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  1. J

    Pump/ strainer basket housing does not fill with water, endlessly draining to the skimmer pipe line.

    The filter is (almost always) on the outlet side of the pump, so it shouldn't matter if the bleed valve is open -- if anything having it open would reduce the pressure on the pump and help it prime. You generally want that valve open until water comes out to clear all the air out of the filter...
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    Pump/ strainer basket housing does not fill with water, endlessly draining to the skimmer pipe line.

    I completely understand the confusion -- I read my IntelliFlo pump's instructions several times trying to figure out what I was missing before realizing they simply couldn't mean "Fill the pump strainer pot with water" literally, because (as you discovered too) that simply isn't possible to do...
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    Trouble Maintaining Chlorine and Stabilizer

    I think if something aggressive were really consuming 2+ ppm in 30 minutes, it wouldn't still be at 9 however many hours after you last added; it'd be at 0 within 6 hours. Maybe after one addition try testing every 30 minutes over a couple hours -- then we'll see the actual consumption rate...
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    Trouble Maintaining Chlorine and Stabilizer

    Just to be clear, did you test that it was at 12ppm at some point, or do you mean you were at 9, added, and 30 minutes later measured 10? If the latter, it's possible your liquid chlorine is not full strength, which could happen if it's old or was stored in a hot place. BTW, I wouldn't keep...
  5. J

    Can I set my Dolphin Active 30 to clean continuously?

    You could use a $15 WiFi plug (I use TP-link Kasa, but there are many others) and set the Dolphin to Automation Mode (where it runs a cycle each time it gets power) and set the plug to turn on from say 8:00-10:15, 10:30-12:45, 1:00 - 3:15 and so on. I noticed my Dolphin E30's cycle is *exactly*...
  6. J

    Pool flooding

    Right, at least in this part of CA it doesn't freeze enough to require draining/flushing pipes (the few days that go even into the 20s for a few hours get well above freezing the rest of the day). Some still put the tight safety covers on for child/pet reasons but most stay "open". The main...
  7. J

    Overflow drain too low and slow

    Bear in mind that this storm was very extreme -- 5.4 inches of rain in 24 hours (any 24 hours) broke a record set in 1880. More than 4 inches has only happened twice since then; much more normal is 1-2" on the heaviest days. So if the level was slowly rising yesterday but never in danger of...
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    Pool flooding

    Good point. The water level was down some this morning after the storm (I don't believe it overflowed), so likely some escaped below the coping. I'm not too worried because I'm sure it's gotten that high other times since 1963, and there's enough slope on the deck and yard on all sides to not...
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    Pool flooding

    Glad it worked. This is crazy rain! Ours is 1/2 to 1" from the top of the coping (as of an hour ago). I'm actually going to let it because I'm curious where it will flow -- there's a good slope down the deck in all directions and there house is far away so no issues there. I did pick up...
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    Dolphin/Pentair filter and warranty question

    I don't think it's a secret -- I paid $779 for the Explorer E30; they also had the Triton PS for $799. I was intrigued by the look of the orange Triton PS, but saved the $20 and went with the black/white E30 :-). I believe these are authorized "Internet" models (vs "In-store") but Marina had...
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    Recommendations or reviews for a booster pump?

    I'll let you know next week -- similar situation, after a couple attempted repairs the booster for our Polaris 280 is done for. Instead of replacing it I have a Dolphin E30 (same robot as the S200/Active 20/Warrior SE and others) coming Monday hopefully. I've resisted switching from the...
  12. J

    Pentair CCP Filter - replace drain plug with valve

    As the originator of that thread (which does have a list of parts and a couple pictures), I can't remember whether a bigger street elbow wouldn't turn in the space, if I couldn't find one at the hardware store I was at, or if I knew I wanted a 3/4" valve and hose connection anyway on the other...
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    New Pool, New to TFP and a $1000 power bill!

    I may have missed it -- how exactly was it isolated to the heat pump using all of the excess power, vs the pool pump(s) or other equipment? Does a setting of "85" really mean that it's churning in heat mode anytime the water temp goes below 85, and then churning in cool mode anytime it's above...
  14. J

    Injecting liquid chlorine before SWCG

    Exactly. I decided the SWCG couldn't care and did use up 5-6 gallons earlier this summer, down to a level that feels less wasteful :-) Saving the rest for this first winter as I see how long the water's too cold for the SWCG (the water temp gets down to the mid 40s for a short time) and how...
  15. J

    wiring intermatic transformer px300

    Very carefully! You really want to use the wiring diagram that should be on the inside cover -- can you send us a picture of it? Check, double check, and triple check which side is high vs low voltage. The high voltage wires may actually be thinner than the low voltage wires, making you...
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    UGH...now I need to connect SWG to Pump. Electrical help.

    Which Circupool SWCG do you have. At least some of them do specifically say it's okay to energize them continuously with the flow switch controlling, specifically for VS pumps. For example: https://www.circupool.com/assets/doc/CircuPool-RJ-PLUS-Manual.pdf (page 16). Now, as far as I can tell...
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    Dolphin/Pentair filter and warranty question

    Thanks -- current status is that I should have pulled the trigger on an Active 20 available last week, but didn't and Marina's next shipment is 6-8 weeks away. They have the Dolphin E30 and Triton PS available now, both of which are the same robot as the S200/Active20 and the same price (well...
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    Dolphin/Pentair filter and warranty question

    So the 11 year old booster pump for our trusty Polaris 280, affectionately named “Splash” because, well, he often comes up to greet visitors a spray from the tail sweep, seems to be done (longer story about attempted repairs that reduced a big leak but now have it seized up). While I could...
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    Chlorine explosion - Help

    I'd shut it off and test the FC every day until it gets down into the 6-8ppm range. Chlorine demand definitely goes down as both the temperature, sun angle, and shade changes. I plugged my SWCG into a WiFi plug so I could adjust it remotely after I test without having to go back out -- I...
  20. J

    Chlorine gets eaten up in 1-2days???

    I'd call that 7.8 -- it's definitely redder than the 7.6 block, and not as deep red as 8.0. Might be 7.9, but doesn't matter much for our purposes. It looks like your "Add Chemicals" entries are getting saved, but not the "Log Test Results". You can click your name next to a post and then...
  21. J

    Chlorine gets eaten up in 1-2days???

    I found a "whitescreen" app for my phone and put that behind the comparator, the consistent backlighting makes it a lot easier for me to read the pH accurately. I'm also a bit red/green colorblind but can read the pH test pretty well. The key is matching the color itself, not to get fooled by...
  22. J

    Connecting Easy Touch PSL4 to Junction Box wirelessly

    I'd probably just put the new light on its own WiFi switch too -- most of them let you group devices together so one press in the app turns them all on or off. I did that with TP-Link Kasa switches and plugs -- the pool light, landscape lighting in that part of the yard, and a couple of light...
  23. J

    Need to upgrade salt cell?

    There are a few things you can do: 1) Set the power to 100% -- the cell doesn't care whether you run at 50% for 12 hours or 100% for 6 hours; you might as well get that 11% boost before increasing the pump run time. 2) Check your CYA -- if it's below 50, raising it to 70-80 will...
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    Solar blanket & chlorine levels.

    Absolutely -- a solar blanket on during the day reduces evaporation and FC loss significantly. I don't have an autofill so I can observe -- a week with the cover on and the level drops maybe 1/4"; a week with the cover off and it drops over an inch. Similarly, my FC loss with the cover on...
  25. J

    Pool service company disaster. What should I do?

    In my part of CA where we have signficant natural river flow from the mountains (not that that's an excuse to waste it), our water rates are $.95-$1.20/CCF (748 gallons) depending on tier. Filling a 25,000 gallon pool would be less than $40. It can vary greatly by neighborhood though -- we're...
  26. J

    Instructions for Taylor R-0015 acid demand test ??

    It can be useful when the pH is beyond the scale, but you don't know how much to be able to plug the starting point into PoolMath (and don't have time to add acid to the pool and test again, which most of us do). I'm pretty sure the "acid demand" reagent is literally tiny amounts of acid that...
  27. J

    Instructions for Taylor R-0015 acid demand test ??

    I'd agree with this. I finally tossed the acid/base demand reagents from my K2006 to make room, as I have never used them. The instructions looked somewhat complicated, with charts and lookups to do. I imagine it's extremely useful if you're a pool tech who comes once a week and needs to take...
  28. J

    Salt water generators are closed systems... what?

    Bought in May (the whole unit including control center, in case that wasn't clear), and have been using it since early June. Seems to be working well, once I raised the CYA level to ~70 running 100% for 5-6 hours is enough to maintain FC with 88-90 degree water and the cover off (I reduce it...
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    Salt water generators are closed systems... what?

    I get you, I'm an engineer and like things to fit into clear specs and calculatable boxes. But I don't think the chlorine generation for any of these cells is quite that precise -- "rated 1.45lbs/day" doesn't mean it generates exactly 1.93oz per hour no more no less. I'm sure water...
  30. J

    Salt water generators are closed systems... what?

    It's not the splashout itself that lowers levels; it's adding unsalted water to replace the splashout that dilutes/reduces the salt level. Same with rain-induced draining, backwashing, etc where you replace water. As others have said (much more scientifically), that's exactly what happens...