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  1. Cwiggs

    Plant in middle of pool, yes please?

    So I found this really weird pool while browsing for homes on Zillow. Why would you even want a plant in the middle of your pool like that? Also, who thought of that? So many questions. What do you think?
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    DE filter questions

    Hello TFP! Recently I noticed a lot of dirt on the bottom of my pool. We've had some monsoons recently so I figured it was just extra dirty from that. I got out the manual vacuum and started vacuuming. While vacuuming I noticed debris coming out of the returns, It looks like almost anything...
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    AquaCal fitting for hose that goes to pressure switch

    Hello TFP! I have an AquaCal heat pump that has never worked in the 2 years I've owned the house/pool. This weekend it started leaking and I don't have a bypass installed. It looks like there is a fitting in the "in" side of the PVC that goes to the pressure switch. That fitting is what...
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    Fountain Leaking from old fiber optic lights

    Hello TFP! I have a fountain that has some old fiber optic lights built into the fountain. The fiber optic has never worked so I was planning on removing it. Recently I noticed that when the fountain is on, I loose water to the point where my auto-fill can't keep up. Upon further inspection...
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    At least 1 pool company (kinda) gets it.

    I randomly stumbled across a pool company in CA's website: Chlorine tablets are terrible for your pool and (California) if they are the sole source of chlorine • Mike the Poolman Read that blog post and thought "hey, this guy actually gets it". Basically they just talk about how you shouldn't...
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    Another solar pool cover for odd shaped pool thread

    Hello TFP, I'm getting ready to buy a solar cover for my pool to help retain the heat at night and extend the swimming season. My pool is an odd shaped "elbow" pool that I usually treat as 2 pools when I measure it. One side is about 18' by 13', and the other is about 18' by 15.7'. I've...
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    Help Installing SWG!

    Hello TFP! Long story short I was planning on installing the Circupool RJ60+, but the Hayward AquaRite W3AQR15 went on sale for ~$900 so I decided to buy the Hayward. Now I'm looking for the help/suggestions/tips on installing it. Questions: 1. Right now I have an old intermatic timer that is...
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    Skimmer pulling to much all of a sudden?

    Hello TFP, So last night I went outside to put bleach in the pool, and I heard what sounded like a waterfall. I thought maybe I forgot to turn the waterfall off. After looking more into it I saw that the skimmer was just pulling too much water in. I did not change the valves or the speed of...
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    Aquacal heatwave Icebreaker turns off?

    Hello TFP! I have an Aquacal heatwave Icebreaker 5302b heat pump for the pool. I haven't gotten it to work the entire year I've been at this house and I'm hoping to get it working so I can extend this season. The issue is that simple, when I turn it on and it starts heating (or cooling)...
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    High CSI - What to do?

    Hello TFP, So It's hot here in Phoenix, really hot, I think the high yesterday was 118F O_O. I think I have the water mostly balanced, however my CSI is pretty high and I'm worried it's going to cause scaling. I think my fill water has high TA, so the TA is always going to be creeping up, not...
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    Identify Pool Electrical Equipment Help

    Hello TFP! I'm thinking about trying to organize the electrical by my pool pump and was hoping to get some help identifying what is what. I think some of this is old and can just be removed but I want input from TFP to be sure. * Since I have a VS pump I don't think the timer is used at all...
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    Replace 2 old metal valves with 3 port diverter valve?

    Hello TFP! I have 2 old metal valves that I was told not to touch as they may leak when moved. I think 1 goes to the return jets, and 1 to the aerator. Now that summer is here, I'd like to get the aerator working. Questions: * Can I replace these 2 with one 3 port Jandy valve, since there is...
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    Solar Cover Maintenance Questions

    Hello TFP, I'm in the process of researching solar covers and have a few questions: Long version: I want to keep the cover on during fall/spring so that I can run my heater and not waste money. I want to keep the cover on during the winter to keep debris from falling in while we aren't using...
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    Free Chlorine Too Low?

    Hello TFP, I drained my pool recently because my CYA was through the roof (300+) but now I seem to be having trouble with having enough FC. Here are the rough numbers: Total Hardness: 500 TC: 0.5 TB: 1 FC: 0? maybe 0.5 PH: 7.8 TA: 180 CYA: 30 Attached is a pic of the test. Right now I have...
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    Clogged Vacuum port.

    Hello TFP, So I think I have a clogged vacuum port. For the suction side I have 2 skimmers, 1 vacuum port, and a main drain (technically 2?). I noticed my Poolvergnuegen vacuum wasn't running so I started looking into it, here is what I've done so far. Checked pool hoses for debris, non...
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    Newish to Pool Ownership

    Hello TFP! So back in July I became the proud owner of a ~21,000 gallon pool. It's an awesome pool, but I've had my share of issues with it, but I imagine that's part of the learning process. I've checked out threads on here a bunch, what a great resource you folks have created! Anyway...