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  1. jark87

    Dirty water from filter fills pump basket when draining filter

    When I drain my DE filter to clean it, the pump basket fills with dirty water, which I assume is flowing back from the filter. After cleaning the filter and starting the pump, that water them flows into my pool, most notably in the spa since that has the largest return. It makes the spa and pool...
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    Outdoor kitchen - steel frame with cement backer board or cinder block construction?

    Our existing outdoor kitchen is made of cinder block from and surrounded by a thick stone. It’s virtually indestructible even after 14 years. We’re expanding the area and the 2 finalist builders have different approaches to the kitchen frame. One uses cinder block construction. This is the...
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    Louvered patio covers

    Does anyone have any experience with louvered patio covers, especially in the DFW area? We have a great patio space, but no protection from rain. It’s heavily shaded, so sun protection isn’t an issue. I can already tell from discussions with custom builders that a traditional roofed structure...
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    Just when I thought I had the algae cleared

    I recently completed a SLAM due to an algae outbreak. Water is crystal clear and passed OCLT a few days ago. FC is currently at 14 as I have been letting it drift back down. I was preparing to put the cover on and noticed algae growing in the grout lines between tiles, but above the water line...
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    True FC target

    I had a minor algae outbreak recently and sought advice on the SLAM process, as I had never done it before. Advice and support were fantastic and water was crystal clear after 24 hours and passed OCLT within 48 hours. In my post, I included my test results, specifically FC at 5ppm and CYA at 70...
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    Any downside to SLAM?

    I’ve had an on-going minor cloudiness issue for the past several weeks. My water chemistry has been great all summer and I had a filter issue that led me to believe that the cloudiness was a DE leak. I’ve replaced the filter grids and the air relief assembly, but the cloudiness remains. I...
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    When paradise isn’t paradise

    Twice each year (spring and fall), our cedar elms drop tiny seeds. Just so happens that we have several of these otherwise beautiful trees that overhang our pool. While they are very much a part of our paradise, providing ample shade for our patio area during hot Texas summers, I just wish I...
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    Is it a filter problem?

    I can’t figure out what is making my water cloudy. A couple of months ago when cleaning my filter, I noticed the fabric was torn on the flex air relief assembly on the manifold. After cleaning, when starting the pool back up, the water clouded up with DE (I assume) especially in the spa...
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    Glacier Chiller Fan Motor

    My fan motor appears to have gone out on my chiller. I checked the breaker and it seems to be fine. Chiller pump is working and both pump and fan are wired to the same breaker. I know nothing about electrical components except how to turn them on and off. Is there anything else I should check...
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    Hayward DE6020 Manifold Change?

    I have a DE leak that I’m trying to correct. I thought it was the Flex Air Relief Assembly, as the fabric on that had a tear in it, but I still have the leak after replacing that part. I have a new set of grids and also bought the manifold, just in case I overlooked a crack. However, the new...
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    DE leak - ok to still run water through filter?

    I’m getting DE flowing into my pool. It’s not a huge amount, but definitely noticeable. I’m pretty sure it’s the flex air relief assembly, as the fabric is torn on that piece, exposing a vent, which I discovered on my last cleaning. I now have the replacement part, but since I just cleaned my...
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    Filter pressure high when in spa mode

    I put my pool in spa mode to fully engage the spa drain. I happened to notice the filter pressure gauge was at 26 psi. When back in pool mode, pressure is at 18. Is it normal to have the spa mode kick the filter pressure up like that? I’ve had my pool for 13 years and have never noticed this...
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    DE flowing into pool after filter cleaning

    I just cleaned my filter and can see what I assume is DE flowing into my pool from the pool returns - small specs of white reflecting in the sunlight. I noticed it mostly in the spa, as the water became cloudy once I started the pool back up. I’ve had the pool for 13 years and have never seen...
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    Finding optimal pH level

    I had reached the conclusion that adding acid weekly was just a fact of life for my pool. It’s not a huge deal, as it is the only regular maintenance I have to do, but would love to eliminate or reduce it, if possible. I tried borates several years ago and it didn’t have any effect on my pH...
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    High DE Filter Pressure - Low Flow

    I have a 25,500 gallon pool with a Hayward DE 6020 filter. I clean the filter regularly (about once every 3 months, or whenever pressure gets to 25 psi). After a cleaning about 2-3 weeks ago, pressure rose quickly, to about 27 psi within 2 days of cleaning and flow dropped, or at least I...
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    Genius device for creating outdoor remote control

    Thought I'd share a great product that I've been using for several years. It's a device that converts normal remote control infrared to a radio frequency so that you can control things like your AVR from outdoors. The device is called the Next Generation Remote Control Extender. It comes with...
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    Why borates are not helping stabilize my PH?

    So I'm about 10 days into the borate treatment. I got my PH to 7.6 and TA to 80 just before leaving town for a few days. I was gone for 5 days and upon my return yesterday, PH was at least 8.0 (that's as high as my Taylor test kit goes) and TA was 90. Borates were still 50 using Lamotte test...