Probably about a foot or two away from the wall, obviously coming out of the return jet. I pull my DE screens out every fall at closing and spray them off good and then...
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    Process for Blowing Out Lines???

    After looking on YouTube for a process for blowing out the lines on my IG pool, here is what I found. Can someone chime in and tell me if this is a sound process or if there's something you'd change? I'll likely close my pool on Saturday and the water level will be below the returns. 1 -...
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    Pool Cover On, How Much Do I Need to Run SWG????

    The leaves are starting to fall but my pool water is still 70 degrees so it's not time to close yet. I have a lot of trees and decided to go ahead and put my mesh safety cover on the pool (Merlin SmartMesh). Prior to doing that, I SLAM'd the pool and brushed down the walls, vacuumed, and...
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    Recently Changed Bearings and Booster Pump Loud Again - Please HELP

    When I opened up my pool this year, my booster pump was making a lot of noise. It worked correctly, but the pump was much louder than normal. So last Friday I changed out the bearings, seals, and gaskets. It seemed to work because the booster pump was quiet again. Today, I came home and...
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    Part Specs for Polaris Polaris PB4 Booster Pump Bearing Replacement

    Hey guys, I just successfully replaced the bearings in my Polaris PB4-60 booster pump and wanted to share the parts (and a couple of tools and tips) that I needed in order to perform this repair. When I searched this site and all over the internet, I was never able to find specifics on which...
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    Pentair Legend Platinum Tail Getting Stuck

    I have a Pentair Legend Platinum of unknown age (came with the house in 2009) with booster pump and it has started to get its tail stuck in between the wheels and the body of the unit (usually but not always the front right). It either gets up under the unit and then stuck or sometimes it even...
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    This One's New to Me

    So I'm opening my pool this year and when I pull the cover off the water's much clearer than I've ever seen it at opening but there is a black layer of I guess algae?? on almost the entire bottom of the liner. It brushes off easily but like I said I've never seen it before so I'm confused a...