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:

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

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.


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/

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.

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.

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/

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.

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

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.


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
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

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

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
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
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.

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

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/

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.

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.
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

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.

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.

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
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.

Listen to the Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/110832/607418-basic-equipment-final-wav

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.

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.

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.


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:

Episode 28: 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

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


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.


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


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

Episode 33: The Western Pool Show, Interview with Glen Knecht President WPSS: https://youtu.be/ad0Qr5JaxQQ

In this Episode I interview Glen Knecht the President of the Western Pool Show and we discuss every aspect of the Western Pool & Spa Show that will be held this March 15-17th at the Long Beach Convention Center. We go over the Seminars offered, the Exhibit Hall and all the great prizes given away at the show including a new truck!



Episode 34: Using PoolRx to Start the Season and to Clear up a Green Pool: https://youtu.be/3HVscopj0bk

Episode 35: Service Industry News, interview With Carolyn Dibrell Owner & Publisher: https://youtu.be/0C_e9v1Sasg

Episide 36 Remington Solar Chlorine-free Sun Shock & the SolaSkimmer: https://youtu.be/6UdFC52Eq7U

Episode 37: All About Robotic Pool Cleaners - Benefits, Features and Choosing the Right One: https://youtu.be/AFiAc0ULxrU

Episode 38: Having a Swimming Pool Built: Bidding and Construction- Mike Willard "Your Pool Builder" Part 1 of 3: https://youtu.be/MOEjNYAQoYA

Episode 39: Having a Swimming Pool Built: Surfaces & Equipment- Mike Willard "Your Pool Builder" Part 2 of 3: https://youtu.be/jcKDhjfpLbM

Episode 40: Having a Pool Built: Cleaners & Things Not to Miss- Mike Willard "Your Pool Builder" Part 3 of 3: https://youtu.be/_ME03iHeesA

Episode 41: Pool Guy Coaching Program Testimonial: Mike Waters Talks about How he has Benefited from the Group: https://youtu.be/inc4zsAF8VI

Episode 42: Green Pool Clean Up 101: How to Turn Your Green Pool Back to Blue and Helpful Tips: https://youtu.be/N-aEz6lOr04

Episode 43: Cloudy Pool Water 101: Cloudy Pool Water Causes and Cures: https://youtu.be/_6oIHYAkZKg

Episode 44: Swimming Pool Care eBook Overview & Walk Thru: On Sale Now for Only $9.99: https://youtu.be/rAWj8uXUxqw

Episode 45: How to Treat Yellow, Green and Black Algae and How to Prevent it in Your Pool: https://youtu.be/h1fANduGr0Q

Epidsode 46: Advanced Cleaning Tools to Save you Time on Your Pool Route: https://youtu.be/nhYrDrRjH4U

Episode 47: Pool Equipment Lifespan and Replacement Cost - How to Budget for it and Some Money Saving Tips: https://youtu.be/eMGnIoqUUnA

Episode 48: Choosing an Automatic Pool Cleaner for your Pool: Suction, Pressure or a Robotic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/_S3qGaOfFfk

Episode 49: Common Mistakes and Errors You Can Make with Your Pool Care and Tips to Avoid Them: https://youtu.be/r67llZgUvXc

Episode 50: How Long Should I Run my Pool Pump and When is the Best Time to Run it?: https://youtu.be/DG9qYoT-u3o

Episode 51: Common Errors with your Pool Filter & Your Pool Maintenance - Using Cheap Pool Equipment Fail:https://youtu.be/OOnH9TAFUJ4

Episode 52: Why Being a Cheapskate with your Pool can Hurt you in the End - Tips on Dealing with Cheap Customers: https://youtu.be/WJIP3vAcbdA

Episode 53: Why is my Salt Water System Not Producing Any Chlorine? Possible Causes and Solutions: https://youtu.be/Jx-36g782HQ

Episode 54: Pool Guy & Gal Rookie Mistakes: Bidding Mistakes and Common Business Errors: https://youtu.be/kyjCdKjtE48

Episode 55: Tips on Preventing Errors While Servicing A Pool: Having a Routine and Proper Use of Chemicals: https://youtu.be/rXLMCQ52biM

Episode 56: Are You Out There Just "Spinning Your Wheels" or are you Making a Profit in your Business?: https://youtu.be/0Y-5Uj5I4As

Episode 57: Pool Stains Part 1: Rust Stains and Organic Stains Causes and Ways to Remove Them: https://youtu.be/T2ygsfdzGc8

Episode 58: Pool Stains Part 2: Metal Stains and Plaster Mottling - Tips on How to Remove Metals from your Pool:https://youtu.be/8k4k_sv7tdg

Episode 59: Calcium on Your Pool Tile and Swimming Pool Surface -Tips on How to Treat and

Episode 60: General Liability Ins: A Must if you Service Pools - Homeowner Only Hire Insured Service Companies: https://youtu.be/tpIv0pKaDcs

Episode 61: Why Does my Pool have Poor Flow? Some Common Issues and the Solutions: https://youtu.be/5Lt5wIK1ZH0

Episode 62: More Pool Guy and Gal Rookie Mistakes - Not Getting Payments Upfront, Too Much Time at One Pool: https://youtu.be/4vIalOdXXVA

Episode 63:What Type of Chlorine is Best for my Pool? https://youtu.be/LiMjk_Q5g38



Episode 64: Business Etiquette: the Do's and Don'ts & Some Bidding Tips: https://youtu.be/AnUmJr6Viwo

Episode 65: Just The Basics: Some of the Basic Things to Know About Pool Care: https://youtu.be/1ke0N3RX8IE

Episode 66: How I Got Started in the Pool Business - Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Part 1 of 4: https://youtu.be/cXBKIv1A4fQ

Episode 67: Starting a Pool Route and How to Set Up your Business- Interview with the Pool Chasers Podcast Pt 2: https://youtu.be/7-lbOe9rVrA

Episode 68: How I Got Started with my YouTube Channel, Interview with the Pool Chaser Podcast Part 3 of 4: https://youtu.be/UHJcCq_j-G0

Episode 69: Pool Chaser Podcast Interview Wrap Up: Automatic Cleaners, Coaching Program and Living Debt Free!: https://youtu.be/pKFm6vR1lks

Episode 70: The Hole in One Basket: A Detailed Product Overview And Guide: https://youtu.be/FyCb19fVSXY

Episode 71: Cleaning a Pool After a Wind Event: Santa Ana Winds Tips: https://youtu.be/GUR6jRqxwu8

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.