Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pool Maintenace - UGH #2!

Well, will it never end?

Father's Day today, and Suzanne and Emma are on their way. The pool is warm, finally, and I just skimmed off some leaves, so it is clean as well.

Yesterday, after trying to keep the pool heater going, just had to admit major renovation was necessary. At 4 pm, Dianne requested a new pump be bought and installed tonight. Else, no swimming for Emma...

Pool place closes at 5. They knew I was on the way and I arrived at 4:45. Out by 5.

Removing the old pump was a bear. Cutting two old flex hoses was easy enough, then had to tackle the wiring. A metal cup covered the connections and it was held on by two bolts. 1/4 inch nut driver loosened the first, but slipped on the second. Flat blade would not budge it. A neighbour brought some tools, no go. Finally, the Dremel cut off disc solution was employed and the old pump was disconnected.

Connecting the wiring to the new pump was tough. The neighbour gave up. I persevered and finally had success. Not enough service loop and too tight a working space were the issues.

Got the hoses ready for installation. Each hose had to have a quick disconnect union - my new policy. The pump ($400) came with two, and I had bought extra fittings just in case. Did not need them. I've done so much gluing of hoses this year...

Turned the switch and all was well. Quiet pump. Turned on heater and it ran most of the night. But, the push on wire connections are notorious for making poor connections. That causes the heater to turn off.

So, today I had more electrical to do. Bought a replacement for the halogen pump area light and installed it. Almost lost a small screw in the process, but saw where it dropped in the grass and found it. Pulled off the connections one at a time, used contact cleaner, pushed on a couple of times each. Repeat nine times. Perfect. Red LED nice and bright now, so I am confident the connection(s) causing the problem are improved. For a week at least...

Cover off, leaf skimmer employed, and they just arrived.

Got to go...

Happy Father's Day!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Father's day Ed! Sounds like you were busy though!