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  1. JoyfulNoise

    Anyone use or install a Flume2 water monitor recently ...

    ... asking for a friend .... ok, not really. As the title explicitly asks - anyone? I've had some water issues lately that have cost me a bundle and could have been averted with a simple notification system. Also, my water utility sucks in terms of any kind of feedback from their meter (you...
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    Can you identify these suspects 🤨

    Looking for internal eyeballs 👀 to flush mount return fittings. These look like Aquastar type ones but not quite - These are 3/4” opening but I’m looking for 1/2”. I have one return eyeball I’d like to cut down the flow on so I can push more water further down the return line to a far side...
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    Something to keep an eye out for …

    https://academic.oup.com/jimb/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jimb/kuab084/6426183 This article was published last November. The authors are affiliated with KIK Industries. KIK is a Canadian firm that basically is one of largest manufacturers of industrial chlorine products in North America...
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    Missed the house by about 2" ...

    We had a severe micro-burst storm (cyclonic winds, rain and hail) descend right onto our neighborhood. Only a few square miles were affected and I think our homes were right in the middle of the storm. That mesquite tree was probably about 20-25 years old and stood probably 30-40ft tall with a...
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    Try chlorinating next time …

    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/nbc-ultimate-slip-n-slide-halts-production-explosive-diarrhea-outbreak :ROFLMAO: That gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “slip ‘n slide” 🤭🤢 Recreational water illness (RWI) is real people, learn from this so it never happens to you … 🧐
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    3D Printed Pools … maybe possible !

    This is a pretty cool home building project - I wonder if a technique like this could be extended to pools? Especially the air-gap double walled design could allow for really thermally efficient pools 🧐
  7. JoyfulNoise

    I think my IC-40 is finally giving up the ghost ... now IC-60 Installed

    Well, I think we've reached the "hospice care" stage of SWG ownership. After 8 years of trouble-free use (generating chlorine from early March until mid-December every year), I think my IC-40 is on the way out. About 1-1/2 months ago I got a CLEAN CELL warning on my ET panel with a flashing...
  8. JoyfulNoise

    CVA24-T Actuator Details

    Does anyone know if the 24VAC power to the CVA needs to be balanced across the three wires - L1 - 12VAC COM - 0V L2 - -12VAC or does it just have to be 24VAC across the two “hot” leads? I ask because I have some old defunct CVA’s that I’d like to bench test and I have a 3-wire 24VAC plug in...
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    An interesting failure mode ...

    I had to replace my water temperature sensor (Pentair 10k thermistor) as the wire got chewed through by a rat (I also reorganized a lot of the control wiring around my pad). But when I went to pull the thermistor from the discharge pipe, I noticed it was very hard to take out. At first I...
  10. JoyfulNoise

    Mars Perseverance Landing Today!!

    Cool stuff going on in Pasadena today ... http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv And it’s got its own drone helicopter to fly!! Those aliens can run, but they can’t hide 👽
  11. JoyfulNoise

    Ok, so she was too darn cute

    Meet Meringue (like the pie topping), our 8 week old GoldenDoodle -
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    UGH!!! My pool is infested ...

    It started out with small patch of pink flamingo and I was ok with that because I was keeping my levels right where the pool store told me to and I gave it a good brushing....then all of sudden it turned into a pack of llamas!?!?! I used my test strips and all the colors say "OK" .... what can...
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    I kid you not ...

    I ran my cleaner yesterday and took it out of the pool but did not clean it until this morning (too busy yesterday). I found this in the filter basket - It’s a dive-ring toy. Now the opening on the bottom of the cleaner is just a little bigger than the diameter of the ring but I would have...
  14. JoyfulNoise

    PSA : Check your Reagent Expire Dates

    So yes, it can happen to even the most seasoned of us.... This morning I was out by my pool testing my water using my K-1004 "Troubleshooter" test kit after making some adjustments the day before. It's nice because I can easily do pH, TA and FC/CC tests with it. The chlorine test is a color...
  15. JoyfulNoise

    MasterTemp 400 Failure To Ignite Issue - SOLVED

    I wanted to document this on the forum threads since this issue got diagnosed and solved via PM. First, let me give total credit to our esteemed forum expert @JamesW for helping me to diagnose, test and fix this heater issue. James' help saved me from calling in a "pool service" guy and...
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    Coronavirus Stability on Hard Surfaces

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033217v1.full.pdf The above link is an research paper posted on an open-source medical archive that has not been peer reviewed yet. However, it contains some early data on the survival rates of the SARS-CoV-1 virus which is very similar to...
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    IntelliChlor Flow and Temperature Sensor FAILED

    There are many threads on this topic but I just wanted to report that the Flow/Temp sensor in my IC40 that I purchased roughly about a year ago failed (not exactly sure when I installed it) ...:cautious: It was the Pentair OEM replacement (the $99 model on Amazon) so that was a costly $100 for...
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    Why hot tub sanitation is important

    https://gizmodo.com/state-fair-hot-tubs-probably-spread-deadly-legionnaires-1838786238 :sick:
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    Fluctuations of Reduced Quantum Gravity and Nose Dives

    Here's an odd way to do a nose dive and then the dead-man's float - That's a ground squirrel and it's literally pointing vertically upwards with it's nose touching the plaster surface...I have never seen a critter go like that before. Oh well, it was scooped out and given a proper desert...
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    Rent your pool for $100/hr ?

    I dunno .... maybe we’ll need a new sub-forum for “how to sanitize my rented pool...” https://apple.news/ApKP9hh0nSvGSFqJ2-b1Fwg
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    Father’s Day Gifts 2019

    My take-away from the gifts received - 1. My baldness clearly demands a new cap; 2. Wait, Bob Ross has his own board game :unsure:; 3. My kids think I should wear tie and get a job; 4. They’re dying for me to BBQ some s’mores.
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    A bird in the hand ....

    is worth two in the skimmer :unsure: And a baby packrat too....gonna be some good BBQ tonight!!! Good thing I had the hairnet in there to catch them. Would hate to have those guys sucked into the filter :ROFLMAO: Oh, and there’s a dead centipede in the shallow end but I’ll let Mr. T...
  23. JoyfulNoise

    Call me crazy ....

    ... but I really do get excited by large drums buckets of chemicals ?? And I got to demonstrate the science of burning magnesium ribbon to 4th graders today...they loved it when I pulled out the MAP gas torch and lit the Mg wire on fire. I had them use a squirt bottle with water to try to...
  24. JoyfulNoise

    Leaky Pentair diverter valve fix

    So the other day I was out at the equipment pad and I happened to notice the dirt looked a little different under the plumbing where the two return-side diverter valves are (one of the benefits of living in a desert is that we don’t have grass to mask all our water leak problems). So I threw...
  25. JoyfulNoise

    Differential Draining of Pool Water

    So I thought I would start this thread for the purposes of logging useful information and, perhaps, teaching others. I am currently doing a differential drain of my swimming pool whereby I am removing water from my deep end well using a submersible pump and some PVC plumbing while I am adding...
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    Homemade compost ...

    So back in January I got a small barrel composter and decided I’d make my own compost this year. I also got a scrap bucket for the kitchen to collect veggie scraps, egg shells, fruit peels, coffee grinds, etc., (no meats, oils or processed foods). So today I got my first half batch of compost...
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    Why I don’t swim in ponds...

    Just....gross! https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1811820 Further proof that chlorine is your friend.....
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    This Engineer Deserves a Medal!!!

    https://youtu.be/xoxhDk-hwuo I literally could not stop laughing in the middle of a crowded mall. If this guy ever shows up on TFP, he needs an immediate honorary Expert badge!!!
  29. JoyfulNoise

    Pentair INTELLICHLOR Flow Switch Replacement

    So I thought I would share some pictures of what I did here so that there’s a reference to look at. Others have done this in the past, so there’s nothing new here. Backstory So at the beginning of the season I noticed that my IC salinity readout from my EasyTouch panel was quite a bit lower...
  30. JoyfulNoise

    You thought your SLAM took a while ....

    Can you imagine how long this one is going to take :scratch: https://www.wgal.com/article/septic-tanker-crashes-into-swimming-pool-spills-sewage/22689884 I dunno....I think they’re going to need to use some floc :laughblue: