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    Off Season Pump Run Time for Southern Climates?

    With your setup there is no need to change anything. The Aqualink has built-in freeze protection. Your pool still needs circulation to mix the chemicals. It appears that your utility rates in your part of the country are about 2/3 or less of what I pay in Northern California. My pool runs 14...
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    I have a Pentair VSF. Is there a way to shut off schedules.

    When you enter the menu of each speed you are given the option of setting speeds in "egg timer," "manual," or "schedule" mode. Depending on the age of your pump the options may vary slightly. Just set the speeds you don't want to use to "manual" and they won't operate unless you push the correct...
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    Pump making noise

    Bearings usually go bad due to a leaking seal. For a seal to go bad in that short a time is usually the result of bad water chemistry or running the pump dry. Occasionally the seal-plate can be damaged, but that is rare. A motor shop can easily replace the bearings in the motor. I've done it...
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    Heat Pump Doesn’t Seem to Be Working

    Might want to try one of the "liquid" solar covers on the market. Not as good as a true solar blanket, but they work well.
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    Natural gas to propane

    Understand that your heater will use about 4 gallons of propane per hour. Locally that's the difference between about $10.00@hour (propane) and $4.50@hour (natural gas). The line coming in to your meter is a high-pressure line and should not have to be replaced unless, as someone else mentioned...
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    Polaris PBSQ4 Booster Pump Question

    Unfortunately, no unless your pump is a Waterway Powerdefender 2.7. There are ways to do this with parts that are available (DIY), but nothing is commercially available. You can replace your mechanical time clock (most likely an Intermatic) with an electronic one. That is how my system is set...
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    Spa draining at night + Water level dropping overall

    Please check that your pool/spa suction valve is closing completely. Also, there should be a check valve in the return-to-spa line that may be leaking back to the pool. If you need to replace it, if it is not a Jandy-type, it would be good to use that type that can be repaired without cutting it...
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    PVC PIPE came out .

    Doesn't look like there was much glue there in the first place. I always use primer when, on the rare occasion, I use flex pipe. Not sure why flex was used beyond the fact that it is easy to work with or maybe there is a reason for its use in NJ. You can get small quantities of BLUE glue and...
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    Pentair Inteliflo OR Hayward Maxflo Pump?

    You may be comparing apples to oranges. A Maxflo is a medium-head head pump and less expensive (though very good) pump. I have installed several. They are rated at 1.65 THP and would be good for a system with 1.5" plumbing like yours. You did not mention exactly which Pentair VSP you are...
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    New pool owner.... need advice on agp pump

    Speck pumps have been around a long time. They are well made, but not very "main stream" so parts may be a problem when things break. They always break eventually, that's why I have a job. Though they are a little more expensive, I would stick with Hayward or Pentair. Parts for these pumps...
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    Valve actuator with 3 stops?

    Sorry, no. They are only designed for two positions, at least at present. Who knows what they will come up with. Pentair, Jandy, Hayward, Intermatic, and some private labels all work, essentially, the same and are interchangeable.
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    Pump too powerful?? Now what??

    Would be good to show a picture of your system. Sounds like you have a valve closed, or a hose kinked, after the filter and are "dead-heading" the pump. Water has no where to go so blows the hoses off. That's a much better result than having a filter-lid blow off. I'm not familiar with a...
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    Broken outlet piece on filter

    For now, go to Home Depot and buy a 1.5" threaded plug. Put several (at least 6) wraps of Teflon tape on it and put it into the filter. You can then replace that part at your leisure. Or, unscrew that part, go to a pool supply and get a replacement. Same advise for the t'tape.
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    New Pool + Pool Company Management = confusion

    No, tablets in the skimmer can cause a problem. A major portion of the tablet is an acid, heavier than water. Most residential pools in my area have the main drain plumbed into the pool-side port of a skimmer. When the pump is not running the heavier solution will fall down the pipe to the main...
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    Tagelus 1.5" MPV - threading on outside of ports??

    Sorry for the mis-information. I meant these: CMP 1.5 in. MIP X 2 in. PVC Hi-Temp Union 21063-160-000. I especially like that, while you can use Teflon tape, they usually seal well with the "O" ring that comes with them
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    One more plumbing puzzle...

    Not sure the age of the system, but one of the most common places that is often overlooked is the stem "O" rings on each of those valves in front of the filtration pump. I will take the valve apart, remove the stem "O" rings place a small amount of pool grease on the stem, return the rings...
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    New Pool + Pool Company Management = confusion

    After 30 years in the business I have come to the conclusion that the only people that add tablets to the skimmer are 1) People that don't know better, 2) People that replace skimmers (yes the tablets will deteriorate the plastic, 3) People that replace pumps, motors, heaters, plaster at the...
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    Cryptosporidium - The Germ for 2019

    Its not that crypto can't be killed with chlorine, its that the contact time is so long that it appears to be ineffective. You can find many articles on that subject, especially this time of year. So far, it appears that a combination of UV and ozone are the best way to minimize an already...
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    Is CircuPool really the best?

    Yes, I, too, have seen these cells last longer, but it requires that they be serviced regularly. Unfortunately, after the "newness" wears off, too many of the ones that I have seen are in dire need of proper cleaning. I have seen them so clogged that water-flow was severely impaired, though the...
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    Replaced Pool Pump Capacitor Now Smoking

    I went to the A.O.Smith "motor academy" class many years ago. While replacing a capacitor will sometimes solve a problem, it was taught that a bad capacitor was usually a symptom of a larger problem and replacing one is not always the best way to address it. Prices for motors for pool pumps...
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    Important Question - Wiring SWG and VS Pump?

    I have a similar system on my pool and have installed several on customers'. I have my pump turn on with its internal timer and my sanitizer turn on half an hour later then turn off half an hour before the pump. Just be sure to reset the mechanical timer in case of a power outage. For the short...
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    Tagelus 1.5" MPV - threading on outside of ports??

    If they are truly threads, they are for bulkhead fittings that Pentair used but I have not seen available separately for a while (and, being Pentair, were rather expensive). Try these if you want to have removable fittings for your filter: CMP 2 in. MIP x 2 in. PVC Hi-Temp Union UNHT20...
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    Pentair TA60 sand filter MPV and Internals - conversion from 1.5" to 2"??

    There are 1.5" mip-to-2"spigot (slip) adapters that are available, I use them all the time. You could then run 2" plumbing to the filter, but as has been mentioned, your flow will not increase a large amount as the internal stand-pipe in the filter will still be 1.5." You also need to...
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    Turning old pump on for the first time

    Best guess is that the equipment is below the pool. If not, that plumbing in front of the pump should be lowered to be in line with the pump suction post.
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    Bonding issue

    All of those wires with wire nuts should be directly connected to the motor terminals with proper wire ends. The wires that they are now connected to are test connections from the factory and were never intended to be used in the field. A little moisture coupled with that exposed conductor could...
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    Is CircuPool really the best?

    It looks like you could fit the Breeze SWG in the spot right behind the "return to pool" valve. They are now owned by CMP and go by a different name, Powerclean Salt Systems. I have been installing them for years and no one has had a complaint. The cell is clear so you can see when it is time...
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    Ortega Valve Hard to turn

    Ortega valves require a silicone-based lube or the perma-lock seal on the diverter will be damaged. - - - Updated - - - Ortega valves require a silicone-based lube or the perma-lock seal on the diverter will be damaged. The seal will swell and make turning the valve even harder, perhaps to the...
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    Pump was fried at the power junction

    You can bolt on a 2-speed motor, but remember that the existing motor has a service-factor rating of 2.7hp. that means that you will need to get a motor with that service factor or downsize the impeller to something smaller. Remember to change the seal as well. Also, what were you using to...
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    full automation

    All control systems are designed to include solar control.
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    Pool Equipment Remodeling Advice

    Please remember that neither the IntelliFlo nor the IntelliPro will directly interface with your Jandy control system. They both will require the purchase and installation of an IntelliCom II. The fact is that most of the variable-speed pumps available are "smarter" than the remote systems that...