Light Shorted

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Paddock Pool LightToday I finally broke down and pulled the light from the deep end. It had thrown the GFI breaker last November and Paddock said it was not covered by warranty so I decided to take a look.
It seems that the rust proof housing had rusted through and the light filled with water. I am going to let it dry out and fill the holes in the can to see if it will work again.
It will be hard to replace since Paddock ran the wire through a maze of pipes back to the power panel.

Heatpump Error

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Paddock came out and repaired the leaking pipe at the filter. Another $65.00 service charge.

When I restarted the pool pump after waiting about an hour for the glue to dry, the heatpump error code popped up saying the suction TH open. The heatpump refused to start. Gillespie A/C said that the temp sensor has failed and needs to be repaired. They will try and be out on Wednesday.

I called Pentair to ask if the heatpump could be replaced instead of constantly repairing the unit. After being on hold for about 15 minutes the service technician’s computer crashed and I was put back in the hold lineup. Another 15 minutes on hold. I was told that they would look into it and call me back Tuesday.

So, as of today, the leak is fixed but the chlorine generator (Ecco-Matic), Ozone generator (Ultra-Pure), Deep end light (Jazz Light), and heatpump (Pentair) have all failed.

Electrical Short

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

I tried to turn the lights on in the pool for Halloween and found out the lights in the deep end are blowing the GFI breaker. Somewhere they have a ground fault. I should have tried the lights during the summer when it was warmer.


Thursday, May 4th, 2006

The electrician came out and replaced a defective module that controlled the color wheel.

No Color Change

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Color wheel in shallow end already failing to respond to remote. No manual way to change it. Worked fine yesterday.


Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Cody cleaned out the main drain. Plaster and junk was stuck down in the pipe. He said there was still some suction from the side safety drain but that may be normal.
A company looked at the crooked diving board. He said it did not look like they would have to tear out the deck to straighten it.
I talked with Fiberstars about getting the lights to sync. They replied that with the X-10 remote you can have synced or independent but not both. I guess I will have to live with independent lighting for now. So this narrows the list down by eliminating # 2, # 4, # 6.
Spoke with fiber optic people about the fiber on wok pot # 3 being in conduit. With the bends at 90 degrees, they would not be able to pull them out if they needed to repair them anyways. So the verdict for that one is it doesn’t matter if it is in conduit, future repairs will just mean rebuilding wok pot bases.


Friday, March 24th, 2006

DSC00142The electrician was out and wired the pool lights. He replaced the F/X light with Jazz lights. They can now be turned off and on separately, but the colors have to be the same.
Cody was out and fixed the cleaning system, replaced two gauges, and tried to clear out the main drain. He will be back on Monday to pull the main drain and clean out the line that is plugged.
DSC00144Scott Dilliam came out to look over the progress. I showed him where the fiber optics is still not in conduit. I explained that the lights not being able to operate in sync or independently will be a problem. Fiberstars, the maker of Jazz Lights and the fiber optic system, has a controller that will operate the lights in sync and separate. He said if it could be done he will do it. Fiberstars offers a WPC-3 system that will control their lights and the pumps.
DSC00149Salt system added into pool plumbing. 19 bags of salt added to pool. They hung the controller for the salt system on the small electric conduit that the ozone generator, radio remote, and electrical service is hung on, causing the whole thing to sway in the breeze. Another thing I will have to fix.
Debbie Moles called and said that the fiber optics was done. I told her I had not seen anyone but would look. She called back and said they would be out today. Fiber optic controller, 6004, was placed and turned on. Debbie called and said that they would be back to finish the waterfall fiber optics on Saturday. Wok pot pipes are still blocked with dirt. Wok pot pipes were cut down so they did not stick up out of the pots. The light controller is not an auto sync version as discussed on many occasions. Maybe they will figure it out on their own this time.

Week 52

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

While checking the chemical balance and trying to clean up the dirt on the bottom, about 2 hours, I noticed that if I turn on just the shallow end skimmer, the pump sucks air and runs dry. Checked skimmer and it does have water in it. Also air in the line if I choose main drain only, but does not run the pump dry. The PCC 2000, a.k.a. Piece Crap Cleaning 2000 system, is still not clearing the dirt up and now makes lots of noise.
Debbie Moles called and said the electricians will be out on Friday to replace the lights with the Jazz lights. Cody will be out to fix the gauges, cleaning system, and check on the air in the system. Scott will try and straiten out the diving board.


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Scott Dilliam was out to look at the cleaning system. I showed him the air bubbles coming out of the cleaning nozzles on the bottom of the pool. He said that was fine. The cleaning system is still not working. I mentioned that the auto fill was still running, and he said that he had raised the level of the water so it was just filling to catch up.
Debbie Moles called, she was under the impression that the lights were done. I also reminded her that if they have to acid wash the plaster, it would set back the installation of the salt system. She said she will contact the electricians, Terry with orientation, and Scott Dilliam in the morning and find out where we are at. I again stressed how important that we not go past the one year mark on this pool.


Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

The electrician changed out the light in the deep end to an F/X light, but the diver did not show so he could not change the light under the waterfall. He needs to re-schedule to a later date.
Prado and Sons showed up to look at the stains in the plaster. They said it needs to be acid washed. They will try for the end of the week or early next week.


Friday, March 17th, 2006

The electrician repaired the incorrectly wired pumps. He also said that the pool lights were also wired wrong and he fixed that also. He said they also installed the wrong lights in the pool. The color wheels can not be synced together, only one light has the auto sync feature the other light is a standard light. While checking his paperwork he also noted that they had installed Jazz lights, his paper calls for F/X lights. The F/X is a lower output lamp, and on a pool this size why lower output lamp? My contract states Jazz lights. So he needs to call and have a diver come out and replace the lights with the correct ones. They will not be able to operate the lights independently of each other the way they are wired and he doesn’t know if they will be able to sync colors with the fiber optics. According to Fiberstars,, all their lighting should be able to sync with each other assuming you get the right ones.
Jesse with Poco Verde called and said they are not able to seal the wok pots till the fiber optics are done in the pots.
Paddock came by to touch up the chips, stains, and cracks. He looked over the deck and said that he could do the repairs but since the construction was not finished, as he was told, he wanted to wait. He said that he would need to pressure wash and repaint the whole deck. I agreed that we need to wait because they still need to move rock and dirt across the deck.
Prado and Sons Plaster called and will be out on Tuesday to look over the stains in the plaster.
Water level down over 1/2″ since I turned off auto leveler. Pumps did not run all last night because the U/V system was installed.
Called Debbie and left another message.
Debbie Moles called and I gave her the list of things yet to be done. She was under the impression it was complete. She is going to schedule the electricians to figure out the lighting, fiber optic people, Poco Verde to seal the wok pots, Allen Tile to clean up the tile, the deck cleanup, and the plasterer to fix the stains. I am going to give them till the end of March to finish the project, at that time I will have no further contact with them.

Week 51

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Poco Verde is attempting to seal the wok pots to keep them from leaking. Todd came out for orientation meeting. He couldn’t get color wheels on lights to work correctly either. Chlorine levels at 0.5 and ph at 8.4. He advised on brushing the pool 3 times a day for the first 14 days. Clean the cartridge filters every 3 months.
Today’s list of concerns:
1. PCC2000 cleaning system won’t cycle.
2. Lighting color wheels won’t cycle.
3. Color wheels not able to change separately.
4. Pool lighting will not sync with fiber optic lighting.
5. Pumps on wrong timers/remote.
6. Stains in plaster.
7. Stains and chips on deck.
8. Fiber optics not working. No illuminator
9. Waterfall lighting not in.
10. No conduit in concrete riser for wok pot # 3 fiber optics.
11. Wok pot lines plugged and do not spray correctly.
12. Wok pot bubbler pipes stick up over pots.
13. Diving board set crooked.
14. Gauges for cleaning system broken.
15. Gauges for pumps broken.
16. Dirt in deep end can not make it to the main drain. PCC2000 spraying over the top of main drain, keeping debris from making it to the drain.
Called and left message for Debbie to call me. She will be out till Friday. UV system was installed and plumbed into the filter.


Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Debbie Moles called and asked if I would mark all the areas that need repair in the deck. She said they would be out Thursday or Friday or Monday or Tuesday to fix it. The plaster stains would be looked at and the diver will try to get them out. The start up crew placed the PCC cleaning heads into the pool. Added skimmer baskets and flow nozzles. Wok pots #2 and 3 has something in the line and does not flow correctly. The plug is before the fiber optics, so they can’t blow it out. They left the remote for the water features and lights with me. The color wheels on the lights do not work or are missing.


Monday, August 8th, 2005

Electricians put in panel and main pool lights.


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