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  1. Palpatine

    Rough and Discolored Pool Plaster - Why and how to fix?

    Hi Pool Folks, I've got an issue with my fairly new pool plaster. It's rough and discolored in approximately the area of the deep end where I always pour my chlorine and muriatic acid in (there is a return jet there). My chems are on point now... but the PH was definitely high (purple) a few...
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    Hayward Pump VS900 not filling basket

    Moved from this old 2018 thread.. Hayward Pump VS900 not filling basket EDIT: Sorry for posting on such an old thread... just seemed like all the steps I've already tried were listed on that thread so it seemed reasonable and didn't want to waste anybody's time. Here's the link to the old...
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    Large Discrepancy Between FAS/DPD and Regular CL Test

    I have both the Taylor K2005 kit and the FAS/DPD tests... but this is the first time I've used the FAS DPD test. I've been consistently testing CL at about 3ppm in the AM (using the k2005 kit), adding a gallon of 12.5% liquid chlorine a day and some MA about 5 times a week to lower my PH...
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    Brand New Hayward DE Filter Install - Shot DE in Pool On First Scoop - Was Leaking Water at Clamp/Belt

    Hi All, I had a nightmare installing a new filter yesterday, definitely may be what caused this problem, but got it going with some new plumbing and no water leaks, however... First scoop of DE definitely shot back out the returns for a minute or so (maybe less) and then stopped. When it...
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    Rabbit Stew for Mother's Day

    So between 10 pm and 7 am this morning a rabbit drowned in my pool. It was at the bottom in the deep end this morning. My FC was at 3, my CYA 40, maybe 50... really hard to tell the difference between the two for me. I just dumped about 2/3 gallon of 12.5 LC in the pool... oh yeah and my water...
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    Okay, I'm researched out... which SWCG should I get?

    Hi All, I've been trying to figure out which SWCG to buy but seems there are a million different "good" choices. All my pool equipment is Hayward, except for my heater, and I can't seem to figure out what the difference between these Hayward systems is (other than price): Hayward W3AQR15...
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    Should I mess with the TA?

    Recently replastered pool, about 6 months ago Been heating the pool, was 91 (when it was cold outside), now keeping it at 85 (getting pretty hot where I am 80-100 outside). Usually fire up the Spa every night and then back to 85 degrees for all until the next night. Current Numbers: FC: 3 (I...
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    Getting Numbers Dialed In (How much CYA and FC for San Fernando Valley?)

    Hello TFP experts, I've got a couple of questions about my chems and was hoping you guys could get me dialed in. I've been away from the forum for the winter, probably a bad idea, and my pool numbers have been less than ideal. I re-plastered back in Oct. or Nov. and we've had a pretty cold...
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    Pentair 188592 Quad DE 60 Install Questions

    Hi Pool Experts, Hope you're all staying safe out there. I'm looking to replace my Hayward DE 4800 with the Pentair Quad DE 60 pool filter and had a couple of questions that I'm hoping I can get the answers to prior to ordering new filter. 1. Is this going to be just as simple as unscrewing...
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    Moved Equipment but Still a Suction Side Air Leak?

    Hi All, So I'm at my wits end here with my potential suction side leak and I'm hoping someone can help... First let me start by saying that my pump basket has never filled up completely to the top. I also knew there was a leak, or more than one leak, somewhere in my pool as it was losing a...
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    Where should I install a check valve?

    Hi TFPer's, I'm moving my equipment pad and have purchased a new check valve... just not sure where to install it. I've read some posts here and I'm kind of thinking that I don't even need a check valve (maybe I'm wrong, I just don't know any better). I was thinking to install in right before...
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    How Far is Too Far? And Plumbing Advice

    Hi All, So I'm moving my pool equipment about 40-45 feet from where it is right now (pic attached)... wondering if that's too far of a run for my equipment to work properly? Also, since I'm moving everything, I can have my contractor configure my equipment on the new pad however I like. Is...
  13. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    I've searched the forum pretty well, including the troubleshooting steps, but I can't get my pump basket to completely fill. I've only had the pool/house for a few months, but just completely remodeled the pool due to a decent sized leak in the spa structure/return jet. The pump wouldn't hold...
  14. Palpatine

    Float Valve - Questions

    Hello All, I just had my pool remodeled which also consisted of a adding a split main drain (the previous one was cancelled out due to a leak). The new skimmer came with a float valve and after researching the forum I still have a couple of questions... plus when I was going to reply to an old...
  15. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Hi TFP Experts, I love this forum... been a lurker for a couple of months since I bought a house with a pool for the first time in my life. A little background: The pool is at least 30-40 years old and I don't know how many times it's been re-surfaced. All I do know is that when I purchased...