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    Question about Hardwiring Pentair OP-NI-1VD Pump - Confused about Spade Connectors

    I am trying to help my neighbor with his pump. It's a Pentair OP-NI-1VD (Part No. 347987). It's currently wired with a black cord that runs to a piece of NMLTC and is spliced with electrical tape. Definitely not good. On my pool, the NMLTC runs from the timer directly into the motor housing...
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    Question about Multiport Fitting and How to Plug Return Line

    I am planning to help my neighbor convert his pool to rigid PVC. I don’t have much experience with above ground pools and have a few questions. There is a different fitting on the inlet to the multiport valve than the return and waste lines, and I want to make sure that it’s actually removable...
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    Unions for Hayward E-100 Filter and Pentair OPT-NI-1VD Pump

    I am trying to help my neighbor re-pipe his above ground pool. It currently has flexible tubing, and the plan is to switch it to PVC. I am trying to find the correct union fittings for his pump and filter but have not been successful in locating them. The filter is a Hayward E-100 (sand), and...
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    Help with Balancing Pool After Pump Failure - New Pump Finally Installed

    My pump died on May 29th, and I replaced it with a Pentair IntelliFlo variable speed unit. Due to some issues, I couldn't get it up and running until yesterday. I expected my pool to look like a swamp, but surprisingly, it is still crystal clear. I'm very new to variable speed pumps, and I'm not...
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    Question about Pump and Timer Wiring for New Variable Speed Pump

    I am in the process of upgrading my pump to a Pentair IntelliFlo variable speed, and I want to make sure I wire this correctly. I currently have a 15A breaker with 14AWG wiring. My plan is to replace it with 12AWG stranded THHN/THWN and a 20A breaker (it appears to require a 20A breaker per the...
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    Replacing Pump - Major Mistake - Forgot to Install Slip Connector

    I am replacing my pump, and I thought it would be a good idea to use unions. I just made a major mistake, and I don’t know how to correct it. I forgot to install the slip connector (not sure if that’s the correct word for it) before gluing. I don’t know how to fix this, as I don’t have enough...
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    Raising Pump Height 3/4” to Reach Existing Plumbing

    I am installing a new variable speed pump, and the inlet is 3/4” higher than the old one. I have a cement pad that supports both the filter and pump. Is there an easy way to raise this to the correct height? I was looking at landscaping blocks, but they didn’t have any in such a small height. I...
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    Question about Pipe Going Into Pump Inlet - Is this CPVC?

    I had made an earlier post about replacing my old single speed pump. I ended up being able to answer most of my questions by researching other posts on this site. One thing that I'm unclear about is the gray pipe that goes into the inlet of my existing pump. I'm assuming that this is CPVC (or...
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    Help with Installing Pentair IntelliFlo VS 011028

    I decided to go ahead and purchase a Pentair IntelliFlo pump based on all of your suggestions. I don't have it yet, but I am trying to plan the install. I've worked with PVC many times but have never done much with pools. I feel that I have a decent understanding of what to do but am concerned...
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    Is Variable Speed Pump Worth It for New Jersey?

    I need to replace my motor, and I’m wondering if a variable speed pump is worthwhile for New Jersey in terms of cost savings. I usually keep my pool open May to September. I previously had a single speed that I would run from 8 to 6 (which is probably too long from what I’ve been reading). The...
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    Single Speed Pool Pump Died - Not Sure Whether to Replace with Variable Speed Motor or Buy Entirely New Pump/Motor Assembly

    I have an American Pool Products Ultra-Flow pump with a 2 HP motor. The pump is the original unit from 1993, but the motor has been replaced. The first one died in 2008. I went outside yesterday morning and noticed the pump was not running. The breaker had tripped, I reset it, turned the pump...
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    Replacing Flexible Tubing with PVC for Above Ground Pool

    I have been helping my new neighbor with his pool. He has no previous experience, so I felt bad. One thing that I noticed is that he has a bunch of flexible lines, and they all seem to be leaking. I thought it might be nice to help him convert to PVC. I don’t have much experience with above...
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    Persistent Cloudy Water - Day 6 of SLAM

    I have been helping my new neighbor with getting his pool ready. I’ve used the TFP method for years on my own and have had great results. He has an above ground pool (approximately 10,000 gallons) with a sand filter. My pool is a cartridge filter, so I’m not as familiar with sand. What is...
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    Leak at Seal Plate of Pool Pump

    I keep having an issue where pine needles are getting into my pump impeller. After cleaning them out the other day, I noticed a lot of water on my lawn the following morning. I've never previously had any leaks. I disconnected the seal plate (I think that's what it's called) and reseated it...
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    Helping Neighbor with Pool - Have Some Questions

    I use TFP with my gunite saltwater pool, and it works great for me. I noticed that my neighbor was struggling, and I thought I would try helping him. He has an 11,000 gallon above ground pool (vinyl I assume), and he uses pucks. His pH was okay, but the chlorine was very low (0.5 ppm). He has a...
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    Need Help with Pool FC/CYA and SWG

    I opened my pool later that I had wanted, so I feel like I'm rushing to get it ready. We're having a party tomorrow, and I want it to be safe for swimming. I completed the SLAM on Thursday and started the SWG yesterday. The water is crystal clear, and the TA, CH, and pH are all in the correct...
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    Testing Pool Water - Is It Okay to Put Hand/Arm in Water When SLAMing?

    This is probably a dumb question, so I apologize in advance. Is it okay to put your hand/arm in the water (to get a test sample) when you are SLAMing. I'm referring to FC of 12+. I wasn't sure if I should be wearing gloves. Thanks!
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    Question about Vacuuming Pool

    I just opened my pool, and there is a lot of debris on the bottom. It looks to be too much for the Polaris alone. I was thinking about vacumming the pool and then cleaning the cartridges. I am not sure of the correct valve settings. Should I close off the pool drain completely? Should I also...
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    Replacing Pool Pump Motor - Need Recommendations

    I have a Pentair Ultra Flow with an AO Smith 2 HP Motor (Model K48N2PA105C4). I broke the impeller on Sunday while I was trying to clean it. I ordered a new one along with a seal shaft and replacement O-rings. I was in the process of changing it, but I can't remove the seal plate. I realized...
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    Need Help Replacing Impeller - Not Sure How to Release It

    I am in the process of replacing the impeller and shaft seal in my pool pump. It is an American Products/Pentair Ultra Flow, and the motor is by AO Smith. I've never worked on a pump before, and I'm not sure how to release the impeller. I removed the cover where the power comes in, and I see a...
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    Waiting for New Pump Impeller - Should I add Bleach?

    Yesterday, I broke my pump impeller while trying to clean it. I still don't know how I managed to do that. I ordered one online, but it likely won't be here until Wednesday or Thursday. What is the best course of action while I'm waiting? Should I add bleach? I can't circulate the water, but I...
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    Need Help Reassembling Pump

    I took apart my pump today, because I wanted to clean the impeller. I had an obstruction somewhere, and I wanted to clean everything. I don't know what I did, but now I can't remember how to reassemble the pump. I thought that there was something that laid on top of the impeller, but I can't...
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    Clogged Skimmer Line

    I recently had new tile and coping installed on my pool. After the work was done, I noticed that the deep-end skimmer had almost no suction. Because of that, nothing has accumulated in the basket. I think that they got debris (pieces of the old concrete coping) into the line. I removed some of...
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    Low Pressure in Jandy Cartridge Filter

    I have a Jandy CV460 Cartridge Filter. I am having an issue with low pressure. I don't know if it's a coincidence or not, but it started after we had a big storm last week. I had a very large amount of pine needles get into the pool, skimmers, and pump basket. I finally have the pool nearly...
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    Recently Drain/Filled Pool - Low CYA, TA, and CH

    I recently had my coping and tile replaced, so I had to drain my water. I refilled the pool, and I have low CYA, TA, and CH. I have a K-2006 test kit. I have a sock in my pool filled with CYA, so it should rise. I haven't noticed anything problematic other than my pH keeps increasing. I have to...
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    Salt Water with Travertine Coping

    I have a SWG and have been following the TFP method for about 3 years. Last month, I had my coping and tile replaced. I didn't even think anything about it, but I happened to see a website where they warned against using salt with travertine coping. They had pictures where it showed severe...
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    Refilled Pool after Draining - Ready to SLAM But Have Questions

    I recently had the coping and tile in my pool replaced. The water was drained, and I just refilled it. Since I'm now starting from scratch, I'm confused about the best way to SLAM. I assume that there is no CYA in the water, but I will test it. I normally use bleach, but I was wondering if I...
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    Opening Pool - How to Prime Pump

    I am opening my pool for the first time, and I am not exactly sure how to start the system. I know that I need to prime the pump. I have a Jandy CV460 Cartridge Filter. I have the air relief valve open. I have also added water to the pump basket. What confuses me is the valve positions. Should...
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    Opening Pool for First Time

    I recently had new coping and tile installed. They had to drain the pool, and I just got done refilling it. Since the cover is already off, I thought that I would open it myself. I removed the drain plugs from the return lines, spa jets, and skimmers. I was working on getting the filter ready...
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    Weak Pressure in Spa - Replacing Pentair Nozzle Jet

    The pressure in my spa jets is very weak. I took them apart over the weekend, since I thought that maybe they needed to be cleaned. I noticed that one of the jets is missing the mix nozzle (not sure exactly what it's called). Is it possible that this is causing my issues? I didn't see any debris...