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    Advice on a VS replacement for Pentair Whisperflo?

    We are going to replace our 1 HP single speed Pentair Whisperflo with one of the Pentair VS pumps. We have a 25,000 gallon pool, 2 skimmers, 4 returns, and don't run an automatic cleaner or any spas or waterfalls. We have a slide that uses water that we turn on and off. I don't want to overdo...
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    pump is rusty and making a grinding noise--pool company's fault?

    About 4 years ago, when the pool company closed our pool, they somehow left power to the pump and for approximately a month it was running on and off in "freeze protection" mode without water. Thankfully, I discovered it and they came out and turned off the system. They told me to see how it...
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    Blocking a return jet...damaging to pump?

    I have four returns in my pool, and I use two spray devices when the pool is hot (Arctic Cooler) to try to reduce the temp. In order to get a higher spray mist from the Arctic Cooler, I need to completely block one return. That means that two returns have a spray device, one return has a plug...
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    Pentair EasyTouch display partially out, any cheap way to fix?

    We have a Pentair EasyTouch control panel that works fine except the bottom row display does not light up. It seems like we can either buy a new motherboard (over $400) or try to fix it ourselves (found a post on here about people who have soldered on a new, inexpensive LCD but that scares me)...
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    Pump loses prime before we can get water low enough for winter closing?

    To save money when the pool company closes our pool, I always lower the water level to a few inches below the skimmers. Our pump is HIGHER than our pool, so it take a while on start-up to prime, and I'm wondering if it's also why we CANNOT figure out a way to remove enough water using the pump...
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    If you have a Pentair heater that is not working, try this...

    I just thought I would post this because I was able to easily fix a problem with our Pentair 250 heater. I went to turn it on, and I heard it start, heard and smelled the natural gas going in, and heard the click of the igniter, but then it would shut off. It is about 6 years old. Our pool...
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    Is this a suction leak? And possible cause of DE in pool?

    Our Pentair Whisperflo pump has PVC pipe coming out its top, right after the lid to the pump pot. There is a tiny bit of water steadily leaking out from where the pipe connects to the pump. (Again, this is AFTER the pump pot lid). Is that the suction side or is that the pressure side? I have...
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    Added liquid chlorine before I checked other levels...how soon can I get accurate reading?

    We were in a rush today after opening our pool, and hubby dumped in 2 gallons of liquid chlorine to start shocking it before I could even whip out my test kit. How soon will I be able to get valid readings for pH, TA, CYA? The pool was relatively clear, just dirty on the bottom with some...
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    Pool pump ran for days after closing! How bad is it?

    A pool company closed our inground pool for the winter approximately a month ago. They blow the lines, put in antifreeze, plug the returns, unscrew all the little plugs on the pool equipment to drain out water (like the pump, DE filter, heater, etc.) Today I was outside and heard the pump...
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    How do I use bottom drains to lower water below the skimmer?

    I know I need to lower my water a few inches below my skimmers. I can turn the 4-way valve to 'waste' to start the process. However, I know as soon as the water gets too low, the skimmers will suck in air and the pump will lose prime and I can ruin it. How do I lower the water those next few...
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    does attic solar heating work?

    We just installed an inground pool and I came across some information online that you can take the heat from your attic and use it to heat your pool. It sounds like there might be two brands of the device? One says green machine, one says solar attic, not sure. Does anyone know if this type...