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  1. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    Good point. They offer 0-10 psi and 0-20 psi ranges. Maybe I should have opted for the 0-20 range to cover both scenarios.
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  4. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    I intend to install a high quality, accurate pressure gauge this season. Research led me to Ashcroft, a manufacturer of industrial gauges. www.ashcroft.com As luck would have it, the territory sales manager is a fellow pool lover. He provided these two pearls of wisdom related to gauges and...
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    Pentair OEM Back.jpg

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  7. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    You make a good point about the high flow rate of the OEM valve. I might have to install value with full port dimensions.
  8. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    I had to read this three times before I got it.
  9. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    You make a good point about using a gauge with a smaller range. I'm on the fence about changing the pressure gauge to a high quality, accurate instrument. Do you have a suggestion for a brand and model? For non-consumable items, my moto is to buy it once and never deal with it again. I'm told...
  10. frbruno64

    I'm done buying lousy filter relief valves

    I got disgusted replacing the plastic Pentair filter valves every few years. Each replacement cost about $25. For $38.64, I got a beautifully machined brass valve and pressure gauge assembly, including tax and shipping, It's a thing of beauty and will last forever. Take that, Pentair...
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  14. frbruno64

    Super Lube for o-ring lubrication

    I'm so depressed. The Super Lube arrived today and then I read the rest of this thread. It's like my whole world came crashing down. Now I have a large tub of Super Lube and I have to buy the good stuff.
  15. frbruno64

    Super Lube for o-ring lubrication

    There is a fine deal for a 14oz jar of Super Lube 41160 Synthetic Grease. I would love to use this product as opposed to the overpriced Magic Lube. Link There are numerous posts on this board with various opinions, with a few recommending Super Lube. As one poster put it, I would be glad to...
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  19. frbruno64

    Baker Hydro skimmer replacement basket

    The original skimmer baskets for the Baker Hydro skimmers finally need to be replaced. My guess is they are original from 1971! The OEM part number is 51-B-1026. I have found what appear to be OEM replacements and a never ending litany of unbranded parts. I'm confused on what to purchase as a...
  20. frbruno64

    Remove old diving board base in concrete?

    Restore the metal base and put a diving board on it. Simple. No digging. Have fun with board.
  21. frbruno64

    In the market for a new heat pump

    Thanks for the reply. Has anyone purchased a heater from Marc Miller of www.heatpumpsuppliers.com? Since he offers a discount for members of this site, I assumed a few had done business with him.
  22. frbruno64

    Decrease pump HP and increase filter size

    Jim R, Thanks for the input. I assumed there is no down side to a bigger filter.
  23. frbruno64

    In the market for a new heat pump

    I'm close to pulling the trigger on the purchase of a new heat pump. Based on several posts. I contacted Marc Miller of www.heatpumpsuppliers.com. Marc is very knowledgeable and has spent a great deal of time discussing my needs and options. He has recommended two manufacturers: Hydro Royal...
  24. frbruno64

    Decrease pump HP and increase filter size

    I currently have a 2 hp single-speed motor on a Challenger pump and an FNS Plus 48. I have purchased a two-speed 1.5 hp motor and matching impeller which I will install on the existing wet end in place of the 2hp motor. Fortuitously, a free Pentair FNS Plus 60 was up for grabs, and is now...
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  26. frbruno64

    Diving Board Help

    I forgot to mention my recommendation to apply a second top coat. Do it prior to the expiration date on the activator package. I waited too long and my activator dried up. It cost $35 for a second can of activator. Also, SR Smith informed that boards can be resurfaced. Your board looks like a...
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  29. frbruno64

    Diving Board Help

    My steel diving board stand was peeling and rusting. I sent photos to SR Smith thinking they were the manufacturer. They told tell me the name of the original manufacturer, model, and estimated year of manufacture for both the steel stand and the board. They told me the correct method for...