Autofill question

mybluepool

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Jun 11, 2010
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Hello, my pool water level has dropped 1"-1 1/2" from normal, as indicated by the 'normal' calcium ring around the tiles. I was instructed to turn my autofill "nut" counterclockwise to reset and fill the pool. Is this correct, how does the autofill work? Oh and I cannot seem to turn the nut it is on very tight. The pool was recently re-plastered so I doubt it is due to any leaks. Thanks for any help. I'm a pool newbie.
 

Bama Rambler

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That sounds like a "toilet float" type autofill. If so then they probably told you correctly. If it's not then post a pic of it and we can give better advice.
 

mybluepool

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Jun 11, 2010
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Yeah, i think you are right, but how fast should it fill/correct itself. I was told I could flood my whole backyard if I was not careful. I last adjusted ~2hours and no change is visible, but like I said the nut is really tight. How do I know if its working?
 

Bama Rambler

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It should be pretty slow once close to full. Did they turn off a valve in the line to it somewhere?

If you push the float down does the water flow from it?
 

mybluepool

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Jun 11, 2010
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I think it's open, if you push down the float water does flow. is the nut supposed to be REALLY tight and hard to turn?
 

mybluepool

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Jun 11, 2010
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The person I talked with called it a "flip-n-float" not sure if that is a brand name but it has a cylindrical white floater. Mine has a wing nut that I am assuming I need to turn more to the left, but when I try to adjust I cannot tell if it moved and the pool is definitely not filling at this point. I am concerned only because the water is about 1/4 of the way up the skimmer inflow, and I know it needs to be/should be 1/2 the way up. Not sucking air yet but am trying to avoid that problem.
 

Bama Rambler

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The flip-n-float is a toilet float. You lossen the arm bolt and adjust the float up or down. Does it look like this?

If it does you can just bend the arm up a little to adjust it. Be careful not to bend it too much.
 

mybluepool

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Jun 11, 2010
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Ok so it's ben a while since I adjusted the arm, bent it up a little. the pool was so slow to fill and last night the overfill area was ---overfilling! So I adjusted the arm down and the water level has receded in the overfill area. I am imagining I have a clog or some debris in the line into the pool. I will try to check this out today, but still have the problem of filling the pool back up. Just wanted to say thanks for your help and keep you posted on the new development, lol.
 
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