Monday, August 21, 2017

Riptide Pool Vacuum System Explained - Podcast Interview with Matt Lopez VP of Riptide

In this Podcast I interview Matt Lopez the Vice President of Riptide Pool Vacuum System. He goes over in detail what the Riptide Vacuum is and how it can benefit pool service professionals. He also touches on the the Battery Box version for homeowners who want a system of their own.



Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/553081-episode-7-riptide-pool-vacuum-system-interview-with-matt-lopez-v-p-of-riptide 

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I meet Matt & Dave when they came out to California for the Western Pool Show. They are committed to bringing the best product to the market and will go out of their way to make every customer 100% satisfied.

These Vacuum Systems are essential for anyone who wants to save time and effort out in the field. The time and energy savings alone are worth the investment. For a homeowner who has a pool with constant large debris week to week this would be a solid investment vs a Robotic Pool Cleaner.

The Riptide Vacuum System is an essential tool if you service pools that get destroyed by the winds or work in an area where the pools get a lot of large debris all season long. For the homeowner or service tech who doesn't want or need the SL cart, you can now order the Riptide Vacuum Head with just a Battery Box. It will work exactly the same as far as vacuuming power, but the time between charges will be shorter. The 35 AH battery for the Battery Box should last around 3 hours of continuous use before charging.


Riptide Battery Box: Riptide SL Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw

The SL Cart can hold up to a class 27 100 AH battery which gives you about 6-8 hours of vacuuming time with the Riptide.

The Riptide SL cart comes loaded with some great features which I will touch on briefly here. One of the things I really like is the dedicated plug on the cart itself. The Vacuum Cord plugs right into the cart  and the plug is very well made and actually holds the cord in even if you tug really hard on t while vacuuming a pool. Right above the plug is the easy to reach on/off switch. The ease of use of the Riptide SL makes this an ideal Vacuum System for you. Simply connect your pole to the Riptide Vacuum head, uncoil the cord from the top, plug it in, drop the vacuum in the pool and turn it on.

The cart also features large rugged rubber wheels that are ideal for rough yards and step areas. This is a very light weight cart and even with the 60 lb. Battery in the bottom, the wheels make it effortless to pull the cart over any terrain. It is also very well balanced and even pulling it up hills it is very steady. The handle on top is adjustable, so you can turn it at an angle for different heights, making it even easier to pull.

You can learn more about the SL cart directly from their website here:  https://www.riptidevac.com/products/riptide-sl-pool-vacuum

The Riptide Commercial Cart features the same vacuum but with a larger cart and cord reel,

Related videos:
Riptide Pool Vacuum System Overview Video: https://youtu.be/ycoGJsyFXNg
Riptide Vacuum System: Cart and Vacuum Set Up & Operation Video: https://youtu.be/PHLdGmlgDfY
Riptide Vacuum Commercial Cart Transport Rack Set Up: https://youtu.be/d2kJroa6UOs

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mini Vac II Portable Pool Vacuum System by Advantage Manufacturing

The Mini Vac II by Advantage Manufacturing is a Portable Filtration System designed for the Pool Service Professional, Resort and Hotel Service Techs and for the Homeowner. It is a smaller system when compared to their PORTAVAC. But the Mini Vac II is a great choice and is loaded with some outstanding features.



One of the key aspects of the Mini Vac II is that it works separate from your pool's filtration system. Everything is picked up with the manual vacuum and the cartridge filter on top traps all of the dirt and debris down to an amazing 20 microns. So if the pool has very poor running equipment or just gets a large amount of dirt and debris each week, the Mini Vac II would be a great investment.

If you order the Mini Vac II directly from Advantage Manufacturing, use the discount code: “YouTube Portable” and save $50.00. You can order it from this link:

Here is a breakdown of some of the features for you:

100 sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
In Ground 1 HP Advantage Pump
85 GPM flow rate
Small Cart with Go Cart Wheels
On/Off Switch with GFCI
35 ft. 115 Volt Cord
Check Valve by Waterway

Although this system is smaller than the PORTAVAC it is powered by a 1 HP pump with a flow rate of 85 gallons per minute. The cartridge filter on top is very large also coming in at 100 sq ft. When I say it is a compact system it is still very powerful and versatile.

The unit in this video also has a valve plumbed in so that you can easily vacuum to waste. I added the fitting and vacuum hose attachment but when you order they can also add the fitting to the valve so you can use a standard 1.5” vacuum hose to vacuum to waste. In fact any unit can be custom built for you. Want a 150 sq ft cartridge on top? They can do that for you. Or want a ¾ hp pump? They can also make it to your specifications. Need a 100 ft cord? They can do that also. For sure I would have them add the valve to vacuum to waste, a great feature.

The Check Valve for the front is a great touch. This makes priming super easy. There is a flat seal located in the bag with the instructions that you insert between the front of the pump and the check valve as you thread it in. You can also purchase a standard 2” Union O-ring and keep it in the check valve on a permanent basis. I also suggest using a new vacuum hose to insure a tight water seal. But the check valve will make priming simple, just fill up the pump with water, put the lid back on and turn it on. It should prime instantly.

The Dolly this cart is on is smaller and more compact and this also means that it can't be hitched to the back of your truck like the PORTAVAC. But it is light enough to transport in the bed of your truck if you want to use it for pool service. I think the Mini Vac II is ideal for homeowners who have a problem pool; lots of dirt and debris each week. This will save the filtration system and extend the life of your filter and pump. The Mini Vac II would also be great to park in your equipment room if you manage a hotel or resort pool. Use it to vacuum each week and save the trouble of trying to vacuum out the pool with the typical poorly running sand filter. This will also mean less frequent backwashes to the sand filter.

The Mini Vac II is also ideal for water features and fountains that usually do not have a dedicated skimmer or vacuum port. In a matter of a minute or two, you can completely vacuum out a fountain. Very easy to use and great for any body of water that does not have a filter or a way to vacuum it out. The places you can use the Mini Vac II are innumerable.


Related Videos:

Advantage Manufacturing Factory Tour:https://youtu.be/7mpyTWBuo0E
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing - Overview:https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video:https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48
Pool Vacuum Systems & Portable Filtration Systems:https://youtu.be/Nhkpv_X4XtA




Thursday, August 17, 2017

SolaSkimmer Solar-powered Swimming Pool Skimmer

This is the SolaSkimmer Solar-Powered Surface Skimmer by Remington Solar. The SolaSkimmer is very effective and the best part is that the MSRP is $399.00. This makes the SolaSkimmer the most affordable Solar-Powered Skimmer on the market today.



Here are some of the features of the SolaSkimmer:

Uses 110V charger or the Sun to charge the cleaner
Requires about 4 hours of full Sun per day yo run in Solar only
Operates for about 8 hours per day on a full charge
Designed to run from Dawn to Dusk
Large debris tray on bottom (equivalent to about a one gallon trash can)
Battery indicator lights
Easy one button operation
4 infrared sensors that detect corners and sides
Water jet to turn cleaner away from pool sides and corners
UV Resistant PVC
Nice light gray color scheme
Weighs just 17 lbs
Easy to insert and remove from the pool
12 month warranty

Remington Solar is a leading manufacturer of Solar Products. They manufacturer Solar Attic Fans as well as the Solar Sun Shock Pool Ionizer that I have reviewed also on my Channel.

Remington Solar Chlorine-Free “Sun Shock” - For an Algae Free Pool: https://youtu.be/v5bW6RC9udI

The SolaSkimmer is design to be very simple and basic. There are no apps that control it and the design is overall very simple. The two paddles rotate in the water and move the cleaner along and debris is drawn in and is trapped by the debris tray along the bottom. Simple yet very effective. This design allows the SolaSkimmer to move very slowly around your pool making it highly effective in picking up the tiniest of debris. It will trap very small bugs like ants as well as pick up large leaf debris.

I like the simple design of this cleaner. As it approaches a corner or a pool edge the infrared sensors will detect the edge and a jet in front will activate. This jet of water will spin the cleaner and thus keeping it from getting stuck. I found that these sensors were very effective in detecting the pool edge and the cleaner did not get stuck anywhere in the pools I tested it in.
It is better to run the SolaSkimmer with the pool pump off. This will prevent the cleaner from getting hung up in the skimmer as the pump draws water in. This will also allow you to maximize your pools skimming time as the cleaner will skim the pool all day and you can run the pump at night to continue skimming with the pool's skimmer. If you have a variable speed pump the SolarSkimmer will allow you to run your pump at a lower speed for longer periods of time and will help reduce your energy cost.

The gray color scheme is also very nice and will be perfect for those pools with darker colored plaster. It is also very easy to put in your pool and remove from the pool when you want to go swimming. To start the cleaner just hit the very simple silver button. This button will also turn the cleaner off. The gray color scheme is also very nice and will be perfect for those pools with darker colored plaster.

It only takes about 4 hours of direct Sunlight to fully charge the SolaSkimmer or if you like you can plug it in and charge it. I think it is a great option to be able to charge the cleaner on cloudy days or those long Winter days without sunshine. This is also a great option f your pool remains in the shade most of the day.

Bottom line, this is a great affordable Solar-Powered pool surface cleaner that you will be very happy with. You can purchase it directly from their website or from Costco.com.








Monday, August 14, 2017

Portable Filtration Systems by Advantage - Podcast Interview w/ Lyann & Josh

In this Podcast I interview Lyann Courant the CEO of Advantage Manufacturing and Josh Hall the VP of Operations. We discuss their Portable Filtration Systems, Advantage's pumps & motors and their new UV System.




Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/550180-episode-6-advantage-manufacturing-portable-filtration-systems-interview-with-lyann-josh

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Lyann focuses on the fact the Portable filtration Systems differ from the Pool Vacuum Systems in many ways. First the Portable Filtration Systems will filter down to at least 20 microns and everything it filters out is trapped in the cartridge filter on top of the dolly.  The Pool Vacuum Systems use bags on top and only filter down to about 60 microns. The difference is pretty huge. 20 microns is about the size of mold spores and 60 microns is about the width of a human hair.

To learn more watch this video on the differences - Pool Vacuum Systems & Portable Filtration Systems: https://youtu.be/Nhkpv_X4XtA

The Portable Filtration Systems will help keep your pool safe and healthy to swim in and has great applications for Commercial pool service accounts. It is also great for the homeowner who gets a lot of dirt in their pools each week.

Advantage Manufacturing is located in Santa Ana California. I stopped by to pick up the PORTAVAC portable filtration system and decided to also film the facility. Advantage Manufacturing is a small company that makes portable filtration systems as well as pumps, motors, booster pumps, spa pumps, pond pumps and filters and much more.

I like the fact that Advantage Manufacturing is a family owned and operated company which means the owner is very involved in the day to day operation of the business. They can offer you hands on customer support and service and keep the quality of the products at the highest standard. Like any company they stand behind their products with a standard one year warranty on all of their products.


Save $100 on the PORTAVAC & $50 on the
Mini Vac II with discount code: "YouTube Portable"

Here is more about them from their website:

Since 1992, Advantage Manufacturing has been producing high quality pool, spa and pond water filtration equipment such as pumps and related products. Our value based line of motors, pumps and filters is sold to repair, maintenance and new installation trade professionals and retailers nationwide. Advantage products are also available through distribution from companies like Horizon in the Landscape Supply business for example. Leslie's is one of our largest retailers. Advantage equipment is also sold to some of the biggest brands in the nation on an OEM basis.

Our replacement pool motors and pumps are extremely popular with Home Warranty Insurance Contractors because they are an exceptional value and provide a compelling up sell opportunity with our new Variable Speed 3 HP Pool Pump. If you are a Warranty Company or a Contractor, please contact me for your copy of our "2016 Pool Repair Contractor Playbook to Profit".
Landscape Supply houses and installation professionals and contractors in the pond space love our water feature and garden pumps and filters. The Evolution Pond Pump, including our popular, 3" High Head Pressure 3 " Water Feature Pump, the "Big Boy."

In 2014, we introduced a Smart MPPT Outdoor Duty Solar Pump Inverter for pools, ponds and water features. Sized for use with our most efficient pond pump the ESS6400, the 750 Watt Inverter converts DC power from the panels to AC power for the pump. It is available in other sizes as well including a latest model which is a Variable Speed Solar Pool Pump and runs 910 Watts. The solar pump inverter blends power from the grid with the power from the solar array as needed.

Advantage Manufacturing is a 25 year old privately held CA based Corporation and qualifies as a ESWOSB.

To learn more and to see the products that Advantage Manufacturing sells you can visit their website:
https://www.advantageman.com/default.asp


To see the PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System in Action:
Advantage Manufacturing Factory Tour: https://youtu.be/7mpyTWBuo0E
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pool Vacuum Systems & Portable Filtration Systems

I will be discussing the differences between the Pool Vacuum Systems and the Portable Filtration Systems that I use on my pool route. These systems are designed to save you time and energy and to make your day a lot easier. Below will be a description of each system for you.



The Pool Vacuum Systems are designed to pick up very large leaf debris very rapidly. There are several on the market, but the two that I use and really like are the Power Vac & the Riptide. Basically they use a 30 lb. thrust motor to spin a propeller type blade on top and the force of the motor picks up just about everything on the bottom of a pool. To give you an idea of how powerful the motors are on these systems, a 30 lb. motor can power a small boat.

All of the debris will be trapped in the large bag on top of the vacuum. The bags will also trap dirt down to about 100 microns and the Power Vac has a bag that traps down to 60 microns, the Riptide a 75 micron bag. To give you an idea what size a 100 microns is, a human hair is about 100 microns wide. So a 100 micron particle is tiny, but some dust will still pass thru the bags with these Systems.

They are powered by a Deep Cycle AH battery that is attached to the cart. Both Power Vac and Riptide make a unit with a battery case so you can use these without a cart if needed. This is a great option for the homeowner or hotel/resort manager who just needs the system for one pool. Depending on the battery size you can get hours of use between charges. With a 100AH battery you can vacuum for 8 hours and with the 35AH battery that will go into the battery case, about 3 hours of vacuuming time.

I like these systems because they operate separate from the pools filtration system which means all of the dirt and debris will not enter the pump or filter keeping the pool system clean. These are also a great time saver as they pick up piles of very large debris very rapidly. For the time and energy savings alone, these systems are worth the investment.

You can also connect these units onto the back of your truck with the included transport rack. I would highly recommend a pool Vacuum System, especially if your area has a lot of leaf debris and wind. Once you use one you will wonder how you ever survived without it.

For more on the Power Vac:

Power Vac PV2100 Set Up and Walk–Through: https://youtu.be/rkCSfX8dwK8
Power Vac PV2100 Portable Professional Swimming Pool Vacuum Cleaner: https://youtu.be/xGY7tFUDFGM
Power Vac 26" Micron Bag For PV2100 - PV2500: Fine Debris down to 60 Microns: https://youtu.be/WDGedQLwCBM
Power Vac Large Service Cart for PV2100, PV220 & PV2500 Vacuum: https://youtu.be/y9ORwr_DQtI
Power Vac Large Service Cart Installation and Set Up: https://youtu.be/vR-0zISvEro
Power Vac Filter Bags (also fits Hammer-Head Vac): https://youtu.be/1COrN7Oja8s

For more on the Riptide:

Riptide Pool Vacuum System Overview Video: https://youtu.be/ycoGJsyFXNg
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/Wp2c9CLDrgY
Riptide Battery Box: Riptide SL Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw
Riptide Vacuum System: Cart and Vacuum Set Up & Operation Video: https://youtu.be/PHLdGmlgDfY
Riptide Vacuum Commercial Cart Transport Rack Set Up: https://youtu.be/d2kJroa6UOs

The Portable Filtration Systems are just what the name implies. These are basically your pool pump and filter on a dolly that you can wheel out to the deck and use to vacuum out a pool. You would simply wheel this out to the pool side, plug it in and manually vacuum out your pool just as if you were using the pool filtration system.

Since the Portable Filtration Systems are self contained, they work independently from your pool filter and pump. All of the dirt and debris will be trapped in the cartridge filter on top. This cartridge filter will filter dirt down to 20 microns. To give you and idea how small 20 microns is, Pollen is 30-50 microns in size. So these systems will trap very fine particles while you vacuum and leave your pool spotless.

Featured here are the PORTAVAC and the Mini Vac II by Advantage Manufacturing. These are hand made here in the USA in Santa Ana California. I have personally toured the facility and saw first hand the filters and dolly being welded and built. This is the premiere Portable Filtration System that comes equipped with a portable GFI, water proof on/off switch and the ability to order one custom made to your needs. Want a 1.5 hp pump on the Mini Vac II or a 100 sq. ft. filter on the PORTAVAC, they can do it. It comes with 35 feet of cord but they can customize one for you with 100 feet of cord if you like.

These are a great way to clean a pool with poor running equipment, pools that get a lot of dirt week to week, pool start ups, pool clean ups, hotel and resort pools and many more great applications.

To Learn More about the Portable filtration Systems:

If you order the PORTAVAC save $100 with this discount code: YouTube Portable
For the Mini Vac II save $50 with the discount code: YouTube Portable

Advantage Manufacturing Factory Tour: https://youtu.be/7mpyTWBuo0E
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48

I also wanted to show you the Pool Service Cart. This can be used to transport all of your manual vacuuming equipment and chemicals back to a service account. It also connects to the back of your truck with a hitch. At the minimum I suggest investing in one of these service carts. Although it uses the pools existing filtration system is it a great time and energy saver and makes your day faster and easier. You can learn more about Pool Service Carts here:


Pool Service Cart by T.Dula Specialties: https://youtu.be/g-fp5l6_wZc
T-Bar Mount: Connect Two Pool Service Carts to Your Truck at the Same Time: https://youtu.be/CgkcSCWESK4

Electric Vacuum Cart (12 Volt Cart) For your Power Vac or Hammer-Head Vacuum: https://youtu.be/fUZJuMTF4gg

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pool RX Explained - Podcast Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx

In this Podcast I interview Fred Schweer of PoolRx and he discusses in detail what exactly is PoolRx and how it can benefit you as a pool owner or pool service professional. He covers the uses of PoolRx, how it eliminates algae and frees up your chlorine and goes over some cautions when using the product.







Related Videos:
PoolRx Overview and Use Video: Eliminates and Prevents all Algae: https://youtu.be/vYodIg3hu8g
PoolRx will Solve: Algae Every Week, Constant Low Chlorine Levels, High Phosphates: https://youtu.be/LA7HZ_nIQcA


PoolRx is a Mineral Technology does two very simple things when used in your pool or spa; it eliminates all algae and will allow you to use less chlorine during the pool season. The active ingredient is Copper Sulphate Pentahydrate (chelated).

What Chelated means is that the metals in the PoolRx have been bonded to form two coordinated bonds similar to what Metal Sequestering Agents do. This means that the Metal Ions will remain in the PoolRx unit with no metal ions being introduced into the pool or spa water. PoolRx is Chelated so the metal ions stay within the PoolRx unit itself.

Make sure that you choose the right size PoolRX unit so that the treatment will be effective. You can place it either in your skimmer or pump basket. When you first insert the unit run your pool for 3-4 hours. Then run it the normal cycle to get at least one full cycle of water from the pool, into the filter and back into the pool again. The PoolRx unit should last 4-6 months.

PoolRx eliminates all algae fast. Even micro algae that you can't see but uses up the chlorine in your pool.

It works effectively in old water that has high TDS, high CYA and high Phosphate levels as well as in new water. See the cautions below if you are using PoolRX with high CYA levels see the caution below. It doesn't matter if your Phosphate level is 10,000, PoolRx will prevent algae growth no matter the Phosphate levels.

PoolRx is ideal for a salt water pools also. It will extend the life of your salt cell as you run the system at a lower output while PoolRx is present in the pool, typically 50% less output. PoolRx minerals also include a de-scaler that will prevent scale from attaching to the salt cell meaning less cleaning of the cell is needed. Also since it is generating less, the pH won't rise as high requiring less acid to be added to the pool.

PoolRx is compatible with just about every product. However, don’t use with copper based algaecides, sodium bromide or bromine. If using with Cal-Hypo, dilute first before adding to pool. I suggest you avoid Cal-Hypo entirely when using PoolRx in your pool.

PoolRx uses proprietary chelating agent that prevents fall out and staining due to pH fluctuation or over oxidation. This means PoolRx is very stable and effective in some of the worst water possible and toughest pool conditions, but there are limits to any product.

Keep your pool in normal chemistry ranges. The recommended range is:
Chlorine 0.5-1.0 ppm
pH 7.2-7.8
Alkalinity 80-120
Cyanuric Acid 10-80

High CYA
If your CYA is above 100, be sure to do an “adjusted alkalinity calculation”. And keep your pH and Alkalinity in normal ranges. PoolRx works in extreme environments with high TDS and where CYA is 150-200+. However, understand that if your CYA is at a saturation point, and water gets out of balance, the CYA can come out of solution. If it does this, the CYA can coagulate the PoolRx minerals, which combined, will show up as a purple dust in the pool. This dust can be brushed up but won’t go away until you reduce CYA levels in the water. Or dust will stick to the scale build up on the surface. Once the CYA levels drop to normal levels the Purple dust will disappear.

Existing copper in water
If you think you have existing copper in your water, from old copper plumbing or an old copper heat exchange that has been leaching copper in the water, or from cheap non chelated copper algaecides, or well water, test for copper first before using PoolRx. You can take a water sample to your local pool store or get some Copper test strips, they actually work pretty well.

If you have under .02ppm of copper in the water, it is OK to use PoolRx. If your copper test reads higher than .02ppm, we recommend using CuLator. Unlike a sequestering agent that only hold metals in solution, CuLator physically pulls metals out of the water. Test every 4-6 months. To learn more about Culator and getting rid of Metals in your pool water see this playlist for a series of videos:

Metal in Your Pool Water:

High TDS, High CYA, overdosing.
If the water is saturated with TDS and CYA or you over dose, the PoolRx minerals won’t have any room to dissolve into solution in the water and will stay in granular form. If this happens the minerals may have to be vacuumed up, and or, they can stick to the scale build up on the surface. If this happens, vac, dilute and get rid of scale. It is important to know your correct pool size so that you get the right size PoolRx unit for your pool.


If you need more information on PoolRx you can visit their website. To order PoolRx today:



Friday, August 4, 2017

Advantage Manufacturing Factory Tour

This it the Advantage Manufacturing Facility in Santa Ana California. I stopped by to pick up the PORTAVAC portable filtration system and decided to also film the facility. Advantage Manufacturing is a small company that makes portable filtration systems as well as pumps, motors, booster pumps, spa pumps, pond pumps and filters and much more.




I like the fact that Advantage Manufacturing is a family owned and operated company which means the owner is very involved in the day to day operation of the business. They can offer you hands on customer support and service and keep the quality of the products at the highest standard. Like any company they stand behind their products with a standard one year warranty on all of their products.


Save $100 on the PORTAVAC & $50 on the
Mini Vac II with discount code: "YouTube Portable"


Here is more about them from their website:
Since 1992, Advantage Manufacturing has been producing high quality pool, spa and pond water filtration equipment such as pumps and related products. Our value based line of motors, pumps and filters is sold to repair, maintenance and new installation trade professionals and retailers nationwide. Advantage products are also available through distribution from companies like Horizon in the Landscape Supply business for example. Leslie's is one of our largest retailers. Advantage equipment is also sold to some of the biggest brands in the nation on an OEM basis.
Our replacement pool motors and pumps are extremely popular with Home Warranty Insurance Contractors because they are an exceptional value and provide a compelling up sell opportunity with our new Variable Speed 3 HP Pool Pump. If you are a Warranty Company or a Contractor, please contact me for your copy of our "2016 Pool Repair Contractor Playbook to Profit".
Landscape Supply houses and installation professionals and contractors in the pond space love our water feature and garden pumps and filters. The Evolution Pond Pump, including our popular, 3" High Head Pressure 3 " Water Feature Pump, the "Big Boy."
In 2014, we introduced a Smart MPPT Outdoor Duty Solar Pump Inverter for pools, ponds and water features. Sized for use with our most efficient pond pump the ESS6400, the 750 Watt Inverter converts DC power from the panels to AC power for the pump. It is available in other sizes as well including a latest model which is a Variable Speed Solar Pool Pump and runs 910 Watts. The solar pump inverter blends power from the grid with the power from the solar array as needed.
Advantage Manufacturing is a 24 year old privately held CA based Corporation and qualifies as a ESWOSB.
To learn more and to see the products that Advantage Manufacturing sells you can visit their website:


To see the PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System in Action:
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48











Thursday, August 3, 2017

Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review

This is the New Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System. The Riptide vacuum uses a 30 Lbs thrust motor to spin a propeller on top and suck large debris into the large debris bag on top. I have been using the Riptide Commercial Cart on my Pool Route and the SL cart uses the same Vacuum head but the cart is more compact and maneuverable.




The Riptide Vacuum System is an essential tool if you service pools that get destroyed by the winds or work in an area where the pools get a lot of large debris all season long. For the homeowner or service tech who doesn't want or need the SL cart, you can now order the Riptide Vacuum Head with just a Battery Box. It will work exactly the same as far as vacuuming power, but the time between charges will be shorter. The 35 AH battery for the Battery Box should last around 3 hours of continuous use before charging.

Riptide Battery Box: Riptide SL Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw

The SL Cart can hold up to a class 27 100 AH battery which gives you about 6-8 hours of vacuuming time with the Riptide.

The Riptide SL cart comes loaded with some great features which I will touch on briefly here. One of the things I really like is the dedicated plug on the cart itself. The Vacuum Cord plugs right into the cart and the plug is very well made and actually holds the cord in even if you tug really hard on t while vacuuming a pool. Right above the plug is the easy to reach on/off switch. The ease of use of the Riptide SL makes this an ideal Vacuum System for you. Simply connect your pole to the Riptide Vacuum head, uncoil the cord from the top, plug it in, drop the vacuum in the pool and turn it on.


The cart also features large rugged rubber wheels that are ideal for rough yards and step areas. This is a very light weight cart and even with the 60 lb. Battery in the bottom, the wheels make it effortless to pull the cart over any terrain. It is also very well balanced and even pulling it up hills it is very steady. The handle on top is adjustable, so you can turn it at an angle for different heights, making it even easier to pull.  





Monday, July 31, 2017

Top Five Suction Side Pool Cleaners of 2017 - Podcast

Suction Side Pool Cleaners are a good choice if you are in the market for an automatic cleaner. They run off of your existing pool pump and will generally help keep your pool very clean week to week. The price point of suction side cleaners is lower than that of a Pressure or Robotic Cleaner making them an ideal choice for the budget minded pool owner.



In this Podcast I briefly explain how a Suction Side Cleaner works and I give you the rundown on the top 6 cleaners I recommend for your pool. You can also find my list of the Top Suction Side cleaners here on my website:

https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/top-suction-cleaners-of-2016

I've used or tested almost every suction side cleaner on the market, including some from foreign markets like Australia and South Africa. So I will say be default I have become an expert in which ones work good and which ones don't. There are a great many to chose from actually, including a lot of $100 generic cleaners. These under $100 cleaners are what we call throw away cleaners. When they break you simply toss them out verses buying new parts, which actually they don't sell the parts anyway.

So there are two basic types of suction cleaners. The geared cleaners and the bouncing type cleaners. I personally prefer the geared type cleaners and have many of those on my pool route. The gear type have a programmed turn cycle that will usually stop one side of the cleaner and allow it to pivot and turn out of corners and step areas. These geared cleaners rarely get stuck in an area in a pool. That is why I prefer them over the bouncing type.

Geared cleaners:
Hayward Pool Cleaner
Hayward AquaNaut
Hayward Phoenix
Hayward Navigator/ Pool Vac
Pentair Rebel
Pentair Warror
Zodiac MX-8
Zodiac MX-6
Pentair Dorado
Pentair Great White
Pentar Sand Shark

The bouncing type cleaners where the first on the market and work really well. Basically they have a diaphragm or hammer in the throat that as water is sucked in the cleaner begins to move. The design gives these cleaners a bouncing motion, which also helps knock surface debris down to the pool floor. But the drawback of these cleaners as they can get stuck in the step areas and in a hard angled corner. The cleaning pattern is also very random but in most cases they do clean most of the pool if it is run long enough.

Boiuncing Cleaners:
Pentair Kreepy Krauly
Pentaitr Kruiser
Zodiac G3
Zodiac Wahoo
Zodiac Ranger

One thing to note, if you have an above ground or in ground vinyl pool or fiberglass pool I would recommend a bouncing type cleaner over the geared type cleaner. The gear type cleaners do poorly in these surface types and may not climb out of the deep end, nor climb the walls. For plaster and PebbleTec pools I recommend the geared type cleaner. And for a tile pool the bouncing type are also far better.

Podcast of this video: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/542982-episode-4-suction-side-pool-cleaners-my-top-5-cleaners 

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And you can listen and download it from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pool-guy-show-podcast/id1257613192

And thanks to Steve Giles for the great new Podcast Theme song! You can find Steve here on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/mrgeerocks

Recommended Playlists:
Best Suction Side Cleaners: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsvsTjbpoT-fCVagRSPIUHXA-qiQAuSFQ

Automatic Pool Cleaners:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7E44FEAE1310746D

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

All About Salt Water Pools & Salt Water Generators Podcast

In this Podcast I go over everything about Salt Water pools and Salt Water Generators. I cover the different manufacturers, the pros of a salt water pool and the cons. I also talk about some myths and truths about salt water pools.




I am pretty honest in this Podcast and relate the only true benefit of a salt water system, the fact that it adds chlorine to the pool without you having to do anything. This means no more trips to the pool store for shock or liquid chlorine. It is a great time saver for sure. But for me that is the one and only benefit.

And you can listen and download it from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pool-guy-show-podcast/id1257613192

You really don't save any money when you convert to a salt pool. In fact it cost a lot more than using Chlorine or Bleach in your pool. Factor in the cost of the unit plus install, say $1,000 and then a new salt cell every 3-5 years at $500 and the salt to start $150 and your looking at over $1,600 for the first 5 years. So you would have to spend over $320 a year on chlorine to match that number. Typically you are not spending over $100 a season for your chlorine.

With that said, a salt water system is a preference. And if you can absorb the cost of the system and don't mind the extra overall cost of a salt pool, then it is the way to go. If you want to save money on the initial system check out the Pure Line system at INYOPools: http://www.inyopools.com/ProductListing/crystal-pure-salt-system.aspx? - it is priced around $500 for the complete system!

I also cover the different salt systems in the podcast for you. There are many manufacturers out there and don't be afraid to go with a smaller "generic" company as those systems are actually very reliable and good.

So listen to the Podcast and decide for yourself, to go with salt or to not go with salt.

Also support my sponsor by visiting their website and thanking them for their support. This podcast is a free resources thanks to those who sponsor the program. You can visit Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems here:

https://www.riptidevac.com/


This is a weekly podcast called the “Pool Guy Podcast Show” which will cover everything pool related in a 20-25 minute podcast. I will be uploading at least one new podcast per week so please Subscribe to my Podcast to receive future episodes.

You can find the Podcast here:
https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/podcast-the-pool-guy-show

You can also Subscribe to my Podcast at Buzzsprout thru iTunes:
http://www.buzzsprout.com/110832

And thanks to Steve Giles for the great new Podcast Theme song! You can find Steve here on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/mrgeerocks

Visit my Website: http://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/

eBook: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/swimming-pool-care-ebook

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video

The PORTAVAC by Advantage Manufacturing is a self contained portable filtration system that can be used for a great many swimming pool applications. In this video I will show you how to set it up and use it to manually vacuum out a pool. It is a great time saver and will allow you to vacuum pools that are not even running.



The best way to describe it to you is that the PORTAVAC is like having your pool equipment on a a dolly that you can move around. This means that you do not need to rely on the pool equipment at your house, resort or on your pool route. Simply connect your manual vacuum hose and vacuum out a pool directly from the PORTAVAC.



Save $100 on the PORTAVAC & $50 on the
Mini Vac II with discount code: "YouTube Portable"


To learn more about the PORTAVAC and to see a detailed description of the system see this video:

PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing - Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs

Here are some specs on the PORTAVAC directly from the manufacturer:

1.5 HP self priming pump with over sized trap
150 Sq. Ft. cartridge filter
35' of 12 gauge insulated cord
Heavy duty tubed tires
Rugged 0.090 wall steel
Powder coated finish
On/Off switch with GFI

The PORTAVAC uses a 150 sq ft cartridge filter so it traps dirt and debris down to about 10 or 15 microns. This means that the PORTAVAC will pick up very fine dust, sand and algae dust where the other types of vacuums fail at this. You would use your standard pool vacuum head and a 1.5” pool hose attached to the PORTAVAC to pick up the dirt and debris. Figure that your standard cartridge filter is 320 sq ft to 450 sq ft and you only clean those every 4-6 months and you get the idea of how much dirt a 150 sq ft filter can hold. I would doubt if it didn't last you the complete day or days of vacuuming.

There are a great many uses for the PORTAVAC and you can use it to vacuum out pools with poor running equipment, vacuum your Commercial accounts, pool start ups, green pool clean ups, pool opening, pools that get a lot of dirt from the winds, as temporary equipment, as a way to save your clients pool filtration system and much more.

I have been using the PORTAVAC to vacuum out the pools on my route and it is working perfectly. The cart has special go-cart wheels on it so you can easily pull it with one hand. It is so well balanced that even pulling it up a grass hill with one hand there is no fear of it tipping to one side. I wrap my pool hose around the PORTAVAC and carry my pole and vacuum head in my other hand.

I have several pools on my route that get a lot of dirt and dust in the pool each week. To save on the pool filter the PORTAVAC comes in very handy. I also have several pools with very poor suction which makes vacuuming them out a real challenge when using the pool equipment. The PORTAVAC makes my life simple and easy. The fact that it attaches to a hitch on the back of my truck for easy transport makes this a must have vacuum system for your pool route.

If you are a homeowner and have a pool that gets a lot of dirt and sand each week, you may want to consider investing in one of these. They make models that are less expensive that don't need to be transported on a service truck. The same goes for Hotel and Resorts that get a lot of use or are constantly dirty. This is a great way to save time and also save on the wear and tear of your pool's filtration system. To learn more about the other portable vacuum models available click on the link below.


To learn more or to order yours today: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/portavac-advantage-manufacturing

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Friday, July 21, 2017

PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing - Overview

The PORTAVAC by Advantage Manufacturing is a self contained portable filtration system that can be used for a great many swimming pool applications. The best way to describe it to you is that the PORTAVAC is like having your pool equipment on a a dolly that you can move around.



Here are some specs on the PORTAVAC directly from the manufacturer:

1.5 HP self priming pump with oversized trap
150 Sq. Ft. cartridge filter
35' of 12 gauge insulated cord
Heavy duty tubed tires
Rugged 0.090 wall steel
Powder coated finish
On/Off switch with GFI

I will touch on these features some more later in this article. I wanted to highlight some uses for the PORTAVAC. First, let me make a distinction from the closest portable Vacuum type when compared to the PORTAVAC. This is not at all like the Hammer-Head, Riptide Vac, or Power Vac. Those types of portable vacuums use a fine filter bag on top to trap debris and work off of a Deep Cycle Marine Battery attached to the cart. The limitation of these types of vacuums is that they only trap dirt and debris down to about 60 microns, with the finest bag attached.

Save $100 on the PORTAVAC & $50 on the
Mini Vac II with discount code: "YouTube Portable"

The PORTAVAC uses a 150 sq ft cartridge filter, so it traps dirt and debris down to about 10 or 15 microns. This means that the PORTAVAC will pick up very fine dust, sand and algae dust where the other types of vacuums fail at this. You would use your standard pool vacuum head and a 1.5” pool hose attached to the PORTAVAC to pick up the dirt and debris. It is just like manually vacuuming from your pools existing filtration system.

There are a great many uses for the PORTAVAC and you can use it to vacuum out pools with poor running equipment, vacuum your Commercial accounts, pool start ups, green pool clean ups, pool openings, pools that get a lot of dirt from the winds, as temporary equipment, as a way to save your clients pool filtration system and much more.

The PORTAVAC is powered by a 1.5 HP standard pool pump. The motor is made by Advantage Manufacturing and it uses a Waterway wet end for the pump. The pump has a special propitiatory impeller that spins slightly slower but it still can pull 100 gallons of water per minute. The special impeller will allow the motor to give off slightly less amps – 15 amps or 1800 Watts  vs the standard 18 amps from a 1.5 HP motor. This is to ensure that the GFI or circuit breaker of the house does not trip due to high wattage being used on one socket.

Also included on the cord is a Leviton Portable GFI which will allow you to plug the PORTAVAC into a non-GIF outlet. If you plug it into a GFI outlet the Portable GFI will trip first, allowing you to simply reset the power from the Leviton Portable GFI instead of the socket or breaker.  This is a nice feature and the Leviton Portable GFI is also rain proof.

The On/Off switch comes in a waterproof alloy case so you can safely leave the PORTAVAC on your truck and even use it in rainy weather. The cord  is 35 ft long and there is a nice built in cord  loop  for easy storage. If needed you can add an outdoor heavy duty extension cord, but I have found the 35 ft to be an excellent cord length.

The Cartridge filter is a very large, coming in at 150 sq ft. Plenty of filtration for a day of vacuuming up pools. Figure that your standard cartridge filter is 320 sq ft to 450 sq ft and you only clean those every 4-6 months and you get the idea of how much dirt a 150 sq ft filter can hold.

The cart itself is made and assembled in Orange County Ca. And is welded together by an experienced welder who has over 20 years experience in making the PORTAVAC carts. It is a powder coated frame and comes equipped with rugged wheels to easily get it over steps and curbs. It is actually very well balanced and easy to pull back to the poolside.

You can purchase a hitch and transport the PORTAVAC on the back of your truck like I do in the video. The hitch can be purchased from Advantage Manufacturing or if you have an existing service cart, that hitch should work also (I have a T.Dula hitch on my truck and it fits on there nicely). If you don't need to transport the PORTAVAC but will park it at your resort, hotel or at home, you may want to look at their other portable filtration systems. To learn more visit my website page on Advantage Manufacturing:

https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/portavac-advantage-manufacturing



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MGcool Explorer-Pro 4K Action Camera,170°Wide Angle "SHARKEYE" Lens Waterproof Sports Camera - $50!

This is the MGcool Explorer-Pro 4K Action Camera,170°Wide Angle "SHARKEYE" Lens Waterproof Sports Cameras16MP Ultra HD Underwater Action Camera  with SONY Sensor. This is my first experience with a 4K camera and I must say the video quality is stunning.


The MGcool camera sells for around $50 and for that price you get a lot. The video quality is surprisingly crisp and the special “Sharkeye” lens does keep the corners in the video more square as compared to other 170 degree lens cameras I have used. Speaking of the 170 degree lens, it does take some getting used to. It gives you a very wide angle shot, but you need to shoot some footage at a different tilt or angle to avoid the rounding effect.

The camera also allows you to shoot in various modes:
4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30FPS, 1080P/60FPS, 1080P/30FPS and 720P/120FPS Video Resolution. 16MP Image Resolution. I especially like the 720P 120 frames per second slow motion mode. It is pretty cool to play with and the 120 FPS gives the slow motion action a real life feel to it. It really is a mode that provides a lot of fun shots. The 16 MP camera takes really sharp images and the colors comes out realistic and sharp. But if your purchasing this camera for the 4K mode, it really shines at full resolution.

The detail that the 4K video displays is stunning. You can truly see the difference between a 4K video and a 1080p video. The 4K video is much crisper and full of detail vs the 1080p video. But the 4K video does require a 4K monitor to play them on so that is something to note.

The camera comes with a few accessories like a bike mount and two mounts for helmets and what not. It also comes with a belt clip and holder but really not a lot of different mounts. Two batteries are also included with the kit, but no carrying case. It comes shipped in the waterproof case which is very easy to open and works very well.

I actually have five cameras with WIFI ability, which means thru your WIFI you can remotely transfer the photos. But believe it or not I have never used any of them to transfer photos in WIFI mode. I just like removing the card and loading it into my computer. But it is a nice included feature with this camera if you ever want to use it to transfer the photos via WIFI.

Speaking on the memory card, the camera takes a Micro SD card, u to 64 GB and you must use a class 10 card. The 4K video will chew up a lot of space on the card so be aware of that. And as I found out, unless you have a very powerful computer, editing and even playing 4K videos can be challenging. On my 4K Mac I was having trouble playing the 4K video footage and that computer is pretty new and powerful. Editing the 4K footage took forever and  my software could not split the different resolutions for the final save. So the video came out as HD but not true 4K. I need more powerful editing software also if I continue to shoot in 4K.

The battery life was surprisingly good. I filmed for over 30 minutes on one battery and there was still life left on it. Technically it is a 1050 mAh which is a decent size battery for this type of camera. The camera port is a little challenging for my adult size fingers, but my 9 year old son can pop the small panel off in a second. And he is a huge fan of these little action cameras, as you can see from the video.

But you can still see the stunning videos that this little camera can take. For the investment this is a great buy. It comes with a 1 year warranty and seems to be a very durable little camera. To order the MGcool  camera you can use this link:
https://www.amazon.com/MGcool-Explorer-Pro-Waterproof-Cameras16MP-Accessories/dp/B071YVF9NK/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=swimmingpooll-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=44cfd30f047fa09ff0635e5e83ee40dc&creativeASIN=B071YVF9NK

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Pool Guy Show Podcast: Weekly Podcast all About Swimming Pool Care

I started a weekly podcast called the “Pool Guy Podcast Show” which will cover everything pool related in a 20-25 minute podcast. I will be uploading at least one new podcast per week so please Subscribe to my Podcast to receive future episodes.

You can find the Podcast here:

You can also Subscribe to my Podcast at Buzzsprout:

And you can listen and download it from iTunes:





On this weekly Podcast I will go over basic pool care, product reviews and I will be answering questions submitted by you. If you have a question or topic you would like me to discuss on a future Podcast feel free to email me at: swimmingpoollearning@gmail.com

I will also be conducting interviews with those in the industry and many of my guest will be talking in depth about their pool products and services. This will give you, the listener, a chance to hear first hand about their products and services in depth and in greater detail than a video can provide. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast feel free to contact me.

I think this Podcast will benefit many listeners who need more in depth pool information that a video or a forum cannot provide. The Podcast will also allow for manufacturers and service providers to get the word out on their products and services.

In my first Episode I talk a little about me and my background so here is a little bit about me and what I do:

I am a Pool Service Professional with over 30,000 hours of practical experience. I currently maintain a pool route with about 100 accounts. 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 1990's to buy and sell Real Estate. Me and my wife 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!

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 39,000 subscribers and over 22 Million video views.

So Subscribe to my Podcast and learn more about everything swimming pool related!