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  1. matthewsunshineflorida

    250+ Degrees Solar Sensor At Night? Global Warming Is Getting Serious...

    This appears to only happen in unusually cold weather for Tampa, but the solar sensor I installed with our new panels is giving out impossibly high readings at night and early morning - whenever the air temperature goes below 50-55 degrees. It's quite accurate during the day (as tested by a...
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    Busted Pipes B/C Solar Heater Can't Drain When Pump Is On?

    I just installed 500sqft of Heliocol panels at the advice of @Dirk and others with great experiences. I plumbed two 5 panel sections in parallel sloped slightly down so they can easily drain through both the return side (into the pool return) and the feed side (through the 3 way solar valve into...
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    Turn off SWG with heater on? Run time unpredictable

    On the weekends or in the evening, let's say I turn on my heater when the pump would otherwise not be running. This makes my SWG run which increases my FC a variable amount that is hard to pin down. Is there really no way to control the SWG directly in Intellicenter scheduling? Ideally, I'd like...
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    PH 8.0 - OK if CSI Good?

    TLDR: pH rises from 7.2 to 8.0 in 60 hours, but @JoyfulNoise said he is able to go 10-14 days without adding acid due to proper TA and Borates. I'm wondering if I should lower my TA a bit, increase my CYA a bit, and add borates? Hey all, so appreciate your help both directly and indirectly...
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    Filters Destroyed After 2 Months?

    FIRST A THANK YOU First off, you guys are awesome. I have literally had perfect water from day one April 20th. It has been remarkably easy to maintain and the water is so comfortable. I grew up with parents who had no idea how any of this worked and would just shock the pool harshly on a regular...
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    Swim Season Central Florida? Natural Gas Heater, Solar?

    We have a 400k natural gas heater being installed with our pool build in Tampa, Florida. Our pool will end up 12k-13k gallons, it faces west with no shade other than the pool cage. Roughly what temperatures should I expect throughout the year without using the heater? Trying to decide if it's...
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    PAVERS DONE - Tampa, FL - Pool/Spa

    After over 2 years since I first spoke to some of you on this forum, we started our dig today, click here for a link to today's progress photos and here's one of them: This was our last render but keep in mind we have different materials/furniture and we slightly sized up the deck on the side...
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    Florida Build - Final Critiques Welcome!!

    After looking at this nearly two years ago and recovering from sticker shock, we have decided to go all in with a pool here in Tampa and have been working through PBs for months to get a design and company we really like. Unless one of the couple companies left is going to really wow us, we...
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    Second Thoughts - Need You Design Experts!!

    I came up with a design that I thought looked pretty nice "on paper" but walking in my backyard and laying out rope outlining a pool makes me feel several things that I'm having a really hard time visualizing: 1) The pool feels really small! I can't help feeling like it looks so small at 14ft...