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    Contemplating drain and fill So Cal

    Hey all: I'm in Carlsbad, CA. 17.5 gal plaster pool, refinished 3 years ago. Have not changed water since. FC 2.5 CC 0 CH 500 TA 100 CYA Low, (ran out of re-agent R-013) PH is 8.2 plus I just had to replace my heater, heat exchanger went out after about 15 years. Home warranty company...
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    Heater Replacement for 18k gallon pool

    The heat exchanger on my Raypak 400k heater finally gave up the ghost. I'm in San Diego. Suggestions and estimated cost for replacement? I did a brief search, it looks like Raypak is still a good heater. . .
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    ISO: Automation Installer in So Cal Carlsbad

    Hey all: Looking to get an EZ-touch panel and possibly new VS pump installed in Carlsbad/La Costa area. I got a lot of great info here, but am not confortable with my electrical skills to try an install. Any suggestions? I read the sticky, I think its OK to ask, but if not, mods feel free to...
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    Need to replace Pentair VS pump, but with what? And automation? BF deals?

    The LCD screen on my Pentair VS went out last year, and I survived a whole year with the settings that were in existence when it went out (starts 5 am, runs til 1 pm at a moderate rate 1100 rpm). I have a pool/spa, and SWG. I have considered Automating in the past, but have never done it. I...
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    Tailing off a SLAM, but missed readings on critical day

    So I started my SLAM on Monday, and had fairly consistent results, with no overnight losses on Wed, Thurs I didn't get readings at all, and now its Fri (Day 5) and my FC level has dipped from 22 to 17, water looks good with no perceptible algae. My readings today: 17 FC 0 CC 500 CH 140 TA 7.8...
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    PH keeps rising during my SLAM?

    I was over 8.2 in PH prior to my slam, so I added a gallon of MA, and it dropped to 7.2. I loaded 4 gals of CL (13.5 HDX from HD), and I was about 34 CL. Took my readings this am, and got the following: 22 CL 0 CC 400 CH 130 TA 50 CYA PH 8.2 + 2600 salt Per pool math, I just added 1/2 gal of...
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    Muriatic before Bleach, and high PH (grr)

    Hey guys, trying to get my stuff dialed in, could use an assist. Pool H20 is looking good, but some mustard on the sides and in the shadows. I have a SWG but turned it off for winter (in So Cal). I put in about 4 gals of bleach about 3 weeks ago, when I had 0 CH and 0 CC. Last week I added...
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    Best brush for Colored Quartzccapes Pool?

    My resurfacing was about a year ago, and I'm starting to get some mustard algae. Old brush is toast, whats the current best brush to use? I have Midnight blue quartzscape, so don't want to hurt my surface (I have abalone too, if that matters). Do brushes with stainless bristles degrade/abraid...
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    Aqua Rite Salinity drops to Zero: new Main Board Needed?

    Mentioned this in another thread, but think I need to replace my main board on my Aqua Rite. Replacement Tcell-15 is clean, just added salt, and when I power on the SWG, takes a moment to read the salinity, then goes to 2700-2800 for a couple minutes, then I hear a "click", and the salinity...
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    Adding Salt for new Quartzite Pool; Method?

    New quartzite refinish on my 16k gal. pool. I've waited a month, and now I'm adding salt, Diamond Crystal from Home Depot. I did a quick search, but didn't see any particular method to adding salt other than dumping and brushing. I'm putting in abuot 340 lbs, and its mostly just sitting on...
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    CH shot up but all else is good, suggestions?

    Re-plastered with quartzite 3 weeks ago. Been testing a week or two on my own, and had pretty good results. Put in some more CYA through sock method yesterday. Morning readings: FC 6 CC 0 CH 525 TA 120 CYA 50 PH 7.5-.6 How did my CH rise so much? Not sure I was accurately testing in...
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    First Test with TF-100 Grade me Please :-)

    OK, new quartzite resurfacing about 2 weeks ago, and just got my TF-100 kit a few minutes ago. Of course, I sprinted out to the pool with my new chemistry set to see how I'm doing. To be honest, all the chemical measurements sounded pretty imposing before I got the kit, so I was a bit...
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    Start up after Resurfacing Q's

    Hi guys, I've read through most of the stickies, just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I have a 30+ yr old pool that we just remodeled, and I started adding CYA earlier this week, about a lb a day. I ran into a problem with DE entering the pool, so I replaced the grids in im Hayward...
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    12 Yr Old Hayward DE 60 spits DE on startup

    Just re-surfaced the pool, and completely cleaned out my DE filter. Grids are older, but no noticeable tears. When I put it back together and put about 4 lbs of DE (I had been using about 8-10 lbs, but PB said 4 was good), I get a sporadic "spitting" of DE shot out the return into the pool...
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    Source for Abalone Shells?

    My PB keeps saying he's going to get me pricing on abalone shells, but keeps forgetting. Random google searches don't yield much info, anyone have a lead for me? I'm in San Diego, if that matters. (and no, the beach won't work) thanks, Joel
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    What color tile with Midnight Blue Quartzscapes?

    So, remodel starts tomorrow for our 15x30 rectangular pool. Midnight blue means the pool will be pretty dark, and our coping will be poured-in-place, probably brown to dark brown (San Diego buff stamped color concrete nearby, so might try to match that). I'm leaning towards something lighter...
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    System Suggestions? Pentair Intelliflo, Aqauarite SWG, Raypak heater, Advantage Sol

    OK, all my equip is around 10+ years old, and I'm starting pool renovation this week with resurfacing, coping and tile. Budget got a bit squeezed (kid needs braces, again), so I'm trying to keep whatever equipment is still serviceable. Here's what I have: Pentair Intelliflo Pump (LCD display...
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    SoCal Pool Renovation for Summer 2016

    After several PB bids, we finally have come to terms for a renovation of our 30+ yr old pool, that was remarkably serviceable without any major help for that long. PB we went with is very laid-back, which is a bit of a concern for my semi-type A personality (I'm an attorney), and the estimates...
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    Quartzscapes or Stonescapes, Which and Why?

    About to resurface our pool, and I'm debating between Quartzscape and Stonescape in Midnight blue. A buddy has the stonescape, and it looks great, and although textured, is still fairly smooth. Does anyone have pics of of both, in midnight blue? I think the Stonescape may refract more light...
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    Heavy Residue in (IG cement) Spa, How to get it out?

    I did some heavy construction on a patio adjacent to my pool last month, and demo'd a lot of saltillo tiles. Unfortunately, a lot of that dust went into the pool and spa. The spa is closer to the patio area, so it got a lot of dirt/dust in it. I have a Hayward poolvac for the pool, and it...
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    Basic Automation Q: Pentair Pump, AquaRite SWG, solar to come, lights possible

    Just starting to renovate our rectangular 17.5k gal. pool. Already has Pentair Intellifo pump and AquaRite SWG. Had solar but removed for PV panels, but will eventually get solar back. I'm considering LED lights, solar, automated valves, poolsafe cover (already installed, but not automated)...
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    Quartzscapes vs. Pebble Fina, is it worth the Upgrade to PT?

    We're about to sign a contract, and the PB that will be doing coping and tile prefers fiberglass (he does a lot of commercial work). He also offers Quartzscapes by NPT. We had boiled it down to the first guy doing coping and tile, and having the only PebbleTec (PT) builder come in and do a...
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    Pentair Intelliflo LCD screen backlights and buttons work, but nothing on Display

    Hi-jacked someone else's thread yesterday, figured I should start my own instead. I have the 011018 Intelliflow, just out of warranty (of course). Pump works fine, but after a power outage a month or two ago, the timer reset, and I have nothing on my LCD screen. All the buttons work, and the...
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    Sapphire Galaxy Pebble Fina, any Pics?

    San Diego, about to resurface our pool, its shallow (3.5x6x3.5), and we're considering Sapphire Galaxy, Grigio, and Bella Blue. Since our pool is shallow, we're thinking a darker color would be better, since most of the lighter colors just make the finish look white. Does anyone have pics of...
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    Burnt cord on TCell 15? Warranty Denied

    I got a warranty-replacement on my previous Tcell-15, which came with a 1 yr warranty, back in Jan '15. I had it tested recently and it failed. Took the cell back to the local Hayward dealer, and he was about to exchange it under the warranty, but then shifted and said that because I had said...
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    Carlsbad, CA about to renovate IG Pool. ..

    Hey All: I'm in La Costa [Carlsbad] CA, we have a plaster pool with brick coping thats due for a re-do. We've gotten several quotes from PB's, and are about to pull the trigger on either Pebble Sheen or Quartzcape, with poured in place coping. The Pebble sheen is only available from Gardner...