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Heat large pool with electric via solar panels?

Where might I go for help with this? Should I try to price it out myself or find a contractor? What type of contractor should I look for? My community of 60 families owns a pool. It is about 30' x ...
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Are pool cover pumps inherently risky?

I see a submersible pool cover pump such as the following advertised, and I am puzzled with several questions. The power cable will be going into a large pool of water. I assume that the power ...
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What is the blower HP needed for a 12ft column of water?

In lieu of buying an actual air pump to use just once a year to close a swimming pool before freezing, I'd like to use the blower feature of a wet/dry vac. I'm trying to choose between a 5HP and a ...
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What size wiring and what type breaker should I use for wiring an above ground pool?

I'm installing an 18'X33'X52" above ground pool. I need to run two circuits from my panel to the pool. The run will be approximately 300' with about 75' buried. What size wiring and what type ...
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How to remove clumps of algae from pool after using algicide

So, we have a 1700 gallon pool that was stricken with algae, and our neighbors have one about twice that size that got hit at the same time. We both shocked our pools and used an algicide that drew ...
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PVC solar 2" pipe joints degrading from ultraviolet…something I should anticipate more of?

I've had leaks develop from the pipe joints on my 2" main PVC lines that feed solar network for pool heating. Tech pages say pipe should be painted white but will that do anything for the couplers? ...
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PVC Pipes And Pool Solar Heating Advice

We have a set of EnerSol solar panels (black water pipes) which are installed on the roof. Our pool pump sends water up to the panels via black PVC pipes. The water goes through the panels, warms ...
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Will I lose water pressure going from a 2“ pipe to a 1/2” pipe then back to 2"?

I have jimmied up a pool heater from an idea on YouTube, but just expanded it. I have a water line of 2" PVC, piped down to 1/2" copper, so it can run through a coil, then increased back to 2" PVC, ...
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Wiring 100-amp sub-panel for 1hp pool pump and heater

The project is to wire a 125-amp sub-panel from the main, approx. 50 feet away to serve a 220v in-ground 1hp pool pump, heat pump, and 120v LED pool light. Wondering if the following plan will ...
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Is this Fafco valve actuator actually a Jandy?

My pool's solar panel valve actuator is not working any more. The temperature panel lights up but the valve seems broken. It doesn't move and I can't manually adjust the handle. I bought the house a ...
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How can I remove the cap from my chlorine feeder?

Chlorine feeder cap broke while attempting to remove it. Pool had been shut off for 2 weeks. It feels like there is a vacuum inside the feeder. I used a 2x4 across the cap fins for leverage, but one ...
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How to maintain a pool without eventually having to replace water?

Liquid chlorine is weak and cumbersome, but seems to be the safest solution as it seems to just add salt. Also raises PH as it has a value of 13. Dichloroisocyanuric Acid and Trichlorisocyanuric ...
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Can I warm up a swimming pool by submerging black-painted milk jugs in it?

I know they make solar covers for pools, but I that is a bit of a pain to put on and take off all the time and my cover (from a well known manufacturer) from last year was easy to rip and became ...
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How to add a gfci and surge protector to pool pump line?

I want to add a gfci and surge protector to the 240v circuit for my pool pump. The 12 guage power wires (red and black) and ground (green) run from the corner of yard directly to the main breaker ...
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Can I use 2 pool heaters?

I have a heat pump which only works when its warm outside. I love it then. But I also have a propane heater sitting right here. Can I have it set up so I choose which heater to use, depending on the ...
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Is a shop-vac adequate for discarding the greenish water on top of the pool cover?

My pool has the winter cover on. The water underneath, I am hoping, is clean. But the water on top of the cover is quite dirty. What kind of pump should I use for discarding this water before opening ...
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cool deck questions in Arizona heat & sun

Our cool deck around the pool in Arizona is faded & chipped in a few small places, and since we painted the house, it is really the wrong color. Is there a way to re-color the cool deck surface ...
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How to make a Priming Manifold on top of my pool pump lid

I have been thinking about making something like this for a while to help me prime the pool pump at the beginning of the season. Today I found a picture of exactly what I am thinking about. Can you ...
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What type of underlayment should I use for an above ground pool?

I recently bought a non-inflatable, steel frame above ground pool (12 ft diameter, 3 ft depth). I want to set it up on a slab of concrete, but I have a couple of concerns about the wear on the bottom ...
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How can I get rid of frogs that have settled in an unused swimming pool?

We have an inground swimming pool that we haven't used in a few years (it's just too expensive for us to maintain at the present time). Well it's almost June and the frogs are a' plenty. Our pool (...
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How do I troubleshoot my pool filtration system?

What are the basics for Diagnanimous Earth Pool Maintenance? This is all new to me. Everything was working fine until today when I noticed that I'm not getting any pressure rating on the filtration ...
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Why is the water in my freshly filled above ground pool green?

I had drained all but a foot of my 12'x 42" round above ground pool. The remaining water was CLEAR, though there was a small amount of remaining "dust" on the bottom of the pool. Thinking that once ...
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Can't use in ground pool anymore, how do I maintain it?

Health problems and up keep costs have led to the decision not to use in ground pool. What do I need to do to keep the pool mosquito free while not having to pay the pool service company and the ...
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Is it acceptable to install a pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar?

Is it acceptable practice to install pool tile mosaic without any thinset or mortar securing the mosaic tiles to the pool surface?? My pool contractor did this with a large turtle mosaic and now the ...
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how do you replace a pool pump where PVC installation is coupling to coupling?

I want to replace my pool pump, and my pool system installers built a system where there is no room for one to make a splice. There is not one section of pipe exposed greater than 3/4" where I would ...
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What to do about particles floating in pool?

We just bought a home with a pool. I've done a bit of research online, and feel pretty comfortable with the system, but one thing is bugging me. Regardless of how long I leave our pump on (sometimes ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump 50,000 btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with a 60a ...
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What is an effective duck repellent for a swimming pool?

The novelty of seeing a pair of ducks descend on my swimming pool is wearing out. I'm not sure how they will leave the place, but after every two-hour visit, the surface of the water ceases to be ...
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Help me understand this basic Pool & Spa Combination plumbing diagram?

The below diagram is from http://www.poolcenter.com/plumbingSchematics and is described as follows: Basic Pool & Spa Combination Plumbing Diagram 4 Jandy 3 way valves 1 Jandy 2 way ...
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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...
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Metals in pool turn water green after adding shock, what's the solution?

Our pool hasn't been opened in 4 years. We are finally in the process of resurrecting it from the dead, and have spent a lot of elbow grease (and tears) to get it to the point its currently at. Last ...
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How to remove the top foot of inground pool wall?

I have decided to fill in my inground pool next spring, and am doing some upfront planning. My understanding of the "anatomy" of an inground pool wall is this: So as you can see, the concrete patio ...
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How to clarify and remove green tint to an in ground pool

I recently opened my in ground pool two weeks ago. The volume of the pool is approximately 20,000 gallons. The pool water has a greenish tint and the water appears cloudy. I have used a automatic ...
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Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze?

I have an small inground pool in the backyard. I live in central Florida, so it doesn't get too cold around here very often. However, tonight there is supposed to be a hard freeze (24°F for 4-7 hours) ...
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Water logging in demolished pool area

I recently got a pool filled in in my backyard. The Contractor cut three large holes (3x3') in the bottom of the pool before filling it. This is the first heavy rain of the season and I see a lot of ...
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Massive Pool Leak

For the last two years (since we have been in this house) the pool has leaked - at about twice the standard evaporation rate. Three different pool leak detection companies have been here since. One ...
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60 amp detached shop able to run 50 amp hot tub? [duplicate]

my house main panel is 200 amp, the shops panel is 60 amp. My new tub is closest to my shop but wasn't sure it would cause my shop to trip with the tub on its 50 amp gfci circuit? I was going to run ...
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troubleshooting a hot tub/spa that won't heat up

We have a Hotsprings/Watkins brand hottub/spa that came with the house we bought last September. At the time that we bought it, the hot tub appeared to work and heat up properly. However, now that ...
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How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?

I want to be able to start and stop two pool pumps by remote control, independently. Each one works at 220V, 1 kW (i.e. around 5A, expect a current spike when starting.) Do you know an off the shelf ...
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How to rip out inground pool's steel walls?

Planning a major house project for next spring. My wife and I decided to fill in our inground pool. Previous owners built it, but not sure when (could be anywhere from late 1970s to early 2000s, ...
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How can I treat these green spots on my hot tub?

I have a hot tub that is built into my pool. The hot tub overflows into the pool for a sort of waterfall trickle effect. I've noticed recently these green spots starting to form : What are they and ...
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How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?

I have an outdoor junction box mounted on a 4x4 wood post containing the wiring for an underwater light in a pond, an underwater light in a spa, and two GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, the box was ...
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Disconnecting pool pump housing from piping

The impeller on the housing for my pool pump sprung a leak and so I'm trying to replace it. I have the replacement housing, but I'm having trouble removing the old housing. The housing is thread ...
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Proper pool winterization for -10C climates

I am confused about the schools of thought regarding winterizing a swimming pool. In one school, the water level needs to be dropped down until the water is below the exit stream pipes. In the other ...
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How do I turn my built in spa on?

I feel like this is a dumb question, but I recently purchased a new home, and I have no idea how to turn my built in spa on! I am posting pictures and labeling the setup in hopes that someone here ...
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How can I efficiently heat a pool?

Continuously heating a pool can be expensive and the best ways to lower the cost are to have a cumbersome pool cover in addition to the equipment needed (solar or an AC-like heat pump). There must be ...
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What are the known problems with ozone pool sanitization systems?

For a concrete 35K pool that is traditionally setup/maintained: DE filter Chlorinator 1 Speed 1.5HP pump Shocking every week Back washing once in a while In case an ozone sanitization system is ...
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When converting a pool to salt water, should the pool lights be replaced?

We are planning to convert our pool to a salt water pool. We have 3 quotes.. All 3 suggested different systems...Hayward, Pentair and Jandy. We want to know if the salt water filtration system will ...
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How can I stop the hose from the pump to the filter from leaking?

Replaced broken hose from above ground pool pump to filter. Slip on hose. Have clamped both ends as tight as possible but both ends still leak. Not a lot but enough to be annoying. What else can I ...
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How can I repair the cool deck around the pool?

In places around the pool the cool deck has flaked off and I can see the bare concrete. The previous owner tried to patch it in places but it looks horrible because the texture AND color don't match. ...