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    Tornado Cleanup

    Hello, Our neighborhood got slammed by a high EF-2 tornado a few days ago. We were lucky and missed the actual path by a couple hundred feet, some beautiful trees down and stuff, but the rotation pulled everything away from the house, so we're overall ok. Unlike some neighbors who are missing...
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    Where to get DiamondBrite Samples?

    I see I can get an entire set of them on their website, but I don't need either an entire sample of 12 colors, or a set of 6 of the same color, although I can do the 12 if I have to. I think we're leaning towards Aqua Blue, but wouldn't mind samples of the rest of the untinted blues. Locally is...
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    Raypak RP2100 Intermittent Issue

    Hello, My heater is hit and miss this season. Beginning of the season was fine. Last few weeks, when I call for heat, it occasionally stops basically immediately and throws on the Service and Pressure/High Limit red lights. Never tries to light. Cycling just the power to the heater doesn't...
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    Kyrstalkrete vs DiamondBrite

    Hello. We're getting our pool renovated either this summer, or fall (leaning towards no) or next spring. Two PBs suggest DiamondBrite, a third suggest KrystalKrete as their main, but can do DiamondBrite for the same price, they've just used the KrystalKrete longer. The samples look basically...
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    Pump Not Priming on Opening

    Not sure what I'm missing. I feel like I struggled a bit last year, but eventually got it. But today it's just not happening for some reason. I've followed all the instructions I can find at various places. I've tried with the pool drain, I've tried with the shallow skimmer. I've tried with...
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    Repair or Replace 2017 Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus

    So as a follow-up to this thread about repairing my robot, I have a new question. Special thanks to @Mdragger88 for saving me a bunch of money. I received almost $650 from the extended card services warranty company for the robot. It needs a motor for sure ($300 for parts, $75 for labor) and...
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    DIY Troubleshooting Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus

    So a couple days ago (luckily JUST after it had finished a final cleaning before I closed the pool, sometimes you do get lucky) my Dolphin just stopped working. It was going along happily in a cleaning cycle, came back and it wasn't moving. Not unusual, at the end of the cycle the light stays...
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    Cannot Find Normal Strength MA

    I can't seem to find any of my usual 31.45% muriatic acid anywhere nearby. Lowe's, Home Depot, pool store, Walmart, Amazon even. Everything seems to now be the "green" low odor stuff which is basically just a weaker version (unlabeled of course) with some other stuff in it to stop splashing and...
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    Stains and Mottling On Plaster - Remove and Prevent

    Hello all, We're getting quotes for tile/coping work to fix some issues on an older (late 80's maybe) Anthony and Sylvan plaster pool. While doing that, we're trying to make the rest of it as perfect as possible. We have some staining and then some off-color mottling all over. Three questions...
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    Tile Surround Damage/Repair

    Not sure if this is the right part of the forum, didn't seem to fit any sub perfectly. Anyway, some of the tiles in our surround are coming off. I think the robot has been hard on them, plus the caulk around the top edge is damaged along most of it and letting water behind I think. Besides...
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    Dolphin Nautilus Plus CC Loose Non Return Bags

    Basically started using it in Spring of 2018, purchased Fall of 2017 though. The non return bags in the filters are not staying put anymore. Usually when I take the filters out now the bags are just hanging out in the filter basket, no longer holding fast around the plastic inlet. Are these...
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    Opening and SLAM without Calcium Chloride

    So I opened last weekend. Other than stains from worms (a recurring yearly problem) not too bad. Got it all started and cleaned up. Having trouble finding calcium chloride for a reasonable price. I have 100 lbs on order from Walmart, but delayed, and 100 lbs ordered from 3rd party on Amazon but...
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    Pump Noise and Low Pressure

    So I had low filter pressure the other day so I checked some stuff, the pump basket was a bit clogged with small stuff and the impeller was pretty clogged too. So I cleaned that up and it back together but it didn't sound right, realized I had put the wear ring in backwards, fixed that...
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    Replacement O-ring RJ60+ SWG

    I realized when putting my pool back together that I forgot to order a new o-ring to replace one I somehow lost or tore when closing. Replacements for my rj60 from circupool are about $21 including shipping, and that's just for ground. I was hoping to maybe swim next weekend with the heater...
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    Dolphin Nautilus Plus CC Stuck

    My robot seems to be getting stuck more this year than last fall. Always the same places, on the top step in the corner and on the little seat in the corner. Took a video and pictures last night. He'll usually never get off, just find him there with the cycle over. Is this normal? What can I...
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    I have a leak - Next Steps?

    Finally got around to doing the bucket test, and I definitely have a leak. Looks like around 0.5 inches more than evaporation per 24 hours. So with a satellite estimate of the area, I come up with about 200 gallons per day. I don't see any water around the pool, nothing obvious in the pool...
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    Pool Company or Concrete Company?

    I have a plaster pool that is showing its age on the coping and the decking. Some cracks in a few coping stones (they're pebble looking concrete things I think), some cracking in the concrete decking and the plastic dividers between slabs, and then a lot of the caulk (grout?) under the coping...
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    Help with my Heater - Pilot Won't Ignite

    Raypak 2100, 350k BTU I think if it matters, natural gas. Based on the pictures in the manual I think I have the Honeywell VR8300 valve. After the winter I went to turn it on the first time yesterday (a day before a pool party of course, because I'm a moron who can't plan ahead) and it won't...
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    Suddenly Low Pressure

    So I backwashed my filter, went from about 20 psi back to normal of 13 to 15. Then I added CYA and was also doing a SLAM during opening, so the pressure got up to about 20 again. I then noticed a couple days later that it was back down to around 13. The pool is maybe dirtier than I'd expect...
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    First Test of Season

    Results below. Some of them are a little confusing. Prior to closing I had CYA of 70, salt of 3500. I drained probably 8000 gallons at the very most. Where did the salt and CYA go? Did my test kit stuff expire? It's probably 9 months old. Free Chlorine: 0.0 Combined...
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    Critique my Closing Plan

    So this is the first time I've needed to close a pool (just bought the house late summer). TFP has been great so far and the pool is in great shape (other than an absurd amount of leaves). It's still hovering around 68 degrees even though it's mid October, somehow, so I've got a little time left...
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    Leak at Heater Outlet

    So I installed my new Circupool RJ+ 60 today, went pretty well. Got the plumbing all done, electrical I'll do tomorrow. No leaks from my new SWG connections! Success! Uh oh, my heater is leaking. So I was making cuts in the pipe on the outlet of the heater, and I'm guessing I moved it too much...
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    SWG Pool Balance

    So in the sticky and pool school and stuff it looks like FC 4-6 ppm and CYA of 70-80 are recommended, with 60 being listed but not recommended. In the Circupool manual they list 1-3 ppm and CYA of 50-75. Have people tried to go that low, and it didn't work? Why do they recommend such different...
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    New Pool Owner - Want to Install SWG - Anode Question

    Hello, My main question is really about sacrificial anodes. My new pool (that I don't own for another week, when we close on the house) is in great condition right now, really clean, looks good, the pool inspector said it was very well maintained. It has a natural gas heater that I'm worried...
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    New Member from Eastern PA - First Pool

    Hello, My wife and I are purchasing a home (closing next week!) with an in-ground Anthony and Sylvan pool. We've never owned a pool before. It has been very well maintained according to the pool inspector I got, so I'm hoping to keep that up. The pool house has about 400 different chemicals in...