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  1. Heliman500

    pH and TA Balancing

    Thank you!! @ajw22
  2. Heliman500

    pH and TA Balancing

    @ajw22 thank you for lining me out there. I have a local pool store test the water. I’ve been thinking about buying my own kit. Any recommendations? So if I understand it correctly the take away here is that the PH should be the primary target and the TA will follow suit I also wanted to...
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    pH and TA Balancing

    Moved from here. @JoyfulNoise greetings Sir, I have a similar situation with my pool chemistry, PH of 8.3 and TA 122. 16,000 gallon pool built 4 months ago. In this particular situation, as I understand it, you recommend bringing down the PH first, and then see where the TA ends up. I guess...
  4. Heliman500

    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    I like! Do you know the brand and part number of this fitting?
  5. Heliman500

    Plaster thickness

    Thank you!
  6. Heliman500

    Plaster thickness

    @sktn77a awesome thank you. With the flanged collars I have will the plasterers be able to get plenty of plaster behind the flange?
  7. Heliman500

    Plaster thickness

    Getting ready to set my 1.5” pipe flange fitting to accommodate microbrite lights. I am wondering how thick the plaster (quartscapes) should be so I can determine how far the flange should protrude. The fitting shown in picture is not glued so pipe can be recut if need be. Thanks in advance
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    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    @jalapenopopper thank you. Great intel. Do you have picture of the fittings you got. How far out did they protrude from gunite?
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  11. Heliman500

    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    Thanks for sharing your experience so far. Good to know they have inside slip options. I did find some outside slip fittings but thinking I’ll need to cut back the pipe 1/2” inside surface of wall to accommodate, this would allow 3/8” for plaster. I too have some piano wire here and there that...
  12. Heliman500

    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    @jalapenopopper Good morning, did you ever get round to installing the lights, if so, are you able to answer any of your original questions, set back cut, type of fitting, ore or post plaster installation? Do you mind sharing any pictures. Cheers
  13. Heliman500

    Rut-roh...pool vacuum return protruding too far

    @YippeeSkippy Thank you Maddie. As the owner builder I am the responsible party for ensuring that each of the sub trades I contract to complete their work to industry standard best practices and IAW with manufactures recommendations and building code. However, as I am sure you’ll agree, there...
  14. Heliman500

    Rut-roh...pool vacuum return protruding too far

    Hi Zea, This is new construction I am the owner builder. The picture isn’t very clear, but under the mash of gunite there is a 1.5” slip to thread adapter glued to 1.5” pipe. I’m thinking we would need to cut off and install a new one pre-plaster, however, I do just want to make sure before I go...
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    Rut-roh...pool vacuum return protruding too far

    does anyone have solutions for fixing a pool sweep connection that was gunited too far out? Maybe chisel out surrounding gunite, cut off pipe, and glue new slip connection on? Wondering if there are any shorter, low profile, return slip connections? Or just leave as is. Thanks in advance
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  17. Heliman500

    Return fittings installation and sizing

    Trial and error, I’m good at that. 😆 Do you know which is more common, slip in or thread in?
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    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    Good idea. Please update with pictures once completed. Thank you
  19. Heliman500

    Return fittings installation and sizing

    I have 4 1.5” returns back to the pool. 3 returns are in series off one side of 2” T, and 1 return is sitting solo branched off the other side of T. 2 of the returns are positioned over a shallow shelf. All returns are positioned to promote circular flow back to the skimmer. I am wondering...
  20. Heliman500

    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    That sounds like a logical plan. Maybe a few wraps of duct tape around the wire or some of that split automotive flexi conduit might offer some protectction. Looks like pentair has a 1.5” pool fitting, PN#542405, or Hayward PN# SP1022S. These are both white in color, other colors might be available.
  21. Heliman500

    Quartzscapes blue plaster turning grey

    Thank you for the input. Based on the advice here, and the advice from the interior finish company, we have switched gears and will be going with a light colored finish. I am sorry to hear about your pool finish.
  22. Heliman500

    Pentair microbrite light installation question

    I am now at post poster too and have the same questions. My interior finish crew said they will cut the returns and install eyeballs. I forgot to ask them about the lights... Following for advice. @bdavis466 any ideas if setting the lights (microbrites) is within the scope of normal interior...
  23. Heliman500

    Sea Ice Clear or Arctic Ice

    Did you find any?
  24. Heliman500

    Waterline tile suggestions with Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen? LED lights worth it?

    Beautiful. What is the interior finish / color? Thank you.
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    Picked my finish - Stonescapes Mini Pebble Tropics Blue

    Beautiful. What is the tile?
  26. Heliman500

    Quartzscapes blue plaster turning grey

    @ajw22 @onBalance Thank you. This makes sense. Would you agree you are less lightly to notice the malting and color fade in a product such as stonescapes which has a higher aggregate content?
  27. Heliman500

    Glass tile upkeep with hard water

    Great information, thank you.
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    Glass tile upkeep with hard water

    Has anyone had first hand experience with glass waterline tile in an area that has hard water? I am worried it will be harder to upkeep than porcelain tile. Any thoughts?