Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Pool Guy Podcast Show Episode #500 Recap on What I Do

 I thought with Podcast #500 I would reset for you the things I do in the Swimming Pool Industry.

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I am a Pool Service Professional with over 25 years of practical experience. I currently maintain a pool route so I am right there in the trenches every day. I have extensive experience in water chemistry, automatic cleaners, pool filtration, pool equipment, and automated systems.

I work in Southern California and have been in the pool industry since 1988 with a brief hiatus in the late 1990s to buy and sell Real Estate. My wife and I have been following the Dave Ramsey plan for several years and we have paid off all of our debt plus three houses in Southern California - WE ARE DEBT FREE!

Being financially independent has allowed me to freely share my knowledge with others through my videos and articles so that you can save money as you take care of your pool. I give out free advise to whoever asks and you can post a question or comment here, on YouTube, Facebook or my Blog and I will answer it to the best of my ability at no charge to you. 

I am the creator of the #1 Swimming Pool Channel on YouTube which attracts viewers from within the industry and your typical homeowner who manages their own pool. My YouTube Channel Started in 2012 has over 85,000 subscribers and over 44 Million video views.

I have been married for 24 years and have a 12-year-old son who takes up most of my free time with his Cello lessons, Piano lessons, and Mandarin Chinese  Classes. 


I am the creator of the #1 Swimming Pool Channel on YouTube with over 44 million video views and 85,000 subscribers. I also write the Poolman Dave Blog which has over 1.2 million page views and growing. I am the host of the popular Pool Guy Show Podcast. I am also the Founder of the group Swimming Pool Service Pro Association SPSPA & the lead Instructor of the Pool Guy Coaching site


I am the creator of the Channel Swimming Pool Tips and How-To. I have over 85,000 Subscribers and 44 Million Video views. With over 900 videos, it is the ultimate source for all things swimming pool.


Join me on my Pool Guy Coaching site for real-time Texting and Phone consultations.  There is also a group text chat and discounts on your liability insurance. Take your pool business to the next level and receive one to one personal business coaching. 250 members and growing!


I am the host of the popular Pool Guy Podcast Show where every week I tackle a subject that you can relate to in the pool business or as a homeowner. On the Podcast, I unpack each subject in detail so that you can learn about pool care and business management in depth. The Podcast is available on iTunes. With over 450,000 Downloads it is the #1 Industry Podcast!


When you become a member of my coaching group you are automatically enrolled in my association Swimming Pool Service Pro Association.  This is a great way to market your business and your customers will be glad to know that you are backed by a national association and insured.


I write Blog articles that matter. They are current and the information in these articles will save you money as well as helping you keep your pool sparkling every week. With over 1.3 Million page views it is one of the top Blogs in the Swimming Pool Sector.


I am the author of the popular pool care book Swimming Pool Care "The Essential Guide": Pool Care Made Easy

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Water Tech Pulse 2nd Generation Battery Operated Pool & Spa Vacuum

 The Pool Blaster Pulse by Water Tech is a Cordless, Rechargeable Pool & Spa Vacuum. This is the 2nd generation pulse with an upgraded larger debris chamber and a metal handle for the pool pole attachment. Overall the upgraded Pulse is a better unit than the original Pulse.  It combines the fixed vacuum head of the Catfish Model with the larger debris chamber of the Centennial model to produce a compact and powerful cleaner. 

The Pulse is a very compact and versatile vacuum. I like that the cleaner has some weight to it and it feels very balanced on the end of my pool pole. You can connect it directly to a standard pool pole with the Pole Connector adapter or use it with the included plastic pole sections. The compact size makes this ideal for your spa or to spot vacuum your above ground or in-ground pool. The large debris chamber is great for those pools with a lot of leaf debris.

To purchase the Pulse:

CONVENIENT CLEANING: Perfect for quick and easy cleaning in the Hot Tub or Spa and the Swimming pool. No hoses or cords needed. Four-piece sectional pole set included (45” length).

QUICK RELEASE: Unique Canister Debris Chamber uses dual-cam lever connection making it easy to empty debris chamber between cleanings.

CAPTURE MORE DIRT: XL debris chamber captures a variety of debris; acorns, twigs, leaves dirt and sand.

RUN TIME: The lithium ion battery powered Pulse is designed to run up to 45 minutes

7.5" Vacuum Head w/Soft-Bristle Brush, Wall Charger, (1)All Purpose Filter Bag Four piece pole set (45" length) included

The unit comes almost completely assembled. All you need to do is attach the Vacuum Head to the Pulse. I like the fixed hard plastic vacuum head as it never gets bent and I think the hard plastic head makes vacuum easier. It has a large debris opening and brushes on the bottom so picking up dirt and debris is very easy. The Filter Cone is designed to stop debris and dirt but it won't pick up very fine dust. If you have very fine dust in your spa or pool you may want to opt for the Pool Blaster Max Li with a Sand/Silt bag. But for most situations, the Pulse does a great job with dirt and debris.

It takes about 2-3 hours to fully charge the Pulse and then you get a good 45 minutes of cleaning time out of it. The dedicated on/off switch makes turning the unit on and off a breeze and the fact that the battery is completely water sealed allows for easy worry-free use.

I like the power of this unit and the very large debris chamber. The Pool Blaster Catfish is similar but with a very small debris bag. The pulse can hold a lot of debris. I also like the fact that the debris chamber or Filter Sleeve is very easy to clean. Just hose of the clear plastic Filter Sleeve and the Filter Cone and you are ready to go again. It couldn't be easier.

So if you are looking for a good battery operated cleaner for your pool or spa, check out the Pulse by Water Tech.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Nature2 Mineral System

 There are many products on the market today which I describe as chlorine enhancers. With their coming tablet shortage, these enhancers will become more and more important. The nature2 by Fluidra is a product that will allow you to use less chlorine in your pool. 

Here is more about the Nature2  product:

“Nature2 is a line of simple and effective mineral sanitizers that work in conjunction with your pool and spa's filtration system. Nature2 delivers sparkling clean water and is proven to help destroy bacteria and fight algae without the harsh effects of
traditional chemicals.

Inspired by Nature
Minerals like silver have long been known for their sanitizing, antimicrobial properties. Nature2's pool and spa mineral sanitizers use these proven ingredients to create clean, clear water while reducing chlorine levels and the potential for the common discomforts and unpleasant odors of chemical sanitization.”

I have seen the Nature2 on my pull route but never tried it on my own pool until this season. I recently installed it on my pool and I have to tell you that it works just as described. I have my salt system dial down to 40% and this will definitely extend the life of the salt cell. I can also run my pool with much less chlorine and I have been testing it with chlorine levels close to zero. So far there has been no algae in the pool even with no chlorine present. So the nature2 appears to be working very well in my saltwater pool.

One thing that I really like is that they offer a no stain guarantee. This means that they are so confident and their product and that it won't stay in your pool that they will offer you this guarantee. So you can rest assured no matter which pool type you have the product will not damage or stain your pool. The only caution is not to use the Nature2 with any other copper type ionizers or algicides. 

Nature2 Fusion Soft
Inground pools
Up to 40,000 gallons
Nature2 + Salt Water Generator

Nature2 Fusion
Inground pools
Up to 45,000 gallons
Nature2 + Chlorine Tablet feeder

Nature2 Express
Inground pools
Up to 25,000 gallons
Nature2 only

Nature2 CF
Inground & Aboveground pools
Up to 25,000 gallons
Nature2 Only

Monday, November 16, 2020

Betta Solar Powered Surface Skimmer Revisited 6 months later

 The Betta Solar Powered Solar Skimmer is the latest surface skimmer and I have been running one in my pool for the past 6 months. The biggest upgrade to the Betta is new and improved corrosion-resistant motors and propellers. So now it is compatible with Saltwater pools. The overall design of the Betta is great and it has the look and feel of a high-priced RC boat. Maybe it is the brushless motors on the back or the sleek design, but this thing looks and feels impressive. It comes backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

So if you have a Saltwater pool the Betta will be perfect for you. It now comes in 3 different colors - white, silver, and the blue one seen in the video. I really like the fact the Betta will now be much more reliable going forward.

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Here is more about the Betta from the manufacturer:

Automatically remove various floating objects on the water surface, such as leaves, dust, pollen, and dead insects, etc.

100% of the energy power comes from solar energy. There is no cable connection, and a built-in battery provides power for use at night.

The underwater brush-less motor directly drives the thruster, eliminating the shortcomings of the low life of traditional reduction gears.

Unique wireless remote control function, which is convenient for you to easily switch between automatic and remote control. You can use the remote control to operate the robot to perform fast fixed-point clearing or use the remote control to control the robot to dock at any time and anywhere.

The large basket capacity and the unique upper handle solution are suitable for cleaning the basket without removing the machine from the water.


Up to 21.5% conversion efficiency of the solar panel's surface is covered by a piece of wear-resistant ETFE material. This makes the solar panel more effective and durable, therefore having a longer life.


The body is made of UV-resistant material. No need to worry about ultraviolet radiation causing damage to the body while it's out in the sun.E material. This makes the solar panel more effective and durable, therefore having a longer life.


The ultrasonic radar sensors, control the robot's ability to navigate itself around the pool.


The underwater brush-less motor directly drives the thruster, eliminating the shortcomings and low life of traditional reduction gears.


The large capacity debris basket has a handle and unique upper removal, lock latch. This makes it easy to remove and clean the basket. There is no need to remove the robot from the water; simply dock the robot, open the latch, and grab the basket. It is super easy to remove and put back in. In addition, the basket's placement and weave like design prevent any debris from falling back into the pool.

I can’t speak beyond my initial testing but this thing runs from early in the morning to late at night -sometimes it is still running at 11 pm in the pool. It seems to be designed to last with brushless motors and premium solar panels. One thing I really like is how quiet this machine is. So, silent. The remote is decent and I don’t see myself using it much but it is nice to have. Overall I am impressed by the look and feel of the Betta and how it is working in my pool at the moment.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Backwashing your Pool Filter Tips & tricks

 Backwashing your D.E. Filter or Sand Filter is a task that can seem difficult if you are new to pool ownership. It is relatively easy once you understand the nature of your particular backwash valve and the typical problems you may run into with that valve. Here are the two most common backwash valves, the Piston Type and the Multi-Port Valve, and the things to note about each one.

First, what exactly is backwashing a filter? This is basically reversing the flow of water to loosen up any dirt and debris in the filter when the filter PSI or pressure gets too high. The filter PSI can be found on the gauge on top of your filter. Since starting filter pressure varies it is a good idea to mark your gauge at the point when you just cleaned your D.E. filter or when you either installed your sand filter, changed the sand, or gave it good backwashing. It becomes time to backwash when your filter PSI goes up by 10 PSI from the clean mark on the gauge. 

When you engage the backwash two things can happen depending on the type of valve and type of filter. For a D.E. filter with the Piston Backwash Valve, the water is reversed through the D.E. grids which pushes the dirt and D.E. off the grids and out the waste line. For the Multi-Port Type Valve backwashing just stirs up the water in the filter washing the debris out of the filter. These types of valves are most common on Sand Filters but can also be found on D.E. Filters. Note that a cartridge filter because of the nature of how the water flows through it cannot be backwashed and you will not find a backwash valve on this type of filter.

A typical backwash cycle can last from as little as 30 seconds to 1 ½ minute. You typically do not want to backwash for more than 2 minutes. Most of the dirt and debris will be discharged in the first minute and running it for longer periods of time is just unnecessary and a waste of water. Whenever you engage the backwash valve the pool pump must be off. So if you are pulling up on the piston the pump is off. Once you have it up and open turn on the pump to start the backwash. For the Multi-Port Valve, each time you are turning the handle to a different setting the pump is off. 

The piston-type backwash valve also known as the “Push/Pull Valve” is probably the most common backwash valve found on a D.E. filter. It looks like an actual piston and it has a long handle on top that you turn to unlock and then pull up on to engage the backwash. It is simple to use and pretty easy once you get the hang of it. The most common issue with the piston is that the o-rings inside will expand over time, making it difficult to open and close the piston. The fix is pretty easy. Simply unscrew the plastic ring or nut holding on the piston and pull it out to change the o-rings. Or change the entire piston if it s getting old. Once you do the piston will slide in and out very easily. 

The Multi-Port Valve has several different settings on it, but the three you are interested in while backwashing is the “Filter,” “Backwash.” And, “Rinse.” To successfully backwash using this type of valve, simply turn it clockwise to “Backwash.” Once you have run the pump for a minute or so, turn it off and then turn the valve to “Rinse.” Turn on the pump and let it run for 30 seconds. Then turn it off and turn it back to “Filter.” The “Rinse” mode is important as you need to clean the line of any left-over dirt from the backwash cycle. If you skip the “Rinse” mode chances are some dirt will return to the pool once you start it back up.

A Sand Filter does not need to be recharged with anything after backwashing it. The sand is not removed during the backwash cycle, just dirt. For a D.E. filter, it should be recharged with some D.E. after each backwashing because old  D.E. is expelled during a backwash. The amount to add in varies by filter size but a good Rule of Thumb is that you need to add back in about half the D.E. that you originally added when you cleaned it. For example, if you added 6 lbs of D.E. you will need to add in 3 lbs. after backwashing it. For a D.E. filter, I wouldn’t backwash it more than two and maybe three times before I would take it apart and clean off the grids completely. After the 2nd backwashing, the process becomes less effective. 

There are other types of backwash valves but these are the two most common and if you do pool service once you master these two the rest are very easy to learn. 

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Monday, November 9, 2020

TEFC Pool & Spa Motors

TEFC motors are relatively new but I think will become the norm in the Pool & Spa Industry. The TEFC motors provide superior performance and longevity over traditional open drip-proof (ODP) motors. Their Innovative hydraulic design and thick-walled body parts deliver super-quiet operation. The fact that they are completely enclosed means that they are also extremely weatherproof.

Many manufacturers make TEFC motors and the common features are:
Finned Aluminum Totally Enclosed (TEFC) frame keeps windings and bearings drier, cleaner, and cooler.

Top-mounted conduit box is easier to access in tight spaces and better protected from weather, making this one of the easiest motors to install on the market.

115/208-230 Voltage rating for poor power quality areas and the ability to change the voltage at the flip of a switch.

In this video, you will see the Jacuzzi brand and they feature both a Square and Round Flange so they are compatible with Hayward, Pentair, Jandy, and other manufacturers.

Here is more about the Jacuzzi models:
Jacuzzi TEFC 1-HP- 2HP Squared/Rounded Single Speed Pool Motor provides superior design and technology for in-ground swimming pool pumps.

Pool Motor Features:
Replaces the following motors: US Motors ASB841, Regal Beloit QC1102 / UQC1152, A.O. Smith B2841, Blufton 16359

Top Mounted Conduit Box Easy to access wiring compartment make the install easier than ever
Totally Enclosed Construction Prevents the intrusion of outside air, debris, and moisture which can help reduce winding failures which is the #1 cause of motor failure
Finned Aluminum Frame Aluminum fins are naturally corrosion resistant and help dissipate heat promoting cooler operation

Total HP Rated Ratings in THP make finding the direct replacement motor easy
Voltage Selection Switch Easily switch the voltage on dual voltage models

2 HP Model:

1HP Model:

TEFC motors will be the standard I think moving forward in the next few years for both VS and any single-speed pump. I really like the quite operation of these pumps and you can really hear a difference when one is running versus the old versions. I also love the top mounted wiring. If you have ever replaced a motor, you know what a pain it is getting to the wires on back. Especially if you are in California where everything is up against a house or a wall. The top wiring configuration is great! 

It really comes down to the fact that TEFC motors will last longer and are ideal for all swimming pool and spa applications.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Tenlog Hands 2 Dual Extruder 3D Printer

 The Tenlog Hands 2 3D printer is a great compact Dual Extruder Printer. The nice feature of the Tenlog Hands 2 is that each extruder functions independently from the other. This means that you can print with two different color filaments, print in Duplicate Mode and in Mirror Mode. This gives you many more options over the single Extruder printers.

For a size comparison, the Ender 3 is the closest in overall size and build area. The Hands 2 bed is slightly smaller than the Ender 3 and comes in at 8.6” X 8.6” X 9.8” which seems small but it is actually bigger than most of the Dual Extruder printers on the market today. If you are looking for a larger build area I suggest the Tenlog TL-D3 which has a build area of 11.8” X 11.8” X 13.8” – quite larger than the Hands 2.

My son uses these printers for his 3D printing business. He currently has the Ender 3, Flashforge Finder, Anycubic Chiron, Tenlog TL-D3, and now the Tenlog Hands 2. Here is his Etsy storefront if you are interested in any of his prints.

3D Pool Prints:

For the STL file of the Caspian Sea Monster that you see in the video you can download it for free from his Thingiverse account here:

Caspian Sea Monster:

Here is more on the Hands 2:
INDEPENDENT DUAL EXTRUDER DESIGN Our Hands 2 Dual Extruder 3D Printer has double nozzles that are independent of each other, allowing you to print in duplication and mirror mode. You can also choose two different colors or materials to create at the same time or print with soluble support (such as PVA) to precisely implement models that are difficult to lay down.

Unique Near-End and Direct Drive Design Tenlog 3D Printer uses a direct drive extruder and a powerful near-end silent motor design,so that it can print various filament,such as TPU,PVA,PLA,ABS,HIPS,WOOD,PETG,flexible.

3.5'' TOUCH COLOR SCREEN Tenlog Hands 2 3.5”’s Touch Screen is easy to operate with its brand new friendly UI. Preview the model and printing process onscreen, allowing offline printing. Say goodbye to the traditional manual knob screen.

EASY TO ASSEMBLE The printer comes with several pre-assembled parts. You can assemble the 3D printer in 3 steps, with the user manual, in about 5 minutes.

WARRANTY AND SERVICE We provide a 1-year warranty for the 3D printer and a 3-month warranty for the extruder. With lifetime technical support as well. If you have any questions about the product, you can send an email to and we will reply within 24 hours!

The Hands 2 has many great features that are listed above. Since my son prints, lots of small parts the Duplicate mode is the best feature since it is liking having 2 printers working at once. Two prints that would take 4 hours to complete now take 2 hours. This really helps to maximize his production and since he mainly prints small objects the build area is more than sufficient. To be honest he has yet to use up the build area on his TL-D3 or Anycubic Chiron. So nothing is really lost with he Hands 2 size.

The only negative I can think of is that the bed leveling takes some work. Not only do you need to level Extruder 1 but you also need to manually adjust Extruder 2 so that it prints correctly. A bit of a chore and one that needs to be repeated as the bed gets out of level. But minor compared to all of the overall great features of the Hands 2.

We purchased both printers on Amazon and here are the links for you:
Tenlog Hands 2 on Amazon:
Tenlog TL-D3 on Amazon: