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Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Filter sand, silica sand, pea gravel
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Filter sand, silica sand, pea gravel, laterals

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Frogs in Swimming Pool, dead frogs, pools of water
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Frogs in Swimming Pool, dead frogs, pools of water, frog eggs

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor cleaner, sprinkler system, three heads
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor cleaner, sprinkler system, three heads, floor systems

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor pop up cleaning system/pebble tech surface, filter screen, improper installation
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor pop up cleaning system/pebble tech surface, filter screen, improper installation, filter cartridge

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Geothermal pool cooling, introductory video clip, cooling technology
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Geothermal pool cooling, introductory video clip, cooling technology, goda

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green/yellow Intex pool-help!, vinyl pools, power sprayer
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green/yellow Intex pool-help!, vinyl pools, power sprayer, answer change

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ground Water leaking into Concrete Pool, hydrostatic valve
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ground Water leaking into Concrete Pool, hydrostatic valve

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool Repair, 4 inchs, noble seal
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool Repair, 4 inchs, noble seal, flex type

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pools, vinyl liner pool, old addage
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pools, vinyl liner pool, old addage, liner pools

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite for a pond, waterproofer, plaster
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite for a pond, waterproofer, plaster, concrete

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite pool stain removal, pool surfaces, vacuum trap
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite pool stain removal, pool surfaces, vacuum trap, pool store

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In ground pool stairs stains, magic eraser sponge, ajax
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In ground pool stairs stains, magic eraser sponge, ajax, magic eraser

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pool maintenance, gunite pool, epoxy paint
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pool maintenance, gunite pool, epoxy paint, different color

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hayward sand filter, pump curve, vacuum line
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hayward sand filter, pump curve, vacuum line, differential pressure

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Horseflies, horse flies, cedar chips
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Horseflies, horse flies, cedar chips, pool water

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot Tub, ozonators, novice
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot Tub, ozonators, novice, chemicals

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hydrogen Peroxide/UV pool disinfection, hydrogen peroxide h2o2, chemical supply houses
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hydrogen Peroxide/UV pool disinfection, hydrogen peroxide h2o2, chemical supply houses, guardian of eden

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward sand filter problem, paying attention
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward sand filter problem, paying attention

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: ICF Swimming Pools, abutments, pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: ICF Swimming Pools, abutments, pool, custom home builder

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor Pool Room - Celing/roof construction, rough sawn cedar, good shape
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor Pool Room - Celing/roof construction, rough sawn cedar, good shape, cell foam

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground Swimming Pool Leak, pool light, leak rate
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground Swimming Pool Leak, pool light, leak rate, dye test

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor swimming pool ceiling materials, vapor barrier paint, insulation vapor barrier
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor swimming pool ceiling materials, vapor barrier paint, insulation vapor barrier, roof insulation

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leaking Spa Bath Jet, wing nuts, whirlpool tub
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leaking Spa Bath Jet, wing nuts, whirlpool tub, whirlpool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Light niche leak, rubber plug, niche
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Light niche leak, rubber plug, niche, leaks

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: looks like sand in pool, mustard algae, sodium hypochlorite
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: looks like sand in pool, mustard algae, sodium hypochlorite, chlorine

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mesh or solid (non-safety) cover?, toilet
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mesh or solid (non-safety) cover?, toilet

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUD IN POOL, pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUD IN POOL, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUSTARD ALGAE
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUSTARD ALGAE

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: mold on inground pool liner, stains, copper
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: mold on inground pool liner, stains, copper, pool guy

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Pool & High PH, pool ph, pool and spa
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Pool & High PH, pool ph, pool and spa, dropper

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool considerations, pool volleyball, pool sweep
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool considerations, pool volleyball, pool sweep, booster pumps

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Do I need to drain my swimming pool to clear up excessive algae?, chlorine pool, 3 chlorine tablets
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Do I need to drain my swimming pool to clear up excessive algae?, chlorine pool, 3 chlorine tablets, pool services

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new plaster, pool bottom, rough areas
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new plaster, pool bottom, rough areas, redone

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: oak tree stains on gunite, tube sock, granule
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: oak tree stains on gunite, tube sock, granule, ahold

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pebble Tec Repair, broadcast spreaders, fertilizers
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pebble Tec Repair, broadcast spreaders, fertilizers

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL CLOSING -WATER LEVEL, water level, alarms
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL CLOSING -WATER LEVEL, water level, alarms, tile

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL LIGHTS TRANSFORMER, dimmer switch, overvoltage
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL LIGHTS TRANSFORMER, dimmer switch, overvoltage, voltmeter

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL TIMER WIRING, new timer, volt meter
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL TIMER WIRING, new timer, volt meter, timers

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool coping & expansion joint repair, expansion and contraction, harsh chemicals
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool coping & expansion joint repair, expansion and contraction, harsh chemicals, pool water

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool filter, jacuzzi, dental floss
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool filter, jacuzzi, dental floss, sewing

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: My Pool Is green! HELP, chemicals, shock
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: My Pool Is green! HELP, chemicals, shock, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Maintenace, drawing power, main drain
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Maintenace, drawing power, main drain, foxxx

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster, Acid Wash, and Chlorine, water clarity, chlorine
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster, Acid Wash, and Chlorine, water clarity, chlorine, plaster

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pipes, pvc pipes, pipe glue
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pipes, pvc pipes, pipe glue, pvc pipe

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump, pipe work, suction pipe
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump, pipe work, suction pipe, right angle

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool skimmer/Bottom drain blocked?, secondary ports, deck area
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool skimmer/Bottom drain blocked?, secondary ports, deck area, skimmer

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poolplaster, pool plaster, smooth surface
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poolplaster, pool plaster, smooth surface, tile

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poor Pool Circulation, circulation
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poor Pool Circulation, circulation

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pumping off Pool Cover Water, plumb lines, sweetheart
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pumping off Pool Cover Water, plumb lines, sweetheart, pools

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plastic torpedo stuck in suction pipe, tractor supply store, pvc plumbing
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plastic torpedo stuck in suction pipe, tractor supply store, pvc plumbing, tractor supply

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plaster discoloration, plastering, plaster
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plaster discoloration, plastering, plaster, pools

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plumbing, plumbing pipes, pool plumbing
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plumbing, plumbing pipes, pool plumbing, concrete pads

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool stains, calcium, pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool stains, calcium, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Quartz finish spots, granular fertilizer, lunger
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Quartz finish spots, granular fertilizer, lunger, comet

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Refinishing aluminum pool coping, walnut shell, edwards
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Refinishing aluminum pool coping, walnut shell, edwards, highest quality

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Replace plaster with tile, plaster, tile
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Replace plaster with tile, plaster, tile

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Rough Plaster on a 1 year-old pool, salt system, deb
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Rough Plaster on a 1 year-old pool, salt system, deb

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: RUST SPOTS AFTER POOL WAS REPLASTERED., rustoleum, plaster
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: RUST SPOTS AFTER POOL WAS REPLASTERED., rustoleum, plaster, rust

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt cell (flakes), debris, dirt
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt cell (flakes), debris, dirt, hydrogen gas

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt Water Pools, salt water pool, chlorine pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt Water Pools, salt water pool, chlorine pool, upkeep

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt water pool problem, brick yard, flag stone
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Salt water pool problem, brick yard, flag stone, bricks

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Sand Pool or Replaster?, plaster
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Sand Pool or Replaster?, plaster

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Sections of tile with some gunite falling off, sanded grout, pool tiles
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Sections of tile with some gunite falling off, sanded grout, pool tiles, kerabond

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Selling a Swimming Pool, ground pools, ground pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Selling a Swimming Pool, ground pools, ground pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Small depression in liner of above ground pool, mole, diameter
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Small depression in liner of above ground pool, mole, diameter, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Snails in my Pool, palm tree, snails
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Snails in my Pool, palm tree, snails, slime

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Spa Won't Work, reset button
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Spa Won't Work, reset button

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Spa won't produce bubbles, jet pump, orifices
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Spa won't produce bubbles, jet pump, orifices

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Staining a Gunite Pool, dye
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Staining a Gunite Pool, dye

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Surge tanks, check valves and sucking air, vacuum breaker, concrete seal
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Surge tanks, check valves and sucking air, vacuum breaker, concrete seal, bathers

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Swimming pool chemistry, well water, active x
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Swimming pool chemistry, well water, active x, chlorine

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: spa heating, time and money, spa
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: spa heating, time and money, spa, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: spa pad, drain rock, drains
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: spa pad, drain rock, drains, concrete

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: No suction from pool to pump, oring, pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: No suction from pool to pump, oring, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: swimming pool plumbingpool pump, turnover time, ring theory
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: swimming pool plumbingpool pump, turnover time, ring theory, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: swimming pool resurface/refinish, gunite pool, redone
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: swimming pool resurface/refinish, gunite pool, redone, 17 years

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: tigerflex pool hose
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: tigerflex pool hose

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Using Slate as Waterline Tile, glass block mortar, lowes
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Using Slate as Waterline Tile, glass block mortar, lowes, specialty glass

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vacation with "C-pool", independant distributors, water pools
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vacation with "C-pool", independant distributors, water pools, c pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vacuuming an above ground pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vacuuming an above ground pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vitamin C to remove stains, pool expert, chlorine levels
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Vitamin C to remove stains, pool expert, chlorine levels, brown stains

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Going on vacation for 16 days - what to do with pool, chlorine floater, pool algaecide
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Going on vacation for 16 days - what to do with pool, chlorine floater, pool algaecide, fence line

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Water not maintaining sufficient chlorine level, clorine, acid levels
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Water not maintaining sufficient chlorine level, clorine, acid levels, stabilizer

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Water under pool liner, french drain, ground water
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Water under pool liner, french drain, ground water, good luck

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: White Algae growing on ladder, pool, algaecide
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: White Algae growing on ladder, pool, algaecide, floc

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Worms and Stains, rust stains, pool vac
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Worms and Stains, rust stains, pool vac, sprinklers

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: water problem under inground pool, sump systems, main drain
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: water problem under inground pool, sump systems, main drain, vinyl liner

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: water turns green, stablizer, chlorine
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: water turns green, stablizer, chlorine

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: white flakes in pool, phosphate remover, algae growth
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: white flakes in pool, phosphate remover, algae growth, calcium hardness

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: winter pool cover, pool
Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: winter pool cover, pool

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: fencing, pool service company, chain link fence
pool service company, chain link fence, fencing rules: Thanks for the question! There are State rules, County rules (which often match the State s) and City rules (which can be everywhere you can imagine!), and lastly, Homeowner s Associations, so it depends on where you are. Generally, your State Department...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: fiberglass hottub, chlorine granules, bromine or chlorine
chlorine granules, bromine or chlorine, pool guy: Hi Leslie, did you have your tap water checked by the pool guy? Even though you have city water it may be loaded with copper or iron and when you add the bromine or chlorine they make the ions in the copper and iron explode and depending on the count in the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter not bringing in water, pool two, main drain
pool two, main drain, sand filter: Sandra, You may just have some super packed sand. If when you closed your pool the filter was dirty the sand could be packing. May need to stir up the sand to stop channeling . it might be time to change the sand. 13 years is a long time. Good luck, Ja...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter not holding pressure, pool level, inground pool
pool level, inground pool, pressure filter: Hi Steve, it depends on how much of a pitch is on the suction line if it is too much then the water will only drain back to the pool you are losing your prime when you shut off the filter because of this pitch in the line. I would try the ball valve or check...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter pressure question, teflon tape, plastic filter
teflon tape, plastic filter, low pressures: Right Cory, if it cost 50 cents that would be an overcharge to make these micky mouse things. Remember when you replace it to put teflon tape on the screw in part because methal and plastic (filter) don t mix. And don t rely on the new one in my opinion they...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter problem, free chlorine, perflex
free chlorine, perflex, gunky: Linda, Invest in a new filter. D.E., Sand or cartridge- The big question. In a nutshell, Cartridge is easy to install and maintain - expensive to replace cartridges. D.E. will get finest dirt, messy to clean. Sand in the middle of clarity, watch size of pump....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter and/or pump problem, air leaks, pressure gage
air leaks, pressure gage, water jets: Hi Rainie, I like to go for the easy, cheapest things to check first so let s look at this as if it were a bad air leak. First of all when you hooked up your pump and tightend the clamps did you heat up the black pipe around the clamps to soften it and tighten...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter and pump, hairline crack, pool line
hairline crack, pool line, ground pool: Hi, if you lose water to just below the skimmer then it s the skimmer. If you don t then the air in the basket could be caused by a bad seal (the gasket that goes around the body of the skimmer under the cover that s where I told you to put the silicone lube...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter is pumping dirt back inot pool, vacuming, ground pool
vacuming, ground pool, filter sand: Hi Geoff, sounds like you should vac on waste. This dumps the dirty water out on the ground rather than going through the filter. Sand filters can only hold so much dirt until they start to purge some back into the pool. What you filter is saying is backwash...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter questions, cloudy pool, pool store
cloudy pool, pool store, pool care: Hi Jenn, your pump probably needs new bearings if it sounds like it s screaming at you. Your local pool store should be able to replace them for you it s a lot cheaper than buying a new motor. If you can t find a pool store to do this for you (call first)...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter repair, hairline cracks, hayward products
hairline cracks, hayward products, pool store: Hi Jeff, wow, I m impressed 20 years on one filter! They normally live 8 to 10. You know you get an initial surge of DE at start up or after a backwash but that only last about 10 seconds due to reverse pressure. However, if you have a steady stream of DE...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter sand, filter aids, pool store
filter aids, pool store, filter sand: Hi Randy, you did not tell me if the filter was for an inground or above ground but in any case inground filters need only be change every 10 years and above ground every season. If you have an inground filter and suspect it is not filtering all that great...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter start up, splash pool, pressure gauge
splash pool, pressure gauge, filter model: I had a look at your filter model on Sta-Rites website to confirm my thoughts. It appears to me that the filter would have an auto bleed off built in, so do not worry about the plug business on the lid. Besides hoses not being taut I don t think I have...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filter tank low pressure, water return, suction lines
water return, suction lines, proper water: I would suggest simply adding water to your pool. It is essential to maintain the water level 1/2 between the skimmer throat. If the water level is too low, air will enter the system preventing proper water flow. Any air the enters the system will eventually...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Can we do without a filter, growth of bacteria, particals
growth of bacteria, particals, water crystal: Tom, any water you want to be clear needs a filter system. The chemicals will sanitize the water but the filter eliminates the dead particals of bacteria that stay suspended in the water so the water will only end up cloudy. Chemicals alone will not clear...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: filtering , filter problems, silicon caulk, home improvement centers
silicon caulk, home improvement centers, algae problems: You are correct that your filter requires 140lbs of sand. Usually, that equates to 3/4 of a tank but I would stick with the 140lbs. Did you use #20 silica sand? Did you get it from your pool store? Sand at the home improvement centers is different. The...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: fliter, broken elbow, wet vac
broken elbow, wet vac, eaither: Hi Erik, you have two ways to unclog the skimmer if it is clogged and not busted. One you can force a garden hose in the bottom where there is a port and flush it out you can also disconnect up by the pump the skimmer line and do it there too. If this does...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor cleaner, dick dick, pool cleaner
dick dick, pool cleaner, information instruction: Dick, There is a company Magnatron I Think that s the name. There one of the biggest there. They are good people. You will probably need to have them removed and cleaned or replaced. There is also sometimes a filter in the 90 deg. pipe before the black round...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in floor pop up cleaning system/pebble tech surface, pop valve, water circulation
pop valve, water circulation, therapy pool: The root of your problem could be a water flow problem. The pop valve cleaning device gets its water flow from the system. If the system has an obstruction, the pop ups will not work properly. Have you noticed a decrease in your suction? What is your...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: frozen pool lines, pvc pipes, cracked pipes
pvc pipes, cracked pipes, frozen pool: Ross: You may have a huge problem which I have never had to deal with in 20 years of being in the business. You need to figure our a way to pump warm air into the lines to unfreeze them. Not sure if this would work but... try placing some sort of...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: "fuzzy" debris on bottom of pool?, double shock, filtration system
double shock, filtration system, project asap: I believe it is a type of algae,make sure your chemicals are correct,at close to dark double shock your pool put all vac lines,sweeper head etc. in the pool,run the filter for 2.5 hours,shut off filter and vacuum in the morning ,to waste if possible.I would...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: General Pool Care, vinyl liner pool, how to open an inground pool
vinyl liner pool, how to open an inground pool, opening a pool: The critical point in filling a vinyl liner pool is to make sure you haven t had any dogs, small animals, or other surface scratches that turn into stretch areas when you begin filling the pool. The second area for inspection prior to filling is to make...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Geothermal pool cooling, swimming pool heater, pool chemistry
swimming pool heater, pool chemistry, pool water: Interesting concept. I have no experience with this problem/solution. I would guess that you would need to plumb a manifold underground so there is enough circulation happening in the colder area. It would look something like the copper maze that you see...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: GROUND WATER, liner pool, inground pools
liner pool, inground pools, new pool: Hi Mike, I have put liners in inground pools where ground water showed up after the old liner was taken out. There was so much water the pump could not evacuate the water fast enough so we could set the new liner. The solution was I had a water trucking company...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Grayish Black film forming on bottom and sides of in ground pool, ground pool, acid wash
ground pool, acid wash, water hardness: As long as you are sure it is not black algae, my next question is....Is your pool plastered or painted? My guess is that it is plastered. The grayish black color that you are seeing could be the plaster is wearing away and the gunite is showing through....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green Algae Problem, pool store, green algae
pool store, green algae, poolstore: Hi Mark, what the guys at the poolstore failed to tell you is you put the right stuff in but they did not tell you to SHUT OFF THE FILTER! One reason may be they just don t know that shock is a dragger and when you pour it onto the surface of the water it...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green algae pool, hayward sand filter, pool supply store
hayward sand filter, pool supply store, yellow out algaecide: Hi Ryan, I have been clearing pools for 20 years sometimes overnight doing the same thing in the same way over and over again and it has proven itself 100% First of all you wasted a lot of money trying to balance a sour pool you didn t need to balance it the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green/cloudy water, pool industry, de filter
pool industry, de filter, water return: Hi Iz, you need to put algecide in during the day and shock (liquid 2 gals) or dry diluted in at night and shut off the filter. Running the filter keeps everything suspended. Shock is a dragger and it will drag the mess to the bottom if left undisturbed so...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green/cloudy water, pool industry, ground pool
pool industry, ground pool, cloudy water: Hi Iz, whoever told you you had a crummy filter doesn t know anything or is trying to sell you a filter. You have the best equipment in the pool industry. The problem is you need to put the chemicals in , in a special order and KEEP THE FILTER OFF! What most...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green Pool Winning the Battle!, louisiana swamp, cloudy ice
louisiana swamp, cloudy ice, night wich: Hi Keith, you did a great job! You can shock again and the next day start your filter. The first sign of an algea bloom is a cloudy pool then it turns green. When clearing the pool it goes in reverse green to cloudy so you are almost home. I m glad I was able...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green Pool, pool man, plaster
pool man, plaster, 3 years: What area of the country is this pool located? What kind of pump and filter does it have on it? (sand, D.E., caartridge) What are your chemical reading? How long does the pump and filter run? ( how long is the timer set to run? Or does someone turn it on,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green Water, disolve, dragger
disolve, dragger, green water: Hi Wendy, here s the thing, you need to put algeicide in during the day with the filter running and 3lbs. of shock at night run the filter 1 hour and shut it off. Shock is a dragger it will clear the pool if you don t disturbe the water. It may take overnight...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green water, cloudy pool, pool man
cloudy pool, pool man, villa with pool: Hi Sue, they are both right. You need algicide to poison the alge and chlorine to drag the mess to the bottom so you can vac it out. Also keep an eye on the ph after you vac the pool as it might need PH Plus to get rid of acid in the water which the alge likes...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green water, little known fact, pool stores
little known fact, pool stores, water jets: Hi JCP, never give up pools are really easy once you learn the right way to maintain them. I ll let you in on a little known fact about chlorine or shock...it is a dragger. What I mean is if it s liquid or diluted powder you spred it over the water at night...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Green/yellow Intex pool-help!, chlorine levels, intex pools
chlorine levels, intex pools, easy set pool: Hi Mary, Yes shut off the filter and shock again tonight. Make sure you dilute the shock so it will blanket the top of the water and drag the green to the bottom clearing the pool. Just so you know when you shock the chlorine raises the PH but only until the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Greetings,I have a problem..., pool light, pool lights
pool light, pool lights, bob hudson: Wish I could help, but elecrical stuff is not my cup of tea. The details are never exactly right, and normally the answer/fix has to be done by a licensed electrician. All that being said, pool lights most ofter require a ground and a neutral. Check...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In Ground Cleaning Systems, pool filtration, filtration cycle
pool filtration, filtration cycle, water curtain: Good Question! There are two types of these systems. One is called an agitation system, which essentially places in motion all dirt/debris where your normal pool filtration cycle will remove it. There s really no rhyme or reason to how they work,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ground Water leaking into Concrete Pool, spring thaw, concrete pool
spring thaw, concrete pool, hard rain: This is a very difficult question to answer without seeing your situation. I would first look at the grading around the pool and try to identify areas that are not graded away from the pool.I would use a level on the decking to see the pitch. I would...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ground Water, pool installation, hekp
pool installation, hekp, water trips: Hi Paul, ground water is a nightmare for sure, as if putting in a inground wasn t tuff enough! You can rent or purchase a pump with a float. You set the float so the pump will only go on when the level of the water trips it. Home Depot sells the pumps and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite appearance/heater question, lime scale, inexpensive answer
lime scale, inexpensive answer, spot solutions: The most inexpensive answer to discoloration is an acid wash of the plaster, with a close-up inspection of the mottling/discolored places. Often, you can use one of the many spot-solutions for the plaster in just that area. Also, don t discount the ability...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Construction phase, diamond brite, pool bottom
diamond brite, pool bottom, pool wall: Not to worry, gunite is very pourous. If you have water pouring in all the time I would worry. As it is isolated then it is not a problem. The final surface be is diamond brite or plaster is typically waterproof. Make sure your contractor has installed...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite cracks, hairline cracks, pool owner
hairline cracks, pool owner, twilight years: Katrina, An old saying goes If it aint broke... you know the rest. If the cracks are only cosmetic, then patching them would only be for asthetic reasons. Color matching a plaster patch is difficult for the professional, and nearly impossible for the average...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool Heave, plastering, duct tape
plastering, duct tape, east coast: John, It ain t going back down! Your contractor must live in a tent if he did not know that storm was coming. I live on the West Coast and I knew. Those plugs should have been clear. He will need to re level the pool and hope that none of the pipes are damaged....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool-- at a loss, double shock, pool store
double shock, pool store, pool service: Hi Rbelle, Shock and shut the filter OFF. It may take a day or two but let the shock drag the mess to the bottom. Use eaither 4lbs. granular shock diluted in a bucket one at a time or 8 gals of liquid. All you really need is PH Plus after a rain because rain...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool Repair? How do you know if you replaster?, system fyi, salt system
system fyi, salt system, pool repair: Most of the major pool equiment manufacturers have one, Polaris has one, Jandy has one, and Aqua-Rite makes one as well, which is what I have. It breaks down salt into sodium and free chlorine which then cleans and disinfects your pool instead of chlorine...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool Repair, northridge earthquake, wall footing
northridge earthquake, wall footing, tile line: The difficulty with raising the pool bond beam 4 is that you have a mortar joint 1 below water, and there is not a good answer to sealing it. In commercial construction, we are required to put a waterstop on a masonry joint under water. This sounds...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pool, pool dealer, happy holidays
pool dealer, happy holidays, disrepair: Hi Vanessa, There s no way to tell what condition the pool is in until it is uncovered. I don t know the going rate for excavation but you would need a filter system and depending on the size of the pool determines the cost of the system if you know the size...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Pools, gunite pools, liner pool
gunite pools, liner pool, water chemicals: Hi Mike, gunite pools are expensive to put in almost double a steel liner pool and maintance of the construction is also expensive and time consumming when the pool is shut down to be replastered. I prefer steel lined pools as the liner itself can last 20...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite patch/repair, pool shell, pool renovation
pool shell, pool renovation, gunite pool: Thanks for the reply. As long as you have not tried to apply anything to the pool surface, the gunite will adhere just fine to the previous shoot. I like granite for use in pools, but you can test it by placing a piece of it in a white plastic cup, like...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite for a pond, concreate, home depot
concreate, home depot, wild hair: Hi Mary, I put a pond in my back yard years ago and it s still running great no leaks and I did it with painter s plastic I got at Home Depot. They even sell it in Black and it s dirt cheap! Concreate and gunite are very expensive and hard to work with get...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite pool reconsturction options, installing french drains, ozone system
installing french drains, ozone system, freeze thaw: I always prefer removing all decking, especially if it s been heaving/moving, and removing whatever pieces of pool wall are unsound. Then, I prefer to build one pool inside the other. By doing this, you will be raising the pool about 4-8 , depending...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite pool stain removal, spring pool, stain removal
spring pool, stain removal, dark grey: Hi Manuela, I believe it is minerals leeching from the gunite as the color is not that of alge. Alge is light green, dark green, brown, yellow, black or red. I don t think mineral remover will combat a case as serious as yours because it is all over and it...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite renovation, tile line, waterline tile
tile line, waterline tile, gunite pool: We cut out the plaster two inches below tile on a replaster to get a good seal between the bottom of the tile and the new plaster. Also, those two inches typically prevent future delamination, as the old plaster is enveloped by the new. To brown-out under...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite resurface, gunite pools, pool chemicals
gunite pools, pool chemicals, marine paint: Hi Rhonda, a gunite pool takes a lot more maintance than a liner which last 10-15 years and a fiberglass which last a lot longer. Gunite needs to be resurfaced every couple of years because the pool chemicals make the minerals bleed through and corrode the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Spa air Venturi Problem, venturi system, spa jets
venturi system, spa jets, vacuum effect: A spa venturi system is piped in such a manner where air is introduced into the water just before entering the spa. The force of the water will cause a vacuum effect sucking in the air and thereby creating a jucuzzi effect. First, you need to make sure...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunite Spa, plaster surface, national spa
plaster surface, national spa, pool institute: Acid washing should only be done under extreme staining conditions. It will drastically reduce the life of the finish. I would only empty and refill with fresh water every 6 months. Sounds like they are trying to make a little extra money on you. Before...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Gunnite, pool owner, concrete contractor
pool owner, concrete contractor, several factors: I m not an expert on gunnite. I have seen a few cracked gunnite shells, the cracks I saw were not through the shell though. Several factors can affect the gunnite quality. Mixture, application, rebar spacing, curing and climate affect the result. Sealing large...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: green pool, alkalinity increaser, chlorine tablet
alkalinity increaser, chlorine tablet, hydrogen peroxide: Missy, Baquacil is costly. I have used it only on a health club, spa. It s been at least 20 years since then, but I believe you shock it with hydrogen peroxide. I don t know how compatible it is with chlorine or chlorine shock. Check with the store, that sell...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: green water, pool chemicals, pool store
pool chemicals, pool store, red water: Hi Kim, sounds like minerals to me. If you have a high count of minerals like iron or copper in your water it will react with pool chemicals mostly chlorine it makes the ions in the minerals explode and discolor the water depending on what the count is you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In ground green leaking pool, gallon pool, safety fence
gallon pool, safety fence, fence line: I don t think water water is pumping back to pool.Is your pool leaking water?I would double shock the pool at night,throw all the vac equiptment in the water,run the filter for 4 hours,shut it off vac to waste in the morning.Do this twice if necessary.Be sure...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In ground pool stairs stains, water chemistry, skin oils
water chemistry, skin oils, ground pool: Hi Stan, your water is fine it s just the accumulation of lotions, hair spray, skin oils ect. You can use comet on a sponge as comet is pretty much the same as chlorine, I have used things like Fantastic, 409, any strong cleaner but comet seems to do the best...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: In-ground spa vs. fiberglass spa, ground spa, surface maintenance
ground spa, surface maintenance, fiberglass: If you plan on using it 5x week... all year long, I would stick with a fiberglass spa. A fiberglass spa can retain heat better than a gunite spa. Also, a gunite spa has more surface maintenance (paint or plaster) than a fiberglass spa... just make sure you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: in-ground swimming pool, bob hudson, construction business
bob hudson, construction business, ground swimming pool: Pools that are improperly constructed, meaning material placement and correct plumbing arrangements, cannot be fixed after completion. We have come in behind many a homeowner whose husband is in the construction business and has gotten nearly all the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: groundwater leaks, pool plumbing, uphill slope
pool plumbing, uphill slope, water infiltration: Thanks for this really good question! An underground leak in pool plumbing is often mistaken for ground water , too! So, first conduct a bucket test , which consists of placing a plastic bucket with water in it on the top step of the pool, carefully...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: grout problem, psi pressure, water chemistry
psi pressure, water chemistry, acid wash: Sounds very strange....Are you sealing the grout with an appropriate grout sealer? Also, I would check the water chemistry. Sounds like the water is too acidic and the grout is being eaten away. Make sure the pH is at 7.6 and the alkalinity is between 100-120ppm....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite integrity, cement products, sandy type
cement products, sandy type, clay soil: Cindy, Thanks for asking this question! And, from your question, it appears they used a dry-mix gunite, which is, by far, the best material for building swimming pools! Good choice! Either the day of your pool installation or shortly thereafter,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pool maintenance, fiberglass coating, water penetration
fiberglass coating, water penetration, pool company: Good question for this time of year! Painting a pool is always a temporary solution, as is the fiberglass coating, which is also, very often, painted. The best and longest-lasting product for the interior of pools is and will continue to be white hyraulic...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pool surface, abalone shells, chemical stains
abalone shells, chemical stains, colored quartz: I love the SunStone & Pebble-Tec products for two very important reasons. 1. They look and feel fabulous. Especially the small-stone version with the abalone shells. 2. They last forever. That doesn t mean that they won t get chemical-stains or calcium...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pool, calcium buildup, pool store
calcium buildup, pool store, bad case: Hi Steve, sounds like a bad case of calcium buildup take a water sample to your local pool store for a test. Take the sample away from outlets and at least 12 down. They will tell you how to treat the hardness with a conditioner. Have a safe and fun summer....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite pools, pool paint, short term solutions
pool paint, short term solutions, gunite pools: Thanks for this question! There are short-term solutions which generally have the most inexpensive answers. Then there are longer-term permanent solutions, which are more expensive. A. One short-term answer is to drain & acid-wash the pool including...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite spa drainage, pool spa, pebble tec
pool spa, pebble tec, filter controls: You can safely use an aggregate (Pebble-Tec or SunStone) interior with no compromises of the material. Anything else, no guarantee. Before you price out a Spa Only , be aware that they are only about $10,000 to $15,000 less than a full pool/spa combination....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite swimming pool reconstruction, pool reconstruction, differential settlement
pool reconstruction, differential settlement, drilling holes: The second part of your question is the reason for the first problem. When you have a pool leak, it plasticizes the soil, and any expansive clay material you may have is soil will swell with hydration. We have some of the most expansive clay soil in the world...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite swimming pool repairs, metal railings, pool sweep
metal railings, pool sweep, baton rouge louisiana: Let s start with plumbing and water. Make sure that you can effectively filter and clean your water first! Then, get a little help with the pool cleaning. For your type of pool, I would install a Hayward Phantom, with a dedicated line, and that will relieve...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite swimming pool tile replacement, swimming pool tile, tile roofing
swimming pool tile, tile roofing, pool shell: Wow! You ve been saving up all your questions! The highest grade of slate is all we use for pool tile, as it is the only one they say is frostproof in water. Typically, the ceramic tile is only replaced when you are also going to have a new plaster...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunite, insulated concrete forms, bob hudson
insulated concrete forms, bob hudson, brick wall: You may want to look at ICF, Insulated Concrete Forms for this. If I remember correctly, they are exactly suited to the purpose you described. Here s a link: http://www.forms.org/ The issue with gunite is that it is generally quite brittle. It...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: gunnite, koi pond, trowel
koi pond, trowel, cement: Hi Ty, I m sure you can do what you have in mind but why? It s a lot of work and the cement should be enough since you don t put a lot of chemicals in the pond because of the fish like you would with a pool. There are no chemicals to attack the cement so you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hayward Pump, pool pump, flow rate
pool pump, flow rate, horsepower: Sizing a pump for a pool is not as simple as you may think. There are too many variables... size of the pool, flow rate of the pump, size of plumbing, length of run. I would have to send a very long response. I commend you for asking because most people...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hayward sand filter, hayward sand filter, gasket seal
hayward sand filter, gasket seal, little squirt: Ray, Your filter is fine. There is not a thing that you could have done to a filter that would give you the problems you are having. Air enters on the suction side of the pump, or the other side of the filter. A gasket, seal, small hole in a hose. Trying running...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: What Do I Do - HELP!!, pool chemicals, outdoor pool
pool chemicals, outdoor pool, wood deck: Sheila, There are not enough hours in the day. I think you need to find a local company to start up your pool and give you lessons. There are retail stores that offer classes and help one on one. It would be worth the money to see what you can find. Check...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Heater Problem: Laars LT Model, lt model, cornwall uk
lt model, cornwall uk, gas appliances: Hello Ed Sorry for the delay in replying, I ve had problems with my computer. The Laars High limit will flash if the heater has tripped through low water flow, which could mean that the filter wants backwashing etc. Any other problem then you should get...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Heater stinks, raypak heater, gas heaters
raypak heater, gas heaters, orifices: Robert, the first thing that comes to mind is spiders in the orifices of the burners. If you are not a technician I would recommend finding one. You can start by opening the front of the heater and look to see if there are webs. The orifices are where the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Heating above ground 15000gal pool, heat losses, sunny spells
heat losses, sunny spells, cornwall uk: Hello Howard The first thing to consider are the heat losses from your pool. A below ground pool has surface area for most of its losses. An above ground pool has the surface area plus the surace area of the sides all round. Isulate as much as possible...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Heating In Ground Gunite Spa, propane heaters, propane heater
propane heaters, propane heater, pool guy: Propane flowing downhill is a good thing. The other, not so much. Propane heaters are fine, unless you are planning on keeping it warm most of the time, and then popping the temp up to spa temp, in which case a heat pump may work and save you a bunch...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Heating a non-heated pool, oil fired boiler, trickle charger
oil fired boiler, trickle charger, cornwall uk: Hello Chris A heat pump is the most economical method of heating a pool but the initial expense is high. An oil fired boiler or a heat exchange on the house heating if it is not too far from the pool is the cheapest method. Oil fired heating is a very quick...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Help!, wet vac, happy thanksgiving
wet vac, happy thanksgiving, suction lines: I believe you are referring to the large multiport valve near the filter. Turning it to close position turns off the water flow completely. You can leave it in the close position while blowing out the line but make sure you turn it back to filter position...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Help, fiberglass coating, wing nuts
fiberglass coating, wing nuts, filter chamber: Sorry, but it sounded like you do have a few issues with grids. And, I think you have an old Purex Triton filter. I don t know why/how you are reassembling the filter. Normally, you assemble the bottom and then assemble the top manifold, never actually...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hi Mike, I have an in ground..., pool shell, pool walls
pool shell, pool walls, cornwall uk: Hello Doug The pool walls could be 6 to 12 inches thick. First make some large holes in the bottom of the pool as you dont want a marsh every time it rains! Then knock the top foot off the wall into the pool as hard core. Best of luck. Regards Mike...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: High Chlorine Level, algae bloom, public swimming pools
algae bloom, public swimming pools, pool shock: Hi Jen, you didn t say where you live so I don t know your weather but I think your test kit is off. If you use liquid test kit they have a very short shelf life because they are acid base. I would test with test strips, they are accurate and have quite...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: High Water Table, pool shell, gunite pool
pool shell, gunite pool, pool builders: it is possible to build a pool in an area with a high water water but it should be done during the driest season (late summer?). It is essential that hydrostatic plugs are properly installed into the pool s shell. This is essential if you ever need to empty...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hiring a Pool Contractor, similiar project, price per square foot
similiar project, price per square foot, pool contractor: Not really a premium, but it sounds like you running up against subcontractor fixed costs. It s a lot like building a heated and cooled cabana with a full kitchen and a fireplace. You have all the most expensive components of a full house, spread across...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Horseflies, flying insects, horseflies
flying insects, horseflies, animal droppings: Hi Michael, wow this is a new one on me! Flying insects usually only hang around if something is attracting them and horseflies are nasty beast. They like decay and animal droppings. Something is attracting them to the pool area but without seeing your yard...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot Tub, chlorine pool, cornwall uk
chlorine pool, cornwall uk, check ph: Hello Doug my son has a hot tub, I ll ask him what he uses then get back to you. regards Mike. 1st dose tub with a shock dose of chlorine then keep the chlorine level to between 1 & 3 parts per million. Check pH weekly and keep to about 7. It sounds...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot Tub GFCI, gfci outlet, gfi receptacle
gfci outlet, gfi receptacle, hot wire: Well Brian ,the unconnected ground wire alone could not have caused a shock.Unlug the spa with a ohm meter their should be no connection {infinity}from the ground prong on the plug to each of the two other prongs nothing between ground and hot and nothing...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot Tub, spa water chemistry, spa chemicals
spa water chemistry, spa chemicals, salt system: Thanks for asking this question! Since I install spas only in conjunction with a pool, I don t have any really good answers. Here s what I know about spa water chemistry, in general. 1. Your pH will cause most water chemistry-related problems. So, fix...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot tub jets, inground hot tub, tub jets
inground hot tub, tub jets, cornwall uk: Hello Jake It sounds as though the jet that is taking in water is acting as an injector ie the water is going passed it at such a speed that it is drawing water in. I would not worry about it though if you closed the water flow down a little it may then...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot tub pump blowing fuses, air bubbler, pump curve
air bubbler, pump curve, fuse switch: Sorry to hear about your problem. What you are describing indicates that quite probably the heater is turning on after the 5 or 15 minutes and the draw of the pump and heater on the circuit is too much. It is possible that the pump is operating too high...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot tub, thermal breakers, continuity tests
thermal breakers, continuity tests, operational continuity: There are multiple possible answers. Some hot tubs have thermal links between pumps and power, others have small thermal breakers built-in to the pump housing itself. Still others use simple trip switches located in various places. Try to obtain...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hot tubs, volt power supply, commercial spas
volt power supply, commercial spas, panel switches: It would be difficult to tell you but I don t think you want the motor to run all the time.The timer should be set to turn on 1 pump every 3 or 4 hours.When the thermostat calls for heat, the circulatory pump should run.In commercial spas that pump runs all...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Hydrogen Peroxide/UV pool disinfection, pool supply store, national pool and spa
pool supply store, national pool and spa, hydrogen peroxide: Hi Joan, I thought I sent you may answer yesterday but your question shows as pending today. I have no knowledge of this sanitation process it is not offered in my area. We do have systems called Nature One and Nature Two which you might find at your local...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward de pro-grid filter question, pool two, inground pool
pool two, inground pool, recharged: Hi Gene, God bless you for putting in all that work! Ingrounds are no small job. It sounds like you have something busted inside I m not sure if you have fingers or grids. If fingers, you could have a crack (hairline size) is enough to let DE thru under pressure...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward filter, hayward filter, de filter
hayward filter, de filter, leslies: Moe thanks for getting back to me so fast. The filter you have has a 1996 serial number and Leslies warranties that for ten years. You might get something from that. As far as trying to re make the top of the filter yourself you need to replace it for safety....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward motor replacement, jumper positions, screw head
jumper positions, screw head, pool motor: A matter of disconnecting the wire in the motor box,make sure the new motor is wired for proper voltage.Follow the skematic for jumper positions,the motor may be 120 or 220 volts.Probably 4 screws that go through the motor and hold the pump on.The pump shaft...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hayward sand filter problem, hayward sand filter, hairline crack
hayward sand filter, hairline crack, water drains: Hi Rose, Did you put silicone lube on the new gasket? Do you push down and hold down the handle until you get to the port you want to use? The handle will hang up on the gasket if you don t hold it down the whole time you are turning it and when it hangs...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: heating a pool, pool cleaning, heat pumps
pool cleaning, heat pumps, bob hudson: Joe, A really good quaetsion, and thanks for asking! All heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, much more so than natural gas or propane. However, they heat much slower, due to their lower BTU capacities. (Which is why they are seldom installed...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: shocking the pool in winter?, gulfport ms, winter thanks
gulfport ms, winter thanks, hi mary: Hi Mary, all you need to do is add a good algecide (Black Algeicide) and about 4 gals. of shock and cover your pool. Your pool will need to be shocked again when you open it but that s just the same amount of chemicals you put in for the winter months. You...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hot tub folliculitis, spa stores, pool and spa
spa stores, pool and spa, warm pool: There are approximately 40 different lines of chemicals for spas and swimming pools. Each of these distributors/manufacturers have websites and great information. Unfortunately, most of it is designed to sell you on their brand of additives/decontaminat/oxidizer,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hot tub heater, hot tub heater, variable limit
hot tub heater, variable limit, bob hudson: Not an expert on hot tubs, but I can give you some general help. Most heating systems (including your dryer) has two thermostats. One is a high-limit which is set by the factory, and the other is a variable limit, which is set by you when you set the temperature...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: hot tub-making it level, insect invasion, moist cave
insect invasion, moist cave, thick board: Not really a hot tub expert, but can volunteer a few things. 1. Hot tubs need to be level to make water levels work when jets are on. Your skimmers and your returns are balanced, and need the water coverage they are designed for. 2. Another reason for...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: ICF Swimming Pools, foundations magazine, pool expert
foundations magazine, pool expert, pool walls: I m sorry, but you will have to take it a couple of notches higher than a lowly pool guy to get some buy-in for ICFs used in the construction of pools. First of all, ICFs probably will never have the torsional and shear stability needed for pool walls;...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor/Inground Pool Leak, fiberglass panel, tile floors
fiberglass panel, tile floors, brick walls: Hi Barry, from what you tell me I m sure you are right in the fact that the returns are on a T under ground and it may be right at this T that she s leaking. Fix a Leak won t cut it here. If it is PVC or even black pipe you would have to cut the lines at the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor Pool Room - Celing/roof construction, concrete tile, natatoriums
concrete tile, natatoriums, liability purposes: Normally, this is outside of my scope. In most cases, especially for insurance and liability purposes, you will need to get an architect or a structural engineer involved. In most of the enclosed or inside pools we build, they use virtually no exposed metal...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor pool maintenance, indoor pool maintenance, idea what kind
indoor pool maintenance, idea what kind, indoor pools: Judy: Indoor pools require less maintenance than outdoor pools. It is easier to balance the pool s chemistry b/c you do not have the outside elements such as leave, animals, bugs etc. It is certainly something you can do yourself. I would suggest...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Indoor swimming pool construction, swimming pool construction, indoor swimming pool
swimming pool construction, indoor swimming pool, humidfier: Hello George I will spell out the basics. Air temperature needs to be 2 degrees warmer than the water, so some air heating will be required. All glass should be double glazed. The air pressure in the pool hall must be at a lower pressure than out side...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground air return, propane torch, paverstones
propane torch, paverstones, air leaks: Hi Tom, air leaks are always in line before the pump. The return lines have no effect on air leaks. You already replaced the cover o-ring on the strainer housing, did you put silicone lube on that o-ring? Sometimes that s all it takes. The next place to check...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground (Gunite) pool, tile grout, pool tile, tile grout
pool tile, tile grout, england weather: Make certain that you do not have any loose grout between tiles by using a tile saw (not a real saw!) to remove as much of the grout as you can, without turning it into a tedious all-grout-out effort. Once you feel that you have removed as much as you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground Pool Construction Question, cement mix, pool wall
cement mix, pool wall, pool construction: This is faily typical. They will need to muck out the dirt, clean the rebar, remeasure and reposition it, place some steel-tex behind the steel on the caved-in side of the pool, and possibly flash the pool with a high-cement mix mortar that will shield...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground Pool pump, air bubbles, strainer basket
air bubbles, strainer basket, pool pump: Hi Serene, I suspect you may need to put a little silicone lube (Not vasaline as it will distroy the o-ring) on the o-ring that is under the cover of the pump strainer housing. Sometimes the o-ring dries out. When you take the lid off take the basket out and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: My Inground pool, ph alkalinity, chlorine levels
ph alkalinity, chlorine levels, vinyl pools: Your question is a little confusing.... but....I am not a fan of vinyl pools for the reason you mentioned.... liners do not last very long. Proper water chemistry will prolong the life of your new liner. Make sure you routinely check pH, Alkalinity, and water...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground pool cleaning systems, polaris pool sweep, pac fab
polaris pool sweep, pac fab, fab equipment: Without question, I would install a Diatomaceous Earth Filter (DE)(instead of a sand or cartridge filter). A DE filter will trap smaller partials. I would also install a Polaris Pool Sweep with a separate booster pump connected to a separate timer. If...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground pool construction comparison, fiberglass fibers, fiberglass pools
fiberglass fibers, fiberglass pools, fiberglass coating: Need a few more pieces of information to give you a good answer. 1. How much longer do you anticipate living in Bergen county? If you are a New York City commuter, and your company will transfer you in two years, cheaper is better! 2. What is the predominant...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground pool renovation questions, renovation questions, traditional plaster
renovation questions, traditional plaster, pool renovation: Hi Gary, the surface you choose depends on where you live and how tolerant it is to weather. If it were me I d go with quartz finish I don t like retro fitting an original design. Retro fitting is always more money. Sandblasting is always prefered for good...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground pool woes, basket area, vacuum tube
basket area, vacuum tube, air leak: Hi Sarah, all I can say is there is still an air leak. Perhaps the elbow at the bottom of the skimmer is cracked but you said you replumbed it. So, lets put a little silicone lube on the o-ring under the cover of the pump where the basket is. Something is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground pool, good jet, garden hose
good jet, garden hose, jets: Jennifer,I would recheck those lines I think their broken or plugged.Your sure their are no valves shutting them off.Shut the pump off and plug the other jets,unscrew the directionals, stuff a rag but leave a tail sticking out or buy plugs and leave one good...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground Swimming Pool Leak, swimming pool leak, vinyl liners
swimming pool leak, vinyl liners, calm conditions: We don t see many vinyl liners in Arizona, the sun destroys them in short order around here. Under CALM conditions (pump off for at least 4 hours) slowly squeeze a few drops of food coloring within a half inch of the outlets . A leak in the pipe(s) usually...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Inground water line tester, cornwall uk, pool company
cornwall uk, pool company, pressure tester: Hello Jim I do not normally get involved with pressure testing etc. O my own pool I checked all the pipes by screwing a length of pipe into the variuos fittings and filling them up with water and wainting to see if the level dropped over night! It is a...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Installation of pool, pool store, water return
pool store, water return, shop vac: Hi Cindy, you should have put the vac over the rim and under the liner about one and half foot from the bottom and only added water to one foot on the wall. the liner would have stayed in place air free just like the effect you got (looks painted on) but i...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Installing an used above ground pool, pool dealers, inground pool
pool dealers, inground pool, ground pool: Hi Engels, Most pool dealers will only honor the labor on a pool if it is their s because they don t know the quality of the pool. You need a pro to put it up because if you don t get it right it will collapes and do a lot of damage or someone in the pool...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Installing a vinyl liner pool, vinyl liner pool, railroad ballast
vinyl liner pool, railroad ballast, sand shark: You will need to overdig the pool, and place some railroad ballast in the hopper end of the pool, with a sand shark hooked up to a trash pump capable of pulling all the muddy water out and keeping it out. Otherwise, you will have to overdig the sides...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Intake cover, hayward pool products, drain grate
hayward pool products, drain grate, inground pool: I am a bit confused.... as you know, you are given the opportunity to rate the advice provided. Here is what showed on your rating of me: Not really a pool expert. Pretty much quoted back what I said in my question. I explain what an Equalizer line is,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor gunite spa leak, seal cement, border tile
seal cement, border tile, jackhammered: Hi Jackie, if it were me I would tell them their patch work system is not working and tear it out and start all over. I say this because I have no tolerance for jobs that are repeatally called back to repair. I am not knowledgeable about radiant heating but...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor pool, indoor swimming pool, cornwall uk
indoor swimming pool, cornwall uk, wall material: Hello Rod I have seen walls made of brick, wood, and completely tiled. The main thing is to make sure the building runs on negative air pressure, this stops water being forced into the building fabric. Negative air pressure is created by blowing more air...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor pool, cornwall uk, pool construction
cornwall uk, pool construction, pool room: Hello Gary An indoor pool needs the air keeping about two degrees warmer than the water. Also you need a large dehumidifier to cut down the moisture as the pool will evaporate a lot of moisture into the air. You also have to have a moisture barrier to stop...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: indoor swimming pool ceiling materials, indoor swimming pool, gypsum board
indoor swimming pool, gypsum board, home improvement store: Hi Ruel, that kind of material will soak up the moisture and weaken and won t hold anything let alone glass. You have to find a material that is not absorbant I m not sure what that would be but a home improvement store could help you out on that. Cia...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool filter, pool filter, check valve
pool filter, check valve, pools: The huge gush of water is actually air entering the system causing water to flow in reverse. Chances are, you have a suction leak that pulls air into the system. when the system turns off, the pools prime is lost causing water to back up through the pipe...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool install, bad hope, pool water
bad hope, pool water, main drain: Ted, your installer is correct for several reasons. Skimmers only filter 1 1/2 foot of the water over and over again. Main drains draw the water that isn t being filtered by the skimmers. With a one horse pump you will turn your entire pool water over 1 and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool light niche leaking, pool light, hands smell
pool light, hands smell, gunite: yes... if the leak is occurring where the light wire goes into the back of the niche, I would get some A+B underwater epoxy and mold it into the small hole and around the wire. allow the epoxy to dry overnight before putting the light back into the niche....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool for Northeast, heat pumps work, steel pools
heat pumps work, steel pools, two local companies: Mark, as I state in my profile, I am in Southern California. We don t have a lot of pool constructed like you do in the Northeast. I think it is only fair to say that you need to shop, get references etc. From local people. Do your homework. Pools are a major...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool pipe, friction loss, rigid pvc
friction loss, rigid pvc, inch pipe: Rich, According to the friction loss tables for schedule 40 rigid PVC, a 2 HP pump with a flow rate of 120 gpm will move the water at almost 12 feet per second. What we look for is 6-7 feet per second. My recommendation and is 2.5 suction and 2 return. Is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: My inground pool Sunk 1 inche, soil dries, pool plumbing
soil dries, pool plumbing, pool shell: If the pool has tilted, it is possible for the plumbing to break. Ask that the pool plumbing is pressure tested, and ask for a leak detection specialist look at the pool to determine whether the structure or the plumbing is leaking. It is possible that both...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool vacuum, pool vacuum, pool water
pool vacuum, pool water, water press: Hi Susan, assuming your filter runs fine when not vaccing then check to make sure you are drawing water just from the skimmer you are going to vac from and not from the main drain or another skimmer. You must have all the suction power designated to that skimmer...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: inground pool, salt chlorinators, cornwall uk
salt chlorinators, cornwall uk, mike bennett: Hello Kristen Sorry I cant help with the infloor cleaner. I have never heard of it and I have worked on over 10,000 pools! Salt/chlorinators do work, I never reccomend them as in my experiance they have all caused corrosion in heat exchangers etc. They...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: installing equipment and keeping water clean, square feet area, pool pond
square feet area, pool pond, independent bodies: Hi Austin, congrates on this desing it sounds wonderful and you really put your head to it. The only thing I would double check on is the pump. You may need a a two or more stage pump to draw the water to that filter. You can go on line to Hayward and ask...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: installing a sub panel for pool, installing a sub panel, pool pump
installing a sub panel, pool pump, electrical work: Jaime, Un fortunately I don t have all the answers. The material list is extensive with many variables. Inground or along a wall????? 1/2 and 1/2? You need to size the panel based on code. What are the amps of the main Panel? Just because there is room doesn...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: installing tile over gunnite, border tile, installing tile
border tile, installing tile, grit sandpaper: An easier answer is a pool guy s secret. Get some wet-or-dry 200 grit sandpaper and put it on either a block of wood or a grinding wheel. Grind away, keeping the surface wet. Normally plaster is around 1/4 to 1/2 of material, so smoothing is pretty...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Jacuzzi Power On Switch Not Working, plumbing section, spa side
plumbing section, spa side, indoor spa: Even though this is an indoor spa in is really considered a tub. This is out of my expertise. I would suggest going to a plumber or redirecting your question to the plumbing section of this site. Sorry I cannot provide the finite question you are looking...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Jet pressure, sandfilter, filter hose
sandfilter, filter hose, water level: Hi Roe, you need a new filter hose you are sucking air or maybe you let too much water out when you backwashed and the water level is not half way up the skimmer face on the inside of the pool. The water must be half way up the skimmer face or you will suck...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Keeping a pool closed for summer time, pool chemical service, kinds of bacteria
pool chemical service, kinds of bacteria, winter closings: Hi Joe, this pool is going to cost you no matter what you decide to do. If you don t open this year and run it you will have a septic tank next year and it will cost you much more to open and most pool service won t even take a job that dirty! That s why there...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Kool Deck Cracks, kool deck, concrete cracks
kool deck, concrete cracks, expansion and contraction: Concrete cracks usually fall into two categories. Category 1: Concrete expansion and contraction which is normally controlled by isolation, control, or expansion joints. Small, fine cracks in the concrete itself are generally benign, and normally...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Kool Deck Paint, kool deck, deck coatings
kool deck, deck coatings, best bet: You might want to check with your deck people.Kelly I think you took my answer wrong. There are many different types of deck coatings on the market today. Depending on what your weather conditions are, will determine the type of product to use. Your best bet...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Kool Deck replacement, kool deck, color pigment
kool deck, color pigment, cool deck: Clarie: Sorry for not completely answering your question. I was just back from vacation when I answered your question and I was still a bit jet laagged. I revised my answer. Usually, it is best to replace the entire cool deck. It is almost impossible...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Kooldeck staining, prosoco products, falling leaves
prosoco products, falling leaves, beautiful pool: There may be some cost differences between concrete in Texas and New York, but the SunDeck product should be about the same, which is between $3.50 and $5.50 per square feet, based on topping/surfacing/type material/pattern & color chosen. I think the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: How keep pool healty?, swetting, cornwall uk
swetting, cornwall uk, pool co: Hello Michel I would reccomend that you get a small cartridge filter and pump for your pool. It holds just over 300 gallon and is the size of an average spa. The pool co. will reccomend the best chemicals to use. I would not use salt as this attacks all...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: How keep pool healty?, swetting, bob hudson
swetting, bob hudson, metal filter: With a pool that small, it s probably cheaper to just buy the water! It s very tough to get chemicals balanced in a small body of water, there s just too great a possibility for error or over-treating. And, trying to rig a pump, filter, etc. for such...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: How do I know if I should reapply Gunite?, ph alkalinity, pool companies
ph alkalinity, pool companies, meter pool: Jeff: Acid washing will be waste of money (labor, materials, and water). Although it will make the pool look brighter, it will make the surface rougher. Actually, I never acid wash (or even empty) plaster pools. Plaster can delaminate from the gunite surface....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Laars2 Propane pool heater, laars boilers, cornwall uk
laars boilers, cornwall uk, pool heater: Hello Jon Laars boilers are about the best you can get. I have never known threads to strip, if the boiler is old then the threads could corrode away. PTFE tape would appear to be a solution of your problem. I hope this is of some help. Regards Mike Bennett,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leak in pool, diamond brite, waterfall pump
diamond brite, waterfall pump, pool company: Do a test. Use a bucket, fill the bucket half with water, mark the water level inside the bucket. Mark the water level in the pool. Compare your water levels and see if you are leaking. If your pool is losing water faster than the bucket, there is a problem....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leak question, main drain, leak detection
main drain, leak detection, skimmers: Jason, Normally we would have a Leak Detection company go out and determine where the leak is. Then we can repair as needed. There are many companies that do this work. Check your Local phone book. Once you know where the leak is it is easier to figure out...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leak, hi amy, rapid rate
hi amy, rapid rate, hole in the wall: Hi Amy, the most common place for a hole in a liner is right under the ladder. Most ladders do not touch the bottom and the weight of a person pushes it to the bottom but also creates a hole. Other ladders which butt up against the wall (which they should...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leaking Spa Bath Jet, plumbing department, pool store
plumbing department, pool store, pool and spa: Hi Tamara, I had no luck finding covers anywhere. But, most jets guts unscrew. If you unscrew the center piece you could get little one inch winter plugs at a pool store and use them to block the jets. They are hard black rubber plugs with wing nuts you place...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leaking Spa, spa deck, pool spa
spa deck, pool spa, bob hudson: Thanks for this question! Generally, you will need to let the spa level drop to the lowest level to identify the level in the wall where the leak most likely is. Next step after that is to determine what a leak detection company would charge to isolate...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Leaky valve, fiberglass pool, leaky valve
fiberglass pool, leaky valve, relief valve: I am not sure of the valve your referring too. If it is a static relief valve the time you would need this is if the pressure under the pool is greater than the pressure in the pool. The valve will let water into the pool and the pool won t pop out of the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Light niche leak, hairline crack, wet dirt
hairline crack, wet dirt, usefull info: Hi Darrell, to tell you the truth I have no experience with pool lights so I can t help you there. I like to try to salvage things so as far as the skimmer goes, yes it could leak with just a hairline crack if you see wet dirt around the area. You could try...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Liner Pool - High Water table, land drains, gravel bed
land drains, gravel bed, liner pools: Normally, when a high water table is present, the pool builder will place a sand shark (PVC pipe with gills cut into it) in a Tee with a gravel bed under the deepest part of the pool. Then, they will attach a suction line up to the water level of the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Loose Above Ground Pool Liner, pool 8, pool liner
pool 8, pool liner, ground pool: Hi Njeyeguy, In all my years in the business I only had 1 loose liner and it was due to ground moles. They had tunneled under the pool and displaced the sand and the liner sifted. If it were my pool I would replaced the liner as the liner is 50% of the pool...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Losing my mind with my hot tub...., spa foam down, water spa
spa foam down, water spa, bromine tablets: HI Jodi, it s not as hard as you think. First of all throw away thoes test strips...you don t know how old they are and maybe your spa is good but the strips read wrong. The bromine may be old too. Get fresh and when you go to get new strips and bromine ask...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Lots of sand on bottom of pool, types of algae, backwashing
types of algae, backwashing, algaecide: Dee, Thanks for the kind words, Vacuum the pool and treat for algae. You may have to do a lot of backwashing to get rid of the algae. DO NOT LEAVE ALGAE IN YOUR FILTER. It will contaminate the sand. Be warned there are many types of algae and the can be treated...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Lowe Drain is Clogged Maybe ?, propane torch, lower drain
propane torch, lower drain, air leaks: Hi Pete, if it were me I would wonder if I didn t have a crack in my drain line or the drain itself. Air usually means a leak. I don t know if you have noticed a drop in water level or not. The other thing is since you disconnected the lines to do the blow...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: lack of pressure from pool wall, pool sweep, pool wall
pool sweep, pool wall, pressure pumps: John: First, does your pool pump have a complete prime. In other words, do you see air under the pump lid. If so, you have a suction leak and this is preventing the pool cleaner from working properly. If you have a full prime (no air bubbles under...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: laterals, hairline crack, filtration system
hairline crack, filtration system, pool water: Hi Bruce, they are part of the filtration system inside a sand filter. There is a center pipe and down at the bottom these branch off all around the center pipe. Their main job is to let the pool water pass but keep the sand which is in the tank exactly there...in...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leak in pool, pool leak detection, gallon pool
pool leak detection, gallon pool, concrete deck: Pamela, leaks are one of the hardest things to solve. You have done well so far. Now you have to eliminate piping. The only way is to pressure test. I recommend a pro. Call a POOL leak detection company. They can separate the lines and determine where the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leak, circulation system, water height
circulation system, water height, inground pool: If it leaks when the circulation system is not running the only difference is water height,skimmer and output lines to pool.I would try to isolate the leak by blocking the skimmer,this should stop the leak.If it doesn,t the leak would be on the return,to verify...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leaking skimmer on brand new pool, contractors licensing board, pool company
contractors licensing board, pool company, new pool: Hi Frank, wow I feel so bad for you, shelling out all that money and have that kind of workmanship done! Look over your contract with the pool company and see what kind of warrantee they have on their workmanship. To my option, the pool company did a bad job...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leaking out waste pipe, algea in pool, flotron
algea in pool, flotron, inground pool: Hi Junior, get yourself a good algecide I like Black Algecide since it covers a lot of differentg strains of alge. Dilute it with water and splash it in the deep and shallow end and run the filter. At night throw in 4 gals of liquid shock and shut the filter...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leaks in pool above ground, couple dollars, ground pool
couple dollars, ground pool, face plate: Hi Orajean , the leak may be the gasket behind the face plate of the skimmer if so then all you need is a gasket and that only cost a couple dollars. The gaskets tend to rot just from the chemicals in the water. Take the face plate off and have a look. Hope...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: leaks, fiberglass inground pool, certian areas
fiberglass inground pool, certian areas, delois: Hi Delois, This is a tough one. If you drop the water 3 then the leak has to be in the body of the pool just above where the water stops. Do you have steps? Are they part of the pool or where they seperate? If they are seperate the gasket around the steps...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: length of life of pump, algae growth, circulation system
algae growth, circulation system, fiberglass pool: When you switch to pool only filter position is water out put normal?If their is no noise when filtering spa and water output is strong I would look at something in valving or air being sucked into system.Lynn [10 years is about average,I do not think this...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: liner in pool has shrinking, pool store, water jets
pool store, water jets, leaf eater: Hi Martha, Gee I wish you wrote me before you drained the pool about the leaves. If you had I d told you about the leaf eater you could have gotten at your pool store for about $30 it s a disk with a fine net on top and water jets under the disk anything under...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: liquid and grandul chlorine, liquid chlorine, chlorine tablets
liquid chlorine, chlorine tablets, granular chlorine: Tony: There are too many variables involved in order to provide the answer that you are looking for. Liquid chlorine is very unstable and it has a very short shelf life. This effects its active available chlorine. In addition, granular chlorine comes...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: looks like sand in pool, change brands, coagulant
change brands, coagulant, scum: I ve not heard of calcium scum,I would use a coagulant,this makes particles stick together and easier to vac.First shock{change brands}add coagulant,run filter for 4 hours,shut off pump and vacuum after 8 hours.If this doesn t work I would look for a filter...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: losing sand during backwash, pool system, milky water
pool system, milky water, filter sand: Hi Charlie, if you have a cracked lateral you have to replace if under pressure when the filter is on filter this crack will widen and let more and more sand back into the pool. When you get your lateral do not glue it in they screw or just pop in depending...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: low pressure, but good pool flow, pac fab, teflon tape
pac fab, teflon tape, water loss: Hi Debbie, Wow, I m impressed with the age of your filter most don t make it past 5 years! As long as the flow is good ...pay no mind to that silly little gauge behind the curtain HA HA! I never rely on a gauge to tell me how a filter is running not even...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: low water level in inground pool, air bubbles, air suction
air bubbles, air suction, rubber plug: yes...this could all be related.... lots of air bubbles means that a) your have a suction leak (ie either your skimmer line or your main drain line has a crack/hole in it) b) the o ring on the pump needs to be lubricated. When the system is on.... air would...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MAINTNENCE, pool walls, ground pools
pool walls, ground pools, bob hudson: I do not purport to be an expert on above-ground pools, but I ll try to help! 1. Don t try to save the water. (Hoever, I don t know what type of above-ground pool (walls) you have, so I don t really know what would happen when/if you drain the pool.) ...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Maintenance of gunite pool, pool chemicals, tilework
pool chemicals, tilework, plaster: Plaster is purely cosmetic, however, the rougher the plaster is, the easier it is for Algae to grow. Before you spend the money to replaster, I would verify the condition of the tiles. If you knock on the tiles and hear a hollow sound.... this means that...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Marbelite keeps coming off, bonding agent, plaster
bonding agent, plaster, tile: Tough question to answer without seeing your situation. My guess is that it is not being prepped properly. My suggestion would be to make sure the old plaster is completely removed and an appropriate bonding agent is applied before the new plaster is applied....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Marquis finish stains, chlorine tablet, color stains
chlorine tablet, color stains, pool ownership: The #1 rule of pool ownership is proper water chemistry. Most people only check pH and fail to check alkalinity, and water hardness. Make sure these levels are proper because if they are not, corrosion will happen. The copper tubing in your heater can start...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mesh or solid (non-safety) cover?, snow accumulation, shock treatment
snow accumulation, shock treatment, t drain: Hi Carol, I own a mesh and I love it! Yes, the pool is a little nasty in the spring but it s only dirty water it is not a bunch of degrading leaves which are a bummer to clean out. I like the fact that I myself can take off the cover! I have a bad heart and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mold on pool walls?, pool walls, trash barrel
pool walls, trash barrel, ground pool: Hi Steph, this is a very seldom seen mature alage. Soak the filter in 1 gallon of muriatic acid to 5 or 6 gallons of water overnight next day rinse well with a garden hose. Keep an eye on your balances and at night dilute 3lbs of powder chlorine and pour into...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Moles under my above ground pool, algae problems, mole problem
algae problems, mole problem, new mole: Must be honest, most of my experience is with in-ground pools and not above ground pools with liners. My gut is that one thing (your liner) has nothing to do with the other (algae). As far as your algae goes... as it gets warmer outside, there are 4 things...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mortar, mortar joints, mortar mix
mortar joints, mortar mix, cinder block: What you have indicated that you are doing will work fine. There are only a few caveats: 1. When you get your sand/cement ratios from your mortar mix directions, just double the cement portion by whatever they say. Then proceed as usual. 2. Since the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mosaic Trim - Inground Pool, tile line, wall plaster
tile line, wall plaster, mud bed: Thanks for this question! The underlying gunite material needs to be free from any loose material, and the pool wall plaster (if it has any) needs to be cut & chipped approximately 2 below the lowest level that your tile band will extend down to. Once...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Moving into new house with inground. Leaving for weeklong vacation 4 days later. What do i do?, algicide, inground pool
algicide, inground pool, weeklong vacation: Hi John, first of all do not cover the pool it will turn into a terrainium! I would load up on algicide about 1 gal of maintance algicide and run the filter the day before you leave at night I would put in 4 gals of liquid shock let the filter run about an...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUD IN POOL, water clarifier, flash flood
water clarifier, flash flood, organic compound: Well this is something I have never treated as such in a pool. Congratulations I thought I had seen everything. Dirt is an organic compound, no different to any other organic compound. So first we need to shock the pool, to put this in perspective you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MULTIPORT VALVE, de filter, backwash
de filter, backwash, problem thanks: Hi Mike, multiports are famous for this. Even though you replaced the gasket here are a few tips. One, when you replace the gasket lube the groves within the valve where the gasket sits with a silicon sealer waterproof and let it sit open for the night. Two,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: MUSTARD ALGAE, mustard algae, nancy nancy
mustard algae, nancy nancy, pool store: Nancy, 1. Your pool can be easily drained. No issues, no problems! Just set your pump backwash valve to Waste and let it run! Will take about two-to-three hours to take it halfway down, and then you can refill it overnight. 2. Diamond brite finish...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mud in pool, liner pools, pool experience
liner pools, pool experience, two occasions: Hi Chris, the shock needs to be thrown across the water so it will blanket the surface and drag the mess down. Unfortunately, when you vac to waste you lose water so you have to add new to bring the level up so you can vac. On the other hand you are diluting...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Muddy Pool Water, fiberglass pool, inground pool
fiberglass pool, inground pool, pool water: Hi Cathy, if you do not run your filter the mud will settle to the bottom it will just take time. Don t waste money on any chemicals at this point just let the pool sit still, mud weighs a lot more than water and will drop. Sorry to hear of your misfortune...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Mustard Algae, mustard algae, algaecide
mustard algae, algaecide, alkalinity: Hi Sorry to hear about this. Part of the problem here is your plastic liner. The treatment I would suggest is agreesive and may bleach your liner. First lower your pH, carefully, to about 6.8. This is probably lower than you have ever had it before....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: I'm interesting in the pros..., concrete pools, marble chips
concrete pools, marble chips, concrete pool: Hello Concrete pools are much more expensive to build than a liner pool. Liners now have a life of over 10 years. Concrete pools can be lined with Marbeline which is white cement and marble chips and dust that is rendered then ground smooth. marbeline...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: main drain obstruction by tile grout, tile grout, main drain
tile grout, main drain, gunite pool: Hi Bob, the only way I can think of that you might be able to try is a blow out. I would try disconecting the line to the main drain from up by the pump. I would try a garden hose forced in as far as it will go and try to flush out the material. Or you can...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: About maintenance of swiming pool, mosaic tile, cornwall uk
mosaic tile, cornwall uk, mike bennett: Hello Zahid Where are you living? What country? What type of pool concrete, concrete block or above ground? What kind of finish Liner, mosaic, tile or marbeline? Indoor or outdoor? The maintenance is easy provided you keep the pool chlorinated and vacuumed...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: major green algee, liquid chlorine, proper circulation
liquid chlorine, proper circulation, algee: First, you must run your pool 24 hrs/day until the algae is gone. Second, brush any algae that is on the walls/floor. Third, algae will clog your filter preventing proper circulation so you must routinely backwash/clean your filter until the algae is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: manual vacuum, pool instructions, water blow
pool instructions, water blow, concrete pool: Hi Donna, attatch the vac head to the telescopic pole and one end of the vac hose to the head make sure if the hose has a swival end that that end goes on the vac head because if you attatch the swival end to the skimmer attachment it will suck air and you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: marble and spa plumbing question, system fyi, plumbing question
system fyi, plumbing question, four holes: I am a bit confused about your question. It sounds like you a questioning the coping (made out of marble) on top of the pool and the coping has small holes in it. If this is the case, I would powerwash any dirt/ algae and use grout to fill the holes and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: meteor sand filter, laterals, sand filter
laterals, sand filter, port hope: Hi Lois, sounds like the valve gasket is hung up. Take the top off with the handle and look at the spider gasket if it is warped or torn or just not in it s proper place you may need to buy a new one. If the laterals were broke you would have sand spilling...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: mold on inground pool liner, tea stains, 2 quarts
tea stains, 2 quarts, black mold: Hi Fran, what you have is brown and black alge and it is alive if it is spreading. This is a very high strain of alge and grows so fast it does not green up or cloud up the water. If you kill this alge and stop it from spreaing you may be left with the staining....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: motor, pressure gauge, suction lines
pressure gauge, suction lines, optimal operation: It is unlikely related to your motor unless your pump s bearings are whining with an obnoxious sound. Realistically, it could be attributable to several things: 1) the pressure gauge is no longer accurate (although it is unlikely). 2) the pump s impeller...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: mustard algaecide staining, iron stains, brain coral
iron stains, brain coral, copper color: Hi Bill, there is a product out there called ZapIt 75 and I hear it works great on all kinds of stains. I think you have a collection of iron stains it wasn t caused by your mustard algaecide. A liner will pucker if the PH is way off, the bleaching is due...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Natuarl Gas Pool Heater Startup, gas pool heater, gas boilers
gas pool heater, gas boilers, cornwall uk: Hello Kent You could try and bind the thread with PTFE tape. Otherwise you will need a gas fitter, here in the UK. unless we are Corgi registered we are not allowed to mess with gas boilers! Are you sure that you have not mislaid a reducer for the pipe...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Neighbor's Pool, good neighbor, size pool
good neighbor, size pool, algicide: Hi Caryn, a 15 pool hold 5,310 gals of water and the label on the chemicals should tell you how much to use for that size pool. However, if the weather is really hot you can add a bit more. Too little creates the problem a little extra is insurance. Add the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Above Ground Pool Winterize it?, liquid chlorine, ground pool
liquid chlorine, ground pool, algaecide: Hi Greg, no need to balance the pool and the winter chemicals only last half way through the winter. However I recommend you do not put that floating chlorine in the pool. They tend to bleach out the liner. Instead put 4 gals of liquid chlorine in and the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Filter Element, Same PSI, filter element, pressure gauge
filter element, pressure gauge, guage: Michael, I am not there, but normally when a cartridge is changed you would notice a difference. If pipes are backwards or the cartridge is not seated correctly you may get a weird reading. I have had cases on spas where the back pressure from the jets prevented...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Gunite Hairline cracks, gunite pool, hairline cracks
gunite pool, hairline cracks, structural engineer: Hi David, I m not an expert on Gunite but I can offer you some advice. Get the original contractor to look at his work and tell him your worries. Next if he tells you it s fine........GET IT IN WRITTING! If he s so sure it s fine and will stand behind his...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New gunite pool, gunite pool, water minerals
gunite pool, water minerals, pool store: Hi Gary, Congrats on the new pool I ll bet it s beautiful! As far as the chemistry goes you can rely on your strips to head you in the right direction to maintain a clear pool. If I were you I would have a professional water test done at the pool store to...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Pool & High PH, gallon pool, new pool
gallon pool, new pool, test agents: Hi Michael I would first of all be suspect of the test. If you are using a liquid test kit the agent to test PH may be expired and giving you a false reading. These test agents are acid base and have a very short shelf life. I would test with Test Strips...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Pool, Little Info, alkalinity water, pool chlorine
alkalinity water, pool chlorine, pool shell: Brandon: I would plan on draining your pool in the spring. Since the pool did not operate since last year, there is a good chance that there is a substantial amount of algae. You will spend too much time and money on chemicals in an attempt to get it clear....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool considerations, solar heating system, grand wialea
solar heating system, grand wialea, abalone shells: Aloha! Just got back from Maui about three weeks ago. Stayed at the Grand Wialea in the southern part of Maui. If you ve not seen their pools, might be worth a trip, just to get a few ideas. All Tile: Not a neccessity, as it requires the pool to be...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool owner, pool owner, new pool
pool owner, new pool, ground pool: 1) Any ideas as to why the pool stopped leaking? A. The pool stopped leaking because a pinhole leak somewhere along the level of your returns has been stopped up with something, typically dust/dirt, whatever will temporarily plug a very small hole and stop...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool questions, chlorine generators, salt chlorine
chlorine generators, salt chlorine, ozone system: A few answers... Q. I have read that the material in DE filters could be bad for your health, thus do catridge filters work just as good? A. I prefer a sand filter with Zeobrite. Same filtration level (2 to 5 microns)no residual to buy/store/recharge....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool surface, weather in cornwall, marble chippings
weather in cornwall, marble chippings, ozone purification: Hello Mike Hydrazzo is a pool finish we have never heard of! I think it is what we call marbeline which is a smooth white finish made from marble chippings and white cement then disced down to make a smooth finish. Ozone purification is very good. Look...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool White plaster, water additives, pool bottom
water additives, pool bottom, bob hudson: Yes, that is a problem. You already have delamintion, which is most often caused by slow filling procedures. Call the plaster guy to see if he has any suggestions. There are some water additives in the plaster trades that sometimes can fix this. ...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pool water start-up, plaster surface, pool company
plaster surface, pool company, inground pool: Usually, it takes at least 2 weeks for the majority of the curing to occur after a plaster job. Run the system 24 hrs/day during this process (or even for the first 4-6 weeks.) Make sure you backwash regularly to make sure the filter is not clogged with plaster...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New pump?, inground pool, water window
inground pool, water window, powercord: Hi Bonnie, you need a new motor not the whole pump but a new motor the black long piece behind the strainer housing. It sounds pretty burnt out a 1 horse is enough for your pool and estimated cost is around 200.00 just for the motor. I wish I had better news...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: New Swimming Pool Construction, swimming pool construction, new swimming pool construction
swimming pool construction, new swimming pool construction, egg shells: Karlie, Well it falls down to personal opinions. Mine is simple, It should have lasted more than two years. Note the period. What ever the cause I would think the builder would try to help if nothing else for the good P.R. However I understand his trying to...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Newly installed above ground pool, ground pools, ground pool
ground pools, ground pool, overhang: Hi Deanna, if the installer put in the right size liner there is no need to stretch the liner! Your pool should have at least a 4 overhang of liner on the outside of the pool some installers tuck the liner under itself so as the pool ages and the sun bleaches...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Do I need to drain my swimming pool to clear up excessive algae?, green algae pool, pool man
green algae pool, pool man, pool store: Hi Aimee, all water can be treated I never heard of old water not being treatable! I don t know where this guy got his training but it sounds like off the streets! You are half way to a clean pool! Knock down the algea off the walls, shock again and let the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: i need help!, gunite pool, acid bath
gunite pool, acid bath, good luck: Katie, When it comes to acid washing a pool, I recommend you leave it to the pros. I once had a partner that almost died from breathing in the fumes. I think I have lost some years from acid washing. Don t take a chance. As far as painting, I have not had...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Do I need a new pump?, air pressure gauge, propane torch
air pressure gauge, propane torch, air leaks: Hi Kent, if you are sure you have no air leaks then i would replace just the motor not the whole pump the motor could be tired since that is the expected life of a motor. I don t rely on gauge they are all made in China or whatever! But before I buy a motor...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new DE filter questions, dino bones, coffee cans
dino bones, coffee cans, filter tubes: Hey Rick, congratulation on having a filter for 17 years! Yes, same dose of DE with coffee cans. DE is only fossilized earth (ground up Dino bones!) It s been the same for Millions of years. If you see DE going back in the pool for more than 5 to 10 seconds...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new plaster, pool light, uneven areas
pool light, uneven areas, uncommon problem: Not an uncommon problem. Plastering is not an exact science, like concrete or stucco or other applied finishes there is going to be uneven areas. Sanding hits all areas or leaves spots that are going to be noticed. I recommend that if you opt for sanding that...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new pool, polaris pool sweep, water number
polaris pool sweep, water number, pop ups: Ron: As far as equipment... I am a fan of the PacFab family. I would suggest a 48 sq ft Diatomeous Earth FNS Filter (far better than a Sand or Cartridge Filter) with a Multiport Valve, a 1 HP Whisper Flow Pump and a 400k BTU Electronic Ignition Heater (If...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new pool, cooldecking chipping!, drip edge, pool decking
drip edge, pool decking, pool contractor: Lori, The laws normally will say He who last touches it is responsible. If the cool deck guys did not do the prep, then.....are they the last to touch it? Once they start they are the experts then they should have done the job -whatever it takes. Good...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new pool and load of rust, pouring cement, fiberglass pool
pouring cement, fiberglass pool, vacuum system: Are you sure it is rust and not all dirt? If it is rust, this is a tough call. If the system was running I would suggest adding stain/scale remover and stain/scale preventative. Most likely, this will work regardless but...the only way to be sure is to empty...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new pool, new pool, pool contractors
new pool, pool contractors, steel steps: Hi Tom, I like the fiberglass because the more liner you have the more potential for rips and finding leaks around stairs is very hard. The stairs take a lot of beating with in and out all the time the fiberglass will take the abuse 100% better. They use to...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: new quartz finish, new quartz, pool light
new quartz, pool light, dark areas: Sam, You said refinished, Some times that happens when refinishing. The refinishing company will probably deny any wrong doing. You could try grinding but that could be worse. Let it go if you can and call it personality! It has to look better than it did....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: noisy filter, pool store, pool filter
pool store, pool filter, water return: Michelle, it sounds like your motor needs new bearings just take it to an electrical repair store if your pool store is not now open for the season. The new bearings and seals they put in will extend the life of your motor at least 5 years. Hope I helped please...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Opened pool but apparently winter is not over, moving water, water flow
moving water, water flow, 6am: Susan, Keep it running and keep an eye on it. The worst times for freezing is 3am to 6am. That is the coldest times naturally. Normally moving water will not freeze but it can slowly create icing in the pipes that will choke off the water flow until they freeze...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Overheating Spa, digital thermostat, dennis thompson
digital thermostat, dennis thompson, contactor: hello Dennis It sounds as though the digital thermostat could be faulty, though a sticking contactor would cause the same problem. I would recommend that you get a good electrician to check it all for you as there are several reasons that could show the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Overpressurized pool filter, propane torch, air leaks
propane torch, air leaks, pool filter: Hi Dan, all air leaks which would cause loss of water flow back to the pool are all in front of the pump. So I would check the o-ring under the cover sometimes it gets stetched out and needs to be replaced or sometimes a little silicone lube on the o-ring...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ozone with Salt Water Unit, salt chlorine, ozone system
salt chlorine, ozone system, water unit: Cathy, No you do not need ozone with salt. But they are compatible. In some circles it it said that they cancel one another when operating at the same time. One company makes a combined unit that is both. It is designed to only have one function on at a time....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: oak tree stains on gunite, live oak trees, tube sock
live oak trees, tube sock, poolman: Hi Jan, I don t know what Zaplt is but the oak stains are organic maybe an old poolman trick would work try it on the stairs first. Put a 3 slow tab in a tube sock and scrub the stain. If it works there you can weigh down some socks with the tabs for the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Not opening pool this summer, alge, outrages
alge, outrages, fall and winter: Hi Carol, One point for the women! If you leave your pool covered all summer and even if you put chemicals in the cover will act like a terranium! Alge is a plant and it would looooooove to live and grow in that pool! If you leave it without circulating the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: opening pool, ground pools, bob hudson
ground pools, bob hudson, rain water: Thanks for this question, and I hope I can give you a few tips. You are right, water is water! By all means you can use the water on the cover! It wasn t designed to keep water out, anyway. It was just for keeping debris out. I do know that when you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: PAINTING A SWIMMING POOL, pressure relief valve, cornwall uk
pressure relief valve, cornwall uk, bottom drain: Hello again The pressure relief valve is in the sump or bottom drain at the bottom of the pool, if you have a bottom drain you will normally have a relief valve. It is there to let water into your pool if you try and empty it when there is a high water table....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Painting concrete, cinder block walls, concrete block walls
cinder block walls, concrete block walls, painting concrete: A number of issues here. A. If your walls are actually cracked, then water will seep through, no matter what you do, including drain systems. B. Removal of mildew is always best accomplished with products specifically designed for that purpose. Got...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Patio Hole and Cracks, vinyl liner pool, foundation repair company
vinyl liner pool, foundation repair company, shipping peanuts: I know this will sound strange, but I would use bags of shipping peanuts. They don t compress, retain water, harbor parasites, or allow anything to grow through them. Once you have the sono tube in place, fill the void with packing peanuts, place...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pebble Tec Durability, pebble tec, pool builder
pebble tec, pool builder, bob hudson: Sorry about your builder experience. Pools are all handmade, and things like this can happen. Pebble-Tec has a great warranty that essentially exempts them from any responsibility for any failure in the application portion, they warranty only the product...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pebble Tec Repair, wrought iron fencing, pebble tec pool
wrought iron fencing, pebble tec pool, rust spots: I know this is going to sound a little weird, but first the good news: You can drain & acid wash your Pebble-Tec pool and it will look almost as good as new! All you will have to do is keep a slightly higher chlorine level (top of the scale) for a little...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Peeling above ground pool liner, pool liner, ground pool
pool liner, ground pool, filter system: Hi T. this is pretty rare but dangerous. If the liner thins out too much it will burst right through the walls. If it were my pool I would not let anyone in it in case it lets go. This is not just a cosmetic thing it is dangerous. Liners are layered material...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Ph level of the pool, health safty, chlorine smell
health safty, chlorine smell, niger africa: You are correct in being concerned for the children s health safty with a pool that smells septic! Please do not allow them to swim until the problem is solved. You did not mention if it was an inground or above ground pool. You could have as much as 10,000...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: PLASTER DEFECTS, pool plaster, hairline cracks
pool plaster, hairline cracks, rust spot: Thanks for providing the answers to my questions. Now, to answer yours: WHAT CONCERNS ME NOW IS WHEN IT SAT FOR TWO DAYS EMPTY THE PLASTER BEGAN DRYING UP EXCEPT FOR SOME SPOTS. THESE SPOTS ARE NOW SHOWING UP DARKER THAN THE REST OF POOL PLASTER WITH THE...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Plaster delamination, worst case scenario, jack hammer
worst case scenario, jack hammer, renovator: Dorothy, You would see bulges in the existing surface and larger areas will sound hollow to taping. If there is any area that is coming off , I mean any area, then spend the 1800 or the new finish can pull off. I am a full believer in removing the old surface...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Plaster removal from a gunite pool, sheen river, pebble sheen
sheen river, pebble sheen, international design awards: I m a little old fashioned about this. Even though I ve won numerous National and International design awards, and design a lot of out there things, plaster is one area that I m a little hard-headed about. I like colored plaster, regular Marcite, 4...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Plastering, pool plaster, pool shell
pool plaster, pool shell, christmas thanks: Thanks for asking! Yes, you can fix the area for this season, but you will certainly have other issues/problems in the future. Normally, once pool plaster cures, it s very hard, usually up to about 8,500 psi or so. But, it s also very brittle, and any...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL CHEMICAL ALTERNATIVES, saltwater chlorinator, bacquacil
saltwater chlorinator, bacquacil, chlorine smell: Hi Rudy, I no nothing of the salt water system but as far as manual chlorine yes it is a corrosive but as far as skin and eye irritation goes.. you only get that if your pool does not have ENOUGH chlorine in it. Chlorine when wiped out by killing bacteria...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL CLOSING -WATER LEVEL, tile line, coping stones
tile line, coping stones, coping stone: any time you are dealing with outdoor elements, there is always a risk. My suggestion would be to make your best attempt to keep water and debris off of the cover. Water on top of the cover will freeze... put pressure against the tiles and possibly do damage....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL LIGHTS TRANSFORMER, voltage spikes, cornwall uk
voltage spikes, cornwall uk, pool lights: Hello Lew If the transformer wattage is higher than the total wattage of the underwater lights it could be the dimmer that is causing your problem. Some dimmers are not suitable for controlling transformers and induce high voltage spikes that cause transformers...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL LINER, necessary holes, liner pools
necessary holes, liner pools, s liner: Hello Barb Liner pools are OK. liners today have a 10 year guarrantee and treated sensibly will last much longer than that. I would get a new liner fitted and let a pool company fit it, as the liner has to have all the necessary holes cutting in as the pool...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL PUMS, ft diameter, pool contractor
ft diameter, pool contractor, one horse: Hi Robert, your contractor is correct in the pumps he has recommended to you. When it comes to the hp of a pump a one horse will pump approx. 63 gals a minute plenty for your pool. The manufacturers of pumps do not change the impeller which really determines...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: POOL TIMER WIRING, hex nut, copper wires
hex nut, copper wires, neutral line: Keith, Line is the hot power (120 Volts) going from the breaker to the time clock. Load is hot going from the timer to the pump. All grounds (green or bare copper wires) go to the green hex nut on the bottom of the timer box. White or Neutral will go to the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poll or not, gunite pools, liner pool
gunite pools, liner pool, steel pool: Hi Dave, I am not up on cost for ingrounds but the least I believe you can get a pool installed is 10,000 and that s a steel wall, liner pool with filter ladder and only back filled to rough (no patio around the pool) Most sizes start with 16x32 as far as...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool backflow, air leaks, tank pressure
air leaks, tank pressure, suction lines: Hi Tom, I suspect the connections of black pipe at the pump (Your suction lines) are leaking air. Heat the pipes with a propan torch and crank down on the clamps . The pipes will soften slightly and when you crank down on the clamps they will mold to the fitting...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Chemicals, pool chemicals, easy set pool
pool chemicals, easy set pool, how many gallons is my pool: Hi Donna, your pool holds approx. 9,000 gals of water and all the chemicals on the back tell you how much to put in by gallonage. If you need to brush the sides that means you have alge and have to treat it.To start I would put 1/2 quart of algecide durning...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Closing, pool service, rubber plugs
pool service, rubber plugs, rubber plug: Hi Dennis, it s always better to plug returns, most of the jets wist knobs just unscrew counterclockwise and then you remove the ball so you can plug with a rubber plug. The plug has a wing nut to expand the rubber once inside the port. This is how most jets...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Closing, pool vac, hose clamp
pool vac, hose clamp, pool guy: There are different ways to close a pool. You can certainly use a pool vac blower, however, I prefer to use a normal air compressor. Why? Because you can use the air compressor for other things such as air tools. You can also use it to inflate your car tire....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Closing - Air Compressor, line traps, fall features
line traps, fall features, cleaning heads: It is hard for me to give you exact instructions without seeing your system. I am almost tempted to tell you to hire a pool company and watch and learn.... but... if you have an infloor cleaning system I would purchase the plugs that have an air valve on it...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Closing, ground pool, spring hope
ground pool, spring hope, esther williams: Hi Ray, you have a liner so you need to keep water in the pool so it won t shrink. Liners are like the human skin, take the water out and the pours close and the liner shrinks. If you don t cover you will have quite a mess to clean in the spring. Hope I helped...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool care made simple, chlorine levels, pool builders
chlorine levels, pool builders, pool owners: If the chlorine and pH are correct, run the filter longer. Probably 24/7 until the water comes clear of algae. Then wind the time back to say 14 hours a day and see if the algae starts to appear, 12 hours and then mabe 10 hours. I personally think 12 hours...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool is cloudy, hayward sand filter, pool pump
hayward sand filter, pool pump, lowes: Hi Rowlette, your filter is plumbed right. You just didn t put the chemicals in right. You need to shock the pool again at night and leave the filter off! You can t clear a pool with the shock being agitated. The water has to be still so the shock can grab...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool coping & expansion joint repair, mortar color, backer rod
mortar color, backer rod, pool shell: I don t seen any pitfalls in your plan, other than trying to determine what caused the coping to come loose in the first place. My hunch is that high water levels invaded and compromised your mortar joint before you could pump it down. Repeated exposure...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool cracking and level shift, tile line, water seepage
tile line, water seepage, gallon pool: Hi Mark, a good pool installer can jack your pool up to where it is level again pretty quick I m told. The water issue that caused the sinking should be addressed or it s just going to happen again. I hope that the cracks are to blame and not ground water...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Deck, cool deck, deck coatings
cool deck, deck coatings, pool deck: Julie May, there are many different types of deck coatings on the market today. Depending on what your weather conditions are, will determine the type of product to use. Your best bet is to seek an answer from a local company that knows your region. good...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool and deck maintenance, paint expert, cool deck
paint expert, cool deck, deck coatings: We aren t real experts at decking, but we ve seen a lot of styles of coatings. A paint expert might be more helpful. Be sure to tell them if the deck is textured cool deck or plain ol concrete. Ther are some amazing products and processes that can make...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Equipment, filter cart, pool filters
filter cart, pool filters, pool builder: Hi Thierry, Hayward is the leader of pool filters and pumps you will always be able to get parts for it. If you got the chance to upgrade to a Hayward ...GRAB IT. Just for some info Jandy started out as a toy company and branched out into pool filters. Hayward...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Filter Problem, fiberglass tank, filter outlet
fiberglass tank, filter outlet, pool pump: Greg, The Clean and Clear is a fiberglass tank and inside at the O ring is a metal band that sits inside to guide the o ring. Many people will lubricate that o ring with pool lube or Vaseline or whatever. Don t. Clean the rubber with a dry rag and re attach...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Filter valve, backwash hose, cornwall uk
backwash hose, cornwall uk, pool filter: Hello B You can fit a valve on the waste but must open it on backwash. Backwash means the water goes through the sand from the bottom and down the waste.Open the valve. Recirculate means the water does not go through the sand. Waste means you pump the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Filter, pool filter, pool shop
pool filter, pool shop, pool water: Hi Looking at your question my best guess is a leak on the suction side of the pump. This will manifest itself as a not full basket in front of the pump. If this is the case I suggest you get a service company out locally to find the problem. Depending...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool filter and algae woes, blue green algae, hayward filter
blue green algae, hayward filter, free chlorine: Hi Scott, Maybe we should look at another possibility in chemistry. Have you added a good amount of water to your pool. Are you on well water. Do you know how much iron and copper is in your water if it is city water. What I m getting at is ,with a high chlorine...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool filter on Filter Mode but backwashes, hayward pool filter, nuts and bolts
hayward pool filter, nuts and bolts, pool store: Hi Mike, have no fear the valve looks scary but once you take all the nuts off and take the top off you will see it is pretty simple in design. I think the spider gasket inside is not seated properly. It might have slipped out of alignment when you turn your...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool filter, pool stores, pool filter
pool stores, pool filter, pool supply: Hi, I don t know who contracted to supply filters and pumps to Namco. You could try looking for Pool Supply Distributors on line . I m will to bet Hayward made the filter and slapped Proline which is a Namco name on it as a contract deal. Have a safe and fun...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool flooded, auto chlorinator, horse manure
auto chlorinator, horse manure, mudd: Leslie, I know what a mess is and this is a big one. Are you able to remove filter grids/cartridge, from the filter, and leave the top off the filter, and vacuum the pool with the water over flowing out of the filter, and not causing other problems? You...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: My Pool Is green! HELP, black algea, oval pool
black algea, oval pool, cleanable filters: Hi Stephanie, they were right about one thing you need to shock and you can use your granular dilute 3lbs one at a time it in a bucket(always add the powder chlorine to the bucket of water and NOT the water to the chlorine as chlorine is explosive if you add...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Leak, silicone sealant, ingound pool
silicone sealant, ingound pool, water jets: Hi Les, I m not an expert on gunite i deal with steel,lined pools but if it were me I would check out my skimmers. You told me the water stops just below the skimmers that is the first place to check because the fitting off the base of skimmers which hook...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Leak - above ground, sand base, dramatic loss
sand base, dramatic loss, ground pool: Hi Chad, a new liner is at least 20mil and divits can happen when the sand base under the liner sifts when water is added. You could have gotten the impression because that s where the hose sat on the bottom of the pool as you will filling. If you had a leak...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Leak, hairline crack, bottom drain
hairline crack, bottom drain, pool filter: Hi Kevin, you have to waite and see if you stop losing water after it has passed below the skimmer. Once you decide it is the case, you will probalbly only have to replace the fitting coming off the skimmer and which attaches to the black pipe this is about...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Light, electric cookers, twin and earth
electric cookers, twin and earth, pool light: Dear Elizabeth The pool light should be a 12 volt lamp run from a transformer. The cable from the transformer to the lamp connecting box by the poolside should be 6mm twin and earth. the transformer should not be on the highest tappingunless the pool is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool "Lip" Resurfacing, cement walls, waterline
cement walls, waterline, old style: Greg , I love those old style pools like yours. There are so many different options as far as materials. Tile ,stone, even some cement coverings or overlays. Check your local building yards. There is a lot to choose from. When it comes to tile remember that...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool leak at main drain, pool shell, epoxy putty
pool shell, epoxy putty, pool light: not sure if you received your answer yet but... I would first try to figure out the leak is in your piping or in your shell. You can do this by running your pool for 12 hrs and measure the amount of water loss. Then turn your pool off for 12 hrs and measure...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool leak, cracked pipes, loose screws
cracked pipes, loose screws, liner pool: Hello KM If your pool has a crack in the concrete, there is an American product called Pool Putty that though expensive for a small quatity it is excellant for sealing cracks etc. If the leak is in a skimmer pipe then it has to be dug up and repaired. A...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool leaking, air bubbles, air leak
air bubbles, air leak, skimmer: Of course this is just a guess, the ground has started moving, breaking the pipe or this pipe could be close to it s life expectancy, and is weaker more prone to breakage. How can you tell that there is a air leak? Could it be that you see air bubbles, coming...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool leaking, pool stores, pool walls
pool stores, pool walls, jet ring: Hi, sounds like the skimmer needs to be replaced even a hairline crack that you don t see will leak. you can lower your pool to 2 up on the wall in the low end if you drain the pool the only thing that will happen is the liner will shrink and you would have...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool liner Stains, mustard alge, chemical spill
mustard alge, chemical spill, pool store: Hi Carolyn, as I told Kree, it s a more mature strain of alge. It sounds like you have mustard alge which is transforming into brown alge. It is quite happy living in the seams and on the steps because it s warmer in shallow water and the seams work like blankets....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool is loosing water, pool company, water question
pool company, water question, winter water: Patti, Sounds like your pool may be fiberglass. You can start by using a silicon (GE White bath silicon works great)around the skimmer you may have had some movement there during the winter. Water will stop draining at the leak source, I.E. Bottom of skimmer-there...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool losing water, main drain, ground pool
main drain, ground pool, daily basis: Hi Jack, you have a leak if you are losing water every day. You have everything set right so now you need to find the leak. The first thing to do is plug off your skimmers and only draw from the main drain. This will tell you if the leak is at the skimmer....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Maintenace, pool maintenace, pool deck
pool maintenace, pool deck, main drain: Jeff, It sounds like your on the right track. I am not familiar with a wall pack. Sounds like an above ground pool. You may want to get on the phone and find an above ground dealer in your area. Maybe they will be able to help. Sorry, I don t have the answer,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Maintenance, proper circulation, oklahoma weather
proper circulation, oklahoma weather, pool owners: Floc is short for flocculant. Flocculants are a chemical that make small particles join with each other to make bigger particles. This is handy for swimming pool owners because their pools tend to get little bits of dead algae and skin in them that make the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Maintenance, kiddie pools, vacumm cleaner
kiddie pools, vacumm cleaner, trash pump: Not too knowledgable about above-ground pools, but you can rent a sump or trash pump from a local rental company to remove the water. They are electric, and do a very good job. There are a number of cover options, but you d have to visit a local dealer...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool opening problems, liner pools, liner pool
liner pools, liner pool, pool man: Kay, Welcome to the world of liner pools. Part of the problem is that you can do this every year or you can get someone to solve the problem. Call a reputable pool installer/service company. Look for the company the retailers use. They will make recommendations...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Painting/Restoration, draining a pool, painting restoration
draining a pool, painting restoration, epoxy compound: Hey Tom, It seems that I always get the tough ones. You can send me the picture at Aqualeisureserv@aol.com . Painting will buy you time yes, I am not a big fan though. Some people swear by it. Hydrostatic valves 30 years ago were rare, and I have never herd...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Piping, needle nose pliers, drain king
needle nose pliers, drain king, skimmer basket: Buy a device called a Drain King or Drain Sock at your local hardware store. These are designed to screw onto the end of a garden hose. They are designed to clear blockages in pipes. Refer to the package instructions. If possible, insert the device...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster, Acid Wash, and Chlorine, chlorine pool, pool plaster
chlorine pool, pool plaster, chlorine levels: Hi Andrea, I really don t know about the plaster or the stains you have to talk to your contractor. As far as the chlorine goes, make sure you put it in after the sun goes down so it has time to work also with all that dust it is getting eaten up real quick....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster Dry, pool plaster, pool contractor
pool plaster, pool contractor, acid wash: Jim, This is a tough one. First let me say that plaster does not do well without water. It is designed to stay wet. When plaster is dried it tends to shrink and crack. Depending on weather, you could also have freeze damage to the plaster. If the plaster is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster -- discoloring, pool plastering, pool plaster
pool plastering, pool plaster, dark specks: It is difficult to diagnose without seeing it in person. My guess is that there was an darker aggregate in the plaster mixture. Now that the fine layer of the plaster has worn away (which is normal), the darker aggregate is being exposed. (Very much like...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plaster, pool plaster, streaks
pool plaster, streaks, job: Don, Brushing does two things, It keeps the dust suspended so it doesn t stick to the pool and cause streaks. Getting the plaster smooth is mostly the job of the finishers. We want the plaster dust out of the pool. Some companies will start the filter as soon...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Plastering, pool plastering, mid atlantic area
pool plastering, mid atlantic area, pool installation: Hi Michael, think of it like this...would you try and plaster a wall outside in that cold? You would end up with cracks all over the place. The money you are investing in this pool will all be wasted if you push to get it complete now. Contractors won t warrantee...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Pump, epoxy putty, pool pump
epoxy putty, pool pump, question thanks: Robbie: Your question is a bit confusing. First...just to clarify... a filter is backwashed not a pump. When you backwash, most systems are plumbed in such a manner when the dirty water will go to waste causing your water level to drop slightly. The...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Pump, inground pool, blockages
inground pool, blockages, garden hose: After being sure their are no blockages,you could check this with a garden hose,try to push water from the pool back to the pump[pump off].Start the pump,bleed the air by a air bleed or loosening the pump cover if this doesn t work I would suspect pump problems.Lyn...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pipes, saw blade, bob hudson
saw blade, bob hudson, straight cuts: Thanks for asking! Use a hacksaw, and place two or three straight cuts on the remaining pieces of the elbow, just deep enough so that you touch the underlying pipe with the saw blade. Now, put a chisel or screwdriver in one of the cuts, and gently tap...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool plaster problems, pool plaster, chlorine
pool plaster, chlorine, bad news: You are correct. You should avoid emptying plaster pools at all costs. If the pool is drained it is very possible that the plaster will delaminate from the gunite surface. Also, plaster pools should not be chlorine or acid washed. Chlorine and acid are...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool problems, brush algae, algae growth
brush algae, algae growth, pool problems: Melanie: You have 2 issues. They could be related. Because you are not getting proper water flow, it is possible that will get get extra algae growth. First, you need to blow out the line and try to remove the debris. Turn system off. Remove the 1/4...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool project, gunite pool, pool project
gunite pool, pool project, plaster: John, Let me put it this way, 60-80% of new pools are being built with the pebble finish. Even my own pool. I won t sell a colored pool unless pebble. I will only do plaster in white. As far as seeing it, your local pool finisher should gladly give references...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump, propane torch, air leaks
propane torch, air leaks, suction lines: Hi Cathy, you didn t say inground or above ground so I ll hit both ok. First, inground, sounds like an air leak if you do not have quick disconnects on your suction lines to the pump then perhaps the black pipe is stretched from connecting and disconnecting...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump, pool companies, pool filter
pool companies, pool filter, winter time: A squealing pump typically means that the bears have seen better days. The bearings are sealed so there is no way of lubricating them. There are 2 ways to fix this. 1) remove the motor and have someone replace the bearings (this is not a DIY job). 2)...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump switch, arson investigation, sized pool
arson investigation, sized pool, pool pump: Thanks for this question! Most pool people (me included) use licensed electricians to determine the best answer to your particular question. And the reason is very simple: if you do the work yourself, and your house burns down or someone is electrocuted,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool pump, water seals, water supply line
water seals, water supply line, skimmer basket: Hello Alden The air getting into your system could be due to faulty water seals on your pump or the packing on a valve. The way to check this is to get a watering can of water and gently pour ir over the valves round the handles or on to the pump motor shaft...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Renovation, many questions, pool renovation, marble dust
pool renovation, marble dust, pool repairs: Hi Kate, I ll tell you what I would do if it were my pool. Fix the deck first. You don t know how much damage is under the deck, water could be undermining your pool. I like pepple tek for durability. The cost of color plaster varies as to where you live so...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Replaster, gunite pool, best guess
gunite pool, best guess, chlorine: Hi Don, My best guess is to let the plaster cure some chemicals may interact with the cure process it s not critical to start a chemical program with fresh water but if you see a tint of green you can start. Remember chlorine is a corrosive agent so the longer...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool rebuild, draining a pool, pebble pool
draining a pool, pebble pool, concrete shell: Jonathan, Thanks for thinking I can help you. When draining a pool you have to take in many factors. One, if there is more water on the outside of the pool than in the pool, it can float out of the ground. Two, can the walls support the weight of the ground...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Spa Combo, pool and spa, pool spa
pool and spa, pool spa, pool level: I assume you run both the pool and spa on the same system and use valves to control the water flow. If this is the case, I would suggest turn the spa drain off completely and turn the spa return on slightly. This should cause the spa to overflow into the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Specifications, spa jets, ansi specifications
spa jets, ansi specifications, clay soils: Thanks for these questions! With regard to the skimmers and returns, the ANSI specifications are for the pump and related piping to completely move 100% of the water through the filtration system in 8 hours. Since the flow rate through a skimmer is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Startup problems, vertical difference, pool construction
vertical difference, pool construction, water suction: Most pumps can only pull a prime if the equipment is no more than 3 above the pool water level. From your description, it s a little difficult to tell exactly how high the equipment is above the pool, nor how far from the pool it is. But, try this....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Sweep problem, pool sweep, pool water
pool sweep, pool water, de filter: I good news is that is not your pool sweep. The bad news that is is either your filter or the type of chemicals you are adding to your pool. My guess is that there was a fine layer of particles on the bottom of your pool. The pool sweep stirred it up...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool skimmer/Bottom drain blocked?, pool skimmer, pool owner
pool skimmer, pool owner, main drain: Hi Thomas, these skimmers with two ports are a mystery to me I don t see the point of a skimmer and main drain hooked up to each other. But I quess some pool installers thought it to be a good idea. It is my thought that if the skimmer has two ports then there...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool start up, water chemistry, bob hudson
water chemistry, bob hudson, s council: New plaster jobs are around $3,200 or so here, so no one chances doing the start-up themselves. Too risky! Also, the National Plasterer s council has 20 or so seminars a year for plasterers on JUST starting up a pool! So, typically, the plaster guys...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Tile Grout, pool tile, quartz material
pool tile, quartz material, sanded grout: The grout around the tile on your pool can be typically easily removed & fixed in a few hours, at best. It s very thin! However, I would request that they go back with a colored sanded grout that you get to pick out, or possibly may want to use the Marquis...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Tile, pool tile, pool chemicals
pool tile, pool chemicals, corrosive agents: Hi Linnie, it s not only cold that does damage to tiles, sun and acid rain do a fair amount of damage. That s why there are special tiles for pools they have to withstand all kinds of climate and pool chemicals. I m not sure of any sealer that can stand up...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Valve Return Line Positioning, pool line, pool builders
pool line, pool builders, salt system: The hydraulics of each pool are different. If yours is working don t mess with it. As long as all valves aren t off at the same time it will be hard to hurt anything. You will be constantly be adjusting your flow. There is no set drawing it depends on the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool Wall bulging & Leak Detection, chlorine smell, pool walls
chlorine smell, pool walls, pool wall: First, if the pool leak is greater while the system is on, your leak is still in the pipes. I would fix before the end of the season. Second, I would not use peak gravel to completely fill in the trench you dug. I would use a sandy/ soil mix. Third,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool water, pool water, dragger
pool water, dragger, silt: Hi Paul, I would put 4 gals of liquid shock in the pool at night and leave the filter OFF! You may even have to dump 4 more gals in a couple of days. It may take a few days but the shock is a dragger and it will drag the mess to the bottom so you can vac....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool waterfall repair, pool waterfall, pool shell
pool waterfall, pool shell, size rocks: Thanks for asking this question! This is a common problem with older pools, which were constructed in a different time with different materials. The reason you re not getting any calls is because it s pool season, or the start of it in most parts of...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pool or not?, pool ownership, gunnite
pool ownership, gunnite, swim spa: I always tell anyone considering a pool to purchase an aboveground kit pool. If, by the time it leaks, rots and falls apart and they still want to own a pool; go for it. Something the public is never told about pool ownership, is that it honestly becomes...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poolplaster, pool plaster, tile job
pool plaster, tile job, marble dust: I am not sure if I fully understand your follow up question. I can t say that I have ever tiled on top of plaster. I probably wouldn t do it, because tile is only as good as the surface it is applied to. Plaster can delaminate from the gunite thereby causing...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poor Pool Circulation, skimmer basket, pool store
skimmer basket, pool store, green algae: KC, When the pool pump was turn on for those few minutes, without the filter cartridge, did the water flow improve. If it is fast the filter cartridge is dirty, if it is still slow you know it is not the filter cartridge, it is another problem, it may be the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poor water flow but filter NOT dirty, air leaks, followup question
air leaks, followup question, air leak: Hi Gary, I hold no confidence in any gauge they are usually spent the first time rain gets at them. If the return is poor and the filter is not dirty then you have an air leak. The leak can only be before the pump like the 0-ring under the cover needs silicone...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Poor water flow but filter NOT dirty, pasta strainer, pool store
pasta strainer, pool store, pool guy: Hi Stacey, you didn t tell me if you had an inground or above ground so I ll do my best. I don t believe you needed a filter at all. You need a pump! Not the whole pump just a new motor. If it s loud it s bearings and you can take this to an electrical repair...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pop Up system, dome cover, debris
dome cover, debris, good luck: Does it get stuck on the same outlet? If so, I would remove the pop up and see if there is any debris causing to get it stuck. If no debris, consider replacing the pop up. If it is random, chances are, there is something wrong with the mechanical devise...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Possible line crack causing loss of water, hairline cracks, pool steps
hairline cracks, pool steps, main drain: Hi Bud, you could be right but here is another thought the gasket around your pool steps could have a void in it, sometimes these gaskets wear out or dry up if water is not kept at the gasket level...it could be the stair gasket. As far as the main drain line...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pressure on Filter, propane torch, air leaks
propane torch, air leaks, pool store: Hi John, I never heard of such a thing! That guy doesn t have a clue. I need to know what kind of filter you have sand or de if sand did you change it if de how much are you putting in and do you put the full amount back when you backwash. Also is your pump...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pressure low - not powering sweeper, hayward pool vac, propane torch
hayward pool vac, propane torch, black pipe: Hi Allen, since your pump has worked in the past that s good but you say you ve had trouble over and over again. The only other thing I can think off is you have an air leak in front of the pump. When you put the pump back on did you heat up the black pipe...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Problem with Automatic Pool Cleaner, automatic pool cleaner, automatic pool cleaners
automatic pool cleaner, automatic pool cleaners, exact brand: It is hard to provide a recommendation without knowing the exact brand/model. I would first figure out which cleaner you have. I would then go to the manufacturers website and get a pdf of the installation manual. The manual will give you precise settings...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Problem with skimmer line, pressure gage, air leak
pressure gage, air leak, ground pool: There could be several things wrong with your line. You could be sucking air in where the line meets up with the 4way valve, try to make this line tighter at the clamp that s the easiest way to check for an air leak then perhaps your hose has a pin hole in...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pulsing Sand Filter, hayward sand filter, filter tubes
hayward sand filter, filter tubes, randy russell: It sounds like one or more of your filter tubes is blocked. Without taking the filter completely apart, which is absolutely no fun at all, I have been able to unblock filter tubes by opening the top of the filter, and adding a gallon of muriatic acid directly...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump too big?, hayward cl200, hayward s244t
hayward cl200, hayward s244t, sand filter: David, Yes I think that your pump is too big. A super pump 1.5 Hp will try to pump 75-90 Gallons per minute. The filter can handle about 60 gpm. The result is what is known as tunneling or channeling through the sand. To save money you can change the impeller...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump/Filter, pool deck, cartridge filter
pool deck, cartridge filter, skimmer: Phil, start with a clean the filter. Install a check (one way) valve between the pump and filter. It sounds like excessive back pressure in the filter. Check the specs in the filter for proper piping in/out. Doesn t sound like a priming issue more like a blockage...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump not keeping prime, pressure release valve, skimmer basket
pressure release valve, skimmer basket, filter hose: Hi, An air leak in a above ground pool hose is not visable to the eye try switching your return hose to your filter hose if it works you don t have to buy a new hose. I still don t understand why you have no air valve on the tank. Did someone plug it up. Back...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump Maintence, worn bearings, exception to the rule
worn bearings, exception to the rule, hayward: Hi Tom, if it s not broke ....LEAVE IT ALONE! The average life of a motor is 5 years, this one owes you nothing. There is no oil or anything to add to these motors most that goes wrong is bearings wear out and need to be replaced. Worn bearings make a loud...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump Pressure / Skimmer Access, pool store, priming the pump
pool store, priming the pump, strainer basket: Hi Paul, you can feed the DE though your strainer basket like you are priming the pump just dilute the DE in a bucket and pour it in...no more mess! As far as your guage goes...pay no mind to that thing...I never go by the guage they are all made in China...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump Pressure, pool service, acid wash
pool service, acid wash, stips: Hi Terri, Your grids may need an acid wash most pool service stores will do this for you. As far as the chemicals go, that has nothing to do with the filter. I would use test stips to test the water as liquid kits are acid base and have a very short shelf...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump Not Priming or Moving Water, pot leaf, wind storm
pot leaf, wind storm, moving water: Chuck, when pumps run dry for a long period they create a lot of heat at in the front lint pot (Leaf Basket)there is a small amount of water in there and the impeller will spin and create heat. The plastics will get soft a loosen. The problem is the fitting...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump pressure, stress condition, inground pool
stress condition, inground pool, sand filter: Mike, I would like you to watch carefully for a leak, turn off the pump and see if there is a squirt of water between the pump and the two intakes. Under stress condition this could cause this. Air could enter where water squirts out but only between the pump...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump will not prime at all, leak location, suction lines
leak location, suction lines, pouring water: there are 3 possibilities why a pump won t prime. 1) your lines are clogged with debris. If you have a skimmer and drain that operate off of 2 separate line, I would turn on off and see if the pump can work off of the other one and vice versa. 2)...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump runs great but does not get to pool., intake plugs, pool owner
intake plugs, pool owner, new pool: Hi Norm, let s do the easy stuff first, did you take the intake plugs out of the returns? you should have at least 2 returns and if the pool was closed right there will be plugs in them which you must take out. The next thing I would check is the valve up...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump not suctioning in water, air pockets, blower vac
air pockets, blower vac, skimmer: Are you sure its being primed properly?Locate the clog,shut the system down,use a blower vac and see if you can blow water from the skimmer to the pump,isolate all valves where possible.Or use a garden hose push it down as far in the skimmer as far as possible...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump won't start, pool store, electrical shop
pool store, electrical shop, dries: Hi Andrew, sometimes if there is a lot of rain it wipes out the motor until it completely dries out. The other reason if not caused by wet is electrical perhaps the diffuser is shot you can take it to a pool store that services motors or an electrical shop....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pump, pool pump, impeller
pool pump, impeller, shaft: Hi Joe, I need a little more info on your pump. I do know sometimes the shaft will turn freely but that does not mean it is not rotted thru somewhere down the shaft. Does the impeller rotate when you turn the shaft. Does the motor scream at you? Does the motor...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: DTE Earth Filter - When to backwash and add powder?, rustoleum paint, coffee cans
rustoleum paint, coffee cans, pool season: Hi Joe, you need to back wash whenever bumping down the filter does not extend the filter cycle. You shut the filter off and lift up and down on the handle, this loosens all the dirt from the filter elements and drops them to the bottom of the tank so the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Pumps and filters?, measure width, pool service
measure width, pool service, pool covers: Hi S. E. I m here for ya kidd-o I know how scary it seems right now but owning a pool is easy once you find your sorce of information. Here are a few things you will need right off the bat. A filter system with at least a 1 horse motor. I suggest a sand filter...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Purchase and installation of a used pool, bottom track, ground pool
bottom track, ground pool, ok deal: Hi , sounds like a fantastic deal,the deck alone is worth 3 times that. Don t forget...you will need to buy a new liner because it will shrink when you drain it so fiqure that price in the cost. I m going to assume the pool is aluminum and that s the best....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Purging pipes to close pool, chlorine tablets, inground pool
chlorine tablets, inground pool, water movement: Hi Mustafa, just disconnect the lines and attatch a wet vac hose to each one at time and put it on exhaust so that it is blowing air down the pipe. Make sure your water level is a few inches below the skimmer first. Blow the skimmer first then blow the return...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: partly sinking an above ground pool, ground pool, worth the trouble
ground pool, worth the trouble, insurance company: Hi Jillian, The very first thing you must do is find out your town code. Pools as a rule must be at least 4 high the reason being they don t want children climbing in when no one is there. Most towns also have a fencing requirement regardless of the height...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pavers, deck drains, tile line
deck drains, tile line, rubber mallet: Yes, you can easily place brick pavers over existing concrete. However, there are a few things to consider in planning this upgrade: 1. If you have coping around your pool, need to mortar a paver along the edge first, on top of the existing coping that...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: phosphates, cloudy pool, pool company
cloudy pool, pool company, 20 odd years: Janet Whilst it may be beneficial to treat for phosphates in some circumstances, I really wonder at it s usefulness. For 20 odd years to date I have not needed to test for phosphates and have never been defeated by a green or cloudy pool. My opinion...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: piping, sand filter, piping
sand filter, piping, ports: Karen: I am not familiar with the Aquarswim product (I believe they are an Austrialian Company and I am located in the US). In any case, assuming this is a sand filter and it has a multiport valve, there will be 3 ports...1 port on one side and 2 ports...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: piping, pvc piping, pipe dope
pvc piping, pipe dope, piping installation: Rod: First, I would purchase the salt cell and carefully read the manufacturers recommended installation guidelines. It will clearly state where the proper inlet and outlet should be plumbed into the system for the best operation. This will help you map out...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: placement of the chlorinator, titanium heat exchanger, free chlorine
titanium heat exchanger, free chlorine, chlorinator: Hi Joanna, as far as chlorine it is corrosive and would rot out your heater quick also could be danger with the mix of heat. Ozone is ultra violet and it would only work half if put before the heater as the heater could just add contanminants from within itself...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plaster problem on in ground pool, alkalinity water, plaster surface
alkalinity water, plaster surface, ph alkalinity: It sounds like the plaster is delaminating from the surface. Although I am not a fan of emptying a plaster pool. the only way to be sure is to empty pool and gently tap on the surface. If it sounds hollow, it is delaminating and the only way to fix it is...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plaster problems, pool company, building inspector
pool company, building inspector, coming winter: Hi Donna I would go after the contractor tell him your concerns and ask him if he will put in writing that he feels the pool is safe. I m sure he doesn t want a law suit against his workmanship. Also you can get the town building inspector to give his opinion...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plastic torpedo stuck in suction pipe, neighbor boy, loose hope
neighbor boy, loose hope, suction pipe: Steve, I would start at the pump and try to determined which line the torpedo is in. Take out the valve/diverter, and use a hose/water to hopefully push it out. I used an air compressor to add air to cause violence to the water in that line to shake it loose.......

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: Can you please tell me the..., gunnite pools, concrete pools
gunnite pools, concrete pools, epoxy paint: Hello Harvey The Gunnite pool will be the strongest construction and should last the longest. By plaster I think you mean Marbaline? With gunnite you can also use mosaic. A concrete pool with epoxy paint finish wont last as long as the Gunnite. Marbeline...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: plumbing design, spa jets, massage jets
spa jets, massage jets, plumbing design: Just a few ideas.. For a spa to seat 4 people comfortably, need approximately 10 square feet of bench area with 30 of knee room in the center, or over to one side. After that, determine the overall depth you want, can be shallow for faster water heating,...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool alge, pool walls, pool filter
pool walls, pool filter, water crystal: Hi Michael you can power wash but must be careful of the amount of pressure you use start out low and increase as you can. As far as green water goes you should have shocked at night and left the filter OFF! Shock is a dragger and if left alone with no agitation...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool care, pool vacuum, pool care
pool vacuum, pool care, inground pool: Hi Collette, you did a great job I m proud of you! Now, the vac system consist of a vac hose which is approx 35 long a vac head and a skimmer plate (round disk with a little hose attachment molded on top) it ususally has the name skim vac on it. When you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: How much of the pool chemicals do I use?, pool chemicals, pool stores
pool chemicals, pool stores, green algae: Hi Rebeca, Alge when it is alive is sticking to the walls. Normally all you need is some Algecide poured in during the day with the filter running and I like liquid shock poured in at night with the filter off. If your pool is green use two gals of shock and...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool closing, temperate climate zone, pool cleaner
temperate climate zone, pool cleaner, wet vac: Hi Jim, the heater is just disconnected and there is a wing nut you open to drain the system no anti-freeze is needed here. The lines coming up in front of the pump are suction if you have a main drain no need to use anti-freeze in that line or blow it out...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool control valve, silicone caulk, pvc fittings
silicone caulk, pvc fittings, control mechanism: Before you go through the effort of replacing the housing, I would double check the spider gasket. Often they do not sit properly. I would replace the gasket, clean and dry the inside of the housing and then apply a small bead of silicone caulk in the channel...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool cover, hud guidelines, grid safety
hud guidelines, grid safety, kinds of bacteria: Rck, you would have to go to the Town Hall Building Inspector for that town and find out what their code is, each town is different. However, I suggest you talk to the bank about the dirty water hazards. If you just cover this pool you will create a swamp...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: my pool deck, sanded grout, mortar bed
sanded grout, mortar bed, pool tile: This is a timely question! Tile popping off is a sign of a poor mortar bed. Construction standards for building up a mortar bed for pool tile is one part cement to two parts sand, applied in a very smooth exterior finish, after removing all underlying...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool too deep, inch steps, pool steps
inch steps, pool steps, rules of thumb: Yes steel should be added if for nothing else to prevent slipping of the two surfaces. They should be tied into the old steel. As far as steps you are in water so don t confuse gravity for water. 6-8 inch steps work well. I think you need to stop until you...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: my pool doesn't suck, propane torch, air leaks
propane torch, air leaks, gunite pool: Hi Mark, Oh boy a rose garden would be nice but the roses won t help ya when the sweat is pouring down your chin into your beer! Let s take a few ideas and see if we can t fix this bad boy. First thing I would check is the valve itself. There is a spider gasket...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool edge, swimming pool liner, concrete walkway
swimming pool liner, concrete walkway, steve hahn: The part you are looking for is called Liner Lock, and here s one link that has it and describes it: http://www.poolcenter.com/swimming_pool_liner_supplies.htm Goog luck with that! Liner installs are very tricky and require about four people who know...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool filter, silica sand, pool filter
silica sand, pool filter, heavy rain: Hi John, I have an inquiry out to a lab that deals in silica sand I ll let you know what they have to say because this is a new one on me. I will hear maybe in a few days as this is not the normal questions a high tech lab like this usually gets but they may...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool filter, nylon bags, pool filter
nylon bags, pool filter, de filter: As I understand, you remove the D.E. filter grids,and made up a subsitute, and now have a non D.E. filter. If you are asking if you can hurt the tank? I don t think so! Manufactures of filters use the same tank, but have different types of filters, i.e. cartridge,sand,D.E....Br...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool filter problem, uniformity coefficient, pool filter
uniformity coefficient, pool filter, pool filters: The laterals can get worn over the years and can let sand by. Also the sand should be pure silica no smaller than a #20 or .45 to.55 mm in diameter with a uniformity coefficient of 1.5 in a rapid sand filter. A high rate sand filter would be .35 to.45 mm with...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool filter, rubber bladder, algae growth
rubber bladder, algae growth, tight radius: Initially I would not worry about a main drain not sucking much. Wait and see if this creates a problem first. For example if algae growth occurs round the corners near the main drain then investigate further. The snake jamming does not suprise me overly...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool filtration, pool filtration, de filter
pool filtration, de filter, water hardness: Nich: First allow me to apologize. I was away on vacation and I guess I incorrectly set the system to notify you of that. Regarding your issue.... do you have a DE filter? If so, it sounds like some of the DE is passing through the filter grids. I would...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool finsh and cynauric acid, chlorine treatment, liquid chlorine
chlorine treatment, liquid chlorine, pool stores: Chlorine in its natural state is very unstable. It would dissipate almost as quickly as it is added to the pool. Therefore, it would not have enough time to kill bacteria. Cyanuric acid is added to chlorine so it allows chlorine to stay in the water and kill...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool heater, pool heater, inground pool
pool heater, inground pool, gas meter: David, Most home meters are 175 cubic foot (C.F.) That will Handel a 175,000 BTU Heater. Approx 1 C.F.= 1000 BTU s. Get it -400,000 BTU Heater will need a 400 C.F. Meter. Gas line size: a 400 heater will nee a 1.25 line from 0-50 and 1.5 from 50 to 100...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool heater, pool heater, inground pool
pool heater, inground pool, residential gas: Dave, All manufactures have web sites and you can download the manuals for their heaters. They will list instructions for gas. Most residential gas (Natural) meters are 175 cubic feet. It will be listed on the label plate or you might see 175-250 in the dial...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool installation, pool installation, wet vac
pool installation, wet vac, overhang: Hi Bryan, first of all you need 3 more guys. If you don t have them then try proping up shovels on the inside to brace the wall then put uprights on not the tops just the uprights to stabalize the wall. the liner needs to have at least a 6 overhang over the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool installation, skilled crews, yard pool
skilled crews, yard pool, skilled labour: The breakdown for the costs of pools, generally, is: A. Materials: 18% - 25% Larger companies pay less for materials, but build more complex pools. Smaller companies pay much more for materials, but skinny up the install, trying to save costs. B....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool keeps going green, salt chlorine, water tester
salt chlorine, water tester, ground pool: Simon,you need to purchase a water tester or stick tester you need to keep your water at certain levels.Take your water in for proffessional analysis the first time then do it yourself every couple days.Shock your pool once a week.You don t need to change...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool leak, child proof fence, pinecrest florida
child proof fence, pinecrest florida, pool man: Hi Eida, If it were me I d fill it in. The expense of repair is beyond reason. If the previous owners couldn t get it done with their way you can be sure the pool is unstable and in affect...a money bit. Sorry, I can t give you a better option but sometimes...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool leak in above ground pool, vinyl liner repair, underwater repair
vinyl liner repair, underwater repair, ground pool: It is important to fix this as soon as possible as a small leak can create bigger problems. If you are sure it is in the liner, get some leak dye (or food coloring would work). Turn the system off to keep water movement to a minimum. Work your way around...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool leak, having such a hard time, seam
having such a hard time, seam, water level: Hi Sherr, wow this is a tough one you did not say if it s a inground or above ground but in any case a seam can be really dangerous. If the seam splits it will split the entire length of the seam and if you have an above ground this will blow out the walls....

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool leaks, diamond brite pool, pea shingle
diamond brite pool, pea shingle, cement slab: Hello Dave It sounds as though you could have a skimmer pipe either cracked or just sheared off. The usual thing is for the pool water level to drop to within a couple of inches of the level of the leak. Your local pool man will be able to pressure test...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool light, pool light, nylon string
pool light, nylon string, pool side: Pete, Once the pool is empty,that is the time to replace a light. Measure from the light to the light box (switch). Order the light at least 10 ft longer, you don t want the cord too short. I normally cut the cord of the old light and attach a strong nylon...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool liner stains, floor stains, cement walls
floor stains, cement walls, pool walls: Hi Kree, it sounds like it may be brown alge. Buy a good black algecide it ll cost more than 20.00 but it s worth it if it works. Alge has different strains each stronger than the next. It can be light gree (most common) dark green as it matures, brown, black...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool liner, vinyl liner pools, pool liner
vinyl liner pools, pool liner, bob hudson: I m not an expert on vinyl liner pools. I would suggest taking the liner by a vinyl pool contruction company who has at least 20 years experience, and ask them. I do know that a lot of the variables around liner logetivity is the mil thickness of the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool liners, little bit of water, pool store
little bit of water, pool store, pool liners: Hi Tom, the only time water gets between the wall and liner is when the liner is not secure in the track in spots. That little bit of water will disperse and holds no real threat but I would check around the entire pool to see if there is any liner pulled...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool maintenance, swimming pool heater, pool professional
swimming pool heater, pool professional, bob hudson: This is a it depends question! If you have a newer heater, the header to the heat exchanger is equipped with a pressure-sensitive bypass valve, which bypasses water around the heater if the pressure is too little. So, if 8 psi will allow water into...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool patio, cement slab, concrete slab
cement slab, concrete slab, sandy soil: I need to know what type of soil you have to give you more specific directions. If you have completely non-expansive or sandy soil, and it is well-drained, then by all means feel confident in placing the pavers over a base/sand mixture without cement. ...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plaster, stainless steel brush, gunite pool
stainless steel brush, gunite pool, pool plaster: First, make sure that the chemical balance is correct in the water, especially pH. A stainless steel algae brush will usually take care of surface creme . Continue brushing with a stainless steel brush. Consult with the plastering company regarding the...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plaster discoloration, salt water pool, pool plaster
salt water pool, pool plaster, brown streaks: Pam, Normally some discoloration is normal. This is referred to as modeling. Brown is not a normal color. You can take a water sample to a store that does testing and they can tell you if there is iron or copper or what. There is a chemical called Metal out...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plaster, pool plaster, water chemistry
pool plaster, water chemistry, bob hudson: Sorry about that, but the problem you listed is typically a problem with water chemistry, specifically over-chlorination. The water in a pool hydrates the plaster, and maintains watertightness because of the surface tension of the water in the spaces betweeen...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool plumbing, pool plumbing, gunite pool
pool plumbing, gunite pool, pool builder: Hi Daid, concrete around the black pipe never never heard of it! If you ever have to dig it up good luck. For each elbow you have to allow 6 times the legnth of that elbow with stright pipe or your pressure is dimminished. All said in done... the less bends...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool pump, air leaks, pool pump
air leaks, pool pump, dirty filters: Hi Vick, I assume it s an inground you didn t say. I would look at my suction lines the two black pipes coming out of the ground to the pump. Air leaks a famous for losing pressure and anything before the pump is subject to air leaks. What I would do is heat...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool pump, pool pump, debri
pool pump, debri, time clock: I would not replace this pump. I don t fully understand, (I have to open it up and clean it up?) What I had to do, sometimes is open up the pump to get to the impeller. Pending on the size of the debris small items would pass thru the baskets to lodge itself...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool pump, residential pool, pool pump
residential pool, pool pump, moving water: John, on a residential pool, 1/2 the water should be filter per day. You estimate how many gallons the pool, and how many gallons does the the pump move per hour. A guess, on different pumps moving water from anywhere from 50 to 90 gallons a minute. To have...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool pump, water height, valve head
water height, valve head, proper water: I will list things to check,skimmer filled to proper water height,the pump is primed use the bleed valve or open the cap to let pump fill,the pump basket is not clogged,the valve is in filter position,be sure the handle has not slipped and showing the wrong...

Swimming Pool & Spa Construction & Maintenance: pool pump, pool pump, voltage tester
pool pump, voltage tester, inground pool: Are you sure the GFI is reset properly it could be out at the motor or in-house.Flip breakers all the way off then back on.Then next thing to check is their power at the pump receptacle?Use a voltage tester or static stick.The reset would auto-reset or a button...