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  1. Had a second MasterTemp installed today. It was shipped on a pallet and there was zero damage.
  2. Well, the replacement heater arrived last week. The box was pristine but when my installer (a buddy who happens to be a licensed service pipefitter and has installed a few pool heaters in his day) and I removed the heater we discovered cracks on the outer panels. When we removed one of the access panels we discovered some a broken bracket and some internal parts that were hanging loose. I ordered the heater from Amazon, and quickly checked the reviews (which I'd ignored previously because I was already well familiar with the MasterTemp) and read reports of similar damage. I promptly reported t
  3. My Pentair MasterTemp 400 is in its 7th full season of use and has been leaking water for a few weeks. I finally removed one of the access panels and sure enough, the bottom of the combustion chamber/"tub" is heavily rusted. I have a salt pool, and while I maintain my salt level around 3600 and pH between 7.4-7.8, I guess time took its toll on the copper heat exchanger long ago, and the leak finally ate out my combustion chamber as well. It probably didn't help that my builder didn't install a bypass valve, so flow was constant and eroded the heat exchanger even when the heater wasn't in use
  4. You're right. Got a new K-2006 a few weeks ago too, should have used it. Won't make that mistake again. Been re-reading alot of old threads here and getting back up to speed after skating the past couple of seasons. I actually sent an email to Pentair support but afterward I told myself the same thing - I got 6 years out of the original and replacement cell, combined. All in all, I'm happy with Pentair because they did so much warranty work. No limitations in warranty re: online equipment purchases, and found a few threads stating no warranty issues with Pentair. So I think I'm all go
  5. Found a YouTube video that answered my first question - yes, Pentair changed the design/direction of the top panel on the cell itself. OK. But still wondering if I should switch cells again... the old cell was replaced in July 2009, but while it had nearly 5 full seasons under its belt, I wasn't getting any red LED indicators, the blades were pristine (I have a vinyl-lined pool so CA never gets much higher than 200), pump run times generally average 10-12 hours and output averages 30-40%. I guess I'm in denial, and really have no complaints since Pentair was great about honoring the warran
  6. My IC40 failed a few days ago. Noticed my pool was cloudy after rain, thought maybe rain raised pH enough to cause some CA to precipitate out (as in the past) so tossed a cup of dry acid in. Noticed no change next day, so I tested water. FC was 0, pH was 7.4. After some troubleshooting I ran the chlorinator diagnostic on my EasyTouch and saw it was reading salt at 0. Reset panel, salt still 0. Set IC40 output to 100%, looked at the return lines and no hydrogen bubbles. Hmmm. Manually dosed pool with bleach, threw a puck in the floater and called a tech at a reputable local store that p
  7. I'm sure some of the contractors here will disagree, but... While accidents happen, you pay contractors to improve the value of your property, not diminish it. If the liner was older and approaching replacement, I'd probably just ask them to pay for professional repair. Since your liner is only 1 year old, I would demand replacement, including labor (even if you installed the current liner yourself). I have no idea how much the contractor was charging for the masonry work, and you typically pay a percentage down, then make additional payments as the work progresses and is completed, but I
  8. I'm not a builder, and I imagine someone here can offer a more informative response. The second hole at the bottom of the skimmer CAN be plumbed into the mains, although I've only seen it plugged or just dead-ended, e.g. into the concrete bond beam. Surely there must be a way to drain that line, since plumbing it to the mains is not only contemplated, but actually done. Have you tried contacting the manufacturer (probably Hayward)? How do you blow your lines - compressor or shop vac? Many people find that shop vacs (5+ HP) generate more air volume than compressors. Maybe that will do the
  9. You forgot to mention a bearing puller. Actually, I didn't consider trying it myself until I watched a few videos - after I'd installed the new pump. So maybe I'm just short one brain.
  10. BTW, I ultimately found the replacement at far less than $400. Installed yesterday in less than an hour. I like the new plastic motor canopy/cover. Also like not hearing my pump!
  11. I found a replacement type 316 stainless pilot screw for my SAm/Amerlite at a local Fastenal a few seasons ago. Actually grabbed a few, but the one I installed still looks like new.
  12. I asked myself that, but I found a new pump at a price only $70 more than the cheapest replacement motor I could find. Also, there are a gaps between the seal plate and the volute on the top and one side, like something is warped.
  13. Bearings on existing 1.5HP Pentair SuperFlo are singing. I mistakenly described a WhisperFlo in another post). Actually ordered the identical pump as a replacement, I'm wondering if I should change order to a 1HP? ~17,500 Gallon inground Plumbing is all 1.5" Equipment pad is roughly 20' from pool and at same elevation 2 intakes (1 skimmer + main drains) 7 returns (3 on side, 2 in step section + 2 laminar jets that I use only occasionally, but when I do I like them to fly high) Pentair Sand Dollar SD80 (3.5 sq ft filtering area, 50PSI max (consistently reads 20PSI w/ existing 1.5HP pump
  14. One last question: the pump is actually a 1.5HP Pentair SuperFlo - I mistakenly described it as a WhisperFlo). Just ordered the identical pump as a replacement, I'm wondering if I should change order to a 1HP? ~17,500 Gallon inground Plumbing is all 1.5" Equipment pad is roughly 20' from pool and at same elevation 2 intakes (1 skimmer + main drains) 7 returns (3 on side, 2 in step section + 2 laminar jets that I use only occasionally, but when I do I like them to fly high) Pentair Sand Dollar SD80 (3.5 sq ft filtering area, 50PSI max (consistently reads 20PSI w/ existing 1.5HP pump), 7
  15. Thanks, Pool Clown. It's intermittent, but she's singing more and more. I ordered an identical replacement for an outstanding price from a reputable online retailer, and picked up some new Southwire conduit and fittings today. I'll probably switch it out as soon as I find the time - which may be before it fails - because my schedule is pretty hectic right now. Do you foresee any problems using the existing unions for a couple of months, and then installing the new unions later, probably at closing? Thanks as always, I appreciate your advice.
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