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  1. paulmaz

    Just installed new cartridge filter, two questions...

    Good morning- Finally got around to switching out my old sand filter to a new cartridge filter. The Texas freeze cased some issues with my sand one, so I went ahead and bought the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter | 420 Sq. Ft. | 160301. Overall was pretty easy. See pic attached. I...
  2. paulmaz

    Diverter valve question

    Hi all- This weekend I decided to make the call to move to a cartridge filter. I was working on my very old sand filter and it is just getting old. Probably not the best timing with the post Texas storm run on supplies, but I was able to get the one I wanted. I got the Pentair Clean & Clear Plus...
  3. paulmaz

    Previously Frozen sand filter, now high pressure

    Hello, Been a while since I have been on here. Mainly because things have been good. Just like many of us in Texas, I had a frozen pool pump and filter. I tried to keep the pump running but I had no power for almost three days. My basket, exposed pipes, pump, and my sand filter were frozen...
  4. paulmaz

    Is it worth switching from Sand to Cartridge?

    HI all- I have not been on here much this year, which is a good thing because my pool has been great and no issues. I was checking my water bill (which is $233...ouch....we need rain in San Antonio...) and I noticed they are offering a $250 rebate if you switch from a Sand or DE filter to a...
  5. paulmaz

    Dolphin S200 - High Chlorine

    I purchased a Dolphin S200 this Spring, and have been using it and it works great. My question is about using it (or leaving in pool) when Chlorine is high. I just finished a SLAM, and I was maintaining FC of ~12 for almost a week. I left the Dolphin in the pool, and it was running daily. I...
  6. paulmaz

    Robotic Pool Cleaners

    I started a thread yesterday looking for ideas for a new Booster Pump, but others have alerted me that I basically using a Hayes 2400 Baud modem to connect to the internet... Booster Pump died... So started looking at Robotic cleaners. Ouch! Dolphin alone has 33 models that supposedly meet the...
  7. paulmaz

    Booster Pump died...Replacement ideas ??

    Good morning all, my first post in a while! I have (had) a Waterway WB075 3/4 HP Booster Pump. It is now dead! Any replacement ideas? Do I get the same one? I see others from Polaris, Zodiac? Also process are around 250-275. Does that sound about right? thanks in advance for any help, Paul
  8. paulmaz

    VS Pump with Polaris/Booster dependencies

    Hello, When I bought my pool, It had a single speed pump, and had two Intermatic timers, one for the filter and one for the booster pump. It is wired where if the filter timer is off, the booster can't turn on (but timer runs) This is great as ensures the booster does not run without the filter...
  9. paulmaz

    Flow Meter

    Hi, I just installed a VS pool pump, and all is working well. I am trying to dial in on how much time I should be running it and at what speed. I am using default now, whish is like 14 hours, but 10 of those are at 1200 RPM. I am sure this is too much. Not sure if really helpful but was...
  10. paulmaz

    Of course, my pool pump died on Friday before Memorial Day...

    So we are all swimming in the pool this evening, and all is well, and I noticed the filter went off. I thought OK, the timer went off, lets just kick it back on. Nope. Smell of burning rubber and it ain't turning on. It gone. I think its 6 years old. Anyway, I have been eyeing a VS pump for a...
  11. paulmaz

    Waterway Booster Pump 3/4 HP for Polaris -> replacement parts?

    Waterway Booster Pump 3/4 HP for Polaris -> replacement parts? Good evening...so I went outside tonight to do my normal maintenance on my pool, and BAM, the pool level is down like 6 inches! NOT GOOD! So I ran to the filter and water was spewing all over. Ends up the cover (front) of my...
  12. paulmaz

    Raise pump off ground, ok to raise pipes from skimmers? (with pic)

    Shown is my (very basic) filter configuration. I am looking to replace the pump with a VS pump, and when I do, I want to raise it off the ground like it is now. The two pipes that join in the front are the ones from the skimmers. Is it OK to raise these up, or to add two elbows in that line to...
  13. paulmaz

    VS Pump Recomendation

    I currently have a B2854 Pentair Challenger 1.5 HP single speed motor. Works great, and I know I run it way too much, but I have many trees and I need the skimming power. I am looking into getting a VS pump. Any feedback on this one. Price is $700 right now. Pentair 342001 SuperFlo VS Variable...
  14. paulmaz

    Nearing end of SLAM, pH High, add Acid?

    Hi all, I am on the tail end of a SLAM. Maintaining FC around 12-14, CYA 30. CCs are 0, but water is still ever so slightly cloudy, but oh so close! Anyway, gonna keep SLAMing until crystal clear, and pass OCLT. I imagine a couple days more. Anyway, my pH is high. Over 8. My kids have been...
  15. paulmaz

    Green Dust on bottom on a SLAM

    I am in the middle of a SLAM, maintaining appropriate FC, brushing daily. Water is still blue but cloudy, and FC usage is still kind of high. The last two days I have green dust on the bottom, which I am brushing up to mix in to get filtered. My question is, is this dead algae? Just making sure...
  16. paulmaz

    Check behind the light!

    Good morning, So I learned a tough, but good lesson over the weekend. A few weeks ago my pool was perfect, clear, good numbers, etc. I still maintained a little high FC because my pool last year was notorious for going green even with good numbers. Then a week ago, BAM, started turning green...
  17. paulmaz

    Solar Heating panels

    Hi all, Although I live in San Antonio, and it is hot here, my pool has a lot of shade from the number of trees I have in my yard. We have thinned them out some, but still have quite a bit of cover. I want to look into heating options. Last summer, the warmest my pool got was 84, which is fine...
  18. paulmaz

    Filter pressure takes long time to build up after emptying strainer basket

    So its wintertime here in San Antonio (ha! 70 degrees) My Water is 58 degrees, so kids not swimming anymore! Anyway, so yesterday I turned off my filter and emptied my strainer basket. Usually, after putting it back and tightening lid and turning back on it takes a few minutes to get pressure...
  19. paulmaz

    Date on Muratic Acid

    I know the dates on the bleach are important, but what about MA? I bought a two pack from Home Depot, and there is no date on the cardboard box. Or at least that I could see. When opening the box at home, and looking at bottle, I saw no print on it like on the bleach.
  20. paulmaz

    Algae growing on sides of pool...

    Good afternoon, I have been following TFP methods for a few months now. I check my water nightly (wife thinks I am nuts...) and add chlorine daily. My CYA is around 25, and since I am scared of an algae breakout, I maintain my FC level between 5-9. I have never let it drop below 4. My CCs are...
  21. paulmaz

    What FC to mantain at

    So I am coming off a SLAM for about a week now. My CYA is at 40, so my FC needs to be 5. I guess you can say I am a little gun shy about letting it drift down to 5, because before my last SLAM I thought I was maintaining FC right and next thing I know my pool is green. I measure and add LC at...
  22. paulmaz

    CYA Level Question

    When I took over my new pool in April, my CYA was around 70. Since then we have had a ton of rain (and subsequent draining), performed a SLAM and now water is the most beautiful thing ever! I measured my CYA yesterday and it is now 35. I do not get a ton of sun (it's hot here, but my water is...
  23. paulmaz

    Price for Liquidator?

    Hi there, I have been looking at the Liquidator on Amazon for a while now, and I have had it in my cart, priced at around $203. Not sure if that was right or wrong, but today the price decreased from 203 to $24.98! This is the C201, 8 gallon tank and the 3/8 upgrade. Was $203 a ridiculous high...
  24. paulmaz

    FC loss question

    This may be a dumb question, but is the FC loss from 20-18 the same as from 9-7?
  25. paulmaz

    End of SLAM question

    Good morning, I have been SLAMing my pool, and at this point, I have passed an OCLT (from last night to this morning) and my CC is at 0. I have been maintaining FC around 20, as my CYA is at 50. The pool is clear, but not 100% (still a tad bit cloudy) I am still running my filter 24/7. In my...
  26. paulmaz

    SLAM seems to be taking a long time?

    Good morning, Last week my pool tuned green. I started my SLAM, and have been maintaining FC around 25 since then (CYA 60). I brush everyday, and vacuum every other. It is better than when I started, but still has green tint to it, and cloudy. I am running my filter 24/7. I backwash after the...
  27. paulmaz

    My pool turned Green!

    Hi again pool pros, I have reported on here over the last week that we had a storm, and that my pool filled up and I had run in. Was contemplating a SLAM to clear it up, but held back, and maintained an elevated FC (~11-13, with my CYA of 60) Have been scrubbing and vacuumed a handful of times...
  28. paulmaz

    Storm water run in last week, still cloudy today

    Hi there, I posted last week on Thursday that we had a huge storm here in Texas, and my pool overflowed, and had storm water (with dirt) pour into my pool. Up until that event, numbers were good (FC ~9 with CYA round 65) and water was clear. Since then, I have been maintaining FC anywhere...
  29. paulmaz

    TEXAS RAINS -> Run in, Do I SLAM?

    Hi all, I am sure you have seen in the news that we are getting some rain in Texas. Tonight in San Antonio, I got slammed. Up until now, it has filled the pool up some, and I had to do some draining. Well tonight, it filled to the top, and also had run in from the yard, including dirt and such...
  30. paulmaz

    Leslie’s CLEAR Aid

    So back a few months ago when I got my pool and knew nothing, I went to Leslie's to talk to them about my pool, they sold me this stuff for $26. It is sitting in my shed. I know now not to buy it, but, can't take it back, and it's just there... Questions is, since I have it, my pool is kind of...