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Regrouting an indoor pool

We have an indoor pool in the basement in a 40 year old home (Finland), the grout in the pool tiles has pretty much disappeared. Can I regrout this as is, or do I need to follow any special directions?...
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What amp value of residual current breaker and miniature breaker for pool heater

I am looking to install a heater for a swimming pool. Following the manufacturers specification with a 220-240 volt circuit the device draws 53 amps. There is also a dedicated RCD safety circuit that ...
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Unscrew sealed pipe join

This pool pump is leaking at the intake. I am not strong enough to unscrew it by hand. It looks like it was sealed with silicon or something. What tool or trick can I use to unscrew it (if possible)?
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What can I use in place of missing coupling fittings on a used heat pump?

I picked up a Dream 8kW pool / spa heat pump which came without any fittings for the water in/out. The unit looks like this: The previous owner used a rubber coupling like this for his pond. I'm ...
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How might I clear out my pool’s filter system pump of debris?

I found the pool's filter cup dislodged and floating around the inlet tube, letting debris run straight into the pump system. Since then the outflow rate has been reduced severely. How may I be able ...
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Reinforcing concrete wall of outdoor hot tub?

I just bought a home with a hot tub/pool in the backyard, and the hot tub is slightly elevated over the pool, and designed so that water will flow over the side of the tub and into the pool below (...
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Spa/pool plumbing leaking without water flowing?

I installed a electric tankless heater for our spillover spa and discovered a couple leaks on the 2in PVC piping going through the heater even though the valve is not oriented that way. The leaks ...
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Looking for neutral wire at light switch housing [duplicate]

I am trying to replace a pool light switch with a SURAIELEC Wireless Light Switch and Receiver Kit. I am from California. Usually I see 2 or 3 wires twisted and connecting together. I see none in this ...
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Is this a good wiring plan to replace a pool light switch with a wireless switch?

I am trying to replace a pool light switch with a SURAIELEC wireless light switch and receiver kit. Please see the photo with wiring diagram. Am I right or wrong?
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Does green pool water damage St. Augustine grass and plants?

We are in a drought region and water conservation is in effect. My pool has turned green, very green. Is the pool water ok for the grass? I am not sure what will heat and sun would do to the pool ...
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Update pool pump circuit to GFCI, but out of space in breaker box

I have a GE PowerMark Gold Load Center breaker panel that is currently maxed out (no slots left), 38 of 40 poles used (4 of the slots are used by 60 amp double-pole circuit breaker, leaving 2 poles ...
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diagnose pool motor will not run

My pool motor (Haywood 1.0 HP Super Pump) stopped working a few days ago. At the time it was humming when power was on so I figured it was the start capacitor. I ordered a new one and checked the pump ...
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Pool light turns off sporadically

I have a pool light that will turn off and on at random times. I thought it was a bad light, so I bought a new one and that did not fix anything. So, I took out my electrical non-contact tester and ...
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Should I feel the seams of 9mm underlay foam on a swimming pool below the new liner?

I have just had my liner changed with all the installer recommendations. The day after the pool was filled, I noticed that were the underlay has been taped together is visible and there is a ...
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What kind of motor is this AC or DC

I need to know what type of pump this is our motor this is is it a AC motor or DC motor
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Troubleshooting GFCI trips on pool lights

I have two pool lights connected to a 15a Square D GFCI breaker. The breaker started tripping recently. After a bit of troubleshooting I've found that each light works individually but trips the ...
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Pool skimmer doesn't appear to be working. Do I need a stronger pool pump?

Here is a video of the pool pump working at full steam: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xy2wzYSvpXmjv5pM3PqPSNuu558SkGhR/view?usp=sharing It is a 1.85HP Hayward Tristar Variable Speed (https://www....
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can I swap out Pool pump switch

Need advice. My current pool timer doesn’t work and I turn on my pump manually daily. I’m going out of the county on vacation in a couple of weeks and I want know if it’s possible to replace my ...
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Acceptable Method for Bonding Metal Pool Fence

I'm in Dutchess County, New York and we are installing an aluminum pool fence similar to one shown in the picture below. The fence is within 5 ft of the pool edge along three sides and further than 10 ...
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How can i add a 120v outlet to my 240v spa panel

So I have a 240v electrical panel for my spa with nothing else connected. A friend tried installing an additional 15amp breaker to add a 120v outlet next to the spa so I can use an Echo Dot speaker (1....
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Where to drain pool water

I have a 20K gallon pool that I need to drain. I don't have a proper sewer cleanout, but I do have access to a waste line that is on the exterior wall of my house, adjacent to one of the bathrooms. It ...
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Trying to get my pool pump wired the RIGHT way [closed]

I recently had my new above ground pool hard wired by a "So Called" electrician. My pump is 120v I found out that he wired 220v to it and almost burnt my pump up. Luckily I was there when he ...
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How to check for pool bonding wire or add one after the fact

I bought a house which has a pool that we believe to have been built in 2001. I am installing a new pool heater and ran into the situation where it asks me to attach the bonding wire. The problem is I ...
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Will a former driveway support a swimming pool? [closed]

Currently, we have a 28' travel trailer parked on a sloped concrete driveway in our backyard. We are selling our travel trailer soon and I was wondering if it is possible to convert that driveway into ...
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Pool cloudy no matter what! At our wits end!

We opened our pool 8 days ago and it was full of dark green algae. We shocked it and the pool turned to a milky cloudy color after 48 hours (so 6 days ago). Since then, we have shocked 2 more times, ...
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Uncoupling glued PVC joint [duplicate]

I must repair a busted 2" PVC pool pipe. I have cut out the section of pipe that is broken due to the winter freeze. Is it possible to break the glued joint and what is the method? I was ...
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Robot pool vacuum sluggish, slow moving, weak

My pool robot vacuum (Polaris TR35P) has been very sluggish, slow moving. It will not climb walls and the tail doesn't really move as it normally would. It struggles to move and will not if the hose ...
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Spa Drain vs Spa Fill?

I've just moved into a house with a pool and spa, and I'm trying to understand some terminology; in particular the meaning and operation of SPA DRAIN and SPA FILL (and whether my equipment might have ...
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Above ground pool on top of disturbed soil

I need guidance about how to place an above ground pool partially on top of disturbed soil. Last year (june 2022) I removed a pond from my garden, width: 2mx1.5m approx, depth: 1.3m. I filled the hole ...
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What kind of stucco is used in this style?

I am following a site on Instagram which centers around mediterranean styled homes. A common feature is the beige stucco, that is also being used for wet applications like pools and ponds. I have ...
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old bare copper ground wire to pool pump

I am reinstalling an existing 220 V pool pump and have found that the equipment ground is a bare copper wire, not insulated as per current code requirements . A new home run to the panel is about 100 '...
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What type of contractor do I call to build a custom pool equipment enclosure that attaches to my fence?

My pool equipment is right next to the fence line and is a horrendous site. It is also quite loud. I am looking for the TYPE of specialist/contractor/company that I should be looking into to come ...
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How to wire a gfi to a switch which controls another outlet [closed]

I am going from 20 amp breaker to a gfi.i know thats my line then i want to go to a switch. Which will go to a outlet for lights
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How can I implement seasonal fencing?

I plan on installing a pool in our backyard that will go up for the Summer, and then come down between seasons. The borough of Whitehall, where I live, requires one of the following for fencing: 160....
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New pool heater install wiring question

I am installing a raypak natural gas pool heater in my garage. It has dual voltage 120v or 240v. There was a pool heater in the garage at some point, previous home owner removed it. There is a Gfci ...
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Pool plaster strengthening additive which reduces cracks

Does anyone know of an additive to add into pool plaster when it's being mixed to help reduce the chance of fine cracks later on? Perhaps some sort of bonding agent or polymer? I couldn't seem to ...
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Need help identifying identifying exterior, in-ground valve related to residential swimming pool

We have an inground pool at our house in the US that was built sometime in the 70s-80s. Below the diving board is an unique and currently unused area covered with some 2x8s or 2x10s. Beneath the ...
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Above Ground Pool Pad Base

I have a 10ft wide x 30in tall pool, roughly 1200 gallons of water at the suggested fill ratio. I am going to build a pad roughly 14x14 and am wondering if smooth pea gravel would be a suitable base. ...
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Outdoor load center

I'm planning to install a 8 space 16 cct outdoor load center for pool equipment. Does it have to be feed from a GFCI breaker in the house and if so does that mean I don't have to have any GFCI ...
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Smart switch wiring help. Three wires in switch box not connected to anything

Replacing old switches with kasa 220. Replaced almost 20 of them without any issues. Finally opened this switch box that controls the pool light and pool waterfall and I am stumped. Please help. Here ...
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Pool water heater wiring

I want to plug my water heater. I have a 240 #10 wire, plugged on a double 30AMP breaker. My wiring, cable and breaker are all OK. But when I opened the box on the heater, I found 5 plugs: L1, L2, ...
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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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