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Pond / pool paint discoloration in short period of time

I just recently pressure washed my cement pond, acid washed it and cleaned it with TSP followed by rising it out several times with fresh water. After this and letting it dry, I primed the pond with ...
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Grounding electrode conductor

I am installing a 125 AMP OUTDOOR MAIN LUG LOAD CENTER which will be protected by a 100Amp CB. The panel will support all the equipment for an inground pool. I have installed the pvc conduit ...
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Can a freestanding pool's poles be cut to accommodate sloped concrete?

We have a "Bestway 24' x 12' x 52" Power Steel Frame Above Ground Rectangular Swimming Pool". We placed it on a slab and it is slanted away from the house. Can the pool's poles be cut ...
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Pool Load Center Wiring from Main Panel

UPDATE I was able to talk to one of my county building inspectors. I am fine to run Aluminum SER. I can run it all the way to the sub panel. I have to run fully insulated copper from the sub panel to ...
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Dimmable pool color changing LED lights

For whatever reason, color changing lights for pools are not dimmable (at least Pentair and Jandy brands - e.g. Microbrite Color) - the manual official states as such and warns about damage. Only the ...
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integrity of unreinforced 6-inch concrete slab floor for a 15mx20mx1.8m pool

Our church built an in-ground pool with the following dimensions: 15m x 20m x 1.8m (roughly 540cum) in our retreat center. However, no reinforcing bars were added when a 6-inch thick floor slab was ...
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pool timer requires common wire - pump does not - how to wire in timer w/ common to serve pump w/o common?

My older Intermatic RC2343PT timer requires a common wire to function, however my new 1.5 HP 230v 2-speed Pentair pump does not require common wire and would be powered through 20a tandem GFI breaker, ...
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Building a 18’ diameter 2x4 ring

I am building a 2x4 ring for my 16’ round pool. I want to build a 18’ diameter 2x4 ring to place in the ground to contain the sand the pool will sit on. How to I calculate the correct beveled angles ...
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I’m getting Static shocks when touching water in Lay-Z-Spa whilst standing on my Astro Turf

In the spa for a while. I bent over to use the net that was sitting on the Astro Turf. I touched the metal handle and got a shock. I got out and stood on the Astro Turf and when I put my finger in the ...
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Helicoil, epoxy or some other method to repair threads for swimming pool pump?

Jandy swimming pool pump's plastic backplate comes with what appears to be two metal threads to attach diffuser. In my case threads rusted and diffuser came loose. Instead of buying a new backplate I ...
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Is this deformed swimming pool filter diffuser?

Swimming pool filter pressure gauge suddenly showed abnormal pressure drop from 27psi to below 10 psi. Swimming pool fountain features also noticeably lost pressure. Pump was running louder than usual....
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What is the best layout of s240u solar panels to heat a pool with limited width?

I have 6 SunHeater S120U panels as suggested for my pool size according to the Installation and Operation Manual using a ground install. However, I am limited to 10 feet of width, which with ...
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Reducing swimming pool pump output from 1.5 to 1 inch

I have a swimming pool with around 60000 liters, it uses an electric 3/4 HP pump to circulate, sweep and drain the pool. The pump is located on an underground cubicle, almost at the floor level of the ...
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is there a diy ice bath/pool that doesn't use a chest freezer / how do I keep small pool between 2°C and 16°C?

What could I use to cool water for a cold plunge pool that doesn't require a chest freezer. For example, I would form the pool area from concrete, line it with flex seal/rhino or some other ...
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Florida footing depth

Could someone help me read this? Florida Building Code The structures on the left and right side will be new. Just outdoor multi purpose areas with fixed roofs. Left side for cooking (kitchenette)/ ...
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Should I re-winterize my pool if I got all the chemicals in, but didn't get the cover on before 2 days worth of heavy downpours?

First time owning a pool!! Yesterday we put all the chemicals in to winterize our above ground pool. The directions said it would need to circulate for about 3 hours, then we could add the cover, ...
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Pool maximum slope issues - ideas for workaround to have diving area

Trying to figure out the design for a pool to have both a sports pool (ideally 3.5' - 4.5' deep where you can play volleyball) which also have a deep area for diving / jumping but have run into an ...
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Shocked O3 pool system with calcium hypochlorte, but free chlorine at 0. Is this expected? Cause for concern?

My understanding is that swimming pool water should be kept at around 1-3ppm free chlorine level. However 1.5 days after shocking small 2000 gallon pool with 2 pounds of 56% calcium hypochlorite (good ...
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Is this pool shock schedule right?

It's my understanding that you're generally supposed to shock your pool with calcium chlorite (that granules) once a week and maybe more in the summer. It's also my understanding that when doing this ...
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1. Do I need to connect the neutral wire to a Raypak 5450 pool heater or just marrette it?

This is for a Raypak 5450 Heat Pump pool heater.
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How can I repair a cracked inground pool step?

The top step into my inground pool is cracked. I saw Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps but it references "years old" technique without a useful link. If someone can point me to that ...
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What type of cement (grout) to use when fixing pool tiles and walls?

The cement in between the tiles on my pool is breaking, also, some parts of the wall near the pool are also breaking. I'm a total newbie regarding cement and similar materials, so I'm at a loss on ...
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Are there any types of electrical faults that might exist in the landscaping or underground wiring that would not trip a gfci breaker at the panel?

Are there any types of electrical faults that might exist in the landscaping or underground wiring that would not trip a gfci breaker at the pool panel? Are there cases that a gfci would fail or not ...
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240v in with 240 and 120 out of a timer?

We just got our pool up. Opened the salt generator packaging and it is a 220/240v appliance, our pump is 115v with a pre installed plug. They need to be on the same timer. I have read until my head ...
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How should I configure my pool vacuum valves?

I have an inground pool just moved into my house and there are no labels or diagrams. Can someone tell me how to set the valves to use the in pool vacuum? Right now there is no suction in the ...
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Why is my main breaker tripping when I use a pool heater on a 50A breaker?

I have installed the 50 amp pool heater connected to the 50 amp GFCI breaker and is located outside. And I have connected to a 60 amp breaker at the panel. After a couple of seconds, when I turn on ...
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Can I use a shared conduit for an above-ground pool setup, or not?

I've been reading this answer to a question that more or less is my situation. The difference being that I already have a 100A sub-panel (fed by a 50A breaker from the house) in an outbuilding from ...
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fix a leak for Quick set pool floor pinholes

I have a quickset style pool that has lots of tiny holes all over the bottom. I think it was because I used the wrong type of chlorine pellets and little flakes fell to the bottom of the pool. I found ...
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Installing a 1/2 above ground pool

I had to remove a pool because the wall rotted and split. It was a 4x12 and 18 inches in the ground. I want to put it on a cement base. There already is a sand base there since the old pool was on ...
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How long does it take for ground to become sufficiently compact to bear the weight of an above-ground pool?

The back of my property has a couple of drops down toward the final elevation, sort of a terraced effect. The first of those drops I retained with a timber retaining wall in order to make the ...
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Inserting probe into pressurized water pipe

I need to insert a temperature probe into my pool piping. I am on the pressure side of the filter, so around 10-20 psi typically. My initial idea was to use a screw in plug in the existing 1/2" ...
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How to repair (and prevent) pool cover tear & holes

We have a safety cover for an inground pool. Over the winter, heavy snow melting and refreezing caused it to be weighed below the surface and tore up a few holes where the cover contacts the concrete ...
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How to replace PVC Valve

Pictured is a broken valve on a pipe that is part of a pool heating system. The pipe sends water to a solar heater on the roof. We bought the house its in its current state but I assume the handle ...
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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water

We have an above ground pool with about 6 inches of water that does not drain. The drain is located above the bottom, to keep water in it and weigh down the pool during the off season. However, the ...
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What is this behind the pool?

Just bought this house with a pool and notice some water leaking from this thing. Would anyone know what this is? I have called the pool guys and a plumber who are coming in next week to take a look.
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Digging deck footings next to pool

I’m starting to build a deck, however I’m not sure how close to the above ground pool is safe to dig. I’m aiming to stay one full foot away so my 12” footing will have the center dig out at about ...
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earth ground for a pool at a divorced location

i am putting a service to a deck area for a new pool and pump, there is an earth ground copper covered rod buried 10 feet which is 25 feet from the underground pipe i am splicing into for the pool ...
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PF1102T Clock Motor replacement

Can you buy just the clock motor instead of the whole PF1102MT mechanism? I have this model (240v) on my pool that includes the freeze protection. The clock motor gear will not turn AND I do not know ...
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How do I get my pool heater up and running?

Anyone know how I can turn on the pool heater? I provided a video of everything here: https://youtu.be/s8bLVnTt5dk Model is a Purex triton minimax 400 Note: when I turned the pool heater on in the ...
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240v pool timer with 120v outlet, proper usage?

My pool cleaner timer which is 240v has a outlet added that looks like a 120v. Can I use the outlet to plug in a 120v light or must it be a 240v? (looks like a standard 120v outlet one finds in a ...
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What size subpanel and wire do I need for a swimming pool?

I need to install a 100A subpanel for an in ground swimming pool. The main panel is in the garage and subpanel will be mounted on exterior of house about 30’ away. The subpanel will be more than ...
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Water does not flow out of some hot tub jets but does produce air when the air pump is turned on

I have an inground pool/hot tub combo. The water does partially drain from the hot tub when the pool pump is off which I'm sure is the root cause of the problem. We will be making that repair but I ...
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How can I save my gunite pool that is in danger of cracking with freeze guard disabled by power outage?

We're in Texas and have 5 degree temps this week with rolling blackouts. Our swimming pool is full year round to keep it from being burped out of the ground. We have a freeze guard installed but with ...
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How can I prevent pool pipes from freezing in cold weather?

I have an in ground pool and we are supposed to reach temps in the single digits. Do I need to do anything to protect my equipment when I have the aqua link system with freeze protect mode? Will it ...
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Electrical siding pass through removal

I have a outdoor switch that controls my spa pump. As you can see in the photo, one of the armored pump electric cables is not threaded to the box. It was like this when I bought the house. The box is ...
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How to insulate a wood garden shed to house a small 7’x7’ heated above ground therapy pool

We are having a wood shed 12’x14’ built to house a small (7’x7’) above ground heated therapy pool so we can use it year round. The shed/building is being built on a gravel pad with no wooden floor due ...
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Can I use dedicated pool heat pump for heating water in the house?

I'm going to buy a small heat pump dedicated to pools (around 3.5 kW total output). The pump would not be used for 6-7 months a year (autumn/winter); can I plug it into an existing water heating ...
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My pool drainage seems to break the law of physics

I apologise if this is answered somewhere else, but I can't find the answer. I have an above-ground pool, with an overflow pipe coming out of it about 4" from the top. This overflow pipe then ...
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Pool Pump not working, gives overcurrent error, no sound whatsoever

Our pool pump stopped working about a week ago. Inspecting it more closely, it's an "Intelliflo 4 160". It has a small control panel with some LED's - when I press the "start" ...
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i have a pool heater to install the elect lists 208/240-575 vac 60hz 3 phase i have 175 ft from main panel what size sub panel and size wire to feed?

I am going to install a separate sub panel for my pool. currently have a double 60 breaker supplying power to the pool pumps and am not sure if i can upgrade the current feed to accommodate the heater ...
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