Archive for the 'Maintenance' Category

SWG Problem?

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

I went out to check the chlorine and acid levels and noticed the chlorine was low. The SWG said that it had switched to low output due to low salt level. I checked the salt level and it is at 3600, well within the operating range of the cell. I pulled the cell and cleaned it again, it was a little plugged up but not badly. Reinstalled the cell and it now works again but it only shows 2900 for the salt level. Might have to contact the manufacturer and find out how to recalibrate the cell or have it replaced.

Clean Filters

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The cartridge filters needed cleaning again. I pulled them out and soaked them in cleaner for a day. Then rinsed them out and reinstalled them. Operating pressure dropped back to 20psi. While I had them out I also cleaned the SWG again.
I am looking to add a sand filter before the cartridge filters to preclean the water before it hits the cartridge filters. The cartridges are about $110.00 each, and I need 4 of them when they need replacing. They only last about 4 years, and one set of mine are about due for replacing. My thought is a sand filter will stop most of the big stuff and the cartridges can just take out the small stuff, extending their life.

SWG Cleaning

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I cleaned the SWG today. The 3 month cleaning was needed. It had already plugged up with calcium. A dip in pool acid mixed with water cleaned it right back up. Reinstalled it and it is back to generating chlorine.

Leaf Screen

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The screen for the in ground leaf basket ripped. I found a replacement for $60.00 or I could replace the nylon net with a hard plastic basket for $90.00. I was told by the local pool supply store that the plastic basket should last much longer than the net.

I also checked the light in the deep end. It has died again. This time it is not shorting out, just no light.

The plastic basket is for a different leaf basket. It seems Paddock uses an odd size that can only be replaced by another nylon net. So I had to order the net style.

Turned heater on

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Turned heat pump on to see if it will warm up. set at 90. Currently 68


Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I cleaned the filter cartridges. The were getting pretty dirty.
The chlorinator is leaking at one of the electrical connectors.

Clean SWG

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I cleaned the chlorine generator cell and checked the heater. The heater showed 5 alarms but started.

Filter Leak

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The top pressure release on the filter broke and sprayed the neighbors yard. Called Paddock to replace it.

No Ozone

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

While checking the heater I noticed the Ozone generator is no longer working.

Still No Heat

Friday, April 18th, 2008

I checked the heater today, and it still is not heating. I called Paddock and they said they would check on it again.

Skimmer Baskets Split

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

One of the skimmer baskets split. The rim seperated from the basket. Had to replace it with a new one.

Cleaned the SWG

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Cleaned the salt generator element. The Eco-Matic system showed that the element was needing service. Cleaned and replaced, working normally again.


Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Today I noticed the PCC system is stuck again. The cleaning system for the shallow end has stuck on one station. I will have to take it apart and find out why it wont advance. This seems to happen quite often.

While checking to see what pump controls that PCC system I noticed that when the pump is started it shoots water out from between the pump and motor assembly. My guess is either the motor is loose or a bad seal.


Thursday, July 5th, 2007

I got tired of waiting to hear when the salt was going to be added so I went to Shasta Pools and bought salt. They had it in stock, unlike Paddock who said they were out. I added 400 pounds of salt to bring the level up to 3000 ppm.
The cost for salt came to $123.53
I will try starting up the chlorine generator when it has dissolved, I hope it still works. It might take them a few months to fix it too.

Call for Salt

Friday, June 29th, 2007

I called and left a message for Debbie Moles. Telling her that the pump was now working and I am just waiting for the salt to be added so we can get the salt system back up and running. Also that the ozone line had been pulled out when they replaced the pump. I put the line back into the generator but not sure if anything else was disconnected.


Friday, December 22nd, 2006

I wonder if the heater is even working. The temp for today is down to 63F.

Water Test

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Had my water tested today. Since all the rain and storms lately I figured it was a good time to have the water tested. My little tester showed I just needed a little acid this weekend.
I took water samples to both Paddock and Shasta for testing.

CYA = 93
Total Chlorine = 8.7
Free Chlorine = 7.2
pH = 7.3
Adj. TA = 37
Hardness = 294

They recommended I add 42 lbs. of Alkali Up to raise the alkalinity,
Add 2 lbs. of acid,
Add 3 qt. of Stain and Scale control,
Add 8 lbs. of Pad Chem to boost the free chlorine,
I found this to be surprising since the levels have always been close. So I took a sample to Shasta.

Add 1 pt. of acid to lower the pH,
pH = 7.8
That is all..
Everything else was in the good range.

The difference between the tests were how they were measured. Paddock uses test strips where Shasta used the old fashion way of drops and water samples.


Monday, July 10th, 2006

Debbie Moles called. She said they would like to wait till September to sand the stains in the plaster since they will need to drain it again. I agreed.

Filter Maintenance

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Filter pressure was at 30 psi. I cleaned the cartridge filters. They were full of sand and construction debris. Pressure returned to 20 psi.


Friday, May 26th, 2006

I had the chemical level checked at both Paddock and Shasta Pools to see the differences.
Paddock and Shasta only agreed on the ph level.
Paddock / Shasta
Total chlorine – 1.6 / 3.5
Free chlorine – 1.4 / 3.5
pH – 8.2 / 8.2
Total Alkalinity – 169 / 110
Adj Alkalinity – 144 / 96
Salt Level – 4000 / 3500
I added about 3 pints of acid today.

I rebuilt the electrical panel

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

DSC00309I rebuilt the electrical panel. Most of the lights could not be controlled manually and the switches for the water feature pumps were all over the place. I moved all the confusing mess of switches into their own box. Now they can be found without a map. I added several switches for the lights and color wheels so they could be switched manually if the remote is lost or dies.
DSC00312The pump for the wok pots still shuts off and on whenever it wants. Either the pump is overheating or the switch is failing.


Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Todays chemical level shows that the total alkalinity level was low. Had to add 25 lbs. of baking soda or Alkali Up and 5 lbs. of acid for the ph level. Also needs another 6 lbs. of Pad Chem.


Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Pool full of water again.


Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Pool is now full of water. Also full of dirt, leaves, and anything else that got blown around. We haven’t had rain or a dust storm in a long time, and the first time we put water in the pool, we get both.
I filled the wok pots to check and see if there are any leaks. The 2 middle pots leak at their bases.


Saturday, March 11th, 2006

After 143 days we now have rain.


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