Monday, December 3, 2018

How to Fix an Err 0002 on a Pentair SuperFlo Vs Pump


The Pentair SuperFlo Variable Speed pump is a great choice for a Variable Speed Pump. I like the fact that it can down convert the voltage and be used at 120V as well as at 230V. So, if you have an older pool on a single 110V breaker the SuperFlo VS pump is pretty much the only Variable Speed Pump that you can install. It is very reliable and will give you years of great performance. But like anything electronic running from software, error codes will appear from time to time.



If you see that your SuperFlo VS is not running as scheduled, flip open the top and see if there is an error code of some kind. The screen will display an error code as Err and then display a number. The most common one is the Err 0002 and it is usually caused by the impeller getting clogged and the pump is unable to prime. It is probably a built-in failsafe so that the pump doesn’t overheat and become damaged. The Err 0002 will prevent the pump from running until you clear the blockage.

So, if the pump is on, hit the start/stop button to turn it off. There are two ways to clear the blockage. The method I always use is to remove the pump lid and pump basket, then I spin the impeller with a screwdriver. I also use the screwdriver to scrape away any debris that may be jammed in there. Once the impeller spins freely the blockage has been cleared.  Fill the pump up with water and put the lid back on.

The second method is to use a ¼” Allen Wrench and insert it into the back of the pump. Gently turn it back in forth until the impeller begins to spin freely again. It may take a bit of effort. Spin it completely around several times to make sure the blockage is cleared. Doing this may free the blockage.

Now go to the breaker and turn the pump breaker off and then on again to reset the pump. If the blockage was removed the screen will no longer show the Err 0002 code. You should be able to press the start/stop button to start up the pump. It will then begin to go into the priming mode and then start up. If the Err 0002 code is still on the screen, try the above steps one more time and reset the pump again.

The Err 0002 can also indicate a wire is loose in the pump or a poor connection. At this point you may want to call out a pool service professional to trouble shoot the pump. But more than likely when you clear the impeller jam the pump will start up and run like normal. You should not need to do any other troubleshooting unless the Err code does not clear after one or two resets.

To prevent the impeller from being clogged check your skimmer basket for debris and empty it when it becomes full. Also make sure both the skimmer and pump basket do not have rips or tears which could allow debris to get through and into the pump impeller. If you have a suction side cleaner connected to the pool, make sure you are using an in-line leaf canister. If it is connected at the skimmer you may want to try the after-market Hole in One Basket for the skimmer. If you get really fine particle debris, you can insert a filter sock or filter saver in the skimmer basket to trap the smaller particle debris that can fit through the pump basket and enter the impeller.

The Hole in One Basket: Connect a Cleaner at the Skimmer and Prevent Debris from Clogging the Pump!: https://youtu.be/huAt9BXLu9I




Thursday, November 29, 2018

What Automatic Cleaner is Best for my Pool?


WHAT CLEANER IS BEST FOR MY POOL? 

What cleaner type is best for my pool? I get asked this question often along with what cleaner I suggest.

Since I work for no manufacturer, do not sell any products directly and have not been paid by anyone to review a product I can be unbiased when it comes to recommending the best cleaner type. Of course, within each type I do have preferences but this is based on field testing a cleaner or by having one on my pool route for some time.



I must admit that if you watch my earlier videos, I really panned the Robotic cleaners. But I had good reason since the 1st generation of these were bulky, ineffective, unreliable and very ugly. In a six year span the manufacturers of these cleaners have made significant strides and now I can safely recommend them if the situation fits.

Most of the cleaners on my route are suction side cleaners which work directly off of the pool pump. These are easy to maintain, work effectively and are priced low for my customers.

The builders in my area also like to add Pressure Side cleaners in a new construction and I have several of these on my route also. In certain cases, I also install Return Side cleaners on my route if the pool is more suited for that type over a suction cleaner.

Suction Side Cleaners:
This is the most familiar type of cleaner to most consumers and the most popular type. A suction cleaner works off your pools existing pump and attached to the skimmer or a side/ vacuum port in your pool. Depending on the pool and type of debris this can be the most effective and cost-effective cleaner type for you. Most suction side cleaners retail for $400 or less.

The Suction side cleaner is the one most popular on my pool route as they are affordable, effective and there are a lot of different models to choose from. In most cases I will suggest a good suction side cleaner since they are also easy to set up and easy to repair when something breaks.

Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners:
Pressure Side cleaners are extremely effective. They have a large debris opening and a large bag on top for debris. They can clean a large pool in 2- 3 hours or less. The drawbacks are that they need a separate booster pump installed and a dedicated return line. So usually Pressure Cleaners are installed when the pool is constructed or remodeled.

I have several pressure cleaners on my pool route and they leave the pools spotless each week. If you are having your pool built or remodeled maybe, consider a Pressure Cleaner.

The Return Side cleaner is a great option if you have a newer pool with 1 1/2" threaded return lines. This cleaner connects right into your existing return lines and works much like a Pressure cleaner with the exception that no booster pump is needed. I have these on several accounts and love them.
The only major drawback is that since you need to restrict one or more return jets to generate enough pressure the skimming action of the pool is reduced. It is not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. So, if you have lots of large debris in your pool and think a Pressure Side cleaner would work, try a non-booster pump Return side cleaner as an alternative to remodeling your pool.

 WHAT CLEANER IS BEST FOR MY POOL? 

What cleaner type is best for my pool? I get asked this question often along with what cleaner I suggest.

Since I work for no manufacturer, do not sell any products directly and have not been paid by anyone to review a product I can be unbiased when it comes to recommending the best cleaner type. Of course, within each type I do have preferences but this is based on field testing a cleaner or by having one on my pool route for some time.

I must admit that if you watch my earlier videos, I really panned the Robotic cleaners. But I had good reason since the 1st generation of these were bulky, ineffective, unreliable and very ugly. In a six year span the manufacturers of these cleaners have made significant strides and now I can safely recommend them if the situation fits.

Most of the cleaners on my route are suction side cleaners which work directly off of the pool pump. These are easy to maintain, work effectively and are priced low for my customers.

The builders in my area also like to add Pressure Side cleaners in a new construction and I have several of these on my route also. In certain cases, I also install Return Side cleaners on my route if the pool is more suited for that type over a suction cleaner.

Suction Side Cleaners:
This is the most familiar type of cleaner to most consumers and the most popular type. A suction cleaner works off your pools existing pump and attached to the skimmer or a side/ vacuum port in your pool. Depending on the pool and type of debris this can be the most effective and cost-effective cleaner type for you. Most suction side cleaners retail for $400 or less.

The Suction side cleaner is the one most popular on my pool route as they are affordable, effective and there are a lot of different models to choose from. In most cases I will suggest a good suction side cleaner since they are also easy to set up and easy to repair when something breaks.

Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners:
Pressure Side cleaners are extremely effective. They have a large debris opening and a large bag on top for debris. They can clean a large pool in 2- 3 hours or less. The drawbacks are that they need a separate booster pump installed and a dedicated return line. So usually Pressure Cleaners are installed when the pool is constructed or remodeled.

I have several pressure cleaners on my pool route and they leave the pools spotless each week. If you are having your pool built or remodeled maybe, consider a Pressure Cleaner.

The Return Side cleaner is a great option if you have a newer pool with 1 1/2" threaded return lines. This cleaner connects right into your existing return lines and works much like a Pressure cleaner with the exception that no booster pump is needed. I have these on several accounts and love them.
The only major drawback is that since you need to restrict one or more return jets to generate enough pressure the skimming action of the pool is reduced. It is not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. So, if you have lots of large debris in your pool and think a Pressure Side cleaner would work, try a non-booster pump Return side cleaner as an alternative to remodeling your pool.

ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS:
My opinion of Robotic Cleaners has changed over the recent years and now I would suggest them along with Suction Cleaners and Pressure Cleaners. One reason is that robotic cleaners are more reliable, and the manufacturers signify this by offering up to a three-year limited warranty, some offer a two-year bumper to bumper warranty if purchased from a retail pool store. The overall design of robotic cleaners has improved so the motors, belts and drives all are longer lasting.
 
Cord or cable tangling used to be a big issue with robotic cleaners. It is very annoying to have to untangle the cord every hour and the engineers of these cleaners have heard your cries. Now many models come with cord swivels or alternate ways to prevent tangling.

The Aquabot cleaners use a thick cable that by its nature prevents tangling.

Robotic Cleaners can generally pick up larger debris than many suction Side Cleaners. Their debris chambers are large in capacity, so they are great for pools with a lot of dirt and debris. The Aquabot cleaners featured here filter down to 2 microns.

Another great benefit is that running a robotic cleaner in your pool cost less than $1.00 a day as it converts the 120 volts power down to 12 volts, so they are the most affordable cleaner to operate. Since they also pump anywhere from 60 to 80 gallons of water per minute, you can run your filter less as the robotic cleaner circulates your pool water. For a larger pool this is a great bonus.

The fact that there are no hoses in the pool all day and week is also an excellent feature. You just put the cleaner in when needed and take it out when finished. It gives the pool a much cleaner look all week long.

Of course, with any product there are some drawbacks also. The first one is that robotic cleaners can be heavy to remove from the pool for some people. I like to pull it up and lean it on the pool coping and let it drain out before lifting. The dry weight of the cleaners has also gotten lighter over the years - most now weigh under 20 lbs.

Another drawback is the maintenance of the cleaner. The tracks, brushes and drive belts are easy to change but if something goes wrong with the motor and electronics you will have to send it out to a service center.

With a suction or pressure cleaner you can usually fix everything yourself.

And last, the price point though lower is still high when compared to a suction side cleaner. Although there are some $400 robotic cleaners without a lot of bells and whistles, a robotic cleaner is still a big investment.

One distinct advantage is that robotic cleaners are self-contained units. They operate separate from your pool's filtration system. So that means your pool filter stays cleaner and all the dirt and debris is trapped inside the robotic cleaner. Also, if you have old or undersized pool equipment a robotic cleaner would be a way to keep the pool clean in a more effective manner than a poorly running suction side cleaner.

I think regardless of the cost factor robotic cleaners are more of a preference cleaner. If your pool equipment is good and you can add a suction or pressure cleaner, then it becomes of a matter of which cleaner type is best for your budget and pool.

They have now become good enough to be a third option.
To touch on the Warranty of the cleaners I want to point out that almost all of the manufacturers offer a one-year bumper to bumper warranty. You can take it into a service center or ship it back for service. The only caveat is that in most cases the owner pays for shipping costs.

But if you make a big enough stink you can get a shipping label sent out to you. Manufacturers would also like you to purchase their cleaners at a retail pool store. So, some offer a 2-year bumper to bumper warranty if you purchase it at a store verse online.  Many offer a three-year limited warranty - year one full coverage and year two and three just parts but not labor.

As a rule, I would say that the cleaner should run trouble free during the warranty period. So, with proper maintenance, changing the belts and tracks in most cases you should not need to use the warranty, but it is good to have it.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Riptide Vacuum System Bag Overview


The Riptide Pool Vacuum System has some of the best debris bags on the market today. A Vacuum System is only as good as the bags and you can rest assured that when you use the Riptide the bag will pick up debris in every situation and won’t blow off the vacuum head. That is one of the biggest issues with any Vacuum System and Riptide has solved this with their patent pending lock ring design.

Riptide makes a bag for every type of debris from the very fine dust to the very large leaf debris. A quick course on what a micron is, “Micrometre, also called micron, metric unit of measure for length equal to 0.001 mm, or about 0.000039 inch. Its symbol is μm. The micrometre is commonly employed to measure the thickness or diameter of microscopic objects, such as microorganisms and colloidal particles.”

Here are some examples from Wikipedia:
Between 1 μm and 10 μm:
·         1–10 μm – length of a typical bacterium
·         10 μm – Size of fungal hyphae
·         5 μm – length of a typical human spermatozoon's head[3]
·         3–8 μm – width of strand of spider web silk[4]
·         about 10 μm – size of a fogmist, or cloud water droplet
For more examples of things measuring between one and ten micrometres, see Orders of magnitude (length) § 1 micrometre.
Between 10 μm and 100 μm
·         about 10–12 μm – thickness of plastic wrap (cling wrap)
·         10 to 55 μm – width of wool fibre[5]
·         17 to 181 μm – diameter of human hair[6]
·         70 to 180 μm – thickness of paper
For more examples of things measuring between ten and 100 micrometres, see Orders of magnitude (length) § 10 micrometres.

Here are the bags that Riptide carries listed by Micron (μm):
  • Extreme Fine Bag- 60 Microns
  • Ultra Fine Bag- 75 Microns
  • Standard Bag- 100 Microns
  • Medium Bag- 200 Microns
  • Coarse Bag- 400 Microns
  • Fountain Bag- 100 Microns (Short bag for fountains and spas)
  • Heavy Duty Bag (No Micron Rating)
For everyday use I like their 100 Micron and 75 Micron bags, and these are my go-to bags in most situations. Their new 60 Micron bag is pretty incredible, and it picks up so much fine dust that it begins to fill up and expand like a balloon. Eventually if the pool is larger, you must stop and empty the bag and then restart again. That is how good it is at picking up the fine dirt in a pool. It is so fine that air can get trapped in the bag so even moving it from the pool to the spa can be challenging. This is not a negative, just a side effect of how tightly wound the fibers are on the 60 Micron bag.
For pools that get very heavy leaf debris, Riptide’s new Heavy Net Bag is fantastic. It is a thick black net type bag with larger holes in it so that the small particles and dirt can pass through and all the larger leaf debris can be trapped. Very practical when you are using the Riptide to clean up a pool that is completely full of leaf debris. As a bonus the bag is also very easy to remove when full since it doesn’t hold the water in when you lift it out. A must have bag in areas with heavy leaf debris.

To learn more about the Riptide you can visit my website: https://www.swimmingpoollearning.com/riptide-pool-pro-vacuum-system



Monday, November 19, 2018

Carbon Fiber Pool Service Pole: Primate 3X Pole 6 Ft to 15.6 Ft, Weights just 2.4 Lbs!


This is probably the most unique 3-piece pool service pole (Tri-Pole) that I have ever used.  The Primate 3X Pole is also the most compact and light weight pole that I have used also. It collapses down to 6 ft and extends to 15.6 ft and weighs only 2 lbs. 4 oz.  Oh, and it is made from Carbon Fiber making it 3 times stronger than a standard aluminum pole.

I will admit that it took a few days to get used to the unique way that you extend the Primate 3X Pole. The last section just has two holes and you need fully extend that one each time you pull it out. So, the 2nd piece acts as the main height adjuster if you use the full 15.6 ft of pole. Tricky since my regular Tri-Pole uses the 3rd Section as the height adjustment. But like I mentioned it just takes a few days to get the hang of it and then you are all good. They also sell two additional clip-in sections that will extend the pole to 22 feet and 28 feet if needed.

For me the main selling point of the Primate 3X Pole is how light this pole is! It weighs just 2.4 lbs. so you barely even feel like you are holding a service pole. It is amazingly light and easy to carry and use.  After using it for a week I feel like I couldn’t go back to a standard pole because of how light the Primate pole is. I feel like something this light can’t be strong enough to use day and day out, but the Carbon Fiber Material is deceiving.  The pole is 3 times stronger than an aluminum service pole making it a great choice for everyday pool service use. The manufacturer doesn’t claim it is indestructible, but it sure feels like it, especially with the reinforced first section of the pole.

The unique Lever Lock is another feature that makes the Primate Pole stand out. It is the same locking device found on tree trimmers and the like and it makes closing and opening the 2nd pole section a breeze. Simply snap open the Lever Lock, slide the pole out and lock it in place. In most cases you will be using only the first 2 pole sections in skimming and brushing a pool, so this makes extending the pole quick and easy. It is truly a unique feature on a pool pole and the Lever Lock works great.

Here are some more great features of the Primate 3X Pole from the manufacturer:

Does not absorb temperature like metal, will never be scalding hot or ice cold to the touch.
Better grip/traction than aluminum.

Because of its strength (does not bend or warp) it moves through water easier when submerged.

Lighter that all heavy duty metal and fiber glass poles at 2lbs 4oz. We've had veteran service guys with arthritis, lower back problems, and shoulder/elbow problems all tell us it's easier on their injuries!

The World's Strongest Service Pole!
Quality materials make quality tools, built from ultra-strong CARBON FIBER and reinforced with fiber glass, our design is lighter and three times stronger than aluminum, making it the most durable pole available on the market.

 Unique lever Lock!
Our lever locking system is a game changer. This minimalist design lets you make length adjustments with ONE EASY ACTION. Flip the lever open to loosen and make your adjustment and snap it back down to lock in place.

Familiar and Fast!
Adjusting the third extension of our pole is just as quick, and familiar. This length of the pole is equipped with TWO SNAP LOCKS. Simply follow the red guide to line the internal V-clips with the holes and lock it in place as you would any standard tool.

At two pounds four ounces, our carbon fiber design is HALF THE WEIGHT of a standard three-piece service pole. At 6 ft collapsed it sits comfortably and safely inside all truck beds.
The Primate Pole is designed to last for years and it is a premium service pole which is reflected in the higher price point. You are also investing in a pole that is super lightweight, super strong and very easy to use and store.

To learn more and to order: https://primatepooltools.net/




Monday, November 12, 2018

Prevent Your Pump From Getting clogged up with the NEW Hole in One Basket!


I am proud to announce my first pool product! The Hole in One Basket! It took about 3 years to bring it to the market, but I think you will see the need for the product and really appreciate how well it works.

To order: http://holeinonebasket.com/



The Hole in One Basket: Keeping the Flow with the Hole in One Basket!
The Hole in One Basket solves the problem of your pump basket clogging up with debris when you attach a Suction Side Automatic Cleaner at your skimmer. The idea is simple. The hole in the bottom allows the cleaner hose to slide through the basket and connect to the skimmer line. All surface debris is trapped in the Hole in One Basket just like a standard skimmer basket. A simple solution to a big problem. Keep the flow.

You would use the same skimmer adapter or regulator that came with your cleaner. So, installation of the Hole in One Basket is easy. No complicated adjustments to get the right fit. No Vacuum Plates to adjust or install. Just line it up so that the hole is over the automatic cleaner’s skimmer adapter and put the lead cleaner hose through the hole.
The Hole in One Basket is designed to work in an in-ground swimming pool where you have a Suction side Automatic Cleaner connected at the skimmer.

The Hole in One Basket will:
Prevent Debris from clogging up your pool’s pump basket and filter
Will prevent debris from clogging up your Automatic Cleaner Skimmer Adapter
Will keep for pool water flowing at the correct rate all week long
Will prevent equipment damage caused by a clogged pump

How it works:
The design is very simple yet effective. The basket has a hole in the bottom that is designed for a 1 1/2″ Automatic Cleaner hose to slide through allowing you to retain the function of a skimmer basket while connecting your cleaner at the pool skimmer. Without the Hole in One Basket debris will flow freely into the pump basket since you need to remove your existing skimmer basket to connect the cleaner to the suction hole at the bottom of the skimmer. You can’t connect your cleaner without completely removing the skimmer basket.
So, you would connect your Suction Side Cleaner with the included skimmer adapter as usual, but the Hole in One Basket will function as if your pool’s skimmer basket is still in the skimmer.

Installation:
Turn off the pool pump.
Insert your cleaner’s skimmer adapter as per the cleaner’s instructions.
Place the Hole in One Basket with the hole in the basket over the skimmer adapter.
Feed the first cleaner hose through the skimmer over the weir gate.
Place the cleaner hose through the hole in the basket and connect it to the skimmer adapter.
Turn on the pool pump.
If there is too much suction going to the cleaner turn off the pump.
Remove the cleaner hose.
Remove the Hole in One Basket.
Adjust the cleaner’s skimmer adapter per the owner’s manual to reduce the cleaner suction and increase skimmer suction.
Install the Hole in One Basket and Cleaner Hose.
Turn on pump and check cleaner suction and speed again.
Use these same steps to increase cleaner suction if it is moving too slow.

Summary:
The Hole in One Basket uses a simple design which allows you to run your suction side cleaner from your skimmer without worrying about your pump getting clogged with debris. It eliminates the need for complicated vacuum plates and Vac Mates. It is a simple solution for a complicated and annoying problem – how to connect a cleaner to your pool skimmer and have the pump run effectively without a skimmer basket trapping the surface debris.

The basket:
Constructed from very strong plastic with the hole custom molded in the bottom. The basket is designed to last for years and comes with a one year no questions asked warranty.

Bonus:
When you want to remove your cleaner and run your pool without it, you can simply store the Hole in One Basket with your cleaner and insert your pool’s original skimmer basket in its place.

Will it Fit?
The Hole in One Basket will fit most standard skimmers. There are some exceptions so if you are unsure please contact us for assistance.
Basket Dimensions:
Bottom width: 5.56 inches
Basket Depth: 5.20 inches
Top width: 8.20 inches
Hole will fit a standard 1 ½” hose through it.
Direct Replacement for these skimmer baskets:
Hayward SPX1070E, Sta-Rite 086500007, Pentair 85014600, Pentair 85014500, Pentair 516112, Waterway WW5423240 or any skimmer basket measuring 5 ¾” X 5 3/16” X 8 ½”





Saturday, November 10, 2018

Living Debt Free is the Way to Go!


My Pool Guy and Gal Coaching Site and being debt free are two thing that I am very proud of. The coaching site came about two years ago when I was thinking of a way to connect one to one with other pool professionals besides emailing and posting comments on YouTube. I saw a need in the industry that needed to be filled and being debt free allowed me the time and resources to pursue and create the coaching program.



Being financially independent frees me to create my content and work on my sites without the time constraints of a 9 to 5 job. I don’t have a mortgage debt, a credit card debt, a car loan or any other kind of financial burden that would take my focus from the job of creating my content. Outside of my weekly pool route this allows me to have the time and resources that I need to host something like my coaching program. I get many text messages and phone calls each day and I am available to help those in the program in real time with their questions and problems.

We took our journey to become debt free over 10 years ago and we used the plan set up by Dave Ramsey. His method is so simple and straight forward and if you really work the program you can pay off all your debts. Being debt free is the best way to live. You are not beholden to any bank or financial institution. I had my moment of clarity one morning as I was getting ready for work. Putting on my boots at 6 am I realized that all my hard work was going to the bank. My mortgage, car payment and credit cards were being paid for by my hard work. The fruits of my labor were that I was making the banks richer and richer.

Think about it for a minute. Add up all the interest payments for your home, car, credit cards and student loans. If you were like me the amount was surprisingly staggering. If I remember correctly mine was close to $30,000 a year. So, I was essentially getting up everyday and going to work to pay the bank. I didn’t own my house. I didn’t own my car. The bank owed them, and I was paying the bank to lived in and use those things.  It was quite a turning point for us to realize that we didn’t own anything.  If we stopped paying the bank would come and take everything from us.
So, we got extremely focused and started to pay off everything as fast as possible. We started a written budget every month.  To jump start our attack on our debt we stopped taking vacations for the first 3 years. It was quite a battle and we had a lot of obstacles in front of us, but we did it! After almost 10 years of working the plan we finally finished, and we were debt free with 3 paid for houses.  So, I am telling you that it can be done. You just need to get started.

Back to the coaching program that evolved out of my other online sites. With the free time that I have and the work experience that I carry, I am able to spend my time helping others expand and improve their pool service business.  The rates for the program are extremely low, for $10 a month you can text me in real time and for $20 a month you call me in real time. I am able to keep the rates so low because of my financial situation. But I can’t work for free since the information and experience I am passing on has value.  You can learn more and sign up for my coaching program here:


Not only am I available to help you with your service business but I can also help you with the business end. Marketing, how to set up your invoicing and more, and if you need advice on your finances I am here to help.

Being debt free is the best way to live. Give it a shot. Try it for 6 months and if you don’t like it, you can stop and continue to work for the banks.




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Riptide SL Revised Vacuum System


This is the new updated and revised version of the 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 debris bag on top. I have been using the Riptide SL on my pool route and for over 2 years now and it works exceptionally well.



The Riptide Vacuum System is an essential tool if you service pools that get destroyed by the winds, or if 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, the Riptide XP.

Riptide has recently revamped the power switch and plug on the SL Cart and the XP Battery Box. To say that the power switch and plug has been upgraded would be an understatement. The new design has been tested thousands of times making it the most reliable plug in the industry. I doubt if the switch or plug will wear out for years, it is that good. It literally takes both hands to plug the vacuum in, I feel like Dr. Frankenstein starting up the reactor every time I plug the vacuum in – “It’s alive!” You can rest assured that whenever you plug the vacuum in it will turn on and it will never get pulled out when vacuuming a pool.

The Riptide SL is a great vacuum system and the manufacturer is always looking for ways to make it better. The Riptide now comes standard with the Steering Knuckle. This makes the Riptide Vacuum much more maneuverable in a pool and it will allow you to easily turn and pivot the vacuum head while pushing it along the bottom or on the step area of a pool.  The Steering Knuckle takes the Riptide to the next level.

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. I prefer a 55 Ah or a 35 Ah battery to make the cart a bit lighter. You will get less vacuuming time but the battery is easy to charge each day so it is not a major drawback to use a smaller battery.

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 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.  

I think a vacuum system is essential if you are servicing a full pool route. It will save you so much time in your pool route that it will pay for itself in just a year or two in time savings. With more time you can service more pools and a vacuum system like the Riptide will allow you to service pools that other companies would pass on. Those accounts with a lot of leaves each week on the bottom are no problem for the Riptide. I think purchasing equipment that will save you time and make your job easier is well worth the investment.

Riptide Videos:
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/Wp2c9CLDrgY
Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Set Up Video: https://youtu.be/aLvYT2KuD5s
Riptide Battery Box: Riptide XP Optional Accessory or Stand Alone Purchase with Vacuum Head: https://youtu.be/Bi1sEDTw6mw
Fastest Way to Vacuum up Leaf Debris on Your Pool Route: Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System: https://youtu.be/bX3KUUGuqFI


Thursday, November 1, 2018

All About Swimming Pool Tips & How To YouTube Channel


I started my YouTube Channel back in March of 2012 basically to help people with their pool care needs. It has grown organically to 54,000 Subscribers and 30 million video views over the years. I have over 800 videos and this library is growing each year. If you haven’t subscribed to my Channel, subscribe today to receive more great content each week.



When I started in the business YouTube of course didn’t exist. It is a great resource for pool owners and pool pros. To have videos on how to care for a pool is really awesome and I hope you find my videos helpful. I spend a lot of time on YouTube myself whenever I have a problem with my computer or something around my house.  Most of the time I can find the solution which is great and also a great a money saver. So, I put a lot of time working on each video to make sure it is edited and contains the content that you need for your problem or question.

One of the resources that I have created along the way is my YouTube Video Index where I list all of my YouTube videos in alphabetical order so that you can easily find the video you are looking for.  With over 800 videos I am sure I have filmed what you are looking for, you just need an easy way to find it.

Here is the link to the video index:

So, my videos cover every subject in the pool industry from chemistry to equipment and product reviews. No one pays me to review their products and I don’t work for any manufacturer, so I try to keep my reviews as unbiased as possible. One thing that I also do is that if I get a product that doesn’t work as described I will not film it. I let the manufacturer know and they usually appreciate the feedback and make changes. I have also done beta testing for many manufacturers and with my testing they have really improved on their product.

I really like filming the how-to videos and I think I have the most extensive online library of filter cleaning videos, pump repair videos and automatic cleaner repair videos. I also have filmed many videos on programming your automated system and other pool devices. If you’re a pool owner I think you can learn everything about pool care from my videos. For the pool professional you can basically start your business by just watching my videos. It has been done many times from the feedback I have gotten.

Another great benefit of my YouTube Videos is the chance to ask me a question directly in the comment section. If you are leaving good clean decent feedback or ask a legitimate question I will answer you. I make it a point to answer every question that is posted by a viewer on YouTube. So, if you watch a video and need more help I am here to help you.

If you have any video ideas for me for future content feel free to post it here and I will be sure to film something for you. There are so many aspects of pool care that it can be overwhelming. But the basics still apply for each pool, keep the water balanced, keep the pool and filter clean and you will be fine all season long. I know that sounds easy and with the help of my videos it can be done.