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  1. wysocki

    Poolmath pH suggestion doesn't match prediction

    I'm using the old Poolmath calculator online and although the numbers look pretty good (except for the salt), I'm having difficulty dumping enough MA into the water to get pH below 8. And I'm confused by the difference in the recommendation next to the pH row and the Effects of Adding section at...
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    Dumping salt water in the woods

    My SWG pool has an excessive amount of salt in the water. I need to dump some of the water out and refill with fresh water to bring the level down. I have 3600 ppm of salt in the water now and I need to dump about 3000 gallons of it to bring it down to 3200 ppm. I live on a hillside in Southern...
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    Accuracy of Taylor K-1000 test kit colors

    Just went with SWG so I bought a Taylor TF-100 test kit and it came with a K-1000 kit just for quick chlorine & ph testing. The chlorine test has colors to match for .5, 1, 2, 3, 5 ppm. But I'm puzzled though because the 2 & 3 colors appear to be identical. Some of my friends even think the 2 is...
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    Calmat Electronic Scale Protection - in a pool?

    I've been struggling with scale buildup on my tile at the water line for years. I just converted to a SWG, but I don't think that's going to solve my scaling issue (CH=300). I recently purchased a Calmat water treatment system for my house plumbing after getting some rave reviews from friends...
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    Lower alkalinity without aeration?

    I just drained and refilled my pool after a bout of 110+ CYA. Now my numbers are a lot better, but my TA is a bit on the high side. I"ve read that I should add acid to decrease PH and TA then aerate to increase the PH back up to normal. I've even bought an aerator, but then I read the...
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    First time with the TF-100!

    Finally decided to actually do something about my always-slightly-green pool: bought a TF-100 test kit! Took longer to do the tests than I pictured (about an hour) but maybe it'll go faster with experience. I've been pretty much relying on chlorine disks in 2 dispensers to handle the pool...
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    Shaken, not stirred?

    Just got my TF-100 kit today and was reading the instructions (could really use some improvement). TFP has WAY more info than was provided with the kit, which has rather conflicting messages in its limited documentation. Maybe James Bond could clear this up?:
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    Tip to make cleaning your Hayward filter easier

    I have to clean my Hayward 60' filter a few times a year and once I removed the filter pads from the case, it was a real pain to unbolt the rod that goes through the unit, as well as replacing it when I had cleaned the elements. I solved the problem by using my moto-tool to grind a slot in the...
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    Make household bleach from pool chlorine?

    I see a ton of articles about how to use household bleach as a replacement for pool chlorine. I can't find anything on the reverse! I'm out of household laundry bleach and I have a ton of pool chlorine (liquid) and chlorine pucks (Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione) and bags of pool shock (Clorox Xtra...
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    Install hand rail underwater in existing pool

    My pool is about 25 years old, replastered about 15 years ago and in good shape. I just had the concrete decking overlaid with 1" thin pavers. Now the wife wants a railing installed to ease access along the steps into the pool. Shouldn't be a problem anchoring it through the pavers into the...
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    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    I installed an IQ20 to my pool 2 years ago. It came with a motherboard which replaced the Jandy RS4 board that was there. It was controlled by an RS4 wall controller and a spa side 4-switch. It was heaven. Then last month, I noticed strange things happening - like the lights and booster pump...
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    Which vacuum cleaner is best to clean algae on walls?

    I have a 3-10' deep gunite pool with rounded corners and vacuum port on the side. I need to keep my chlorine level low for medical reasons so I get a bit of algae that I need to manually sweep the walls and bottom regularly. I had a Hayward Navigator and it helped keep the bottom fairly clean...
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    DIY - Building a peristaltic pump injector for Heatsavr

    I've been trying out the Heatsavr liquid pool cover for a couple of months now and must admit that it actually works pretty well. I have a 500sqft pool about 30 miles East of Los Angeles on top of a hill. Gets breezy and I've been losing about 1/2 to 3/4" per day to evaporation. Summer water...
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    Recommend a booster pump for my spa

    My 15 year old Hayward 2hp 220v froze up on my and after tearing it apart, there was a ton of rust on the motor shaft. Time to spend more money!!! Yay!!! Can anyone make some recommendations on this please? I think that a newer pump would be more efficient than the old one so maybe I don't need...
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    Use IQ20-RS to control Jandy actuator for spa bubbles?

    I just got an IQ20-RS and it's great being able to use my phone to operate the system. With my old RS4, I had no way of controlling the air supply for the spa jets other than running back to the pool house and removing/placing a cap on the intake pipe. I wonder if I could get a cheap Jandy valve...
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    Best way to replace plumbing for new pump?

    I just got a Pentair Intelliflo to replace my 3hp Hayward pump. I'm a bit confused about the best way to replumb the unit. I read in the Pentair manual that they want about 10" of straight feed coming into the pump but my Hayward has about 3" now, so I think I have to move the new unit from the...
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    Trenchless repair/reline of 1/2" pvc filler line?

    I have a 1/2" PVC pool filler coming from my house to the pool (30') and it has developed a leak somewhere in it. The entire line is under concrete slab so there's no option to excavate it. I'm wondering is there any good method of relining or otherwise being able to use it again. I was thinking...
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    Automating air intake to spa jets

    I just replaced my Jandy RS4 with a new iAqualink IQ20-RS and life is GREAT! I mainly got it to control my new IntelliFloVS. But besides the beauty of controlling everything with my existing Jandy controllers I now can do it from any computer or my smartphone. A great byproduct of this upgrade...
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    Programming Pentair VS with iAqualink RS

    Wow, what a great forum I've stumbled upon here! About to undertake a big DIY project and I'm a computer tech by trade and have wired everything from houses to circuit boards. Gotta admit I'm a little cloudy here. After getting a lot of opinions online, I bought a Pentair VS and IQ20-RS. From...