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    Oldie but goodie, Hayward Perflex DE filter spews dirty water on startup...

    The restrictor plate comes installed on the unit. My unit was purchased from Hayward with the 1 hp motor. They even sell it with a 1.5 hp motor optional (which I'd agree is a waste of money) Unless someone removed the plate (when replacing the check valve?) and forgot to reinstall it. I've...
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    Oldie but goodie, Hayward Perflex DE filter spews dirty water on startup...

    Have you been cleaning your filter media support (filter fingers) Flex Tubes, as prescribed in the Preventative Maintenance section? Additionally, you may want to check the fingers for a slight tear if the DE is actually entering the pool. My old filter would do it on initial precoating of the...
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    Is this a dumb idea with Variable Speed pump?

    Obviously, running the pump at a lower rate will lower the flow into the skimmer. If you feel that the surface is accumulating more material than you'd prefer, then pulling more suction from the skimmer than from the main drain will help. On my previous pool I ran a skimmer extension arm (at...
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    Algae/Pollen Issues - Pump Too Small?

    As Marty said, in order to maintain it properly you'll still need to know your FC, CYA, & pH levels. For approx $60 you can purchase those individual tests from TFTeskits or for a few dollars more get a TF-100. (costs is a lot less than a new pump/filter) Pool store testing can be spotty at...
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    Algae/Pollen Issues - Pump Too Small?

    The OP stated " I couldn't do maintenance on the pool for a couple days due to ..." I said... " if proper maintenance is not adhered to." What I was trying to get at with respect to pool size, is that smaller pools don't necessarily equate to no maintenance. (it takes fewer contaminants to...
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    Algae/Pollen Issues - Pump Too Small?

    Small pools (like small aquariums) tend to be easier to maintain than their larger counterparts. They do however tend be less forgiving, (things tend to get bad quicker) if proper maintenance is not adhered to. Just a function of the volumes. Something to keep in mind when selecting which pool...
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    Considerations when replacing a sand filter...

    Cartridge filters are generally considered a great compromise.... most of the folks around my area are using them on the mid-sized pools (yours would qualify). If you buy a spare set you can swap carts and be back up in no time. The larger pools still tend to run sand. If you're interested in...
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    Cartridge filter

    As Texas Splash said not an emergency situation but, the aeration will gradually increase your pH.
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    Winter Cover Buying Strategy - Expectations, Color, Protection

    I buy a new one (cheap) at my local pool store each year. I tried to save it the first year we owned the house... spent an hour scrubbing it on the driveway and then folding it up for storage. After storing it all summer we went to put it back on and as the cable started pulling snug I could...
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    Is this a dumb idea with Variable Speed pump?

    Well said Jimrahbe. I run my 1hp Powerflo LX pump 24/7 as well. While I would prefer a VSP (or even 2 speed)... the cost is pretty negligible in the scheme of things. My question to CaseyRichards... You could've saved a significant amount of money by going with a single stage pump, if that's...
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    Above Ground Pool in Small Area

    If you do opt for a NG heater.. with that size pool a 100K BTU furnace will suffice. As others have mentioned used pool equipment over the last year has gone sky-high in price as well. I'd expect to pay $1000+ (US) for a heater without installation. Additionally, you're going to want to be...
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    Choice of new gas heater?

    I've had a Pentair MiniMax 100, a Rheem (Raypak) 106A, and now a Hayward 135 (seen in my signature).... obviously these were smaller units than yours. The Pentair was with the pool when we bought the house and other than replacing the Thermopile (millivolt system) every other year, it was very...
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    Pool leaking from pipes or skimmer

    Sorry, but based on your pics... that wall by the skimmer looks like it's (1) finger poke away from catastrophic failure. I believe I can see unsupported liner beneath the skimmer and it's likely there's additional rust between the wall and the liner that you cannot see. Added force pressing...
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    Re leveling the ground under the pool.

    Welcome- My own opinion is that 3" across an 18' span is pushing it. You may get lucky but, why chance it. You don't mention the type of pool (soft walled or hard walled, height, etc) I'm sure there are others more knowledgeable than myself that can offer more information. BTW...It often...
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    Filter hose alternative

    If the mortar dust made it to the skimmer you might be alright. However, I suspect it may be heavy enough to sink before it ever gets to your skimmer and would use at least a solar cover while they're working. You could probably get a cheap tarp from a hardware store and clip it to the top...
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    Pool Float Advice - Please Help

    I've tried a number and like you prefer to be in the water, while my head is slightly elevated. Additionally, I have found with proper positioning you can vary from a lounger to even act as an floating chair. Intex mesh Lounge they've held up for years & I've never done anything other than...
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    High Chlorine consumption?

    A combination of factors.. 1) Not using the solar cover will consume more chlorine than if you have it covered. While the CYA will help maintain the chlorine level, the sun will inevitably burn-off some. 3) Aeration will consume some Chlorine. Not near as much as losses to sun and organics...
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    Ph question.

    If your pH probe is taking a lot longer to stabilize (smiley face is blinking a bit) than it used to, it may help to use some of the 3M KCL solution and soak your probe in it. As probes age they can take a bit longer to stabilize and eventually, will need replacing. A nice aspect of the Apera...
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    What are good heavy duty options soft sidedabove ground pools?

    Generally, most all above ground pools need the outward force of the water to stabilize the pool walls. I've seen some soft sided pools during the filling process that lean in drastically, until they are at least ¾ full. Additionally, around here (with our winters).. if are on the ground (not...
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    Filter hose alternative

    Best of luck with it. Do you use a skimmer sock? I find with pollen (and Cottonwood trees) that they are an ENORMOUS help in prolonging the time in between filter cleanouts. Respectfully,
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    Filter hose alternative

    You mentioned in another thread you've got an EC40 DE filter. You stated in this thread, that after adding just under 4lbs of DE your filter pressure didn't change from the 'clean & empty' filter reading. The DE pre-coating should increase your pressure, as now the Flex-tubes (fingers) are...
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    Hello.

    A little late but, Welcome. I'm not far from you in Lockport. As Marty mentioned you may want to reconsider the use of the Frog system. It seems like the stores are including them with all new pools around here (actually EVERYONE, I can think of had one at one point). Now that Summer actually...
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    So what are the advantages / disadvantages of using a skimmer sock?

    As the others have mentioned they really prolong the time in between filter cleaning. I can go almost the whole season on a single DE loading. Think of them as a pre-filter. I use them the entire season & get about 2 weeks out of each sock. Cons: They are an added cost (minimal to me), they...
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    Best above ground robotic vacuum

    Possibly. They are all limited by the mesh of the bag and for what I typically have reach the bottom of the pool, it's not ideal. To be honest, it's actually quicker/easier for me to hook-up the vacuum to the port, than it is to pull out the robot and hook-up the controller. I may try it...
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    First time pool owner

    No worries. Your pool doesn't look bad at all. Based on your readings (if accurate) it's not too far off. The Pool Essentials Chlorinating Liquid looks to be 10% Sodium Hypochlorite. I'd look to get your FC to at least 12 ppm until it begins to clear. I'd try adding 1 gal of the liquid...
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    First time pool owner

    You have a liquid chlorinator & SWG?? Liquid Chlorine (bleach) is usually sold in pool stores with strength around 10-12.5% Sodium Hypochlorite. That's what I'd suggest using until things get close & avoid the algaecide. I'd personally add it directly to the pool, in front of the return. If...
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    PVC replumb: easy option or hard option?

    Only thing I would recommend is when you replace the brass gate valve for PVC... I'd avoid the cheap PVC valves at the big box (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes). Every time that I or others I know have used them they freeze-up after a season or 2. Spend a couple extra dollars on a Jandy/Pentair...
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    First time pool owner

    Welcome. I'm sure others will be along shortly to help. But for now... Get yourself a good test kit (TF-100 or Taylor 2006C). Pool stores will try & sell you all kinds of stuff that in all honesty will complicate getting your chemistry straight as well as lighten your wallet. Read the Pool...