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    New Build - Pearland (S. Houston)

    The M400 is a great bot. Was a holdout for many years of an old pressure side cleaner. Finally caved and bought this bot and kick myself for not doing it many years ago. Pool is so much cleaner. I would say even if I had to replace it every year I’d do it because it’s that incredible. Good choice!
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    What is this thing??? Cool pool feature or just something boring?

    Funny you’re in Houston. Must have had a common umbrella holder supplier....
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    What is this thing??? Cool pool feature or just something boring?

    Umbrella holder. Have the same thing in my pool
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    Does water leaking in always equal water leaking out?

    I was almost to the point of just living with the minor leaks until I either sold the place or until I refinished again in 20 years. This time without the ecofinish. Honestly I suspect there’s quite a few pools out there with this ecofinish problem but the leaks are so minor it’s just not...
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    Does water leaking in always equal water leaking out?

    Definitely. Looks like you already saw my thread. I highly doubt silicone is going to be a lasting repair. As to ground water are you sure? Is the spa attached to a pool? If so are you sure the water source isn’t the pool leaking? My pool contractor were adamant that it was groundwater that was...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Same deal with mine waterfan
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    ecoFINISH aquaBRIGHT longterm review

    My experience with ecofinish https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/pool-remodel-leads-to-leak-seeking-solutions.172085/post-1727170
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Well the saga has finally come to an end over a year later. In the end every penetration was leaking in both the pool and spa following the remodel. The reason we couldn’t fix the leaks around the penetrations in the spa is that the pool was leaking as well (not known at the time) creating...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    If you could answer that question I’d pay you copious sums of money lol. Leak crew is coming back out today. I will absolutely watch them pressure test the air line. As a side note I know it was leaking around the outside of the drains prior to them replastering everything. Even have it on...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    They pressure tested the returns which the air line connects to.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Well just another failure in a long line of them. New contractor comes in, replaces drains and return fittings. Pressure test. All good. New plaster all around. And yet.....it still leaks. I’m about ready to just make it a giant flower pot.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Few more pictures. As you can see they also drilled a hole to try and relieve what they were saying was groundwater.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Well finally broke down and fired the contractor. Just couldn’t deal with anymore failed attempts and further destruction of the surface. Hired a a new company that can hopefully correct the issue. Hey and just a word of warning for those considering the ecofinish rout on a remodel. We...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Well he came back, cut out his patch once again , and this time filled it with plaster. Still leaking. Why can’t this water be stopped?
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Well the saga continues if anyone is wondering. It’s obvious now that it’s coming from around the main drain somewhere. Confirmed both visually and by hydrophone. Only problem it’s been patched with putty once, then completely cut around and repatched. Yet the leak still remains. This can been...
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    Going DIY - Making changes to pool setup

    Looks like I was a bit off with my previous reply. After reading that link I realized I was thinking of the 011028 as you mentioned above. There are differences between the 18 and 56. Not sure if they’re worth the extra cost though. The 011018 has been the gold standard around here for awhile.
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    Has anyone used Ecofinish in Mediterranean Blue?

    Another example of Mediterranean blue.
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    Going DIY - Making changes to pool setup

    Don’t have much to add but noticed you mentioned the 011056. May want to look into the 011018. Same pump (minus the rotatable control panel) and much cheaper. Currently on amazon for $895
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    Official 2019 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Cut of pork shoulder. Use it to make pulled pork. Must be a Texas thing
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    Official 2019 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    10 lb Boston butt cooked for 14 hrs. Oh it was glorious.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    I’ll look in to it for sure. Aren’t they generally used for pressure/suction side leaks though?
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    No just a umbrella holder. Definitely puttied up the light niche.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    It leaks at this level. Only piping that would have water in it is the main suction drain.
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Plumbing was ruled out. In addition this is the 2nd leak being addressed. First one was addressed by repacking all the return fittings. Story Basically follows this path -Notice water on deck -Chase this leak, finally comes to a resolution by repacking all return fittings -I celebrate -I...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    This is the leak from ****. All penetrations in the pool have been chipped out and refilled. Last one being the pool light. I was so hopeful as the leak now seemed to start showing externally right about halfway up the light. Repacked the light yesterday. Filled today. Took about 3 hrs to see it...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Partially. Eventually chipped out around all fittings and repacked. Filled it up and was thrilled to no longer see water pooling in the deck. Well my enthusiasm was short lived as I then noticed that the grass area outside of the deck was still remaining wet. Dig a hole and sure enough filling...
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    Pool house - to insulate or not?

    Why not? Use it. If anything your space heater won't have to work nearly as hard if you throw it out there.
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    Can a cracked filter be fixed?

    Is it possible? Yes. There's companies that specialize in this type of repair. Well, I should say, fiberglass vessel repair. Typically this is only done for commercial type equipment that is of much greater value than a pool filter. The individuals who do this are certified, have the right...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Still no success at finding this leak. Contractor has since come back and drilled around each fitting and filled with hydraulic cement. Also completely chipped out and replaced one fitting. On my own I plugged all returns, leak still persisted, if spa was filled with water. Also drained spa...
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    Pool Remodel leads to leak. Seeking solutions

    Also was thinking of caping off the return lines. Thought being should help isolate betweeen piping and shell. Any problems with this logic? Will caping the returns isolate the lines from water?