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  1. DanielHobley

    No pressure: Pentair, Clean and Clear Cartridge 520

    That is great to know. Thank you for the tip!
  2. DanielHobley

    No pressure: Pentair, Clean and Clear Cartridge 520

    Hello Jim, We have a 3" chlorine tablet feeder, but we don't use it. I add liquid chlorine as needed (and check all levels regularly using my test kit and the TFP app). Thanks for asking! :)
  3. DanielHobley

    No pressure: Pentair, Clean and Clear Cartridge 520

    Excellent to know! I am not nearly as worried now. The water coming back feels fine, and I can see plenty of movement throughout the pool. I just checked the relief valve again and a tiny bit of air came out before some water. Perhaps I was worried for nothing!
  4. DanielHobley

    No pressure: Pentair, Clean and Clear Cartridge 520

    Ah, gotcha. That explains why I still have decent circulation at 1200 RPM with 0 PSI. Well, that’s a relief! I am actually in the process of trying to figure out a decent schedule and pump run time. Previously, we ran the pump from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. at 1200 (we can’t hear the pump in my...
  5. DanielHobley

    No pressure: Pentair, Clean and Clear Cartridge 520

    Hello there, Shot in the dark here (mostly because I am not 100% sure what I should be asking), but I noticed this evening that our new (about a month old) filter gauge is reading 0 PSI when running the pool pump at 1200 RPM. I did also notice a few bubbles at the top of the filter basket...
  6. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    Thank you very much! It's the perfect size for our family of 3. :) I'll definitely update that other thread! Thanks!
  7. DanielHobley

    New Pool, Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump (3 HP) Run Time

    Thank you all for your responses. I lowered the RPM down to 1,500 Tuesday morning and did not have any spiders or beetles in the skimmers this morning (we've had a few every morning since turning on the pump), so I bumped it up to 1,800 and will see what I get. As evil as I feel about drowning...
  8. DanielHobley

    New Pool, Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump (3 HP) Run Time

    Howdy, Our new, small pool (just under 10,000 gallons) was filled about 11 days ago. The Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump (3 HP) was turned on about 10 days ago, and left to run (all day/night) at 2,400 RPMs. This was done at the builder's recommendation (and, well, they set it up that...
  9. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    I forgot to post an update! The pool was filled about 11 days ago. So far, everything appears to be running smoothly. We've got nice, clear water and plenty of movement. The whole thing is so small that we've affectionately named it our Watering Hole, haha! The pebble is a bit rough in...
  10. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    Hello, there! Our tab loader emptied a few days back and I switched to the liquid chlorine method as well. So far, I've been pretty successful at managing the chemicals myself (well, with TFP's guidance, of course). The PoolMath app and pool school articles have been super helpful! I will...
  11. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    Thank you for the explanation and link. I still have a bit to learn before this is all done!
  12. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    Sounds ominous! I'll check it out. :)
  13. DanielHobley

    Small Pool Under Construction in League City, TX

    Howdy, howdy: My family is building a small pool at our home in League City, TX -- boy, has the process been stressful! I literally wake every morning, take a look at our mess of a yard, and wonder what I was thinking! Anyway, here are some details on what we're hoping to be swimming in soon...
  14. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Update: The builder that provided the original quote has been unresponsive for 2 weeks, so we've decided against using them. A new builder has quoted the following. The quote is cheaper and includes more details, but I'm not sure I understand half of it. Back to researching! Let me know if...
  15. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    The benefits of a standalone outweigh those of the in-ground, so we've decided to go in this direction. Thank you for your input!
  16. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    A rather annoying cost considering the line should have been in the easement to begin with! Thank you for your input.
  17. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    We have enough room for a stand alone spa, so we're going to go that route. Thank you!
  18. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Okay, thanks - good to know!
  19. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    The more I think about the spa or heater, the more I feel like I don't want it. The gas line will need to be run all around the house (we have an "L" shaped yard and the pool is literally on the opposite side of the house from the gas meter), we're already working with a small space, and I'm not...
  20. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    I really appreciate everyone that provided their input! Thank you! We gave the OK to the PB to have utility lines checked on our property. Of course, Comcast and TNMP (electric line) both skipped the easement and ran their lines straight through the yard! Doh!
  21. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Yes, very similar to what we are going through now. It's that time of year, though -- building season is in full swing! The general feel we get for the price is that it's pretty fair. We don't feel like we're getting away with anything, and I also don't think they're trying to take us for a...
  22. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Sound advice -- thank you very much!
  23. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Couldn't agree more. Appreciate it!
  24. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    It's a gunnite pool. I understand builders are busy, but I view response time and transparency as solid benchmarks when trying to determine a quality builder. We'll find the right match at the right time.
  25. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    We've asked the PB for some pricing on a SWG, and we've agreed our overflow will go out to the street. As far as the heater goes, we're really on the fence about adding a spa. It's a "nice to have" at this point. I hadn't considered a chiller, but I'll bring that up. Thank you!
  26. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Oh, yes, excellent points. Your comment about having 7 months of swim time really gives me pause -- maybe a heater isn't all that worth it in our area? At this point, it's likely a "no" unless we change directions and have a spa added to the build. That may be out of our budget, so we'll see...
  27. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Interesting point. I am still on the fence about the heater. I can't imagine I'd ever heat the entire pool (or would be reluctant to do so), but I've been toying with the idea of having the PB add a spa. Thank you for your input!
  28. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Good call! I've asked the PB to let me know how much he'd charge to handle, at the very least, sodding the yard. Thank you!
  29. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    This is all incredibly helpful! I've actually got a nice list of question to go back to the PB with now. This PB offers turn-key service, but landscaping is optional. It sounds like we need to take that option and run with it. We do plan on getting a few more bids, but it's also been so hard...
  30. DanielHobley

    Quote Review for First Time Buyer in Houston, TX Area

    Thank you for the warm welcome -- we're still on the fence about the project and pricing. Looking for a bit of direction.