Spa Frog Floating System

December 1st, 2014

Spa Frog Floating System


The spa frog floating system is very convenient for dispensing bromine and other chemicals into your spa. It takes a while to figure out the settings that will work best in your spa, but when you do it works great. In fact you can just set it and forget it, the PH and Bromine levels remain at desirable levels while using the spa frog floater. No more messing with PH up and PH down constantly

Key Features:
The Floating System uses pre-filled mineral cartridges and bromine cartridges that snap into a reusable floating holder and works in any spa. The system transforms your spa into the perfect environment for soothing relaxation with up to 50% less bromine needed than standard bromine spas. Cartridges are easily adjusted to meet the sanitizing needs of virtually any size spa. Replace the mineral cartridge every 4 months when you drain and refill your spa. The bromine cartridge will last 2-4 weeks depending on use.

The entire system is the green float plus one yellow bromine cartridge and one blue mineral cartridge The mineral is what helps to reduce the amount of bromine that is used. This will help your spa to look crystal clear and feel silky soft.

The down side is that replacement bromine and mineral cartridges costs more than buying a new 'system' which contains both of these cartridges and the float. So you may be better off buying a new float each time you need the cartridges. The decision is yours either way it is a simple method to treat your spa.

This product is recommended for most spas. One of the few is spa in a box, the company does not recommend this product for their spa as it may cause problems with equipment. Other wise this is a great product for spas, it will save you time and money.

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Intex Recreation 28637EG Cartridge Filter Pump

November 11th, 2014

Intex Recreation 28637EG Cartridge Filter Pump


Simple to use cartridge is easy to replace. Has an air release valve inside the filter chamber to release trapped air. At the bottom of the filter there is a sediment flush valve. Comes with hoses and clamps.

Key Features:
This pump produces a nice flow and will keep a pool up to 1000 gallons clear. This model comes with a GFI which is a nice safety feature. The filter cartridge has a fairly long life so it is not necessary to purchase a lot of cartridges. The cartridge is easy to clean just use the garden hose with a hose and spray the cartridge.

Another nice thing about this filter is the price just think you get a pump and filter for a very low price which can not be said for many pool items.

n conclusion this filter and pump should last for several seasons. It has a great safety feature and is simple to use.

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Polaris G52

October 28th, 2014

Polaris G52 Review


The Polaris G52 Backup Valve can be used on the 180, 280 and 380 Polaris pool cleaners. You will know when its time to replace the old backup valve. Many time the old valve will spray water out of a crack in the case. Sometimes it will just stop working or a small stream will come out and not be enough to back up the pool cleaner.

Key Features:
The key feature of the G52 is to pull the Polaris away from the spot where it has become stuck. There are some pools where the Polaris will become stuck in several places. The G52 will back it out of the spot and actually move it several feet from that spot.

Do not confuse the G52 with the G54. They will both work with the Polaris 180, 280 and 380. The difference is the G54 is the outer case only. This means that you will have to take the old valve and open it and remove the parts inside. Then place the old parts into the G54. The G52 is the complete valve and ready to install.

Some people have found this handy valve to work on the Letro Legend. It can be use on both the 4 wheel model and the three wheel model. The valve has enough power to move the Legend with relative ease.

The average time to install the G52 about ten minutes. Just remove the nuts at each end of the old valve. Pull the hose off the ends of the valve. Then make sure to face the valve in the correct direction other wise it will not work. With the nuts on the hose push the hose onto each side of the valve. If this is a problem put a little liquid soap on each end of the valve then push the hose onto the valve. Sometimes if the hose is old and stiff it will take a little longer to replace the valve.

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INTEX Deluxe Wall Mount Swimming Pool Surface Skimmer | 58949E

October 14th, 2014

INTEX Deluxe  Skimmer


The Intex Deluxe wall mount swimming pool skimmer attaches to the filter pump. It mounts on the wall of the pool with easy to use brackets which are adjustable. This unit does a great job of trapping debris floating on the surface of the pool. Included is a basket that pulls out for easy cleaning. Works with 800 gallon per hour and larger filter pumps.

Key Features:
The Intex pool skimmer is designed especially for larger Intex above ground pools. Such as the Easy Set, Frame Set, Ultra and Ellipse that use 800 gallon per hour filter pumps and larger filter pumps. The wall mount skimmer comes with hose and fitting that connects to the filter pump.

On most pools it takes about ten minutes to hook the skimmer up. Many pool owners have found that with in 15 minutes the surface of the pool was free of leaves and bugs.

This skimmer is meant for Intex pools. Some pool owners have found that it works on other brands. The skimmer can not be used on inflatable pools. This item is screwed on to the wall of the pool so a metal side is necessary.

The Intex Deluxe wall mount swimming pool skimmer 58949E is a great addition to an above ground. In most cases it is superior the skimmer included with the pool. Many pool owners have found that the skimmer has reduced the amount of time they spend cleaning the pool and the item is well worth the purchase.

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Hayward SP0714T Pro Series Vari-Flo Top-Mount Control Valve

October 1st, 2014

Hayward SP0714T Pro Series Vari-Flo Top-Mount Control Valve


When purchasing a backwash valve for a Hayward filter you must decide which valve fits your filter. The valve comes in two stiles one is a side mount and the other is a top mount. The Hayward SP0714T Pro Series Vari-Flo Top-Mount Control Valve is of course a top mount. Most top mount Vari-Flo valves are used for sand filters. The side mount valve is used for DE filters.

Key Features:
The Hayward SP0714T has seven functions. Starting with Filter, this is for normal filtering and vacuuming. Then Backwash, which allows the cleaning of the sand bed of debris. Next is Rinse, use this after completing backwash cycle to ensure all dirty water is rinsed out of the filter. Then there is the Waste function, WASTE - By-passes the filter for draining or lowering pool water level and for vacuuming heavy debris directly to waste line. Another would be RECIRCULATE - Water is recirculated through the valve, by-passing the filter. Then you can use the function CLOSED – Which Shuts off the flow from the pump to the filter. Finally the function Winter - For winterizing (SP0714T only).

The Hayward Pro series valve has an easy-to-use handle, heavy duty stainless steel spring, ABS body and cover, neoprene valve seat and a built-in sight glass. Automatic self-cleaning design prevents clogging or sticking. The sight glass is a nice feature when backwashing the filter it makes it easy to see when the water starts to clear and backwashing can be stopped.

Important note when turning the the valve to backwash or any other function make sure that you move it in a clockwise movement. It also comes with a pressure gauge and a o-ring. Which is important in that you do not need to purchase it when installing the valve.

If you want to save some money, and if you are moderately good with tools you don't need to be a mechanic. You should have no problems installing the Hayward SP0714T.

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Hayward S244T

September 4th, 2014

Hayward sand filter S244T


Hayward sand filter can be used for inground pools and spas. Water features like ponds fountains and garden features. The sand contained in the filter strains impurities as the water passes through the sand. The filter uses a multiport valve to direct water through the filter or out the backwash. The valve is a top mount on this model but other Hayward sand filters come with side mount. The water is directed over the top of the sand bed, as the water flows down through the sand it catches the particles that are in the water. The clean water is pushed out the filter through the bottom lateral assembly and into the pool.

Key Features:
This Hayward high performance sand filter combines rugged construction, energy efficient operation, superior flow rates. This allows years of trouble free filtration with minimal care. The weather proof tank is constructed of a tough polymeric material.

It has a durable flanged inspection cover that allow for easy access to the top of the filter. It has a automatic air relief valve that purges any trapped air during operation of the filter. It has a large drain for water or sand for fast draining when winterizing or servicing.

The filter needs 300 pounds of sand and takes about an hour to add. The Hayward S244T comes with a quality pressure gauge. There is a site glass in the multiport valve which is nice for viewing the dirty water when backwashing the filter.

Many people replace there old cartridge filter with a sand filter and find that it is vast improvement. When a filter is needed for a pool, spa, or water feature the Hayward S244T should be at the top of your list.

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Game 3567 Underwater Light Show and Fountain Review

August 6th, 2014

above ground pool light

A Colorful Light Show

This will make the perfect pool party accessory. It has ever changing colors that will become the topic of conservation. It does a variety of blinking and steady colored lights, constantly changing colors. The fountain changes colors along with the underwater light show. When it gets dark outside it makes a great pool accessory.

Key Features:
Game 3567 projects the light onto the walls and bottom of the pool. It also shoots water into the air which is colored. Lighting coverage is 10 to 15 feet, which comes from the 4 colored LEDs inside. Fountain height is approximately 2 feet.

This unit requires 4 D batteries and has an auto shut off after one hour. This is a great unit for smaller pools. If used for larger pools 2 units might be need. Test with one then make a decision for a second unit. If your pool has an attached spa it will work well there.

Pros: It has beautiful colors. Being battery operated can leave it on all night and the cost will only be the cost of the batteries. Con: The batteries could last a little longer. If quality batteries are used this helps.

Remember this is not meant for large pools. Works great for above ground pools. It can be used for inground pools but you should think about more than one unit. Children will be amazed by it so if you have children entertain them on a summers night.

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June 29th, 2014

DECK-O-SEAL  Tan 4701033 Review

DECK-O-SEAL Tan 4701033 Review

Deck O Seal is used to fill the gap between the deck and coping. If there is old Deck O Seal in the gap you need to remove it before you pour the new product. What you have to do is cut the old material out using a knife or razor blade or some other tool that will remove the old material. For most pools you need to pour some very fine sand into the gap up to about a quarter of an inch. If you are doing the whole pool it is best to use the two part version the premix has a short shelf life and if you get some that has been sitting it will be hard to use. The older product becomes dry and very hard to squeeze out of the tube

Key Features:
Three of the colors that it comes in is Tan, White, and Grey. It is a self leveling sealant that is non staining. It cures to a firm flexible tear resistant rubber. It is resilient and has excellent recovery characteristics after extended periods of compression or elongation.

It will hold up to most chemicals, and to all weather conditions. It ages well with little change like shrinkage. Will not become brittle or crack due to ultraviolet exposure. It will last for years.

When applying Deck O Seal you will spill some. It is recommended that you use xylene to clean up the spilled product. This seems to be one of the few products that will clean up any mess that is made. You can get a couple of different looks when using this product. When it cures it will have a shine to it and some people do not care for this look. A nice look if one when the product has been poured and just before it cures to sprinkle sand on top. It will stick and have a nice look to go along with the look of the deck.

When using this product read all the instructions and have everything at hand. If you mix it and need to retrieve a tool or other item it will cure in the bottle. It is very expensive so when you start to pour make sure that is all you do until you have finished.

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R01052 – Lock Screw Rainbow

November 14th, 2012

When repairing the Pentair Rainbow model 320 chlorinator, one should be careful with the parts. When removing them place in a bag  and label. One of the parts that is lost more often than not is the R01052 which is a lock screw. This is one of the smallest parts on the chlorinator and can be misplaced. Unfortunately few pool stores carry this item and with out this screw the Rainbow will not work. you can order it online, try this site for best prices click here


April 10th, 2012


SPX1600AA  is the pump pot for the Hayward Super Pump. Do not confuse this pump with the Super Pump II. The SPX1600aa is made of a plastic type of material. It can crack which will lead to leaks. When this occurs a new pot must be purchased it old pot can not be patched. When replacing this part make sure to purchase new o rings and seal this will insure that you do not have leaks when reassembled.

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