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  1. riny

    Rust stains on new Unilock pavers

    Sorry if this is a bit off-topic... our patio just went in this year, Unilock Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers. We got some new lounge chairs too and when it rains, water seems to collect inside the hollow metal frames of the lounge chairs, where it stagnates for a while and then comes out all...
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    My post-Ida salt level doesn't make sense

    Well we got about 6.5" inches of rain here, not as bad as many people but still enough to make the pool overflow. I ran the SWG for extra time before the storm to pre-emptively raise the FC level and that seems to have worked. Now all of my numbers make sense... except the salt level. My CYA and...
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    Best adjustment to correct CSI

    I just started looking at the CSI calculation in Pool Math. This morning's test results: pH 7.6 TA 60 CH 200 CYA 70 Temp 74F Salt 3200 This gives me a CSI of -0.68 which is apparently not good. I started playing with values and found that if I were to raise the CH to 550, the CSI would be...
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    Where does the chlorine go?

    Hey @JoyfulNoise, I just watched the pH/TA video from a few days ago and found it super informative, so thanks for that! My chemistry education is limited to a few college classes and that was a lot of years ago, but I think I followed the basics, specifically the part about constant CO2...
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    Can I use this skimmer port as an overflow drain?

    My pool doesn't have an overflow, and twice this summer we've had heavy enough storms to cause a spillover. I noticed that my skimmer has this unused port (looks like inch and a quarter). I'm not sure what it's supposed to be for but it seems to be just above the normal water level. Could I...
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    Could this be algae, or just dirt?

    These snaps from my security camera were taken less than 12 hours apart. On Saturday morning we were in the pool for about 3 hours and the water was perfect. I happened to test it in the morning and my pH was a little high (I'm fighting with high TA) so I added my weekly dose of MA after we were...
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    Fish out of water

    So I got my new robot... worked great on the first run although it didn't clean the steps. I didn't really expect it to though. After the second run, I came out to find this. I'm pretty sure it did the whole cycle. I checked the security camera, and about two hours after it started, the little...
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    Oh **** no

    What! even is that big black bug? There were two of them in my skimmer today. They're a LOT uglier from the underside (very spiky legs). And that spider... just no. This has been fun y'all but maybe pool ownership isn't for me after all. Time to go find some napalm.
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    Pool Math request: 58% Cal-Hypo

    I know liquid chlorine is preferred, but the pool store was running low last time I was there. I've had my pool at SLAM level for 3 weeks now so I'm going through a lot of chlorine, and I had to supplement with granular shock. My local store carries BioGuard Burnout 3 which is 57.8%. Pool Math...
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    Removing huge amounts of fine particulate matter

    I'm getting frustrated. Here's a picture of my new patio, and man did it come out nice. Unfortunately though... the landscapers made a mess of the pool. All of those Unilock pavers were cut right there using a big saw and the dust just went right into the pool. That horrid color in the water...
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    Pool Math calculation wrong?

    I need a sanity check here! I'm using the Pool Math app on Android to calculate how much chlorine I need to reach SLAM level. To raise my FC from 1 to 16, using Bleach 10%, it says 207 oz. This means I'm looking for 20.7 oz of active ingredient (sodium hypochlorite), right? Just for fun, I set...
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    When to add salt for the first time

    Well I've just finished filling the pool for the season. The water is a mess from patio construction but I'm running the pump 24/7 and starting to pull out all of the dust. My SWG is installed and ready to go, but my pool has zero salt in it. (The SWG was installed last year but too late in the...
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    Ok to run the pump with the returns above the water line?

    I'm still filling my pool but I'd like to get the water circulating. The water level is not yet above the returns. Is it ok to run the pump like this, pulling from the main drains and just shooting water out of the returns and into the pool? Or should I wait until they're submerged? I don't want...
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    FPH installation advice. What do you wish you knew before starting?

    I hope this is ok... I'm going to page some people that I know have FPH units installed: @drglanton, @newpoolj, @mcampa, @Belikin, @rparker901. Sorry if I missed anybody! My FPH arrived today and I haven't even opened the box yet. I have an HVAC guy lined up to do the installation (third try...
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    I'm a leech, but at least I'm a paying leech

    I like to think of myself as a generally knowledgeable person. There are lots of topics I know some things about, and I'm a frequent visitor to several internet forums on topics where I can answer questions or give advice. Pool maintenance is not one of those topics. Like many others, we put...
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    Cover came off earlier than I planned. Now what?

    As you can see from the picture, we've got a patio going in right now. I had planned to keep the pool tightly covered (to keep the construction dust and debris out of the water) but they had to pull back the tarp in order to run the patio right up to the coping. They apparently just let the end...
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    CMP valves, good alternative to Jandy Neverlube?

    Well of course I waited too long to order the valves I need for my heater installation... I was planning on buying all Jandy Neverlube valves (4715 and 4724) but now you just can't get them anywhere. I noticed that Inyo Pools is offering CMP diverter valves as an alternative but I've never heard...
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    Uphill loop question

    As posted elsewhere, I'm planning to add an actuated heating loop and I have a pretty basic plumbing question. Assuming it looks like this: Note that to the right is up an incline. The FPH is about 6' higher than the pad. The heating loop will be controlled by the green actuated valve. From...
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    Automation with external input

    Well the time is ticking down towards opening so it's time to finalize plans for this summer. I mentioned this in another thread but I'm planning to add an FPH pool heater rather than gas or electric. My setup will be very simple: New VSP (Hayward or Pentair) New FPH heater Jandy SWG (existing)...
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    Upgrade advice (Hayward or Pentair)

    Hey all, so I've narrowed it down to two options for upgrading most of my equipment this year. This might be the age-old Hayward vs. Pentair debate, but I've got specific equipment that I'm hoping to get feedback on. First of all, what I already own and am planning on keeping: Pool is 10,800...
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    How does Hayward pricing work?

    Hey all, I'm pricing out some new equipment for the spring and I've gotten two very different quotes from local Hayward dealers. I'd like to upgrade my pump and add a gas heater. The new pump is the Super Pump VS 700 Omni (HL2670020VSP) and the gas heater is the H150FDN. One quote I got was...
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    Chlorinator loop with heater

    Hey all, I'm thinking about adding a Hayward H150FDN gas heater. I'm looking at the plumbing diagram in the Hayward manual (page 26, copied below) for installing a chlorinator (SWG in this case) after the heater. I'm 100% good with the solid-line part of this diagram but I don't understand the...
  23. riny

    Do you ever peek?

    My pool has been closed for about a month now. This is my first year so I had the local pool company do the closing. I brought the FC level up a little bit but not too high. On closing day, they blew out the lines, plugged the returns, put a gizzmo in the skimmer, and dumped in a bottle of...
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    Replacing union ball valves with diverters

    My pool installer put in these three cheap union ball valves. One of them is an Astral 06621 and the other two are similar/generic. They're all different brands but the fittings look the same. With my pad redo this spring, I'd like to replace these with long-lasting diverter valves. Jandy...
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    Hayward Super Pump VS 700 Omni. Does it really exist, and is it a good alternative to a full automation package?

    So I'm planning out my new equipment for the spring. I have a pretty simple setup: pool, Jandy SWG (existing), and planning on: replacing my pump with a Hayward Super Pump VS, and adding a Hayward HeatPro heat pump. I have no spa, slide, water features, light show, or anything like that...
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    Heat pump warranty requires professional installation?

    I'm going to put in a heat pump in the spring, and I'm starting now to plan everything out. I'm going to change my pump at the same time for a VSP (either Pentair SuperFlo VS or Hayward Super Pump VS), so I'll probably consider a heat pump from the same manufacturer, unless anyone has a better...
  27. riny

    Anchor posts for safety cover?

    Here's another question in the "odd pool geography" series. As you can see in the photo below, this is a hybrid pool cut into the side of a hill. Everything around the pool is obviously temporary (plywood access, tarps to keep the loose dirt from blowing into the pool). We're planning now for a...
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    3-way valve vs. separate valves for skimmer & drains

    I know, I haven't even closed for the winter yet, and I'm already planning ahead! I'm going to redo my pad next spring. I plan to replace this single-speed clunker with a VSP and add a heat pump. As you can see in the photo below, my pool was built with separate valves for the skimmer feed &...
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    Installation timelapse - Fox Ultimate pool

    I finally got around to putting my installation timelapse together! This took place over 4 days in August. Sorry about the occasional glare (it's the reflection of the tripod on the window). The pool is a Fox Ultimate which is an onground (also called hybrid or semi-inground). Enjoy...