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    Homeowners Insurance and Frozen Equipment

    That is a good point and where I can see how a legal term defined by the government could affect coverage. Another instance is terrorism. Most commercial liability policies exclude terrorism, so it's important if the US Government classified something as terrorism vs riot/civil commotion...
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    Homeowners Insurance and Frozen Equipment

    Insurance is my forte, and that is a load of baloney. Insurance is a contract, spelled out in the policy documents. Declaration of a natural disaster doesn't magically make previously excluded coverages, all of the sudden covered. Maybe under some type of federal disaster funding? But I've...
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    How do I drain the pool below skimmer line?

    That's what I wound up doing. Went back and got everything up and running again, and tarped the equipment with a light bulb underneath. Pool water has been holding steady at 39. Crossing my fingers the ice storm tonight isn't too bad!
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    How do I drain the pool below skimmer line?

    Now I have another decision to make. In total, power was only out for about 45 minutes, so we jumped the gun. Now the power company has announced they've stopped the rotating blackouts. Pool water line is still at normal level, and we can't drain it below skimmers. I'm seriously considering...
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    How do I drain the pool below skimmer line?

    I had been holding steady with tarping the equipment pad, pool water temp holding around 44 degrees running 24/7. Power went out this morning, and I got scared when the pool almost immediately started to ice over. So I flipped off the breakers, drained the pump, filter, heater and cleaner...
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    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    I'm amazed at how much a 150w incandescent light bulb can do. It's actually "heating" the water. That, plus the heat from the 3hp Hayward pump running full bore. We covered the entire pad, including the heater and filter. I used the filter and a sawhorse to create a tent above the pool pump...
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    Rolling black outs possible NTX

    Yeah here in Texas, demand is outstripping supply so they are rotating blackouts to manage it. We have 8 inches of snow on the ground, 6 degrees. My wife and I covered the entire equipment pad in multiple sheets and two tarps, using the filter and a saw horse as a "tent pole". I took my...
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    Short vs bad breaker?

    Hi Richard, you were kind enough to reply and I neglected to come back and thank you and report the results of what happened. The problem wound up being a bad motor in the pump, bummer.
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    Short vs bad breaker?

    I have two Tristar Hayward pumps, both dedicated to our waterfall. To prevent unnecessary running through the winter on freeze protect, last Fall I blew out the pipes and drained the pumps. At some point, I think it was when I was trying to find out which breakers controlled the pumps, I...
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    Neighbor putting up electric fence close to my pool

    Thank you very much for the comments, it eases my mind a little bit. There is virtually no risk of a brush or pole coming in contact with it, and there are also no overhanging trees that could pose a risk.
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    Neighbor putting up electric fence close to my pool

    Our inground pool is close to the back of our property line. Behind the pool there is probably 3-4 ft to our wood fence. The fence is only 3 ft high (when we built out here, we had no neighbors behind us and wanted to preserve the view). Our rear neighbors are putting in a horse behind us and...
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    Piers under pool before construction? Expansive soil.

    I just happened to log in today and forgot about this thread. Well in the end, we opted out of doing any type of reinforcement, besides throwing down some crushed white rock which my PB did as a last minute decision (which I've since learned might not actually be a good idea anyway). We wound...
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    We're back! Pool demo and replacement in Sanger, Texas.

    Today just happened to be the day I decided to log back in and see how things are going, and as fate would have it, RangerBob is there! We were building buddies back in 2014. Excited to see your new project!
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    Help me help a friend!

    TFT 100 Pool pal is an phone app to plug in the "actual" vs "goal" and the configuration of your pool and tells you how much of what to add.
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    Help me help a friend!

    35,000 gallons Vinyl liner SWG It's currently decently clear, but green tint. 6.8 ph 2.5 FC (forgot to test CC..whoops) 30 TA 50 CYA So obviously we have some things off here. Need to get the ph up, but they can't keep the ph up because their TA is so low. Pool pal says: Add 21 lbs of...
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    Thought it might be helpful to post an update. Turns out the gauge was faulty. The new one from TFTkits was great, and after putting it in it read 19PSI. So, I just have an extra set of cartridge filters in the attic, guess I should've been a little more patient! On the other hand, our...
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    I didn't realize that, pabeader! I just ordered it. Thanks!
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    I spoke to the PB this morning and he thinks that might be the issue. When I told him that the PSI doesn't change when taking the filters out (even though it still drops to 0 when the pump is turned off), he thinks the gauge is faulty. Anyone have any recommendations for a replacement gauge...
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    First of all, thank you for all the help so far. This is such a great resource of information! Alright, I think we can rule out the cartridges (as others have suggested). So I guess I'll put the replacement cartridges in storage. I took out all 4 cartridges and ran the pump, zero change in...
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    I don't close any valves when I clean the filter. Perhaps I should? All I do is release the air pressure at the top, drain the entire filter container, and then open it up. I have no clue. Its a one speed pump. I wouldn't even know how to go about finding out?
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    Okay, so just essentially take everything out (including the top plastic portion that snaps onto the cartridges and the outflow pipe?) and fire it up for just a few seconds to see the PSI, then shut it down?
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    Ahh, I didn't even think about that. I didn't know it was "okay" to run it without any filters?
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    Well I went ahead and ordered some because I know I'll need some anyway at some point, even if I get this issue figured out (too late Pooldv, I ordered Unicel, I went back and forth and read good and bad things about the Pleatcos, I'll try that next time). Here are my results, they were a...
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    So I did the TSP soak overnight, washed it off, put it back together and it made zero difference. Not even a half PSI. So now, should I just go ahead and order new ones and then if THAT doesn't change we have a more serious problem?
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    Cartridge Filter only last 16 months?

    We finished our pool in November of 2014. Since we are in Texas, we leave it open year round. Have a 3hp Tristar Hayward pool pump as the main pump, and a 525 sq ft cartridge filter. I stay on top of the chemistry and haven't had any chemistry related problems as of yet. I cleaned it not...
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    New Pool Build with Grotto/Slide/Waterfall- Temecula, Ca

    Looking awesome! Hope your problems aren't too bad....
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    White scaling on my new waterfall & disagreement amount chemical levels

    Test results are in from the pool store. It was carried in a plastic container with a top directly to the store (so about 20 minutes in the container). Their results are fairly close to my results: FC: 2.19 CC: .3 pH: 7.8 TA: 72 CH: 228 CYA: 34 Copper: 0 Iron: .1 Saturation Index...
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    First timer

    Good post and agreed with your comments about this forum. This is one of the few with very kind and patient "veterans" as you put it. Most enthusiast forums will crucify a "newbie" who asks the most mundane question, but the people on here are very patient with them and direct them to Pool...
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    White scaling on my new waterfall & disagreement amount chemical levels

    *Update* Well, I guess I should've knocked on wood when I said no scaling on the waterfall spillover or waterline tile. :mad: The last week or so I noticed about three spots on the waterfall spillover that have turned into a white substance. It seems to be aligned beneath grout joints in the...
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    Slide recommendation for new construction pool

    I'm the owner of an insurance agency, and I can tell you there are plenty of companies out there that will write you with a slide. Some just have varying underwriting guidelines. My own insurance company is fine with it, but their umbrella reinsurer was not. So I upped my personal liability...