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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. MostlyCanuck

    Intellicenter: how to turn off heater ad hoc

    I have several schedules set up in intellicenter, where pump speed and heater temps change throughout the day (and different for weekdays vs weekends). All schedules have heater mode on ( though again with different temps). I now have 4 days ahead of me with rain and colder temps when I know no...
  8. MostlyCanuck

    Pentair Clean and Clear Plus cartridge replacement

    Has anyone used third party replacement cartridges for this? The OEM is # 178585 and I just noticed they cost a fortune and would love recommendations on a compatible third party alternative...
  9. MostlyCanuck

    Surge protection

    Moved from HERE @chiefwej - I happen to have that same larger Eaton Ultra2 surge protector lying around in my house and was considering installing it at the Intellicenter load center. Any thoughts as to whether or not that would be appropriate? Reading through the forum it seems like there...
  10. MostlyCanuck

    Am I doing the TA test wrong?

    Hi there - first opening a few weeks ago and have been testing TA regularly to get the hang of it using Tf-100. Earlier on it would read much higher values (160+) and more recently seems to have stabilized around 100ish. My PoolMath logs are online if helpful. Today as I was testing and I...
  11. MostlyCanuck

    Jandy JXi (260) heater - insufficient flow rate

    Hi there Brand new heater on new pool build. Heater is supposed to function with min flow rate of 30GPM. However, in my case, it needs ~45GPM to fire up and any speed below that heater does not kick in and shows "check flow" error message. I find this very frustrating because I have invested...
  12. MostlyCanuck

    Using Intellicenter to extend WiFi outdoor range

    Hi folks - my pool build was sooo delayed and opened last week. Have been diligently following TFP methodology and stopped PB from pouring all sorts of chems at startup... he was totally confused - I felt good! Big thx to all here for all the easy to follow advice. Now to my question, I would...
  13. MostlyCanuck

    (Anti)vibration mats for dampening pump noise: do yours work?

    Read of them in several posts but i see there's a ton of options in the mkt in terms of materials and thickness.. sounds like a smart mitigation in theory. Pump is not in shed but exposed to the elements so would need to use material rated accordingly. Hoping that folks who have these sorts of...
  14. MostlyCanuck

    CYA: is the sock method only needed for sand filters?

    Preparing for first opening, brand new pool w/out any CYA yet. Purchased a pail of dry stabilizer. Instructions say to pour slowly in skimmer (which I will avoid as I read a few stories of folks getting skimmer line plugged with powder) OR to predissolve in pail of warm water and then pour...
  15. MostlyCanuck

    CYA range and geography: fine-tune based on location/climate

    With a target range of 60-90ppm (in my case, with a SWG), how much does it matter whether you are at one end of the spectrum or the other? And should location/climate (proxy for temperature, I guess) play a role in deciding that? Ie, if you take someone in Toronto/Chicago, say, vs Southern US...
  16. MostlyCanuck

    Intellicenter: how many relays? and automating a receptacle for Warrior SE...

    I thought I had figured this out, but now I'm confused again after talking to my PB (who's a bit old school and not really that familiar with automations and definitely not with Intellicenter). We're installing Intellicenter and Intellichlor IC40, and I asked for the Intellicenter version that...
  17. MostlyCanuck

    Dissolving dry chemicals

    In reading through pool school, i noticed that for some dry chemicals (dry acid for ph, borax, soda ash, etc) the suggestion is to predissolve in a bucket and then pour, while for baking soda and calcium the recommendation is to spread at the bottom of the deep end. Couple questions: why the...
  18. MostlyCanuck

    First opening ever / what to do before turning on SWG

    Hoping someone has better searching/filing skills than I do.. A long while ago I recall reading one or two posts on the recommended approach to start adding chemicals, for a brand new pool, using a SWG. I think I recall the recommendation was to *not* turn on the SWG right away but by first...
  19. MostlyCanuck

    How long can you go w/out balancing PH?

    Hiya: In the process of building IG vinyl pool, while soaking up as much good sense from here as I can to prepare myself. It just occurred to me, every time we go to the cottage in summer - long weekends and the odd week here and there - no-one will be home balancing the chemistry as I'm not...
  20. MostlyCanuck

    Does an Intelliflo make automation redundant?

    Hiya Pool about to be built and PB suggested automation package (intellicenter, I think is called). I cannot understand how this is different from the controls already provided by the programming features of an Intelliflo VS pump... meaning: the Intelliflo can be pre-programmed to run at...
  21. MostlyCanuck

    Help with Tf-100 / tftestkits.net for Canadians

    Hi all Just joined this forum - blown away by the quality of content. In the process of building my first pool and went on tftestkits.net to get a TF-100. I am in Canada and since tftestkits.net do not ship over the border, I purchased a mailbox redirection service at the border to import the...