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    My arms itch!

    I thought I saw something here about what to do about fiberglass itching....

    I swear, all I have to do is LOOK at a filter and that night my arms itch. Tried searching, didn't find it.
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    Re: My arms itch!

    As I recall, the answer was hairspray. Spray your arms before opening the filter, I think.

    [edit] found it for you....http://www.troublefreepool.com/paint...hy-t10153.html
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: My arms itch!

    I tried the tape trick after-the-fact. It worked pretty good... arms felt a lot better (but used a lot of tape).
    ~45Kg Pool with attached Spa, NSP-72 DE, Minmax 400 Heater, Tahoe Blue Pebbletech, Jandy SWG via Aqualink RS-8, The Pool Cleaner (black)
    Pumps: X3 Hybrid Pump (switches to SPA), 2HP Spa (additional, when SPA is on), and a 1HP For Waterfall
    8, 4x12 Solar Panels on the roof of the pool-house (~12' up)
    CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK: "I'M SORRY. I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF HOW AWESOME I AM" (Thanks to TFP!)

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    Re: My arms itch!

    I'm curious. From what/where did you get the fiberglass itch? I'm such a "delicate flower" when it comes to skin irritations that if you look at me wrong I'll itch. :P

    I have a DE filter (the only kind I've ever had or helped friends with) and just did a cleaning and replacement of some grids in my filter and didn't get any itching. Never have in 23 years cleaning my own DE filter.

    Back when I was a youngster I spent a week wrapping insulation around ductwork, in an attic, during a record heat summer in Dallas. I was miserable, mostly from itch, but was the only female on the job so had to appear tougher than I was. BTW... we started our "day" in the wee hours and stopped work before noon when it was only 95 in the shade outside. I remember going home and virtually soaking in apple cider vinegar. Can't remember if it worked though.
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    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: My arms itch!

    Or are you talking about non-pool filter?
    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: My arms itch!

    In our case, the cartridge filter is in a very large fiberglass canister, bigger than a trash can. Probably about 32" in diameter, I'll guess, and about as tall as me though is is off the ground a foot perhaps.

    Once the securing band around the middle is loosened, someone has to wrap their arms around the top half and pull it off over the tops of the 4 cartridges inside and carry it away to set it down in the grass. It's not terribly heavy but it is not lightweight either and getting it unstuck usually takes some effort.

    Then, after cleaning, it all has to be put back. The second person keeps the O-ring from leaping out of place as the first person gingerly sets the top back into place, while avoiding lines and all these wires that were placed so badly. Somehow we both end up itchy, in spite of having long sleeves on.

    But, next time we will try the hairspray beforehand.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: My arms itch!

    Thanks for clearing that up AND Yikes Hairspray sounds like good idea

    Could some kind of spray on finish on the outside be applied to MONSTER?
    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: My arms itch!

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Thanks for clearing that up AND Yikes Hairspray sounds like good idea

    Could some kind of spray on finish on the outside be applied to MONSTER?
    Actually, that was how the old thread began... but although there were several suggestions, none seemed to be the for-sure answer so I thought the hairspray was good enough.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: My arms itch!

    I was thinking about coating mine with Minwax Polyurethane coating (the type you put on floors). It's a clear coat.
    It's oil based.
    I know they use polyurethane coatings over fibreglass, but not sure if this is OK.
    Anyone want to weigh in on this one?
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    Re: My arms itch!

    I used Duct tape to pull off the fibers and it worked great! I would like to come up with a way to seal or get rid of the fibers.
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    Re: My arms itch!

    I have it , warned the wife last week , dont rub aganst it , she was cussing later , just coat it with the fiberglass gel kit from home depot or auto parts store , roll it on dont use the glass material. I have just been lazy not a priority

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