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    Lighting niche- Screw broke off- What now?

    ... now I am confused.... I have one of these attached to the bolt: https://www.ebay.com/itm/POOL-TOOL-LIGHT-REPAIR-WEDGE-UNIVERSAL-PART-SHIPS-FREE-/200569076904 I wonder of the screw was ever screwed in to begin with.... The ring around the light is new. I installed it a few years ago but I...
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    Lighting niche- Screw broke off- What now?

    So in an attempt to find a leak today, I removed my Pentair light from the niche. Then I spent about 30 minutes trying to get the light back in the niche.... While this is always a PITA for me, today was even more of a PITA. The machine screw (on the top) that holds the light into place would...
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    Pentair Solartouch and Intelliflow VS 011056 questions

    Just had a Pentair Intelliflo VS 011056 installed. It is running on internal timer/program. The only reason I was thinking about controlling it with a DIY automation system is to detect if my solar panels are on, and then have the controller increase the pump speed. But in researching, I...
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    Integrate a Goldline GL-35 Solar Controller to a raspberry pi?

    @ajw22 @JamesW So I just got in to my GL-35. Looks to me it may be a GL-35-LV- It only has 4 lugs under the transformer- no isolated output. Back to the drawing board...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    I just noticed node-red has a Twilio node. With this you can sign up for a free Twilio account and have your pool controller send you text messages. (If you have Verizon this can be accomplished by sending email to <mymobilenumber>@vtext.com, but I like the Twilio way better). While I haven'...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    UPDATE: Here is a way to identify which device is getting your questions: node-red-contrib-alexa-remote2-v2 - You can use an Alexa-Event "On Device Activity" node. Buried in the resulting message is the device name. But what I found is that when you use the "Routine Speak" node to have...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    @Katodude I've only done a little experimenting from the examples others posted in this thread, but only the basic stuff: 1) "Turn Spa On/Off" using the package "node-red-contrib-amazon-echo." For this I had to do some remapping in iptables on pi (basically Amazon discovery looking on port 80...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    Here is more of a raspberry pi/node-red question.... why is there a need for message-broker service (like MQTT)? It seems like global variables are working fine.
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    @Katodude If it ain't broke... don't fix it. :) Thanks to the threads above from @randytsuch and emac002, I now have Alexa integration working. The one thing I CANNOT figure out is which echo device an Alexa command is received from... i.e. if I say "Turn SPA on" while at my KITCHEN echo, I...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    @cmc0619 Thanks Cliff! This definitely helped me see how it can be done. It looks like the endpoints for the APIs have changed in v6. There is now a "config" group of endpoints, as well as a "state" group, which both look to effectively do what you've done in the 5.3 example. If you are...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    @randytsuch Not officially dead, just on hold for awhile. :) I am back at it. Getting a new Intelliflow pump installed this week, so I need to figure out how to control it. .... oh and I also have to physically install this controller it, as now it is sitting on my desk, not controlling...
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    Integrate a Goldline GL-35 Solar Controller to a raspberry pi?

    @ajw22 @JamesW I see now- it looks like the last two screws are the relay contacts, which are normally used to bridge a high voltage separate supply to a booster bump. But these can be used to detect open or closed (I.e. call for solar heat) Thanks!
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    Integrate a Goldline GL-35 Solar Controller to a raspberry pi?

    Moved from here. @JamesW Can you do this? When the GL-235 calls for solar heat, isn't it going to close that contact, thus providing 24VAC to the valve actuator? I am trying to do something similar with a DIY control system and a Goldline GL-35 (which I believe are identical). Integrate a...
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    Integrate a Goldline GL-35 Solar Controller to a raspberry pi?

    I have a Goldline GL-35 Solar Controller. It moves a 24V Actuator on a 3-way valve to direct water to the solar panels when heat is called for, and bypass the panels when no heat is called for. For my DIY automation system, I need to know when the panels are active, so I can boost the output...
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    Replacement/repair advice - Pentair Pinnacle

    Dang is this confusing. So the IntelliPRO they are trying to sell me is the clamshell design - Which I don't want. But THAT IntelliPRO looks like the IntelliFLOW, only black. I do not believe the Superflow VS has RS485... or some may, some may not. My current pump is 3/4HP... I do have solar...
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    Replacement/repair advice - Pentair Pinnacle

    I've never like the clamshell band on the Sta-rite pumps- Had one in a rental house for years, and it was always a PITA to get it to not leak after reassembling.
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    Replacement/repair advice - Pentair Pinnacle

    So after pulling the trigger with a local Pinch a Penny for an Intelliflow VSF, I was just informed that they cannot get one... Pentair has stopped production until the end of April. They are trying to swap in an Intellipro VSF, which I do not want.
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    How to handle old pump inlet higher than replacement pump inlet with plumbing

    Thanks @JamesW I think the 2x45s will be the cleanest, as long as I have the room. The pump comes with 2" unions. I need to find the 1.5" to 2" reducer rings someplace, as I don't think the big box stores carry them.
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    How to handle old pump inlet higher than replacement pump inlet with plumbing

    Thanks for the advice. The photo below shows the current situation. The end of the supply line is a 1.5" male threaded adapter, which is screwed into the leaking pump. If I attach a female adapter to the male to continue the supply line to the new pump, it will effectively push it straight...
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    How to handle old pump inlet higher than replacement pump inlet with plumbing

    My current Pentair Pinnacle inlet centerline is 10.25". The replacement pump inlet centerline (Intelliflow VSF) is 9.1". The old pump is connected to the supply piping (1.5") through a male threaded couple (threads into the Pinnacle pump). Is there any way to "drop" the supply line down 1.15...
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    Replacement/repair advice - Pentair Pinnacle

    Thanks @mknauss I did some brick and mortar shopping today. It seems like these pumps have increased in price. Leslies seems to sell the 011028, where Pinch a Penny is selling the 011056, and only that model. While I hate to pay the $$ premium at the store (plus 150 for installation, plus...
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    Replacement/repair advice - Pentair Pinnacle

    I have 2 Pentair Pinnacle pumps- one for pool (spillover), and one for spa bubbles. About every 4-5 years, I either have to replace the motor, or the pump housing on one or the other. The pump housings (part 356002) all seem to develop cracks in the same place, and the manufacturer has never...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    Thanks @cmc0619 . I have been unable to find what amps my heater will draw at 120V OR 240V. With the three wire method, I assume you are using the internal thermostat? So no setting of the temperature from your phone/ipad?
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    I did some digging in the wiring of my current box, and found some surprises- Everything (except the light) is 240V. I mistakenly assumed (cough cough) that only the two pumps were 240VAC. 1) Solar Control System (Goldline) - Wired directly off the 240VAC input to the pool pump mechanical...
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    WannaPool DIY Pool Automation Build Thread

    I received my new actuator and got it set up- I needed to adjust the internal cogs so it would only swing 90 degrees. For anyone using a similar valve: 1) Adjust the cogs if you have to 2) The actuator comes with underside switch in OFF position. Don't forget to turn in ON. I used ON1. 3)...
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