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  1. Just a small bit of info; The "concentrated" 8.25% is actually between 6% and 4% by the time you go to put it in your spa. Bleach sold as 6% can be as low as 3% by the time you purchase it. Liquid Chlorine has a very short life and degrades quickly. I get wholesale 12% and it is listed as 10% by trade due to the fast degredation. We started in the fall to order 19% from a distributor and its 17% by trade. So remember what it is listed as on the bottle deduct it by 2% when doing calculations or using the bleach calculator.
  2. you are going to need lots of hot water ( I use boiling water ) dont use a hair dryer it doesnt cover enough of an area & go buy some liner lock. You will need T-Bead liner lock.Depending on the pliability of the liner you may need to lower your water level some more. You will pour the hot water below where the liner is pulled down then pull it up n try to slide it back into the track, while holding it into the track press in the liner lock. If your liner is tough to pull up go for small gains. Do not use a screwdriver to try & push the liner back into the track. This process will require patience, if you dont have the patience call your local service company.
  3. That bottom will be compacted enough that you can add right on top off it without excavation. We will only do a skim coat of sand, we wont use fine sand in any of the build up process as it compacts very poorly. We use Granular B(pitrun) for the majority of the build up then the final 8-12" is Granular A. Granular A is used up here for the base of roads & driveways as it has great compaction.
  4. We build up with pit run & granular A then finish with either Pool pad or masonry sand. If there is a chance of ground water then we start with crushed rock, 8 mil poly then substrate. You will also need a plate tamper to compact the substrate.
  5. This happens when installers dont place something like water tubes against the shallow end wall to prevent the liner being pulled to the deep end when its sucked into place. When your water heats up it should move closer to the wall.
  6. They are called Thermal covers & are now mainly sold for commercial pools. Recreonics out of the US makes them if you're willing to pay but IMO they are worth it.
  7. I blame the plumbing design considering Ive been repairing & winterizing tubs for 13 years on many brands & take a look at the Coast website & I can count 2 diverters on an Elite Freedom,Zenith,Vantage so your statement is invalid.
  8. Go to your local dealer & pick up a Spavac/Spawand or Grit Getter
  9. A jet can only move so many GPM. Plus your reducing from 2.5" to at least .5" plumbing so a so called 5hp is pointless. The plumbing design on a Coast is atrocious out of all the brands ive winterized Coasts take by far the longest. With the claim of such huge pumps there should be no diverters on that tub at all but that isnt the case.
  10. Gotta love you Coast Folk & your 5hp pumps. A real full rated 5hp motor for pools & spas is about 2.5 times the size & weighs about 3 times as much than whats in a coast.
  11. Im gonna go out on a limb & say hottubcanadacovers gets their covers made by HST Synthetics since the vinyl colour pallet is identical to my samples right down to the order they are displayed.
  12. They ran a piece tubing off the manifold to try and eliminate that. That was done about 4yrs ago not sure how the result was but i havent seen complaints on the board.
  13. Ok, ease up with the sales pitch. Hottubguy, how many brands of spas have you sold/fixed before being at the factory w Arctic? I really think you should search for Toms old posts & learn from Waterboy on how to represent Arctic.
  14. id recommend switching the sensor plugs around to see if you get a different reading. For the heater you need to to turn off the power, disconnect the leads from the board & check the element for continuity with your multimeter(im sure you're familiar with how to do that) If all reads well with your heater then no need to replace. Im gonna guess the relay on the board is toast if your temp set is proper & your sensors are reading the correct temp. @evenfurther this pack is an M7 which does not have a pressure switch
  15. Looks interesting I think this link is a bit better www.MyElemental.com/brochure/
  16. Whoever plumbed that sure loved their 90s. How's the flow in the pool? when everything works.
  17. If you are in Ontario the prices are usually gonna be all the same as Pioneer Pools has a lock on all Watkins Products
  18. Guess I spoke too soon. Its accessible through mobile phones though
  19. There is a flaw with the Apache programming language which caused an all too common error with indexing of sites. The fix usually takes a while as shown in this case but I think they got it solved.
  20. Nobody called the spas gimmicky the options are gimmicky there's a difference. Marketing absolutely plays a huge role. If they didn't have such aggressive marketing they would be by the wayside as Arctic was late to the game & needed to stand out. They are no different then HS as they are a marketing force Im personally not impressed with a bunch of their models but tonnes of people buy them because the dealers know how to sell considering I think they have 4+ extensive levels of sales training. But the difference is the HS boys are subtle with whats new & some Arctic folk tout their new options as the greatest thing since slice bread. Now what I want to see is a customer that will bring their phone near the open tub to control jetting on individual seat as mentioned b4. Everything is Marketing if marketing wasnt around everyone would have trouble selling tubs. No one bashed the quality of the Arctic tubs, issues were taken with the marketing aspects & the stories which in the past Arctic earned that black eye its trying to get past now.
  21. This is nothing ground breaking its just an advanced step above the Spa Monitor which has been around for 5yrs. Its smart of Arctic & Apollo spas to bring this to smart phone apps but as I said its a gimmick just like waterfalls, lighted fountains & other un-essential stuff. Arctic hasnt switched to the more expensive menu driven control pad which would make tubbing more convenient & does everything this app does because its cheaper to make software throw a knock off name from GMs onstar & market the hell out of it. Smart marketing for sure. Here's a link to check out some screen shots http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/lifestyle/arctic-spas_rqvm_screenshots.html
  22. Gotta love the KKK getting a B+ rating. That throws all legitimacy down the drain IMO
  23. Id be really curious to see the full story behind those reports. Id bet some of those complaints came from completely irrational buyers who didnt maintain their tub. I dont think they warrant a D+ & I dont sell Clearwater tubs.
  24. That look like its been leaking for a while so the impeller is going to be a PIA to take off. That's going to be either an ultrajet or vico wet end so that will be the seal you need plus the impeller which is 99% probable. Once you get the impeller off you should take off the back half of the wet end as well to clean the shaft of calcium & rust, use emery cloth.
  25. Is someone out there stealing your hydro? because thats really high even for an Arctic . I know we are taking it left & right with hydro increases in Ontario at the moment so see how much your rates went up and how high your delivery fee is now, that may account for the big increase.
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