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  1. blakeusa

    Exposed rebar and plumbing after gunite

    The exposed areas on the exterior of the pool can be patched or repaired with concrete with a bonding agent and are not that big of a deal. The entire gaps need to be sealed. I would then request a waterproof agent by applied to those areas on the exterior. This will get backfilled so not...
  2. blakeusa

    Coping Repair - What to use?

    The primary repair should just use Sand Mix and maybe a little bonding agent additive. The mix should be like cookie dough kind of dry and crumbly - not wet. This is what the original install was and the spacing between the stones. The back side seems to be some type of grout or epoxy...
  3. blakeusa

    Frreze Damage to Pool Plaster

    This happens in New England from time to time. The fix is to grind out the bad or loose area and apply some new plaster. You can color blend the best you can - as it will never look perfect. Add a bonding agent to your plaster patch and again the area needs to be ground up with an angle...
  4. blakeusa

    Need a Pool Cover, advice please.

    Get a leaf net for storms or fall if you have leaves. They work great. Can install over a solar cover if you want to capture leaves etc.
  5. blakeusa

    Best Safety Cover Brand in Canada

    I use the Pro Mesh from GLI.
  6. blakeusa

    Info on vintage Stainless Mitra Pac Fab Stainless Filter

    Can someone tell me which port - lower or upper is the suction and return on this filter. We are building a portable pump/ vac system using this filter. Thanks in advance.
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  8. blakeusa

    Smoothing rough plaster....empty pool

    This is the tool you want. Water driven pool polisher Runs off a 4300 psi pressure washer. Invented by Bruce Torrance at Coyote Pool Products but some places sell them online. Was thinking of buying one and renting it out.
  9. blakeusa

    Help finding Pentair Valve Actuator (longer screws)

    I need to find some of the longer screws for attaching the actuator to the three way valve body *Pentair valves. Have plenty of the shorter screws but none of the longer ones... Have not tried regular sheet metal screws or machine screws. The screws, set of 4 is being sold for $28 on Amazon...
  10. blakeusa

    Acid wash on pebble finish

    No real problem with the lower ph other than it will rot out your equipment faster but if you want a smooth finish it must be polished with a diamond polisher. The tool you want or need to get a perfect finish is a water driven by a 4300PSI pressure washer with a special grinder/polisher head...
  11. blakeusa

    Easytouch Solar or any connection that will enable/ disable 120v feed?

    Spoke to pentair and Jim and James were right but will connect to elect heater port on the et board ie low voltage wire from relay to elect heater port. will write up this week and report back. I sometimes need to hear the same thing a few times till I get it. thanks
  12. blakeusa

    Screenlogic Setup

    would expect that spa is your normal spa pump speed... I use 2400 normally then high would be above that day 3200 to 3400 if you like more pressure from the jets and like to burn electricity. Just needs to be adjusted.
  13. blakeusa

    Easytouch Solar or any connection that will enable/ disable 120v feed?

    The wood boiler has a control with a set point- normally set to 180 degrees w. a 10 degree low point. It has a damper that shuts when it reaches temp then opens when its 10 below. It has 380 gallons of water that is used to transfer the heat. It is connected to the pool heat exchanger...
  14. blakeusa

    Easytouch Solar or any connection that will enable/ disable 120v feed?

    The heat exchanger is a shell and tube and run off an outdoor wood furnace using hot water. Have been running this system for 7 years with no problems but I am the one with the on/ off button. Pump is a Taco 009
  15. blakeusa

    Easytouch Solar or any connection that will enable/ disable 120v feed?

    Yes I want the pump to turn on and off when ENABLED at set points. So I do not whnt it running all the time - ideally just when I enable a circuit or want to turn the heater ON. Then once the say spa temp reaches 100 degrees turn it off when it drops to 95 degrees turn it on. Right now I just...
  16. blakeusa

    Easytouch Solar or any connection that will enable/ disable 120v feed?

    Looking to connect a 120v pump to my Easy Touch that can be controlled On/Off depending on pool or spa temp. Any ideas or recommendations? It will be turning on a taco circulation pump getting heat from a heat exchanger. Thanks
  17. blakeusa

    Easy touch pump speed adjustment

    Should go into Settings Intelliflo Pump Speed .. Move down to speed and increase It should save when you enter and go back to main screen. You could also program a new circuit for Vac and have it ramp the pump to say 3000 RPM
  18. blakeusa

    Sta Rite Dura Glass II Pump wont prime

    I was going to replace the seals tomorrow but was wondering if anybody had feedback on why these pumps fail or don't prime. Is there a common problem people find? Thanks in advance.
  19. blakeusa

    Gaskets/o-rings: lube or not?

    I use Magic Lube Silicone on most all orings but really light on the big filter rings. It helps seal as well as delays the rubber from rotting. Just keep all clean with a rag and some Dawn soapy water first. I also sometimes use it on plastic to plastic threads.
  20. blakeusa

    Winter Cover Storage & Mice

    What are the best ways to store a GLI winter mesh cover for the summer. And do mice like or eat these ? Thanks
  21. blakeusa

    Plaster upgrade

    First that is a very very nice pool. Standard plaster will only last so long... and its hard to tell. I did get color added to my plaster * it was a pebble tech color and it looks great for the first year or so then turned grey. Friend did tan color in plaster and it looked amazing for a...
  22. blakeusa

    It Flies, It Dies

    Permethrin 36% you can buy it online. Used by pest control pro's. Mix 3oz per gallon. I use a 40 gallon trash can and mix a batch and spray with a sump pump in the trash can-- connected to a garden hose and sprayer. I live in a heavy wooded area. No flying biting much of anything...
  23. blakeusa

    Landscaping quality question

    I can't answer what the landscape company did but I have a similar area at my pool. I have a small two block wall a few feet below the deck for plantings then filled or spread 3-5 inch river rock in the graded area below- as I do have natural runoff in the area and it looks great. I actually...
  24. blakeusa

    A Very Bad Leak or Main Drain Problem.

    Have you plugged the skimmers and all returns... and its still losing water? If so yes the hydro valves in the main drain can get debris in it and be open and or the oring can fail, but the only way to know is to pressure test the main drain line and or dive and remove and replace (which you...
  25. blakeusa

    Anyone opening early?

    Opened in CT today. Will be in hot before the end of the weekend.
  26. blakeusa

    Main drain leak

    The water drop is lower then the pipe run. The water drop was about 2 feet below the coping. After replacing the Hydro Valve it still leaked and then after plugging the drains it stopped. Can't really pull a good suction from this pipe/ run. Figured its gotta be from 2-9 feet the under...
  27. blakeusa

    How to plug/ pressure test open top Jandy Valve

    Ok I think you got a winner here. Think it will work just fine. Thanks
  28. blakeusa

    How to plug/ pressure test open top Jandy Valve

    Is there an easy way (like that is an actual real thing... easy) to plug ONE port of a Jandy 3 way valve that is open or the top is off. I want to make sure that I am only testing the pipe and not the valve seal. Actually they are Pentair 3 Way valves - and the openings inside are oval and do...
  29. blakeusa

    Main drain leak

    Yea considered this - I guess I can just put or keep the rubber plugs in it and decide if I want to mess with it next spring. If I drained the pool I think I might find it right under the main drains under the 12 inches of concrete and rebar. I know for sure its down under and not in the long...
  30. blakeusa

    Main drain leak

    Working on a main drain leak. In-ground gunite 10 year old very solid structure and plaster is good with no cracks. Losing about 2 inches a day. Replaced Hydro Valve after no visible dye test. No change. Pressure test - isolated drain line and it's leaking. Right now I do not have Ultrasonic...