Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Pool Guy Show Podcast Episode Index - A list of my Current Podcast Episodes

The Pool Guy Podcast Show is a weekly Podcast where I talk about everything Swimming Pool Related. I cover Swimming Pool Chemistry, Basic Pool Care, Swimming Pool Equipment as well as tips and tricks for the Pool Service Professional. I also conduct interviews with those in the Pool Service Industry and do Product Reviews. You will find everything you need right here on my Podcast Show. You can listen from this Website and I hope you Subscribe to my Podcast on iTunes or Google Play to get the newest episode sent to you. I release a Podcast Episode once a week on Mondays. I also post an audio only version of my Podcast on my YouTube Channel each week. See index below for the link to the YouTube Version as well as the the link to listen online.






YouTube Video Version and Podcast Link SEASON 1:

Podcast AUDIO ONLY -Episode 1: Introduction and Basic Pool Chemistry: https://youtu.be/Ya4du0tgFZ0

In this episode I introduce my Podcast to the listener, share a little about my experience and background and cover basic pool chemistry for you.

Listen to the Podcast:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/534627-episode-1-pool-guy-show-introduction-and-swimming-pool-basic-chemistry

Podcast AUDIO ONLY -Episode 2: Starting a Pool Service - Interview with Erik Taylor of Chlorine King: https://youtu.be/zgGORD6DFkk

In this Podcast I touch on what it takes to start a pool service business. What better way to talk about this than to interview a pool guy who has one year under his belt. In this episode I interview Erik Taylor of Chlorine King Pool Service in Seminole Florida. Tune in to see if you have the right stuff to start your own pool service business.

Listen to the Podcast:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/536099-episode-2-starting-a-pool-business-interview-with-erik-taylor-chlorine-king-pool-service

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 3: All About Salt Water Pools & Salt Water Generators: https://youtu.be/4q8mTxi0HCI

In this Podcast I go over everything related to a Salt Water Pools and Salt Water Generators. I talk about various salt water systems and go over all the details related to salt water pools. And I answer the question, is it worth upgrading to salt? New Podcast Intro by Steve Guiles (Youtube: Mr Gee Rocks). This Episode is brought to you by Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems: https://www.riptidevac.com/

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 4: Suction Side Pool Cleaners & My Top 5 Cleaners for your Pool: https://youtu.be/WNkkwmHAn4k

In this episode I go over Suction Side Pool Cleaners and briefly describe how they work. I also go over some tips and tricks for your suction side cleaner. This Podcast includes a discussion of the Top 5 cleaners fro your pool. If your thinking about getting an automatic cleaner listen to this Podcast first.

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 5: PoolRx Explained, an Interview with Fred Schweer of PoolRx: https://youtu.be/lv9CTO4j6W4
In this Episode I interview Fred Schweer, VP Major Accounts for PoolRx Worldwide, Inc. He explains in detail the use of PoolRx, the benefits and some of the cautions when using the product. PoolRx is an effective way to eliminate algae and prevent algae in your pool or spa.

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 6: Portable Filtration Systems by Advantage - Interview w/ Lyann & Josh: https://youtu.be/2iiHqf0KvF4

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. To learn more go to: https://www.advantageman.com/

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 7: Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems, Interview with Matt Lopez VP of Riptide: https://youtu.be/3ldv9U7PskE

In this episode I interview Matt Lopez the Vice President of Riptide Pool Vacuum System. He goes over the Riptide Vacuum System and the features of their Commercial Cart and their new SL Cart. I highly recommend a Pool Vacuum System to help you save time and energy on your Pool Route.

Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 8: Purchasing a Pool Route, Interview with Charles Baird CEO of NPRS: https://youtu.be/tXlWQrv27YI

In this Episode I interview Charles Baird the Founder of National Pool Routes Sales about starting a pool route by purchasing an existing established pool route through National Pool Route Sales. bit.ly/nationalpoolroutesales - National Pool Route Sales bit.ly/CBconsulting - Charles Baird consulting If your thinking about starting a pool business, this is one option available to get into the business and Charles will explain all of the aspects of buying a pool route.


Podcast AUDIO ONLY - Episode 9: Pool Help & Resources for Homeowners & the Pool Service Professional: https://youtu.be/c-aH3CGtJfg

In this episode I go over the various resources that I have created to help the homeowner and pool service professional with all of their pool care needs. I discuss my YouTube Channel, Website, eBook and Patreon Site in detail for you. YouTube: http://bit.ly/2hyJBBg WEBSITE:http://bit.ly/2hxa7Ln Blogger: http://poolmandave.blogspot.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mrdgvb1 Join me on Patreon: http://bit.ly/2yFjtg4 eBook: http://bit.ly/2y6SoW1
Podcast AUDIO ONLY -Episode 10: SPPA General Liability Insurance for your Pool Route: https://youtu.be/i0MaCtqYW5s

I cover General Liability Insurance for your swimming pool route in this episode. I interview Danielle Bahr, President of SPPA. We discuss Liability Insurance in Detail and the policies SPPa offers. To learn more: http://thesppa.com/ Join me on Patreon for the group rate: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4251655 Sponsors: Riptie Vacuum Systems: https://www.riptidevac.com/ INYOPools.com: www.inyopools.com?utm_source=Swimming-Pool-Learning

Podcast Audio Only – Episode 11: All About Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners: https://youtu.be/gSvapjuGBTg

In this Podcast I go Pressure Side and Return Side Pool Cleaners. I share the pros and cons as well as give you my recommendation for the best Pressure Cleaner for your pool. Vacuum Systems: https://www.riptidevac.com/ INYOPools.com: www.inyopools.com?utm_source=Swimming-Pool-Learning

Podcast Audio Only - Episode 12: Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief, Interview w/Charles Baird of NPRS: https://youtu.be/iMu6KV4tjYo

In this Episode I talk to Charles Baird the Founder of National Pool Route Sales who spent 2 weeks volunteering in Houston helping clean up after the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey. We discuss his time in Houston as well as some tips for the Pool Service Professional on how to handle clean-ups after a disaster. All Hands Volunteers: www.hands.org National Pool route Sales: bit.ly/nationalpoolroutesales bit.ly/CBconsulting- Charles Baird consulting Riptide Pool Vacuum Systems: www.riptidevac.com Advantage Manufacturing: www.advantageman.com Visit Inyopools.com
Podcast Audio Only: Episode 13 - Pool Service Equipment 101: https://youtu.be/Jy25Wg4yAi8

In this episode I go over some of the pool cleaning equipment you will need of you have a pool service business, are thinking about starting a pool service or maintain your own pool at home. For one on one help join me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4251655
Podcast Audio Only: Episode 14 - All About Aquabot Robotic Cleaners, Interview with Steve Andrews: https://youtu.be/cTQWE7PmrDc

In this Episode I Interview Steven Andrew of Aqua Products. We discuss in detail the Aquabot Robotic Pool Cleaners.

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 15 -Swimming Pool Skimmer Help: https://youtu.be/8V1jxgOfcLU

In this Episode I go over products that will enhance your pool skimming. Some of the products I cover are the PoolSkim, Solar-Breeze NX, Skim Devil, SolaSkimmer, Skim Doctor 2.0, Skimmer Motion and the Gator

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 16 - Interview with Tal Millican Owner of Multi-Tork filter sockets: https://youtu.be/044L5heOjDk

I talk to Tal the owner/operator of Multi-Tork. Multi-Tork makes filter socket sets and other tools that will speed up your filter cleanings. Learn more at: http://www.multi-tork.com/

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 17 - Tips on Cleaning your Pool After a Wind Storm: https://youtu.be/xX_MvkCry30

In this Episode I touch on some things to do if your area gets hit by a major wind storm. Wind gusts of 50 mph or higher will create a real mess in your pool. I go over the steps to take before the storm and offer some clean up tips for you.

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 18- All About D.E. Pool Filters: https://youtu.be/V1nBX4HCSdM

In this Episode I cover all of the aspects of a D.E. Pool Filter. I go over exactly what a D.E. filter is and cover some of the benefits and drawbacks of a D.E. Filter.
Podcast Audio Only: Episode 19 - Buying Pool Parts Online, Interview with Matt Simmons Inyo Pools: https://youtu.be/1Ht8XZN9FVk

In this Podcast I discuss buying Pool Parts online with an interview with Matthew Simmons of Inyo Pools Inc. We discuss the services the Inyo Pools provides and Matthew discusses the benefits of shopping online for your pool care needs. Visit Inyo Pools at: www.inyopools.com?utm_source=Swimming-Pool-Learning

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 20 - Interview with Guy Erlich, President of Water Tech Corp:

In this Episode I Interview Guy Erlich who is the President of Water Tech Corp. Water Tech manufactures battery powered vacuums for you pool and spa. These self contained portable vacuums are ideal for pool and spa owners as well as pool service professionals. Water Tech also makes Robotic Pool Cleaners.

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 21: Taylor Test Kits, Interview with Wayne Ivusich: https://youtu.be/5wz6dwSstYA

In this Episode I discuss the line up of Taylor Test Kits with Wayne Ivusich who is the Director of Education at Taylor Technologies. We touch on the pool test kits available for both the homeowner and the pool service professional. We also discuss the training courses offered by Taylor Technologies.

Podcast Audio Only: Episode 22 - All About Pinch A Penny Pool Stores, Bob Slaughter: https://youtu.be/Dgb1kEsaF0s

In this Podcast I talk to Bob Slaughter, Chief Business Development Officer for Pinch A Penny about the Pinch A Penny Pool stores. We discuss the locations and services that Pinch A Penny provide
Podcast Audio Only: Episode 23 - Basic Cleaning Equipment for Cleaning your Own Pool: https://youtu.be/iQUTM_dB_XY

In this Podcast I go over the basic pool cleaning equipment that you will need to clean and maintain your own pool. The equipment is actually very basic and I go over everything you will need.

Podcast Audio Only - Episode 24: Cleaning Tips for Pool Service Co. After a Santa Ana Wind Event: https://youtu.be/ax9BlboBEP4

In this Episode I go over some things to do if you service pools in the Southern California area and your service accounts get hit by a Santa Ana Winds and Ash from the fires that often are produced by these winds.

Podcast Audio Only- Episode 25: All About the FlowVis Flow Meter, Interview with Paul Hackett: https://youtu.be/OiVWmsekUvk

In this Episode I interview Paul Hackett of H2Flow Controls and we discuss the FlowVis Flow Meter. A Flow Meter is a device that you install on your pool plumbing to get an accurate reading of the GPM (Gallons Per Minute) so you can set your VS Pump to the optimal setting to maximize your energy savings.

Podcast Audio Only - Episode 26: Swimming Pool Filter Types Overview: https://youtu.be/20ABB9OBeMw

In this Podcast I go over the 3 most common filter types for your swimming pool. I touch on the pros and cons and offer tips on D.E. Filters, Cartridge Filters and Sand Filters.


Podcast Audio Only - Episode 27: Should You Clean Your Own Pool Or Hire a Pool Service Company?https://youtu.be/ZCqpX5K5-7k

In this Episode I give you practical advice to help you decide if servicing and maintaining your own pool is something you really want to do or if hiring a pool service company to do it for you would be a good idea.  

Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/624021-episode-27-should-you-service-your-own-pool-or-hire-a-pool-service-company

YouTube Video Version and Podcast Link SEASON 2:

Podcast Episode 28 Audio Only: LaMotte Pool & Spa Testers (ColorQ Pro 7) -Interview with Rich DeMoss: https://youtu.be/FX5M6LU660E

In this Podcast I discuss in detail the Lamotte ColorQ Pro 7 and the other pool and spa water testing products manufactured by LaMotte. I interview Rich DeMoss who is the Global Pool Business Director at LaMotte Company. 

Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/626059-episode-28-colorq-pro-7-and-other-lamotte-water-testers-interview-with-rich-demoss

Podcast Audio Only - Episode 29: All About the LaMotte Spin Touch, Interview with Rich DeMoss: https://youtu.be/IsOgvLITDMg

In this Episode I interview Rich DeMoss of LaMotte and we discuss the Mobile WaterLink Spin Touch in detail. This is a digital water tester for your pool and spa that does 10 test factors in one minute: Free Chlorine, Total chlorine, Bromine, pH, Calcium Hardness, Total alkalinity, Cyanuric Acid, Copper, Iron, Salt and Phosphates. 

Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/626261-episode-29-all-about-the-lamotte-mobile-waterlink-spin-touch-interview-with-rich-demoss


Podcast Audio Only - Episode 30: The SkimDoctor 2.0, Interview with the Inventor Ron Smith: https://youtu.be/3djMF7ZswfM

In this Podcast I interview Ron Smith who is the creator of the SkimDoctor 2.0. The SkimDoctor is a device that attaches to your pool skimmer basket and will increase the velocity of the pool surface allowing more debris to be trapped in the skimmer. It is a great product that really works.


Podcast Audio Only - Episode 31: AquaSuite Pool Route Management Software - with Cameron Craig: https://youtu.be/sXvkJnPfbnM

In this Episode I interview Cameron Craig who is the creator if the AquaSuite which is a powerful Management software for your pool service business. AquaSuite will allow you to manage, track, record and invoice your service accounts. AquaSuite does everything to make your pool service company successful and easy to run. To learn more go to www.useaquasuite.com


Podcast Audio Only - Episode 32: Pleatco Filter Cartridges, with Abhi & Rich Pleatco Engineers: https://youtu.be/FM4ChiHQGgc

In this Episode I interview Abhi Pillai Director of Research and Development and Richard Medina VP of Engineering and Research at Pleatco, LLC. We discuss the Pleatco Filter Cartridges in detail and go over the benefits of the Pleatco Advanced Cartridges.


Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/644171-episode-32-pleatco-filter-cartridges-interview-with-abhi-pillai-rich-medina-pleatco-engineers


Monday, January 29, 2018

Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 2: Replacing the Engine Assembly R0524900

In this series of videos I go over replacing parts in your Zodiac MX6 if it is not moving in the pool or not turning. The thing I really like about the MX6 vs the MX8 is how easy it is to work on. Not that the MX8 is difficult, but there are less parts in the MX6 and it just is compact and easier to work on. You will also be able to isolate the problem easier on the M6 and get it up and running like new again in a matter of minutes.



One of the drawbacks of the MX6 is all of the moving parts wear out over time. Fortunately the parts are inexpensive and easy to install. I would say after 1 ½  to 2 years you will need to start to replace some parts, and this depends on the pool run time also. But figure at the 2 year mark replacing all of these parts featured in this video series would be a good idea.

This first video covers what to do if the MX6 stops going thru it's turn cycle. Very common in the MX8 but less common in the MX6 since there is only one Directional Device in it. The MX6 uses the Directional Device Side A, part #R0524700 – you will often see it listed for the MX8 like this “Baracuda R0524700 Side A Direction Control Device Replacement for Baracuda MX8 Pool Cleaner.”
The same part is used for both cleaners.

In this video I cover replacing the Engine in your MX6. The Engine does wear out over time and if you notice that after you change the tracks that the cleaner still is moving very slow even with very
good suction, chances are the engine is worn out. It is pretty easy to swap out and sells for $20-$30 so it isn't too expensive to replace. Zodiac R0524900 Cleaner Engine Assembly: http://amzn.to/2DaDr3S

The same Engine is used for both the MX6 and MX8 so even though the part says it is for the MX8 it will work fine in the MX6.

The Engine is the heart of the MX6 and this is what spins to pick up the debris in your pool. Depending on your pool's run time you figure this thing is spinning everyday for 6 to 8 hours so after a couple of years it will start to slow down. The MX6 will still work fine, you will just notice that it moves slower than when you first dropped it in the pool. But after replacing the engine as long as the Tracks are still good it will move at full speed again.

If you change the Engine and the MX6 is still not moving at full speed maybe the Cyclonic Turbine is also worn out. They are all tied together, the Engine the Tracks and the Cyclonic Turbine so it would not be a bad idea to change all three parts at the same time (change both tracks at the same time).

Here are the other videos in the series:

Zodiac MX6 Not Turning: Replacing the Direction Control Device - Side A: https://youtu.be/dRJNQZpNg2M 
Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 1: Changing the Tracks: https://youtu.be/B3dRw_qFcQc
Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 3: Changing the Cyclonic Turbine: https://youtu.be/nLPaTmPRmEE

For more videos covering the MX6 including adding the Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit to the unit refer to these videos below.

Related Videos:
Zodiac MX6 Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/G8uXS9Mi3NI
Installing A Zodiac MX6 or MX8 Automatic Pool cleaner: https://youtu.be/4ZmUL9IPsXE
Zodiac "MX6 Elite" - Adding the Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit to Your MX6: https://youtu.be/yiggOIMU3j4
SkimmerMotion Adapter to connect to Zodiac MX8, MX6, X7, T3 and T5: https://youtu.be/oEVtk8hM51E
Zodiac MX8 vs the NEW Zodiac MX6: Side by Side Comparison: https://youtu.be/Q-alTHFH3zk

If your in the market for a bigger cleaner, here are the videos I filmed on the MX8 Elite.

MX8 Elite Videos:
Zodiac® MX8™ Elite Automatic Suction Side  Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/hUI4WkJJNO8
Zodiac® MX8™ Elite Installation (MX8 and MX6): https://youtu.be/X1afepi03_I
Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit: https://youtu.be/oxuddMxbxoE
Cleaning Algae From Your Pool - MX8 Elite’s Active Scrubbing Action Works!: https://youtu.be/EnA6D1fkUQo

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

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

Friday, January 26, 2018

LaMotte Pool & Spa Water Testers: Overview of Their Products Featuring the ColorQ Pro7

LaMotte Company is a leading manufacturer of test kits for a number of industries, including the Pool & Spa Industry. Their flagship tester is the ColorQ Pro 7 Photometer which does 7 test factors and displays the results on the digital screen. LaMotte also makes Test Strips as well as a line of Digital Testers. I will briefly go over some of their products here and give you a description of each, for more detail you can listen to the Podcast I recorded with Rich DeMoss of LaMotte where he goes over their product line-up in greater detail.




To listen to my Podcast interview with Rich DeMoss from LaMotte Company:





The ColorQ Pro 7 is a unique test kit that has been out for about 10 years now and is growing in popularity. The price point is on the high side coming in at around $150 but this is due in large part because of the digital photometer which is the heart of this tester. You simply fill the test tube with water and add 5 drops of the reagent. Insert the tube in the photometer and within seconds you will get the results displayed right on the screen. It couldn't be simpler. The ColorQ Pro 7 does 7 test factors: Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Bromine, PH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid. I really like the ease of use of the ColorQ Pro 7 and if you are looking for an easy way to get your pool water in balance this would be a great test kit for you. If you need to also test for Copper and Iron in your area the ColorQ Pro 9 does everything the Pro 7 does plus Copper and Iron.

The Insta-Test Strips are a great way to get a quick reading on your pools water chemistry. The Test Strips are very easy to use and the colors are very bright and vibrant so knowing your exact reading is very easy to see. LaMotte makes a variety of strips not only for the typical test factors but also for Phosphates, Copper, Ammonia, Hydrogen Peroxide and more. For the common test factors they make
a 3-way, 4-way and 6-way test strip that test for Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, Alkalinity, pH, Total Hardness & Cyanuric Acid.

LaMotte markets their digital water testers under the TRACER logo and these digital testers can test for, Salinity (salt level) TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Temperature, pH, ORP and Total Chlorine. I have used all of these digital testers and find that they are not only highly accurate but very easy to use. You can also order the TRACER testers with a very nice carrying case.

Here is more on some of their digital water testers:
The Salt/Temp tester's probe is dipped into a sample of pool water and the results are ready instantly. The Salt PockeTester measures the Sodium Chloride level in salt water pools with a range from 0 to 9,999 ppm. TDS is measured from 0 to 9,999 ppm and Temperature from 32.0° to 149°F. A memory feature saves up to 25 test results.

The LaMotte 1740 Total Chlorine Tracer PockeTester, 0 to 10ppm Range, +/-10% Accuracy, 0.01ppm Resolution

LaMotte 1741 pH Tracer PockeTester, 0-14pH Range, +/-0.01pH Accuracy, +/-0.01pH Resolution

Their premiere water tester is their WalterLink Spin Touch which can measure 10 test factors in less than 1 minute. Imagine doing all of these test within 60 seconds. If you are doing pool start-ups the power of this tester is just awesome. It will give you all the vital test factors to insure a perfect pool start-up. If you service Commercial Pools think of the time you will save when using the Spin Touch Mobile and since it logs the readings it will help protect you from Health department audits.

I focus on this product in this podcast:


Here are some related videos:
ColorQ Pro 7 Digital Pool Water Test Kit by Lamotte: Water Testing & Tips: https://youtu.be/YBwjMFy2BFU
ColorQ Pro 7 Digital Pool Water Test Kit - Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/2_HI3RI6VqE
Insta-TEST® Pool 4 Plus and Insta-TEST® 6 Plus by LaMotte: https://youtu.be/-iEGG897yEY
MOBILE WaterLink SPIN TOUCH Lab #3581: 10 Test Factors in 60 Seconds: https://youtu.be/ZBMvWEz1vGw
Total Chlorine TRACER w/ pH & ORP Sensor by LaMotte 1740-kit-01: https://youtu.be/X80tAtT5bOs
TRACER PockeTester with Carrying Case by LaMotte – Salt/TDS/Temp: https://youtu.be/T7jbvN1_e4g




Monday, January 22, 2018

Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 1: Changing the Track Tires #R0526100

In this series of videos I go over replacing parts in your Zodiac MX6 if it is not moving in the pool or not turning. The thing I really like about the MX6 vs the MX8 is how easy it is to work on. Not that the MX8 is difficult, but there are less parts in the MX6 and it just is compact and easier to work on. You will also be able to isolate the problem easier on the M6 and get it up and running like new again in a matter of minutes.



One of the drawbacks of the MX6 is all of the moving parts wear out over time. Fortunately the parts are inexpensive and easy to install. I would say after 1 ½  to 2 years you will need to start to replace some parts, and this depends on the pool run time also. But figure at the 2 year mark replacing all of these parts featured in this video series would be a good idea.

This first video covers what to do if the MX6 stops going thru it's turn cycle. Very common in the MX8 but less common in the MX6 since there is only one Directional Device in it. The MX6 uses the Directional Device Side A, part #R0524700 – you will often see it listed for the MX8 like this “Baracuda R0524700 Side A Direction Control Device Replacement for Baracuda MX8 Pool Cleaner.”
The same part is used for both cleaners.

The first step thing to check if the MX6 is not moving are the Tracks. The Tracks are made out of rubber and have raised “teeth” on the inside that grip the plastic “teeth” on the wheels and this is what gives the cleaner it's awesome grip on the pool surface. When these runner “teeth” start to wear down the tracks will start to slip in the wheels and the MX6 will begin to move very slowly and may stop moving entirely.  Here is the part you will need to order - 2PK Zodiac Baracuda MX8 MX6 Swimming pool Cleaner Wheel Track Tire R0526100: http://amzn.to/2mAuHgo

They are relatively inexpensive, about $25 for a two pack of Tracks and they are very easy to replace. Once you chance the two Tracks if you notice that the cleaner is still moving slow even with excellent suction, then it could be a two other parts that are also causing it to move slowly.

The engine is the heart of the MX6 and this is what spins to pick up the debris in your pool. Depending on your pool's run time you figure this thing is spinning everyday for 6 to 8 hours so after a couple of years it will start to slow down. The MX6 will still work fine, you will just notice that it moves slower than when you first dropped it in the pool. So replacing the Engine along with the Track is a good idea.

If you change the engine and the MX6 is still not moving at full speed maybe the Cyclonic Turbine is also worn out. They are all tied together, the Engine the Tracks and the Cyclonic Turbine so it would not be a bad idea to change all three parts at the same time (change both tracks at the same time).

Here are the other videos in the series:

Zodiac MX6 Not Turning: Replacing the Direction Control Device - Side A: https://youtu.be/dRJNQZpNg2M 
Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 2: Replacing the Engine Assembly https://youtu.be/zDOpgz2ly4E
Zodiac MX6 Not Moving Part 3: Changing the Cyclonic Turbine: https://youtu.be/nLPaTmPRmEE

For more videos covering the MX6 including adding the Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit to the unit refer to these videos below.

Related Videos:
Zodiac MX6 Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/G8uXS9Mi3NI
Installing A Zodiac MX6 or MX8 Automatic Pool cleaner: https://youtu.be/4ZmUL9IPsXE
Zodiac "MX6 Elite" - Adding the Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit to Your MX6: https://youtu.be/yiggOIMU3j4
SkimmerMotion Adapter to connect to Zodiac MX8, MX6, X7, T3 and T5: https://youtu.be/oEVtk8hM51E
Zodiac MX8 vs the NEW Zodiac MX6: Side by Side Comparison: https://youtu.be/Q-alTHFH3zk

If your in the market for a bigger cleaner, here are the videos I filmed on the MX8 Elite.

MX8 Elite Videos:
Zodiac® MX8™ Elite Automatic Suction Side  Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/hUI4WkJJNO8
Zodiac® MX8™ Elite Installation (MX8 and MX6): https://youtu.be/X1afepi03_I
Cyclonic Scrubbing Kit: https://youtu.be/oxuddMxbxoE
Cleaning Algae From Your Pool - MX8 Elite’s Active Scrubbing Action Works!: https://youtu.be/EnA6D1fkUQo


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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Should you Maintain your Own Pool or Hire a Pool Service Company?

If you purchased a home recently with a swimming pool or had one constructed you are often faced with the question – should I try to maintain my own pool or should I hire a pool service company? This is probably something you don't think about until after the fact and the answer is not as cut and dry as it may seem. Doing the pool yourself and becoming a DIY Homeowner or hiring a pool service company is something to thoughtfully consider.





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If you plan on taking care of your pool on your own there are a few things to make sure you have. The first element is time. It may sound basic to mention this but in reality taking care of your own pool requires that you to set aside a block of time each week to check the chemicals and balance the water as well as clean the pool and maintain the equipment. If you work 5 days a week and leave your house at 7 am and return at 6 pm that leaves you with Saturday and Sunday to squeeze in your pool care. So I suggest scheduling at least 45 minutes every Saturday morning to work on your pool. This takes a level of dedication during the Summer season and if you miss one week the pool can turn ugly pretty fast. Also if your pool is left open all season you will need to deal with debris from the winds and rain which can consume a large block of time.

You will also need a very basic knowledge of pool chemistry to balance the pool water. Keeping the water balanced is important for several reasons. If the water is out of balance it may be unsafe to swim in and you can actually become very ill from viruses and bacteria in the water. Out of balance water can also irritate your skin and eyes, causing burning eyes and itchy skin. It can also damage the pool surface and even the pool deck depending on how out of balance the water can get. But relax, it is pretty easy to do once you start and if you run into trouble your local pool store has counter staff that can check your water and offer you suggestions. Investing in a good test kit is something I suggest and you can find some helpful videos on my YouTube Channel and in my eBook on water balancing.

Cleaning your pool can be easy if you have the basic equipment on hand. A pool pole, a leaf rake, a brush, a vacuum hose and a manual vacuum head are all you really need to get the job done week to week. I have several videos covering the basic equipment you will need and how to clean your pool. To save time I suggest investing in a good automatic cleaner. This will clean your pool for you all week long and all you will need to do is spot cleaning each week. So expect to spend some time each week cleaning your pool to prevent staining and to reduce chemical use each season.

One factor that is often overlooked in servicing your own pool is the pool equipment. You will need to check your equipment each week and keep everything running well or you will struggle with maintaining your pool. If your equipment is old and out of date it might be a wise investment to upgrade your equipment to a new energy efficient pump and filter. This will not only save you money each month on your energy costs but also make servicing your pool much easier. Cleaning the filter when it is dirty is half the battle in pool care so allow for some time to work on the pool equipment each week and when needed.

Here are some of the basic reasons where hiring a pool service company would be a wise choice. If you just purchased a home with a pool I suggest hiring a pool service company for at least the first year. You will have a lot of other things occupying your time and the pool and yard should be the last on your worry list. If you work more than 40 hours a week or have so many activities outside of the house, hiring a pool service company would be wise. The time spent doing your own pool can actually cost you more in the long run and if you can apply that time to your current profession verses towards pool care you might even be better off.
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If you are physically unable to service your own pool you should hire someone to do it for you. And last if it looks just too overwhelming for you and you feel you can't set the time aside each week then hiring a pool service company is logical. It can be a lot of work week to week keeping the pool balanced and clean so passing this on to a local service company is not a bad thing.

Here are some things to look for in a pool service company. They should be licensed and also have a general liability insurance policy. They should show up for the appointment on time and look professional. A list of some current clients for references should be provided upon request. Check out their Yelp! Reviews or other online sites like their company website. If it is a Commercial service account they should be CPO Certified – this is an independent certification letting you know they have passed an exam and are qualified to maintain a swimming pool to Health Code standards. You don't want to just hire a guy with a truck and a pool pole so do your do diligence when you hire a company.



Monday, January 15, 2018

Pool'N Brush Sweep Hose Tail Scrubber Brush Replacement for Polaris & Pentair Pressure Cleaners

The Pool'N Brush is a pretty effective after market Sweep Hose tail scrubbing brush that attaches to the Sweep Hose of your Polaris or Pentair Pressure cleaner. The Pool”N Brush is designed to scrub your pool surface as the Sweep Hose moves along the pool bottom. Unlike the black foam Tail Scrubber that comes with the cleaner, the Pool'N Brush his made out of hard plastic and has hard bristle brushes on the bottom. It is designed to last 20 times longer than the OEM replacement foam tail scrubbers.



It has a cone shape and the brushes are set in a way that it will so that it will make contact with the pool surface and these brushes are designed to be very long lasting. The weight of the Pool'N Brush insures that the tail will not come out of the water and spray your pool deck and windows. Unlike the foam scrubber it actually will scrub your pool surface allowing the Sweep Hose not only to loosen debris but clean the pool surface.

The Pool'N Brush is easy to install. It will snap right onto your existing Polaris or Pentair Legend Sweep Hose where the foam scrubber sits. If the end is worn out a new orifice tip and guard are also included with the Pool'N Brush. Remove the old orifice tip with a pair of Channel Locks and slide the included one into the Sweep Hose. Then simply snap the Pool'N Brush onto the end and listen for it to clip in and you are all done. You can also remove or move of the wear rings on the Sweep Hose to give the tail some more sweeping motion. You can also increase the Sweep Hose water pressure by loosening the Allen Screw on the cleaner body right where the Sweep Hose attaches in the back. By turning the screw counter clockwise you will increase water flow to the tail.

The Pool'N Brush fits these model cleaners:

Polaris 180
Polaris 280
Polaris 360
Polaris 380
Polaris 3900 Sport
Polaris TR35P

Polaris TR36P

Pentair LL505G Kreepy Krauly Legend
Pentair LX5000 Kreepy Krauly Legend II
Pentair LL505PMG Kreepy Krauly Platinum

The Pool'N Brush comes with a manufacturer LIFETIME warranty covering any manufacturing defects so rest assured you are investing in a product that will last a very long time. If your OEM foam tail scrubber brush is worn out or even missing, this would be a good time to invest in the Pool'N Brush. Over time you will save money as you will no longer need to invest in a new foam tail scrubber brushes every few months.


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Swimming Pool Filter Types and the Difference Between a D.E., Cartridge and Sand Filter

There are three main swimming pool filter types that you will find in just about in every region of the World. A pool will have either a D.E. Filter, a Cartridge Filter or a Sand Filter. Depending on your region one of these three filter types will be the most common. I will touch on all three filter types in this article and go over the pros and cons of each.



D.E. Filters are the most common filter type in my area so I will touch on these filters first. D.E. Filters or Diatomaceous Earth Filters offer the best filtration of the three types. They use a set of grids or cartridges depending on the filter type and a coating of D.E. Powder (Diatomaceous Earth). The D.E. coats the grids and acts as a barrier trapping dirt, debris, algae and organic particles. This allows a D.E. Filter to filter down to an amazingly low 3 microns.

A little about what a micron is for you:

A "micron" is an abbreviated term for "micrometer", or a millionth of a meter (1/1,000,000 meters). This is about .00004 inches. For Size comparison, a human red blood cell is about 5 microns across. A human hair is about 75 microns across (depending on the person).

So a micron is a very small measurement and a D.E. Filter will give you the best water quality of the three filter types.

Another benefit of a D.E. Filter is that the design allows for a very small amount of filter sq ft area to keep your pool crystal clear. Typical D.E. Filter sizes are 36 sq ft, 48 sq ft, 60 sq ft, and 72 sq ft (they also make a 100 sq ft Quad D.E. Filter). So you can easily get away with using a 48 sq ft D.E. Filter on a 20,000 gallon pool. So don't let the smaller sq ft size fool you into thinking that a D.E. Filter is inferior to say a 200 sq ft Cartridge filter or a 300 lb Sand Filter. The D.E. Filter just utilizes the sq ft of filtration area much more effectively with the coating of D.E. on the grids (or cartridges in the case of a Quad D.E. Filter).

Another benefit is the ability to backwash a D.E. Filter in between cleaning it. This is a process in which the water flow is reversed forcing water inside the grids and pushing dirt and algae off of the grids and out the backwash pipe. Convenient if the pool gets a lot of dirt and use each season.

The drawback of D.E. Filter is that they can be messy to take apart and clean, especially if your backyard is all cement. The old D.E. powder can linger for months. They can also be challenging to take apart and clean. Many cities require it to be plumbed to a P-Trap or ban them entirely.

A Cartridge Filter is an excellent choice for any size pool and in fact they make cartridge filters as small as 20 sq ft up to 500 sq ft. They are excellent at filtering the water and will filter down to as low as 15-20 microns. Cartridge filters are a cloth like material and the dirt, algae and particles will stick to the cartridge and allow clean water to flow through. Much like any cartridge filter that you use for water purification.

The benefit of a cartridge filter is that they are easy to clean. Simply remove the cartridge and hose it off. The downside of this is that you cannot backwash a Cartridge Filter so when it gets dirty you need to take it apart and clean it. So figure that depending on the size of the Cartridge Filter you will be taking it apart and cleaning it every month to every 4-6 months.

I suggest going with a larger Cartridge Filter on your pool to save time in between cleaning and to provide the best water quality. So for a 15,000 gallon pool I suggest a 300 sq ft filter, for a 20,000 gallon pool a 400 sq ft filter and for a 30,000 gallon pool a 500 sq ft filter. You can use a smaller filter if you choose, just note that you will be cleaning it often and the water flow may not be as efficient as going with a larger filter.

A Sand Filter has the poorest filtration of the three and will filter down to only about 40 microns. A Sand Filter uses sand to filter the water, as water passes through the filter the sand inside traps the dirt and other particles allowing for clean water to return to the pool. So the major drawback of a Sand Filter is the filtration quality when compared to say a D.E. Filter.

The benefits of a Sand Filter is that they are very easy to maintain. When the filter PSI gets above the clean mark by 10 PSI, simply backwash the sand filter. No need to really ever take a Sand Filter apart unless you are going to change out the sand. That is why sand filters are so popular at Commercial service accounts. You can also vacuum to “Waste” Mode in most cases with a Sand Filter which is another plus. But the poor quality of the filtration would make a Sand Filter my last choice on a large residential pool. If you have a small above ground pool then a Sand Filter would be fine as it is simple to operate and you are only talking about 3,000 to 6,000 gallons of water.

Another benefit of a sand filter is that they make very large sizes so if you have a 40,000 gallon pool you can get a pretty huge Sand Filter installed. One note however is that with a Sand Filter they actually run better with less water flowing through them. So putting a 2 hp pump on a 300 lbs Sand Filter would be too much flow and cause it to run poorly. A 1 hp pump for this size filter would allow it to work much more efficiently.

So those are the three filter types and as you can see I prefer D.E. Filters as my first choice, the Cartridge and last Sand Filters unless it is a Commercial Account or a small Above Ground Pool.

Related Videos:
D.E. Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting: http://youtu.be/G4Z21aoJI0g
Cartridge Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting: http://youtu.be/9UxcroxLckU
Sand Filter Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting, Sand Filter Part 1: http://youtu.be/4yXD5O6_1-8