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  1. DB-Cooper

    Bird Poop Bomb, Stain - Pics - Need Cleanup Advice

    I went swimming last night in a perfectly clean pool. At sunrise, I went down to check chemicals and found tons of brown seed like things. Also were two dark streaks on the plaster. I was able to scoop up many seeds with the net, but when I hit the streaks with my pool brush, nothing happened. I...
  2. DB-Cooper

    IntelliCenter 1.064 Firmware and New Mobile App IntelliCenter2

    Just saw a new FW post on Pentair's web site. I updated and got the new app (IntelliCenter 2). So far so good, update was a breeze (had to use USB). I can report at least I can change schedules without the app crashing. Anyone else try this yet...
  3. DB-Cooper

    CYA Sock Method in Skimmer - Nothing Seems to Come Out

    Ok, so I've now three times tried the CYA Sock method in my skimmers. After 3-4 days very little CYA is removed from the skimmer sock. If I move it around I see the white cloud and that's sucked by the pump right away, but if I just leave it, very little if any is moved through the sock. So now...
  4. DB-Cooper

    IC60 Intermittment Red Flow Light

    The battle with my IC60 continues. In late March the thermistor went out. I got a replacement flow sensor from Pentair and put it in and the unit has worked flawlessly until yesterday. Now the IC60 reports red flow (there's great flow, clean filter, extremely clean plates, great pressure on...
  5. DB-Cooper

    How High Can/Should I run my pH (SWG)

    Here's my current readings: FC - 5 CC - 0 pH - 7.8 TA - 60 CH - 525 CYA - 60 Salt - 3400 Temp - 76F CSI - -0.04 My pH just always rises, I have a large surface area, lots of wind and it's only a 1 year old pool. I go up 0.1 - 0.2 pH a day. Last season I did 7.8 -> 7.6 almost daily. However...
  6. DB-Cooper

    Layer of Dirt in Pool after Rain (Above Ground Pool)?

    So last night we had an aggressive/violent storm role through and deliver about an inch and a half of much needed water. It came with some wind and was coming in kind of sideways (20+ mph winds/gusts). My pool is fortunately built above ground (see signature for details). It stays VERY clean. I...
  7. DB-Cooper

    Sanity Checks on Plaster SWG pH Rise in 2nd Year Pool

    Hi team, I'm now in my second season with a new pool build. Details are in my signature. I know early on, pH rise was expected with new plaster, and I also know SWGs add hydrogen off-gassing which increases pH. Now that I've fired the chlorinator up for the season and paying more attention to my...
  8. DB-Cooper

    IC60 Very Low Salt - K1766 Disagrees, Lack of Timely Help from Pentair

    I feel like my IC60 has always read very low, but never enough to bother me and more in the higher spectrum of the +/- 500 or so ppm. However, over winter, there was a week or so when it just wouldn't report salt PPM at all, it'd just show hyphens. I opened a warranty case with Pentair, a...
  9. DB-Cooper

    Pentair FNS 60 Filter Plug Wrench - Which One

    I’ve been using locking pliers and they’re starting to take their toll on the filter plug. I see a pre-2005 tool but my FNS filter is a 2020 model. Does anyone know a good tool for removing and tightening the drain plug?
  10. DB-Cooper

    Ideal Levels for 8 Days Away (with Borderline CSI issues)

    I really couldn't find the right forum for this question, so felt I'd try here. I've got a new pool, filled in April 2020. Due to Covid, I haven't left and have been able to obsess over the pool daily. With the weather changing, things have stabilized, but I still have to manage pH (a lot...
  11. DB-Cooper

    IntelliFlo VSF - More Power with Colder Water?

    I have a pool that was filled April 2020. Shortly after filling, I recorded the power usage at various flow levels of the pump. That's one nice angle about the VSF, it adjusts RPM to a set flow point. Fast forward, and I've noticed the RPM and power usage (which I would think are related) has...
  12. DB-Cooper

    IC60 Flow Switch Questions (Bogus Reading then No Reading)

    Thanks to this forum, I think I discovered my salt sensor/flow switch is broken. IC60 was installed this April. I tested using K1766 and it was 19 drops (3800 ppm) and the salt cell reports it's operating, I can send controls down to it (new levels), and it appears to be producing chlorine, at...
  13. DB-Cooper

    Intellicenter Firmware Upgrade - Confused

    So I've got an Intellicenter. According to this site, that latest firmware is 1.047: Intellicenter Download My Intellicenter has 1.040. Using the control panel, I went to Advanced Settings, System, Update and checked for updates there (presumably over Wi-Fi), and it indicated there were no...
  14. DB-Cooper

    Pentair IntelliCenter - Egg Timers not Working - Am I doing this right?

    I'm trying to create some various one-time run automations that I don't want to use schedules for. Schedules are working fine, but one example is, I want to create an egg time to run my fountains for just 30 minutes. Maybe while I'm grilling, and not worry about forgetting to shut it off. Also...
  15. DB-Cooper

    Pool Cooling Strategies with Tracking - Fountain, Evening, etc.

    I put a post in my build thread about this, but after more research and testing, I felt a separate thread on it would be worthwhile. Here's the original post...
  16. DB-Cooper

    New Salt Water Pool - pH Craziness

    See my signature for build info and build thread, but I built a ~27000'ish gallon SWG pool/spa. It's a gunite/plaster-pebble build. I'm religiously using the TF100 kit, the Taylor kits and a fairly expensive ($80) pH meter that's been routinely calibrated and matches well with the Taylor pH...
  17. DB-Cooper

    IC60 Initial Readings Right After Adding Salt

    I have an ~27,000 gallon spa/pool as I best guess (based on water bill spike when I filled). Conservatively, I used pool math and based on a 25,000 gallon pool. I used the Taylor K-1766 test prior to adding salt and got the salmon/brick color at 3 drops, estimating a salt ppm of 600 (perhaps...
  18. DB-Cooper

    Pentair VSF and Air Blower - Can I safely run just Air Blower without VSF?

    As the title asks, can I just turn the air blower on without running the pump in spa mode. My kid likes to alternate between the splash pad/pool and spa. If I go to spa mode it closes off my pool and opens the mains on spa and water returns through the jets and single return. The jets are a...
  19. DB-Cooper

    IntelliCenter - Logging in from Website intellicenter.com

    So I've got my Intellicenter all setup. It works fine, I can connect locally or remotely through the app. However, when I sign on at intellicenter.com, I get a bad username/password. I've even attempted a reset through that and no luck. Has anyone else been able to login from the web site...
  20. DB-Cooper

    Intellicenter Help - Possible Security Issues

    I was able to get my Intellicenter online. Partially due to my complex and Enterprise UTM, I had to work around a bunch of really odd issues: 1) DHCP hard codes the Google DNS servers which I block on my network as I forced everything through Cisco Umbrella. Typically DHCP would also pull the...
  21. DB-Cooper

    Saltwater Pool - Travertine with Concrete Coping or Porcelain Tile to Edge

    We're building a 30K gallon saltwater pool in Austin, TX. Despite every PB recommending against Saltwater, I forced the hand of one builder. They are ok with doing tumbled travertine, but they insisted on a concrete edge border due to salt. We were fine with that, but when working with the...
  22. DB-Cooper

    Austin, TX - Above Ground Salt Water Pool in Canyon - Construction Started 09/30/19

    After more than 6 months of designs, working with builders/contractors, I finally pulled the trigger on a build. It cost me almost double what I set out to pay, but the more time I invested, the less corners I wanted to cut. I wouldn't be here with this builder if it wasn't for an individual on...
  23. DB-Cooper

    Sanity Check on Pricing of Austin, TX Pool Build (Hillside Pool, Complex Elevation)

    Hi all, I'm about to build a pool in our home in NW Hills Austin. I was working with three vendors, but widdled it down to two vendors. One is a smaller and more custom, and one is a larger national franchise. The designs are similar, but the national franchise offers better warranty and is the...