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    Intellicenter.com down.........AGAIN

    This is getting ridiculous. Every weekend for the past several and counting.... Anyone know what the heck is going on?!? I don’t mean to be harsh, but how hard is it to keep a basic website up in 2021?
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    Testing noob - a few questions

    Hi! Our new pool has been filled and circulating for a week or so now. Waiting on the cover to be installed next week so we can heat it. In the meantime, I've been working to get he water where it should be. You guys have helped me so much to get to this point - the list of mistakes I...
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    Filter came with cartridges installed upside down??

    I just opened my CCP 420 filter for the first time last night, and all four cartridges are installed with the “bottom” marking to the top. Does it matter which way they are installed? Since all four were installed opposite of their marking, I thought I’d better check with the experts before I...
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    First test on new pool - high pH - What to do?

    Good evening! Posting a separate thread here. If this belongs in my build thread, I can post there instead - just let me know. Our new vinyl pool was finally filled today. After everything was cut in, I ran ,my first tests to see where I was with the fill water they brought in. Results were...
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    Where do I bond this transformer?!?

    Hello! I have two 12v ac lights from Halco that have 1” PVC conduit running back to the transformer in the pool house. I’m a bit perplexed by the fact that there is no bond lug on the Pentair PS300 transformer I am using to power them. Surely I don’t bond to the ground lug, but I don’t know...
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    Flow switch for heater?

    Howdy folks, I have seen several posts where installing a flow switch is recommended in place of the pressure switch in a MasterTemp heater to avoid the unit firing when no flow is present. Seems like I saw @JamesW mention this - am I correct? Probably a stupid question, but I guess I don’t...
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    Pool Build in SW Ohio - Almost there!

    Finally! I get to start my build thread. I've waited a year for this day, and we've finally broken ground. Our project was initially slated to start last summer, and due to supply chains being all jacked up, we weren't able to get the panels and liner we wanted until December. All's well...
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    Pro Tuff 20% off

    Happy Saturday! I have a 20% off coupon that I’d like to share with someone who needs it. Code is TJ5A-27MGF7-MLBSAG. It will only work once, so first to grab it and use it gets it. Have a great weekend - thanks for being such an awesome group of people! Wes
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    More props for Marina

    Just ordered a robot from Margaret / Seth at Marina Pools. They are everything you guys say they are - the real deal. Kind, helpful, and crazy competitive pricing. I tried to order an M600, and Margaret talked me out of it - I really don’t need it. Ended up with an Active 30. I really don’t know...
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    To bond or not to bond - that is the question.

    I’m in the final stages of setting up my equipment pad. I just started planning for bonding connections to my equipment, and it hit me that the Siemens transfer switch / disconnect does not have a bonding lug. Under normal circumstances, it would not need one, so I wouldn't expect it to have...
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    Pentair MagicFalls Arc Rain on Vinyl Pool with Auto Cover?

    Good morning, TFP! Our build was pushed back to the spring due to panel availability, so I've been thinking a little about some of the finer details. One thing I currently do not have planned is any sort of water movement. I looked at deck jets, but hadn't considered how noisy those would be...
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    Deck Jets - Any reason you couldn't run Pex instead of Sch40 PVC?

    Well.....due to pool panel supply issues, our pool install has been pushed to early April. And when I have time to think, I add things..... I'm considering adding 4 Pentair Deck Jets to the mix. When I saw you run either 1/2 or 3/4 supply lines to them, I got to wondering....any reason you...
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    Electrical questions: wall outlets and light switches - Article 680 and conduit?

    OK - I'm building a 14x18' pool house that will house my pool equipment as well as serve as a place to store floats, toys, etc. when not in use. I understand that I will need to have all pool equipment electrical in NM liquid-tight flex, and that's the plan. I've populated the IntelliCenter...
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    J-box required for 12-volt LED lights?

    Evening! I have two Pentair 5Gs that I’ll be installing soon in our new pool. I see conflicting info here about NEC 680 and requirements for a J-box when using 12-volt lights. Can someone clear that up for me? It would seem that you would bond the niche to the bond loop and then just run the...
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    Pressure test kit for 2"?

    Good evening! I am nearing the point in our build that I'll need to pressure test our skim and return lines, which are all 2". I assumed that someone would sell a simple test kit that would attach to the lines in a temporary way so that you could test a line, move it, test the next one, etc...
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    Fill water on well source - CH question

    Ok....so the new pool will be ready to be filled next week. My question is this: I see that target CH for a vinyl liner pool is on the 40 range. I got a TFT100 test kit and some salt strips, and tested my well water before it hits any treatment systems (we have an ozone system followed by a...
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    IntelliCenter: wire Intellichlor for constant power or through pump relay?

    Howdy folks. Hoping someone can clear up the IntelliCenter installation manual for me. I have an i5p with an intelliflo and intellichlor. I know the pump requires constant power and the RS485 connection controls it. Is the same true for the intellichlor? I’ve read the manual several times now...
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    Help needed - Pool pad equipment dry fit - What would you change?

    Well the day is finally here! The contractors started laying everything out, so things are starting to get real. I took some time today to unbox all of my equipment and dry fit everything together just so I could get an idea of how best to lay things out. I've attached pictures of my first...
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    CoverStar Sensor with IntelliCenter?

    Good morning! Our pool gets underway tomorrow, and I got to thinking - since we will have a CoverStar auto cover, and since they sell a reed switch to indicate closed/open status, can you hook that up to IntelliCenter? My thought is that it would be nice to automatically set the SWCG to a...
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    IntelliCenter - Do you have to use Intellivalves? Other brands ok?

    Happy Saturday! Our pool build gets underway on MondY, and I am thinking that I would like to get a valve actuator for my heater bypass so that I can automatically activate the bypass when the heater is not in use. I’ve seen a whole lot of failed IntelliValve actuators on here, and wondering if...
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    Plumbing questions from a rookie

    Happy Saturday! Our new pool gets underway on Monday, and I'll be responsible for plumbing the pad and setting up the equipment (my request, because I'm a perfectionist, and want it set up in an ideal way). Note that I've listed all my equipment in my signature. A few questions: 1.) I am...
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    Return Line Locations, etc.

    Hi there! Our 18x36 vinyl pool build starts next week, and we are beyond excited! Quick question on return placement. I will have 2 skimmers, and have the following questions (see drawing): - Is 3 returns enough? We will have no water features. - Should I have them plumb each return back to the...
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    New pool - auto fill quesitons

    Hello from beautiful Ohio! Our pool build starts next week, and I'm starting to have second thoughts about my decision not to do an auto-fill. I now see that many folks have simply plumbed a sprinkler valve and appropriate backflow preventer that allows them to cycle fill water on for a set...
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    Latham Onyx or Natural Grey liner pictures?

    Good afternoon from Ohio! My wife and I are down to the wire now with liner color selection, and wondered if anyone has installed either the Latham Onyx or Natural Grey liner. We are so tempted to go that direction, as we think we would love the more natural look of the water, but can't really...
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    Direct burial bonding connectors?

    Good morning! I'm building an 18x36 liner pool with steel sides. Started calling around to find DB rated connectors for the #8 CU bonding wire, and I'm shocked (ha!) that no one really knows anything about it at the electrical supply houses. I did some searching here, but don't see a whole...
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    Salt Chlorine Generator / Fall Pool Installation

    Morning, folks! We have a 20k gallon vinyl pool going in in mid-September. We live in Ohio, so that means we will have just enough time to get it filled, balanced, and close it up.... Bummer, but at least we'll have it for a full season next year. My question is this. I have an...
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    Deck Surface Drain for Auto Cover Pump?

    Morning, folks! I am building a pool with an auto cover. Since those require that a rain pump be on the cover when closed, I'm trying to avoid running an unsightly hose across the pool deck, as the house overlooks the pool area. Has anyone considered running a small (1" or 1 1/2") drain to...
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    Pentair Equipment Availability / Source?

    Hi all! Hope you are having a great Thursday. I met with the PB today, and they are actually ahead of schedule. That's the good news. The bad news - everywhere I try to get Pentair equipment is seemingly totally overwhelmed. Does anyone have a good source for Pentair equipment? I need the...
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    SCG + Auto Cover on Well Water

    Happy Tuesday! I am trying to work up my final equipment list for our new 18x36 liner pool to be installed in about 8 weeks, and i am thoroughly confused. I was told today by a maintenance company that we should not use a Salt Chlorinator on a pool with an auto cover if we are on well water...
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    Heat Pump vs Gas Heater in Southern Ohio?

    Hi everyone. We're building a new 18x36 (20k gallons) sport pool, and I'm waffling back and forth between a heat pump and gas heater. We are on propane, and already have a 500-gal buried LP tank, so getting propane to the heater wouldn't be an issue. In either case, we will have an automatic...