EasyTouch 8 (ET8, or even ET4) Wiring Help

thephatp

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Jul 8, 2018
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Austin, TX
So far it seems to be working fine. I'm going to toggle it on and off throughout the day, and also plug some different things into the outlet to see if that trips anything. Will keep you posted!
 

GDN

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Oct 17, 2016
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Dallas, TX
These guys got you going. My knowledge came from Brian and Jim, they are the experts and do this daily. My post and drawing in post 1, came from Brian, and as realized and noted I had a 220v Stenner.

Looks like moving the neutral to the correct location connected to the GFI breaker fixed your problem. If it didn't trip the first time, I wouldn't expect it to later either.

Congrats realizing that you need all of this to come off of the pump relay, that way if the pump is not on then the heater nor Stenner would run either. I missed that my first go round and had to redo a bit of it.

I do love this set up and it makes it so easy to control. I adjust my chlorine, if needed, in seconds using the app on my phone by adjusting the schedule I have set up. I doubt I will go to this effort but I really need a second one for acid. We don't keep up with it as much as we should, but we are always fighting the PH. I just need to get better at remembering to add some. At least it is really only weekly vs daily as chlorine is.
 

Puertex

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Jan 8, 2016
39
Pearland, Texas
That's an excellent point. Shouldn't matter to have it on the same breaker as the main pool VSP, should it?

And thanks so much for the help!
Hello,

I am curious how your Stenner arrangement is working.
I am sure that there are different ways of providing power to the Stenner.
I have the same panel and I wired it to Aux 7 independently.
When I select Aux 7, the Stenner starts along with the filter pump that turns on at a pre-selected speed.
This is set up in the panel where you can assign a pump speed to the Stenner and it turns on the pump automatically.
I have Screenlogic set up in my computer and phone where I create a schedule for the Stenner selecting how many minutes its should turn on.
I set this up a couple of years ago but let me know if there are any questions.
It took me a while to set this up and Jim R. helped me with some details.
I love the Stenner set up. Its a very reliable pump.

Puertex
 
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thephatp

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Jul 8, 2018
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Austin, TX
Thanks to all of you!!

I'm almost done. Just got the Stenner on the wall and drilled a hole in the rubber stopper for the barrel. :) Next will tap into the plumbing and I'll be about ready to fill with chlorine and test!

One more question:

What is this used for? Is it needed? I don't see anything in the instructions manual.

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GDN

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Oct 17, 2016
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Dallas, TX
Thanks to all of you!!

I'm almost done. Just got the Stenner on the wall and drilled a hole in the rubber stopper for the barrel. :) Next will tap into the plumbing and I'll be about ready to fill with chlorine and test!

One more question:

What is this used for? Is it needed? I don't see anything in the instructions manual.

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That is an extra tube that goes inside of the pump. Keep it, you'll want to replace it annually or at least every couple of years. They have detailed instructions on how to disassemble the pump and replace that. It's very easy.
 

GDN

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Oct 17, 2016
414
Dallas, TX
Hello,

I am curious how your Stenner arrangement is working.
I am sure that there are different ways of providing power to the Stenner.
I have the same panel and I wired it to Aux 7 independently.
When I select Aux 7, the Stenner starts along with the filter pump that turns on at a pre-selected speed.
This is set up in the panel where you can assign a pump speed to the Stenner and it turns on the pump automatically.
I have Screenlogic set up in my computer and phone where I create a schedule for the Stenner selecting how many minutes its should turn on.
I set this up a couple of years ago but let me know if there are any questions.
It took me a while to set this up and Jim R. helped me with some details.
I love the Stenner set up. Its a very reliable pump.

Puertex
This is a way of doing it I had not thought of, but the second you turn the Aux7 off, your pool pump stops along with the Stenner. I think you'd want to continue to run the pool pump another 30 minutes or so to mix the chlorine better through the pool.

If you keep the Aux just to turn Stenner off and on with a schedule or egg timer you can add chlorine at any time with any function going. The way you have it, the pump can only run a certain way while you are adding chlorine.

I like being able to add chlorine regardless of what else is going on with the pool, as long as the pump is running.
 

Puertex

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Jan 8, 2016
39
Pearland, Texas
This is a way of doing it I had not thought of, but the second you turn the Aux7 off, your pool pump stops along with the Stenner. I think you'd want to continue to run the pool pump another 30 minutes or so to mix the chlorine better through the pool.

If you keep the Aux just to turn Stenner off and on with a schedule or egg timer you can add chlorine at any time with any function going. The way you have it, the pump can only run a certain way while you are adding chlorine.

I like being able to add chlorine regardless of what else is going on with the pool, as long as the pump is running.
In my schedule I have the VS pump running 24/7 at a low speed of 1,100 RPM or so. This setting is called "Pool".
Then twice a day (morning & aft) I have another setting called Pool High that I run for an hour twice a day. This setting works the VS pump at 2,500 rpm to create skimmer flow and to overflow my whirlpool ensuring chlorine is being circulated in the whirlpool. My whirpool overflows into my pool.
During this 1 hour frame, I run the "Stenner" circuit for however long I want most of the time I inject chlorine for less than an hour. When the Stenner stops, the system falls back to " Pool High". When "Pool High" expires after an hour, then it all goes back to "Pool".
My Stenner injects approximately an ounce a minute.
Consider that you can superimpose or run circuits using the VS pump. The system will run the highest speed you have selected.
If you are outside by your panel and want to run the Stenner and want to keep the pump running higher than normal when the Stenner stops, then, preset the Egg Timers to where the Pool High runs no more than 1 1/2 hours and the Stenner, say 20 minutes, then select the Pool High first and then the Stenner.

I love the flexibility I have with this system !

Puertex
 

GDN

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Oct 17, 2016
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Dallas, TX
In my schedule I have the VS pump running 24/7 at a low speed of 1,100 RPM or so. This setting is called "Pool".
Then twice a day (morning & aft) I have another setting called Pool High that I run for an hour twice a day. This setting works the VS pump at 2,500 rpm to create skimmer flow and to overflow my whirlpool ensuring chlorine is being circulated in the whirlpool. My whirpool overflows into my pool.
During this 1 hour frame, I run the "Stenner" circuit for however long I want most of the time I inject chlorine for less than an hour. When the Stenner stops, the system falls back to " Pool High". When "Pool High" expires after an hour, then it all goes back to "Pool".
My Stenner injects approximately an ounce a minute.
Consider that you can superimpose or run circuits using the VS pump. The system will run the highest speed you have selected.
If you are outside by your panel and want to run the Stenner and want to keep the pump running higher than normal when the Stenner stops, then, preset the Egg Timers to where the Pool High runs no more than 1 1/2 hours and the Stenner, say 20 minutes, then select the Pool High first and then the Stenner.

I love the flexibility I have with this system !

Puertex
Sounds good and makes sense if you are running your pump 24 by 7. I'm not sure most do that. It works for you and that is what matters, however I was just thinking if no other circuits were running and you went to chlorine/stenner, as soon as it stops the mixing stops. You know and remember you have to hit the Pool High first.

Mine isn't perfect, but it works for me, so I get it.
 

GDN

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Oct 17, 2016
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Dallas, TX
Super excited! I'm up and running!!!

I've still got some clean up to do, but I'll post pics in a bit. :)
Exciting. I remember how I was a few years back when I decided to tackle it and got help here. It was a huge accomplishment to know I had made it happen and was able to really make my pool easy to maintain.
 
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thephatp

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Jul 8, 2018
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Austin, TX
Exciting. I remember how I was a few years back when I decided to tackle it and got help here. It was a huge accomplishment to know I had made it happen and was able to really make my pool easy to maintain.
Yeah it was a lot of work, but that just makes the accomplishment so much sweeter. And it'll be well worth it!

Truly appreciate all the help from everyone here--would never have happened with your support!!!

I still have some tidying to do like finishing the edging, adding rocks, ensuring it can drain properly, etc, but the actual functional part is done. Here's some pics (thinking I'll post my whole story later with steps, troubles, help I got, etc):

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I decided to put sheet metal around it. I'll definitely have to cover it to protect it from the sun or that'll heat up really fast.

Did you have any trouble with your barrel coming up out of ground when it rains? Had a heavy rain last night and hadn't filled it with chlorine, but that made me realize it could do the same later if only half full. I'm going to add soil around it, then rocks, and hoping they good drainage will keep that from happening.
 
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