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  1. MostlyCanuck

    Jandy JXi (260) heater - insufficient flow rate

    To close the loop on this - and for the benefit of anyone encountering the same issue: I fixed the problem. Despite the band-aid solution my PB was suggesting, no, you don't need to run the pump at 3000RPM to achieve enough flow with this heater, and yes a heater like this rated for 30GPM...
  2. MostlyCanuck

    Fill pump basket every time?

    thx all. good feedback. this is one of those very basic yet somewhat confusing practices that probably vary a bit with set-up.. what i'm taking away from this is that as long as there is "some" water in the pump (mine is always at least 1/4 full after cleaning the basket) and the pump is capable...
  3. MostlyCanuck

    Fill pump basket every time?

    thx Pat. what i found confusing was the while the pumps I'm using are marketed as "self-priming" (which i took to mean I dont have to do anything), the advice seemed to suggest the need to fill basket with water before use. and indeed, with my pumps, they ramp up to max speed for a few...
  4. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    Will do. Thx for your advice and for trying to make sense of whats going on..!
  5. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    Thx Matt - sounds like there's something in my local water I might always have to battle then perhaps.. (the original fill water came from nearby municipality on a truck, so G-knows what's in there).. Besides checking this every few months, is there something I should do to "neutralize" this...
  6. MostlyCanuck

    Fill pump basket every time?

    New "full time" pool owner / first season - getting a decent hang of chemistry but sooo confused about this one. When do you manually fill your pump basket with water? Just at start up? Every time that you open the basket lid and restart it? Or every single time that you stop/start the pump...
  7. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    It's municipal drinking water. Full chem analysis published here, if relevant... doesn't mean anything to me.. and i'd imagine it's consistent with whatever standards for drinking water there are in large north american cities...
  8. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    Now that you mention it, he did add a metal sequestrant indeed, if I recall correctly. Dumped a full container in it, before I asked him what was there to sequester in clean new drinking water and tried to stop him! He also added half bottle algicide and some oxidizer shock. The only other thing...
  9. MostlyCanuck

    Water trapped inside sump pump

    sounds like the same kind of cheapo pump i have.. i guess it's just a design flow. glad to know it doesnt cause functional issues... otherwise i was going to return! thx for sharing your experience
  10. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    Btw - I just went to check the chems my PB added when the pool was first opened last month - and there was nothing blue in colour left over. Could this be PVC glue/cement that was used for plumbing that made its way through pipes, passed the filter and ended up being stuck on the thermal...
  11. MostlyCanuck

    Water trapped inside sump pump

    Allen - I can feel it, by weight, and I can hear it swishing around as I shake the pump. This might just be a pump with poor design that just ends up trapping in water... I see a few questions on amazon on this pump pointing to the same concern..
  12. MostlyCanuck

    What's this blue buildup on my heater's unitherm governor?

    Have had issues with this brand new heater. Supposed to function at 30GPM, and never did until at least 45GPM. At that speed (45GPM - 2100RPM), it would work but making a loud howling/whaling noise. Jandy today sent a tech. He did two things. Changed an internal pressure valve. He said the one...
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  14. MostlyCanuck

    Water trapped inside sump pump

    Not exactly pool-related but thought expertise on the forum may bring an answer... I just bought a sump pump (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07SNGQQVW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to drain groundwater from my pool sump pit. After using it today, I noticed there's a fair...
  15. MostlyCanuck

    Flowmeter on autofill

    Looks similar to a DAE model I found on Amazon I also thought would work. I tried a couple cheaper ones and were both no good. Let us know if this one is fit for purpose when you do install it... Btw, why do you need a timer on the autofill line? To avoid a flap/float device, and run it based...
  16. MostlyCanuck

    Intellicenter: how to turn off heater ad hoc

    Yeah - I'm quickly realizing Pentair's system is good - but not the most intuitive... I had assumed that too at first!
  17. MostlyCanuck

    Spa Electrics Atom LED set-up for automation

    My pool builder installed these lights (ATOM — Spa Electrics Canada) and for a while I couldnt figure out how to control them with my Intellicenter (they would flicker and I could not set the colour/theme from the automation panel). They ARE fully compatible with Intellicenter (and many other...
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  19. MostlyCanuck

    Intellicenter: how to turn off heater ad hoc

    Thx Marty - that would be labour intensive in my case because I have several schedules kicking on/off every day and I would need to reset the heat mode to OFF every time the new schedule kicks in (since they are all heated albeit with different temps). However, if this is helpful to anyone...
  20. MostlyCanuck

    Sump well/ dry pit - when to drain?

    Thanks for pointing that out. Makes sense. Do you think there's value in using an auger or something like that to dig down deeper and install a longer PVC tube - ie make that sump pit deeper? ( I'm not even sure if it's feasible/pragmatic without damaging the pool walls or the stone deck around...
  21. MostlyCanuck

    IntelliCenter Quick Reference/Information Guide

    my intellichlor is also sending regular alerts that it has lost connection, and clearing those alerts within minutes. mine is wired to intellicenter as i dont have intelliph. did you ever resolve this? i am at a loss as to what's causing it... @MyAZPool - HUGE thank you for taking the time to...
  22. MostlyCanuck

    Intellicenter: how to turn off heater ad hoc

    any takers? i have a feeling there's a very easy solution for this and someone knows exactly what it is...!
  23. MostlyCanuck

    Sump well/ dry pit - when to drain?

    while i appreciate the candor, that doesnt make me feel super well....! i was under the impression that it was pretty standard for vinyl pools to have the sump pit by the shallow end with shallow-end depth (vs fiberglass pools which I understand have it by the deep end and it goes way deeper)...
  24. MostlyCanuck

    Sump well/ dry pit - when to drain?

    I have a 3' deep, 10" diameter, sump well installed by the shallow end (where the pool water is 3.5' deep). It's generally bone dry but we've been getting a few days of constant rain and there's about 8" of water in there now. At what point should I put a sump pump in to drain it? how much...
  25. MostlyCanuck

    Pentair IntelliCenter Alert - Error: IntelliChlor: Communication Lost

    It's possible I'm not using the schedules efficiently, sure. Very new to Intellicenter still.. I set the scheduling that way because I want to change heat temps associated to the pool circuit throughout the day so that during the night the temp drops and the heater is off, in the morning ramps...
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    Pentair IntelliCenter Alert - Error: IntelliChlor: Communication Lost

    Jim - turns out, maybe that wasn't it. I now realized that the error alert happens twice daily at 7am and 7pm - and each time clears within minutes. When I thought it was just 7am, I associated it with the schedule moving from pool circuit to high speed circuit. But - now my pool circuit runs...
  28. MostlyCanuck

    Pentair Clean and Clear Plus cartridge replacement

    Thx all. Pleatco it is! Appreciate the feedback
  29. MostlyCanuck

    Pentair IntelliCenter Alert - Error: IntelliChlor: Communication Lost

    Jim, thank you so much. Smart solution. I didnt know it worked that way. Cheers
  30. MostlyCanuck

    Pentair IntelliCenter Alert - Error: IntelliChlor: Communication Lost

    I have turned on email alerts on my Intellicenter to have line of sight on what's going on with the system. Since then, I am receiving regular email alerts that look like this: Error: IntelliChlor 1: Communication Lost Note: This usually indicates that the 4-wire communication cable...