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  1. Palpatine

    How Far is Too Far? And Plumbing Advice

    Thanks @Pool_Medic and @ajw22 . I will bring the lines up the side of the new slab, not up through it. I guess the suction side will come in on the far side and the return lines will go in on the near side. Trying to figure out the best place to incorporate the valve for the vacuum line also.
  2. Palpatine

    How Far is Too Far? And Plumbing Advice

    Hi All, So I'm moving my pool equipment about 40-45 feet from where it is right now (pic attached)... wondering if that's too far of a run for my equipment to work properly? Also, since I'm moving everything, I can have my contractor configure my equipment on the new pad however I like. Is...
  3. Palpatine

    Is this quote to move pool equipment reasonable?

    I'm moving my pool equipment next week, includes gas/electrical and a new pad as well as demo and removal of old pad, and they quoted me $800. I know that's a great price... but 14k seems absurd to me. Got my entire pool remodeled... main drains added, tile, coping, leak fixed, some concrete...
  4. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Maybe I'll try and adjust the filter cover later on. Finally got all the fiberglass out of my arms from cleaning it the other day, but oh well. The Ortega valve is still leaking slightly... and the backwash leaks slightly after I backwash it. I think the whole filter is just old and maybe is...
  5. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Thanks all. Definitely moving the equipment in a couple of weeks, replacing all valves, and will try and pressure test as many lines as possible then. I didn't know that there is such a thing as a no lube style O ring... but will see if they make one for my existing filter. Don't feel like...
  6. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Hmmm, since I'm replacing those valves anyways, what do you think about me just spraying the heck out of them with some flex seal? Just not the top handle, so I can still turn them if I need to.
  7. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Hi @Jimrahbe , Thanks for your detailed response. Btw, I still do the straw thing all the time ;) And yes, I'm finally starting to understand how the plumbing works on the pool... it was very confusing to me initially for some reason. That being said, and to answer your questions... I've...
  8. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Negative, no water comes out anywhere. The filter is likely wet from me bleeding air out through the guage on top to achieve prime quicker. Also, lube everywhere that always makes it look wet. Not sure if I hear air enter the filter when I turn it off... will check first thing in the morning...
  9. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Not sure which one is the multiport valve @Jimrahbe . This is how I normally have it set. I will tell you that the pump stopped about 25 minutes ago and the pump basket is empty now, if that matters.
  10. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Yeah, it fluctuates... I just checked and it's on it normal afternoon cycle now at 2800 rpm's and the filter is at 10... but the water is just below the lid of the basket now, so close to 2 inches under the clear plastic top. Maybe someone else will chime in. Thanks @Jimrahbe
  11. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Also, in reading another "related" post just now someone mentioned that even one little grain of dirt can cause a leak in the pump. When I lubed up the o ring, I did just that, lubed up the o ring. It is embedded in the grooves pretty deep and I could not figure out a way to get it out. It...
  12. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    Hi @Jimrahbe , Thanks for the quick reply, as always. So the filter... it was baking in the sun for the last month during the remodel and I didn't know to clean it out before I re started the pool up and it was running at about 25 psi after the second day. I backflushed and saw a bunch of...
  13. Palpatine

    Pump basket not filling

    I've searched the forum pretty well, including the troubleshooting steps, but I can't get my pump basket to completely fill. I've only had the pool/house for a few months, but just completely remodeled the pool due to a decent sized leak in the spa structure/return jet. The pump wouldn't hold...
  14. Palpatine

    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Haha @Jbrillo , I just remodeled my pool and before I filled it with water I took a sample of tap water to Leslie's. I didn't tell them it was tap water. It came back with CYA at 50, lol. Then I told them it was tap water... are you sure that is correct? He said there must have been some...
  15. Palpatine

    Float Valve - Questions

    Hello All, I just had my pool remodeled which also consisted of a adding a split main drain (the previous one was cancelled out due to a leak). The new skimmer came with a float valve and after researching the forum I still have a couple of questions... plus when I was going to reply to an old...
  16. Palpatine

    Flagstone coping done before concrete deck??

    Interesting... just reading some similar threads to one I have going on RE my pool remodel. My contractor did the coping first and then the tile. What would be the reason to do the tile first? Doesn't seem to make sense to me?!?
  17. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Thanks for the reply @bdavis466 . I added 8 pounds of Calcium and 2 pounds of Sodium Bicarbonate yesterday. I waited 4 hours in between and I made sure to dissolve both really well before putting in the pool. I've been cranking my pump on high the whole time... seems like everything is fine...
  18. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    @bdavis466 I was just about to add some Calcium and Bicarb... basically back to back. You think that's a bad idea? (only asking cause you asked me that yesterday... which I hadn't done yet)
  19. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Well, I guess it was those enzymes we put in a few days ago... almost all gone now.
  20. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    @bdavis466 Not adding Calcium and Bicarb the same day as we did the Orenda Calcium startup. Added 50 pounds of Calcium prills during the fill day. Calcium has been on point ever since.
  21. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Btw, still trying to figure out how to correct that transition around the pool from the concrete to the coping. If anyone has any inexpensive suggestions, please let me know. As of right now, filling with cement/grout seems to be the only option for me unless I want them to saw cut out 6...
  22. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Thanks guys... Yes, I'll fill out my signature later... gotta get to work on the pool right now. I just spoke to my Orenda rep and he said it's likely the Orenda Enzymes that we put in the pool a few days ago. He said that they'll stick to the pipes inside and clean out all the oils etc. that...
  23. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    I'm doing the Orenda Calcium Start Up so the calcium levels are on point but I've been trying to adjust the rest of the chems since. PH is 8.1 and the TA was low so I added 5 lbs of Sodium Bicarbonate 2 days ago... could this have anything to do with it? Plaster was done on Saturday and filled...
  24. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Thanks @Newdude . I'd be pretty happy except that everytime the pump is running the dust kicks out the returns. Kinda freaking me out.
  25. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Well, pool is fully remodeled and it looks pretty good. I still have to figure out how to transition the coping but I'll figure that out. I do have a bigger issue though... I've attached a few pics, but why do I get dust in the pool through the returns every time I turn the pump on? Is that...
  26. Palpatine

    Orenda Start Up, Now what? till Salt?

    My Orenda Rep, Dennis Lopez out of Los Angeles, has been nothing less than amazing so far. Responsive to every phone call and text... knew my name the second time I called him. My PB threw me a curveball at the last minute and changed my plaster date... no problem. Dennis showed up early on a...
  27. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    Contractor just finished the coping yesterday, gonna put tile in today and plaster is scheduled for Saturday. Coping looks good, but... they said they leveled the pool out and installed the coping leveled which left a big gap up around most of the pool. In other words it doesn't line up flush...
  28. Palpatine

    SF Bay Area build (done!!!)

    Did I hear somebody say Dark Side
  29. Palpatine

    Pool Currently Demo'd - Long Crack under coping

    @bdavis466 I really appreciate your assistance and advice along the way here (same with @mguzzy ). Without your advice I wouldn't be getting new coping at all right now and would surely have another 8k+ expense in a few years (twice what I'm paying now for the coping). I'm sure what you're...