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  1. J

    VS Motor surge protection

    Would a panel mounted surge protector like HOM2175sb be enough to protect a VS pool pump or is there a better method?
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    Pump Died

    My pump had died. It was on hospice for two year so I have been planning for this day. I wanted to check with others to see if my new pump selection is appropriate? My new pump selection is based on the assumption that my original pump was sized correctly. The deceased pump is a 10 year old...
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    What kind of decking do you have? How do you like it?

    I have concrete pavers: Pros: The look awesome, They hide rust stains if pool chairs rust assuming you get darker colored pavers, They can be removed and replaced if you have plumbing problems. Cons: The are hot, hot, hot, you have to spray for weeds and ants making their home in the...
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    2 speed pump switch

    I agree it should never leak but sometimes it does and it does not give me any warning. So this switch would just be a precautionary step to protect my pump should I lose prime for some reason. Thanks for the reply
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    2 speed pump switch

    I will eventually install a 2-speed pump for my pool. Will a typical in-ground pool pump prime on low speed? If it will then below is a mute point. If it will not please keep reading. I want my new pump to run on high speed for the first 10 minutes to make sure it is primed before and...
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    Chlorine Potency

    Thanks guys, I knew someone had calculated this. Looks like I bought 7-1/2 gallons of drinking water! Is there a simple test to confirm this? I would never be able to convince this ACE Hardware of the degradation factor!
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    Chlorine Potency

    How long does it take liquid chlorine to degrade in strength? I bought some from my local Ace Hardware store and when I poured it in my pool is was clear not yellow like previous chlorine I have bought. Three hours after I added it I checked my chlorine and it did not change. My math...
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    HELP! Building Pool next to Pecan Tree - Paramount PCC 2000

    Fortunately my pecan trees are not close enough for the pecans to get in my pool but I do get the 8 to 10 sticks that shed off of the tree yearly that cause me problems. These sticks weigh less than the pecans and the wind carries them into the pool.
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    Speed Stir is worth the money!!!

    When mine quits working I will purchase another. Love it
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    Pump still loosing prime...pictures attached

    I had the same thing happen and tightening the screw on the band that attaches the multi-port to the tank solved my problem. Apparently there was enough gap to leak air when the system was off but not enough gap to leak water while the system was running! Just noticed yours was a Pentair, mine...
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    Liquid Chlorine from ACE Hardware

    I just got a call from the sales rep that sells to ACE Hardware. He could not believe they did not know the percentage. He indicated that it was 13% by volume and 10.5% by weight which brings up the question of, which percentage is standard? The pool store shows theirs as being 10.5%. I must...
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    Post Mistakes You Made Before TFPC

    My biggest mistake was using copper and silver ions to treat my pool. It may work for some one out there but it did not work for me. Since I went with BBB my pool has been perfect. Unfortunately I have only been able to convince one person that this site is better than the pool store...
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    Liquid Chlorine from ACE Hardware

    Just bought 5 gallons of liquid chlorine from ACE Hardware and no one working could tell me the percentage? When I asked the fellow that filled the jugs he said "it was strong". On the up side they did not try and sell me any chemicals I did not need and I did not have to drive 1 hour to the...
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    DIY Concrete / Cinder Block Spa Pool Advice

    I believe the hardest part of your job would be water proofing the block and joints. I would say yes to a poured concrete floor and no to a block floor. I do believe that you need to pour the cells of the block walls if for nothing more, piece of mind and stability because you will have return...
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    Considering DIY IG in Northern Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings Island) area

    I did my pool and would not wish the experience on my worst enemy! However, I am in a very rural area and did not have any opportunity to sub many things out and the few things that I did sub out were not done buy anyone remotely familiar with pool building. Being a perfectionist did not help...
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    it seems to me like there are a ton of issues with CYA

    Last year I bought 4lbs. from a pool store and put the whole bucket in my pool and got zero results. I waited the recommended time to (two weeks) to test and still nothing. I waited another two week and it actually went down. I went to another pool store chain and bought a bag of CYA an put...
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    liner lock

    Your gap looks tighter than mine. If I am not mistaken liners come with different types beads. Your pool liner may have a larger bead than the coping can handle thus leaving no room for the liner lock. I bought liner lock for my pool when I bought the liner but never had to use it.
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    Sooo tired of going to pool store!

    Your test kit will be your best friend. I say no to the addition of algaecide. Don't write off the pool store totally they may sell liquid chlorine cheaper than other stores sell bleach.
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    How thick?

    I used 2" octagonal walking stone pavers under just the supports.
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    Solutions to floating liner/ high water table.

    In my opinion this should be fixable and probably would not cost as much as an attorney. I backfilled my walls with the dirt that I excavated from my pool and have had no problems, however I don't think I have a high water table. I do not understand how sand or gravel backfill would help as...
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    Liner fading

    My liner has 30 mil walls and 20 mil floor and the floor has faded more than the walls. It can really be seen at the joint where the two different sized materials were fused together. One might think that it was the different orientation but one of the walls goes onto the floor for about 6...
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    Cracked Return Pipe

    If the crack involves the fitting that houses the directional ball you will need to drain the pool down past the fitting in order to fix the crack. If you are lucky you will be able to just plug all the returns and fix it without draining any water.
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    PVC Pipe Size

    I used 2" on most of mine, my main drain is 1-1/2. If I had to do it over again and the price was not to much more I might use 2-1/2".
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    Leaves congregating in main drain.

    I like to leave the main drain open even though is does attract debris. It is my opinion that having the main drain open insures proper circulation thus helping to eliminate any possible stagnant water issues.
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    Help diagnosing issue

    I am glad you found the problem. That coupling does look suspicious! Was that coupling in the return side or the suction side of you pool plumbing?
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    Pavers vs Stamped Concrete?

    I chose pavers for all the reasons listed above. I did have plumbing problems and had to pull the pavers out to fix the problems (yes plural). After the pavers were replaced you could not tell anything had happened. Had I had stamped concrete or cool deck I think it would be very hard to...
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    pool losing water when motor running

    JohnT has a good point. I drained water off of my pool due to rain and when I put the multi-port back into the circulate position it did not seal 100%. When the pump cut on I was pumping a small amount of water out of my waste line while the rest was going into the pool. Now when I am...
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    New in town. Winterize or not?

    I live in SW Georgia and I do not winterize. I run my pool 6 hours a day in the winter unless a freeze is expected, then I run it all night. Chemical cost are less than $15 per month in the winter months and electrical is under $50. I choose not to winterize because our pool is apart of the...
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    Need opinions on this wooden pool deck.

    If it were mine and I knew I was going to have to replace the liner and filtration system (assuming I wanted to keep the pool) I would try a less expensive possibly temporary fix to the wood deck. You could get a 4 x 6 and create a threshold that transitioned from the wood deck to the pavers or...