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    AutoPilot Pool Pilot Digital Nano - Cell Volts/Amps

    I think the issue is resolved. Get this - my replacement control board was at a factory default of 3 amps max. Ran for two seasons like this! Went to hidden 'Factory' menu which you enable at power up, and a new menu item "Factory" shows up in the menu list. - Remove power - Apply power -...
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    AutoPilot Pool Pilot Digital Nano - Cell Volts/Amps

    Weather in the 90's here in upstate NY. Using a LaMotte ColorQ tester. I'm running the pump at 3000 RPM for 6 hours during the day, then for 4 hours at 1800 RPM in the evening. 7/2/18 AM Reading: FCL: .84 TCL: 1.50 PH: 7.4 ALY: 104 CH: 105 CYA: 77 7/4/18 AM reading (two bags of shock the day...
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    AutoPilot Pool Pilot Digital Nano - Cell Volts/Amps

    Yes - I should clarify that I only cleaned when I saw build-up on the plates. I've cleaned 3? times since new.
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    AutoPilot Pool Pilot Digital Nano - Cell Volts/Amps

    I have a AutoPilot Pool Pilot Digital Nano and want to make sure it's working as it should. I've read the manual and the cell details for volts and amps - and understand the basics. The Nano was installed about 7 years ago, and I had the main unit replaced 2 years ago due to a faulty display...
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    New Cartridge Filter Question

    Got the new cartridge filter installed this past weekend and am very pleased. Installed very quickly and without issue. I do have a follow-on question regarding backflow... The pool is about 6 feet below the pump equipment. I have a check valve on both the inlet side pipes and there is one...
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    New Cartridge Filter Question

    Excellent info - thank you! And one clarification for anyone reading in the future, the spec is to tighten the bolt to 150 inch pounds (12.5 foot pounds).
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    New Cartridge Filter Question

    Thanks for the feedback. The filter is being trucked across the country, so I want to pull the top off and inspect before putting in to service. My torque wrenches were all too large (in measurement capabilities) so I have a 3/8 wrench on the way that will work perfectly. Thanks again for the...
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    New Cartridge Filter Question

    Thanks for the info. I have: - brand new Hayward SP3200VSP pump (10" length of 2" pipe in front of first fitting/valves) - pump replaces a Hayward 1hp, single speed super pump - Hayward Swimclear C4030 cartridge filter on the way - Heatpump - Chlorine generator - all 2" plumbing on the intake...
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    New Cartridge Filter Question

    I'm replacing my sand filter with a cartridge filter and have a couple of operating questions not covered in the manual (yes I read the manual). Air bleed - I understand on first start up and after cleaning I need to open the air bleed to let air out and until water comes out. In reviewing...
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    Digital Nano Help

    The replacement relay fixed the issue! All back in working order.
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    Digital Nano Help

    I'll take some pics when I install the new relay. I'm wondering if subsequent boards have a beefier relay. The one in mine has a contact rating of 8 amps. As the unit could potentially cycle every 15 minutes at 5 amps that seems awfully close to rating...
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    Digital Nano Help

    I found the issue with my Nano. I pulled the cover off, and with a meter across the Cell output I measured an actual 2v on the boost setting. I tapped the relay that cycles power to the cell and the voltage jumped to 14v. So - bad/corroded relay contacts are the issue. I pulled it all apart...
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    Digital Nano Help

    I am testing my own water. Both my test kit and the pools store have the same readings. My understanding is that Free and Total chlorine should be roughly the same. Mine are not. PH, Alkalinity and hardness all test ok. My readings: Free chlorine: 1 ppm Total chlorine: 0.3
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    Digital Nano Help

    Hello all. I have a Pool Pilot Digital Nano setup on it's 4th season. I've been careful with water chemistry the since new, but this year has been a chore with all the rain we've gotten. I have the water balanced well now with the exception of the chlorine level. Free chlorine remains low...
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    Backwash hose and threads questions

    On my filter valve, I have a standard 1-1/2" port for the discharge hose (backwash). The thread on this is standard (NPT?) and accepts the sched 40 PCV threaded fittings you'd find at the usual supply houses. I grew tired of replacing the cheap plastic hose generally used for pool discharge and...
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    Pump take long time to prime..

    Thanks - so even with the pump that much higher than the pool, I should never lose prime (short of opening the pump basket, etc)?
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    Pump take long time to prime..

    I have a new inground pool this season (installed in November and promptly closed) and wanted a second opinion on a slow prime... The pump is roughly 4 feet above the surface of the pool, so I understand the physics to this... but initially after install the pump would run 30 minutes before...
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    Late Season, brand new pool...

    It did turn on and is running. But understand the lower the outdoor temp, the less effective. I think the manual says minimum outdoor temp of 48 degreess believe it or not. But if it's only going to increase the pool temp 1 degree per day, I'll shut it down.
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    Late Season, brand new pool...

    Our pool has just been completed! Late in the season (upstate NY), but this is good in some ways... It's a liner-based inground, kidney shaped and 14x28, 6.5 deep end. We also got an Aquacal heat pump. The company will be back in a week to install the saftey cover and close the pool. So, we...
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    Uses for backwash water...

    Not sure if this is the right forum, but thought I'd start here... We have a 14x28 inground, in the NE, Sand filter, Salt generator, heat pump, etc. Would water from backwashing be useable for watering plants? I understand there will be chemicals to some extent in the water, but wanted to get...