Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Zodiac MX6 ELITE Install with a Variable Speed Pump

This is the Installation Process of the Zodiac MX6 Elite and it is also the same for the MX8 Elite. It also works for the MX8 and MX6 cleaners. The installation process is pretty easy and I go over my preferred method of installing the MX6 Elite on a pool with a Variable Speed Pump (VS Pump).

All the parts for a skimmer installation are in the box. However, if you are using the side port/ vacuum port there are two additional parts you will need.

One is a vac lock for the threaded port. This is a safety device to prevent entrapment if the cleaner hose comes loose and the pool is in use. I highly suggest installing it with one.

Here is a link for a good one:

I wish manufacturers would include this with the cleaner as many consumers use a side port when installing.

I also do not like the adapter that Zodiac includes for the side port installation. It tends to pop out when the pool is in use or can easily be pulled out. I like this adapter better - Baracuda MX8 Cleaner Leaf Catcher Hose Adaptor X77094

Here is a link for it:

This fits in the vac lock much better and the vac lock actually will latch onto it and hold it in place. Zodiac should consider including this adapter in every box.

If you are installing the cleaner at the skimmer, the Hole in One Basket is a great aftermarket product that will allow you to connect the cleaner in the skimmer and keep the skimmer basket in the skimmer. Another word you can install the cleaner at the skimmer and keep the basket in.

I try to cover everything you will run into in the video but for the sake of time I left out what to do if the cleaner has too much suction. Not a common problem but it can happen. You can adjust the skimmer Flow Keeper Valve (Included in the box) to a lower setting but in my experience, it doesn't do a whole lot. If I run into this problem when I am installing the cleaner I simply put in a different skimmer regulator valve. The Zodiac Flow Keeper valve is self-adjusting so you can't really reduce the suction - the speed of the cleaner.  There is also a secondary suction regulator on the cleaner head itself which also helps if there is too much suction.

So here is a regulator valve that can be easily adjusted:

If you have too little suction make sure the filter is clean and that all of the flow is going to the skimmer. You can also again replace the Flow Keeper Valve with a more adjustable one and close it off to increase suction.

From a side port, it is very easy to set the suction. Simply turn the handle until you achieve the correct wheel RPM of the cleaner.

The RPM - Wheel revolutions per minute is the most critical part of the installation. The MX6 Elite needs just the right flow to work correctly. It is a pretty sensitive cleaner so too much or too little suction will affect the cleaner’s overall performance.

I also highly suggest a leaf canister so that the pump basket does not get clogged up with debris. Zodiac makes a specific canister for the MX8 cleaners - Zodiac Cyclonic Automatic Pool Cleaner Leaf Catcher Canister.

Here is a link for the canister:

Monday, April 27, 2020

Jacuzzi JPX LED Pool Fixture

If you are still using an old 300 watt or 400 watt pool light, it is high time to upgrade your pool light to the newer LED lights. This will require installing a completely new light fixture and cord, but the cost will be offset by the energy savings. You will save over 90% of your energy cost going forward. The Jacuzzi® JPX-LED would be a perfect light fixture to upgrade to.

There are two models:
JCZ-F2C-120-100 - JPX LED Pool Fixture Light 120 Volt with 100 ft Cord & Jacuzzi® (LPM Part #: 54281) and the JCZ-F2C-120-50 - JPX LED Pool Fixture Light 120 Volt with 50 ft Cord (LPM Part #: 54280) would be a great choice.

Depending on the above model both light fixtures are the same except for the cord length. One is 100 ft and the other is 50 ft. You would choose the light fixture cord length based on how far the junction box sits from the pool light. Both lights are backed by a 3-year warranty and feature color-changing abilities. 

Here is more about the JPX LED lights:
Jacuzzi JPX LED Pool Fixture Light 120 Volt with 100 ft Cord will turn your swimming pool into a color-rich paradise!
Pool Light Features
High output LED’s optimize color saturation and light intensity
Reduces energy consumption by 90%
Choose from Five (5) solid colors and Seven (7) light shows!
Operates effectively with most Jandy® and Pentair® Automation systems
Up to 50,000 Hours of LED Lamp Life
About Jacuzzi JPX Multi-Color LED Pool Fixtures
Add some color to your backyard experience with Jacuzzi JPX Multi-Color LED Pool Fixtures. Instantly transform your backyard swimming pool into a color-rich paradise. Combining the industry’s most advanced LED components, heavy-duty stainless steel construction and a sleek, modern looking bezel, these light fixtures will last and perform as good as they look.

5 Vivid Solid Colors:
Deep Blue
True Red
Kelly Green
Pure White

7 Pre-Programed Light Shows:
Aurora (Slow Color Fade)
Color Rainbow (Slow Color Fade)
American Flag (Red/White/Blue)
Pool Party (Random Color)
Fast Flash (Random Color)
Seascape (Blue/Green)
Summer Night (Gradual Color Fade)

The cost to run the new light fixture will vary by region. Figure to spend anywhere between $300 to $500 on the installation depending on the difficulty of pulling the cord to the junction box. The light is also compatible with most automated systems and works perfectly attached to the existing switch. Just note that you will have to flip the switch multiple times to set the light at solid color choice or light show you desire. Once set the light will stay on the setting until you change it again.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaner Lifespan

If you own a Suction Side or Pressure Side Automatic Pool Cleaner, you be wondering if it is worth the expense to rebuild the cleaner or if you would be better off getting a new one once your cleaner wears down. Robotic Cleaners are a little different and I will touch on those later. But for the first two cleaner types you may be surprised how long you can keep them working in your pool.

Up until about 5 years ago, I had 2 pools that were running with a Polaris 180 Pressure Side Cleaner in them. Not a Polaris 280. The Polaris 180 was introduced over 40 plus years ago! The only reason they were replaced was that unlike the 280 where the Stem Pipe is a replaceable part, the Stem Pipe on the 180 was built into the cleaner body. So once the Stem Pipe broke on both cleaners it was not worth the cost to install a new body. I hope this gives you some idea of how long your cleaner can last in your pool just by rebuilding it when the parts wear out.

Manufacturers are also making things easier for the consumer to easily replace parts by creating drop-in rebuild kits. The Hayward PoolCleaner (Phoenix/AquaNaut) the Hayward Navigator/PoolVac, the Polaris 3900 Sport/P39 to name the rebuild kits I really appreciate. For example, if you have a Polaris 3900 Sport or P39 for about $160 you can purchase the rebuilt kit which includes all of the main internal parts and basically renew your cleaner. The retail price for a new Polaris 3900 Sport without a rebate is $899. Considerable savings and if you rebuild the cleaner every 5 years you can easily get 20 years out of it before the cost adds up to the price of a new cleaner. Pretty amazing!

Another thing to note about Pressure Side Booster Pump cleaners is that you are only running them for about 2 hours each day during the season (or all year if you don’t close your pool in the winter). This means that unlike a Suction Cleaner that is running 8-10 hours per day, the parts will last much longer. So Pressure Cleaners have a built-in longer life span, to begin with.

So how long can you keep a Suction Side Cleaner like a Hayward Navigator running? I recently filmed a rebuild video and the Navigator that I featured in that video was over 20 years old, maybe even older. You can pretty much rebuild the Hayward Navigator/PoolVac until the shell wears out. Same with the Zodiac MX8 and MX6. The only concern would be the hoses on a suction and pressure cleaner. They may wear out long before the cleaner. At some point, it may be logical to purchase a new cleaner since you do get all new hoses with it.

Robotic Pool Cleaners are a little different since you can’t do a lot of hands-on repairs. You can do simple things like changing the brushes or belts but many times it is safer to take it into a service center or ship it to the manufacturer for repairs. But like a Pressure Cleaner the Robotic Cleaner has a built-in extended life span since you only typically run them once or twice a week for 2-3 hours at a time. If you replace the wear parts on a Robotic cleaner you can get a good 5-8 years of use out of it.

So when is it logical to replace your old cleaner vs rebuilding it again for the 3rd time? I would say that the hoses are an important factor. If those are pretty worn out a new cleaner may be a smart move. Also, if you don’t like how your cleaner is working in your pool you may want to purchase a new and different cleaner. And last, if the body is looking like a relic from the Titanic, there are some aesthetic factors to consider. If your wife is complaining about the ugly pool cleaner maybe it is time for a new one.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

MX8 ELITE and AX10 ACTIVE Complete Wear Part Rebuild List

There are several wear parts in the Zodiac MX8 Elite and although it may look challenging, changing out all of the wear parts is actually quite easy. Within a few minutes, you can have your Zodiac MX8 Elite moving again in your pool. Here is a look at the common wear parts for you.

Zodiac MX8/MX6 Track # R0526100:
This is the first thing I look at when I notice the cleaner is not moving or turning well in a pool. The teeth on these tracks wear down over time and it is the teeth that grab the Directional Device and move the cleaner. If the teeth are worn down the MX8 Elite will basically not be able to move.

Zodiac MX8/MX6 Direction Control Device - Side A R0524700:
If the MX-8 Elite is facing you from the front where the silver logo is, Directional Device A would be on your right side. This is important because these parts are not interchangeable. Over time since the cleaner is constantly moving and then changing direction in the pool, it makes sense that these devices would be a common wear part. Changing these out is easy. There is just one screw holding it to the body and one screw from the outside. If you notice the cleaner going in a tight circle in one direction in the pool that means one of the Directional Devices has failed.

Zodiac Barracuda MX8 Direction Control Device - Side B R0524800:
Same as Side A but this is the one located to your left if you are facing the front of the MX8 Elite

Zodiac MX8/MX6 Drive Shaft Assembly # R0525100:
The driveshaft is a critical part of the MX8 Elite. When this part wears down it cannot spin the Directional Device and the cleaner will seem like the Directional Device has failed, but it could just be the Drive Shaft not engaging because it is worn down. If you change a Directional Device and find that it still does not move, check for a worn Drive Shaft.

Zodiac MX8/MX6 Engine Assembly # R0524900:
The Engine does wear out and you will notice the cleaner moving much slower in the pool, or debris that wouldn’t jam it in the past may now be stopping the cleaner. It is an easy part to change out and will get your cleaner moving at top speed again.

Zodiac MX8/MX6 Wheel & Engine Bearing # R0527000:
Along with changing the Engine, changing these 2 bearings on the engine is also critical. Whenever I change out an Engine, I change these 2 Bearings as well.

Zodiac Cyclonic Scrubbing Turbine Kit 2 Pack R0714300:
It is best to change both of the Turbines at the same time. So purchasing the kit is a good idea. This is the one wear part that is often overlooked, but an important part of the cleaner. If the cleaner is moving slowly this may be the reason. These are very easy to change.

Zodiac Cyclonic Scrubbing Brush, 4/PK  R0714400:
These brushes are clipped into the Turbine and may seem like they are screwed in. But if you simply pinch them near where they go into the turbine you can pull them off.

Complete Rebuild KIT:

At some point, of course, you may need a new MX8 Elite but you can keep rebuilding this cleaner for several years and I have one of the original MX8 Cleaners still in operation. It is a matter of if it is worth rebuilding at one point or purchasing a new unit. All of the parts are modular and affordable so I suggest keep rebuilding your MX8 Elite for as long as you can.

Monday, April 20, 2020


If you are in the market for a pool cleaner and are looking at the Zodiac MX8 Elite and MX6 Elite you may be wondering which one would be better for your particular pool. Note that the MX8 Elite and the M6 Elite are retail pool store cleaners only and cannot be purchased online. The online version of these two cleaners is the MX8 and MX6 which do not have the scrubbing brushes on the bottom.

Here is more about both cleaners from Zodiac:
“The Zodiac MX8 Elite is the first suction pool cleaner with Cyclonic Scrubbing Brushes that continually spin, scrub, and stay in constant contact with the pool surface to agitate and remove stuck-on debris. The MX8 Elite features aggressive wall climbing to scrub at the tile line and maX-Drive Navigation for better pool coverage with nimble programmed maneuverability. Regardless of the surface, the MX8 Elite actively tackles debris and directs it to the inlet using dual-cyclonic technology. With a wide cleaning path and a convertible vacuum inlet to allow for larger debris, this low-flow, energy-efficient suction cleaner delivers a thorough, comprehensive clean that outpaces other premium mechanical suction cleaners.”

Cyclonic Scrubbing Action - Tackles fine and stuck-on debris
Extreme Wall Climbing - Scrubs to the tile line
maX-Drive Navigation - Delivers advanced 360-degree programming patterns
Larger Debris Consumption - Allows for larger debris consumption
Wide Cleaning Path - For quicker, more comprehensive coverage
Replaceable Scrubbing Brushes - Easily removed when worn or dirty
Dual-Cyclonic Suction - Delivers extreme wall climbing ability
Flow Regulator Valve - Automatically controls excess water flow for optimal performance
Low-flow Energy Efficient Design - Performs with variable-speed pumps and solar installations
Twist-Lock Hose - Reaches 39' with secure section connections

MX6 Elite
“The new MX6 is a highly efficient pool cleaning robot that features best-in-class vacuum power and programmed navigation for a comprehensively clean pool without the hassle. MX6 boasts an innovative low-flow design so it consumes less energy than any cleaner in its class, making it the ideal cleaner for pools with 2-speed or variable-speed pumps.”

Cyclonic Suction - Provides powerful suction and aggressive wall climbing.
X-Drive Navigation - Intelligent bi-directional navigation to thoroughly clean floor, walls, and waterline.
Optimized Flow Control - Automatically controls excess flow through cleaner for optimal performance and longevity.
Low-Flow Energy Efficient Design - Ultra efficient operation. Best choice for variable-speed and 2-speed pumps and solar.
Flex Power Turbine - Articulating turbine blades provide ultra-efficient operation, even on low-flow pumps.
Easy-Grip Handle - For easy removal and transport.
Quick Connect - Enables the quick secure attachment to the cleaner head
Twist Locking Hose - Provides a simple connection and reduces vacuum loss.

For me, I would say that if you have a larger pool -15K gallons or more than the MX8 Elite would be the better choice. It comes with more hoses and the wider cleaning path will allow it to cover the pool quicker than the MX6 Elite. On the flip side of you have a smaller pool I would go with the MX6 Elite as the default model.

The MX6 Elite is much lighter and is ideal for Variable Speed pumps. I have run it successfully from a side port connection on as little as 2300 RPM. Running the MX6 Elite with a VS pump will maximize your energy savings since it does not require high speed to operate at. There are also fewer parts to replace on the MX6 Elite vs the MX8 Elite and both pick up the same size debris in my opinion.

It can be a tough choice between the two and both have the exceptional climbing ability in a pool and will clean your pool from the floor to the waterline.

Friday, April 17, 2020

pH and Chlorine Kill Factor

The traditional thinking is that the lower the pH in your pool or spa the more effective the chlorine will be in the pool – the kill factor or killing form of chlorine (HOCI). This is perfectly true and scientifically proven. A pH of 8.5 means that there is only 10% of HOCI working in the water. A pH of 7.0 means that there is almost 80% of HOCI working in the water. This simply means that the chlorine will “kill” any viruses, bacteria, and disease-causing pathogens faster at a lower pH. But what if there was another factor in the pool water that could short circuit this relationship? Recent research leads us to believe that there is.

One of my hobbies is flying drones (Quadcopters). If you haven’t flown any drones before I suggest you try it as it is tons of fun and challenging. In the drone industry range is everything. I have one drone that has a 1.2-mile range if the signal is not obstructed. But in my area, there are a lot of things that will interfere with the signal between the controller and the drone. Wi-Fi signals from neighboring houses. Power lines. And any object like a building that gets between the controller and the drone (line of sight). This can cut the range of the drone down by half or even more. The 1.2-mile range is achievable only in ideal conditions with no interference.  We now believe the same is true with the relationship between the pH level, HOCI and Cyanuric Acid (CYA level).

Cyanuric Acid plays an important role in helping protect the chlorine from being used up rapidly by the Sun’s UV Rays. Cyanuric Acid works by bonding and un-bonding with the chlorine molecule which allows the chlorine to last longer in a pool during the peak of the season. The ideal CYA level is 30-50 ppm and anything higher than that can have a significant effect on the relationship with chlorine and the kill factor. New research points to the fact that the CYA in a pool has more of an effect on the HOCI effectiveness than the pH level.

If you pull up this chart you will see how the pool’s CYA level makes a pool with a pH of 7.4 just as effective as a pool with a pH of 8.0 with 30 ppm of CYA in the water. As opposed to a pool with no CYA in the water the pH at 7.4 allows for 50% of HOCI to be present and effective in the water. With a CYA level of 30 ppm, that same 7.4 pH reading allows for just 3% of HOCI to be present which is about the same as a pool with a pH of 8.0 and CYA at 30 ppm.

What does this mean? Basically, that if you are constantly chasing your pH level to keep it at 7.4 to make the chlorine in your pool more effective, with a CYA level of 30 ppm or above you are not making it more effective. A pH of 8.0 is just as effective in a pool with a CYA level of 30 ppm or higher. Just like the example of my drone above, the box says it has a 1.2-mile range, but in my area with the Wi-Fi interference and the line of sight obstructions the true range is maybe ½ mile. So ideally if I was in Idaho in an open field I could take that drone out to the 1.2-mile range. And in a pool with no CYA, a pH of 7.4 will yield 50% HOCI. But with the interference of the CYA in the water that same 7.4 pH will yield just 3% HOCI. My $1,000 drone has the same range as a $250 drone because of all of the interference in my area. The pH of 8.0 will have the same 3% HOCI as a pH of 7.4 in a pool with a CYA level of 30 ppm or more.   

I think in an outdoor pool treated with CYA you can stop chasing your pH and focus more on the LSI of a pool. The LSI (Langelier Saturation Index) is a better indicator of where your pH should be vs the potential kill factor rate. Keeping your pH at 7.4 with your LSI out of balance can make the pool water aggressive/corrosive. So instead you should be adjusting your pH based on what the LSI Index says about your pool water. Is your pool water scale forming or corrosive in relation to your pH level? Or is your water scale forming based on your pH level? That is the better application of the pH versus chasing the lower pH level to make your chlorine more effective in light of this new evidence of  the CYA, pH and HOCI relationship.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hayward Navigator & PoolVAc Pool Cleaner Ultimate Rebuild Guide: A-Frame & Turbine plus V-Flex Turbine

When your Hayward Navigator or PoolVac stops working, the usual suspect is the A-Frame and Turbine and in the newer V-Flex Models the bearings in the V-Flex Turbine. There are actually many variations of the Hayward cleaner with the same internal parts; Navigator V-Flex, Navigator Pro, PoolVac V-Flex, Pool Vac XL, Pool Vac Classic, Hayward Blu, Penguin AquaBug, Wanda the Whale along with the older Navigator and PoolVac Models.

The telltale sign that the part is not working correctly is that you will see the cleaner just sitting on the bottom not moving. If you lift it off the pool surface you may see the pods moving back and forth,  but when you put it back down, it just sits there like a rock. Typically that is the A-Frame/Turbine or the V-flex turbine depending on your vacuum model. The parts are relatively inexpensive and the part swap is relatively easy to do.

Here is the typical kit I recommend for any of these above vacuums except the V-Flex Models. This will get your cleaner moving again in no time and it is relatively easy to install.

Hayward AXV621DAT Pool Vac A-Frame/Turbine Kit
2 soft roller A-frames & bushings,
saddle, keeper, main turbine & bearings, hex head pod screws, pod screw washers.

If you have a V-flex cleaner it is even easier to repair. All you would need to do is remove the bottom and cover and drop in a new V-Flex Turbine with bearings. No real disassembly needed. This is the kit you will need for that repair.

Hayward Navigator V-Flex Turbine Kit HSXVV3000SAC
Turbine Kit - Includes Turbine & 2 Bearings

If you have an older cleaner and want to upgrade it to the V-Flex Turbine they sell two different kits. Why would you consider upgrading to the V-flex Turbine? The best reason is that it is a superior turbine in that it will “flex” and let larger debris into the cleaner. It is also an easier part to replace going forward since you just need to remove the old one and drop in a new one without disassembling the entire cleaner. All you need to do it open the bottom and remove the top.

Hayward Navigator Poolvac Ultra XL V-Flex Upgrade Kit VVX3000CKITWH
V-Flex Turbine kit
Bearing free A-Frame kit and retainer
Replacement Shoes (x4)
Replacement Wings (x2)
Suction inlet (Throat)Suction inlet (Throat) Product Description: Upgrade PoolVac or Navigator® suction cleaners with the latest patented V-Flex variable vane turbine technology.

Hayward Navigator Poolvac Ultra XL V-Flex Upgrade Kit PLUS VVX3000SCKITWH
V-Flex Turbine kit
Bearing free A-Frame kit and retainer
Replacement Shoes (x4)
Replacement Wings (x2)
Suction inlet (Throat)
Pod Kit
Front and Rear Flaps

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Polaris P39 Premium Pressure Side Swimming Pool Cleaner

The Polaris P39 is the sister cleaner to the Polaris 3900 Sport. It is a solid premium pressure side cleaner for your pool and is designed to last for years without parts or servicing. The P39 is sold exclusively at Leslie’s Pool Supplies and is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Here is more about the P39 from Polaris:

Combining legendary performance, incomparable convenience, and unmatched power to ensure cleaner, clearer pool water, the Polaris P39 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is the perfect addition to your swimming pool. Suitable for use with in-ground swimming pools of all surface types this cleaner sweeps and scrubs the pool's floor and walls with ease. The Polaris P39 is powered by a booster pump (not included) that allows the cleaner to easily pick up leaves, pebbles, and acorns.

The Polaris P39 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner is designed to bring your pool the most power of any cleaner by supplementing the pool's filtration system by circulating an additional 40 gallons of water per minutes though it's dual chamber zippered SuperBag to distribute cleaner, healthier water back into your pool. This results in more even temperature throughout the pool and brings you healthier pool water in less time. it's all-wheel PosiDrive system with durable stainless steel drive chain delivers up to 50% more torque for a faster clean, better maneuverability, and fewer hang-ups.

Pool Cleaner Features:
Pressure side pool cleaner
Suitable for use with in-ground pools
Works with all pool surfaces
All-Wheel PosiDrive with Stainless Steel Chain
WideTrax Tires
Dual Chamber SuperBag Debris Bag
Includes: Dual Chamber SuperBag Debris Bag and TailSweep PRO Scrubber (with 3 extra Scrubbers)
Not that the P39 will require a dedicated Cleaner Pump/Booster Pump installed at the equipment area. The cleaner works off of a dedicated return line powered by the Cleaner Pump and if you have an existing pressure side cleaner the P39 is a plug and play type upgrade. Simply disconnect your old pressure cleaner and plug the P39 into the threaded wall fitting.

The best feature of the P39 is that Polaris sells an entire rebuild kit for the cleaner for around $150.00. This means that after 5-6 years when the chain and bearings start to wear out, you simply drop in the rebuild kit and you essentially have an entirely new cleaner. Not only are the original parts long-lasting but the rebuild kit makes it simple to keep this cleaner running for years to come.

When you purchase the P39 you get Leslie’s 2-year warranty which is a better warranty than the Polaris 3900 Sport comes with and you get a very nice white color scheme. I prefer the white color and the white hoses because you can see those very easily in a pool and the white color scheme will go with any pool surface color. If you are in the market for a new pressure side cleaner, the P39 would be a great choice.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

ACID Magic the User Friendly Muriatic Acid: 90% Less Fumes!

Acid Magic is Hydrochloric Acid with the same strength as 31.45% Muriatic Acid but it has some great benefits over Muriatic Acid. Acid Magic has 90% fewer fumes than Muriatic Acid and it has a buffering agent that will protect your skin from getting burned. It also won’t etch the surface like Muriatic Acid and it is a safe alternative or as they say, a user-friendly form of Muriatic Acid.

Here is more about the product from the manufacturer Certol:
ACID Magic is a full-strength muriatic-based product formulated to ship, use, and store easier than standard muriatic acid. This revolutionary blend of proprietary ingredients offer the cleaning and pH reduction of powerful acids while providing increased usability.

• Tested safe in all heated/unheated pools.
• ACID Magic is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 50.
• Adjusts pool and spa water chemistry.
• Extremely effective acid wash.
• Cleans filters, chlorine generators, and meter electrodes.

• ACID Magic is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 60.
• Corrosion and scale control.
• Descaler.
• pH adjustment.

• Use to etch concrete in preparation for painting.
• Removes efflorescence from masonry.
• Cleans excess mortar from brick and cinder block.
• Removes rust, scale, mineral build-up, and stains.
• Certified NSF Category A3 and Certified Kosher for cleaning food processing equipment.
• Cleans tile and porcelain in restrooms and locker rooms.
• ACID Magic has many other uses, too!

• Up to 90% fewer fumes than standard muriatic acid.
• Buffering agents prevent burns to intact skin.
• Clean and clarify like full strength 20° Baume, 31.45%, muriatic acid.
• Use ACID Magic exactly as you would standard muriatic acid.

• Reduced fumes equal a better working environment. Also, less corrosion to storage areas, pump rooms, and equipment.
• Quarts and gallons ship Limited Quantity.
• Eliminates the risk of burns to intact skin.
• Less fuming means less evaporation of acid into the air.
• ACID Magic has all the strength of standard muriatic acid, but with less harmful effects

Monday, April 6, 2020

Polaris P40 Pressure Side Cleaner

The Polaris P40 is the sister cleaner to the Polaris Quattro Sport and it is the first real update of the Polaris Pressure Side Cleaner in over 40 years. Over the years Polaris has tweaked the design of the Polaris by changing the drive from a drive shaft to a belt and then to a chain, but the basic 3-wheel design stayed the same. The Polaris P40 is a huge leap forward in Pressure Side Cleaners.

The P40 is sold exclusively at Leslie’s Pool Supplies and is backed by Leslie’s 2 year warranty program. They offer rebates at the beginning of each season and typically it is $200 off the retail price, making the price of the P40 very reasonable. You are getting a lot of cleaner when you invest in the P40.

​There is a lot to like about the new P40 including the sleek design of the cleaner. With the internal debris canister, the cleaner looks very clean as it works its way around the pool. No more unsightly debris bag full of dirt and leaves on top. The four-wheel compact design also allows the cleaner to clean the entire pool including the floors, walls and the waterline. This is the only Pressure Cleaner that can do this.

​Here are some of the great new features of the P40:

Active Brushing
Equipped with rotating brushes that actively scrub and scour floors, walls and the waterline —P40 penetrates deep to remove fine, stuck-on debris.

Aggressive Wall Climbing
P40 boasts 4WD agility, enabling unmatched climbing to ensure superior cleaning from floor to waterline.

Dual-Stage Filtration
From leaves and acorns to sand and silt, the dual-stage filtration system collects both large debris and fine particulates.

Large Easy-Clean Debris Canister
P40  replaces the customary filter bag with a large capacity easy-clean debris canister and transparent window — allowing users to see when the canister is full, so they can simply remove, shake, and spray the canister clean.

Multi-Directional Navigation
Engineered to turn on a dime, its innovative navigation technology ensures quick, efficient and complete cleaning coverage for the entire pool.

 Looking at the Polaris P40, you will see a great combination of Polaris/Zodiac technology. It has a scrubbing brush on the front just like a robotic pool cleaner and a canister debris chamber taken right from their robotic cleaner line. Then you have the scrubbing assembly of the MX-8 Elite cleaner to give the P40 better traction on the walls and floor.

Instead of an external back-up valve, the P40 features an internal Directional Control Device that spins the cleaner out of the corner and step areas. This is also taken from the MX-8 Elite cleaner. The cleaning time and pattern are much tighter without the 30 second back up cycle every 2 minutes which means the P40 can run for a shorter time and clean a pool much more effectively.

Combine all of this with the large debris opening and 3 Venturi of the Polaris Pressure Cleaners and you have the most innovative cleaner on the market today.  

​The Polaris P40 requires a separate booster pump installed in the equipment area. If you are upgrading from an existing Pressure Side Cleaner the P40 will work fine as it uses the same wall adapter and booster pump as your old cleaner. The Polaris P40 is sold only at your local pool store or you can purchase it from your local pool service provider. It is not sold online.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Scaling and Etching of Swimming Pool Plaster

A rough to the feel pool surface is a real issue that many pool owners face. The plaster may feel like very rough sandpaper and may even cut your hands and feet when you go swimming. But there are technically two different situations that can cause this, scale and etching. Each of these conditions will leave the plaster feeling rough to the touch, but each is a very different condition.

Scale is formed when the water becomes scale forming and calcium will build up on the surface. Using the LSI (Langelier Saturation Index) is one way to tell if your pool water is scale forming or corrosive (etching). If the water is scale forming a product that removes the scale would be something that can be used to reverse the rough plaster surface.

SC-1000 Scale and Metal Control
“SC-1000 is one of the original Orenda Products, and was originally used in industrial cooling towers and water treatment facilities.

SC-1000 contains no phosphates, unlike most metal control products available. This is meaningful because those same products (many of which are phosphate-based) would directly conflict with phosphate removal efforts…but SC-1000 will not. Combined with Orenda’s PR-10,000 phosphate remover, the two products work in harmony.

When applied as directed, SC-1000 controls metal staining and scale while being fully compatible with the materials of pool & spa construction and other treatment chemicals. It can also do wonders for removing existing scale in pool heaters, salt chlorine generators and other equipment.

The SC-1000′s formulation was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Green Chemistry Award for its implementation of environment-friendly chemical technology.”

Here is more about the difference between scale and etching from Orenda Technologies:
“Scale (calcium carbonate) is formed when too much calcium is in solution in the water, and it falls out of solution and hardens on surfaces. It will be evident on the face of the tile, inside pipes and heat exchangers, salt cells, etc. The hotter the water, the more likely scale will occur. It occurs due to an LSI violation of being above +0.30 on the LSI.

Calcite Crystals occur when not enough calcium is present in the water, and the water stays cold for a prolonged period of time. The water is aggressive because it is hungry for more calcium…it seeks equilibrium and wants to be properly saturated. It will extract calcium from wherever it can. The most available source? Plaster and grout. Crystallized calcium is usually some form of calcite that grows out of the plaster surface and hardens. We know of at least 4 different types of calcite crystals. SC-1000 can help soften some of the types, but not all. Unfortunately, some types of crystals require physically grinding them away.

SC-1000 is not a replacement for balancing your water. It also cannot reverse etching already done. Because of this, if you’re going to stray from the LSI safe zone, err to the high side, because the scale is treatable. The etching is permanent.”

If your pool has scale it can be treated and slowly reversed but like Orenda Technologies states, etching is permanent so it is very important to check your LSI or get the LSI checked so you know if you have scale or etching in the pool since both feels very much the same to the touch.

For the complete podcast series with Orenda:
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 1 of 6: Virtual Classroom and App (Episode 325):
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 2 of 6: Phosphates (Episode 326):
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 3 of 6: Enzyme Treatment (Episode 327):
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 4 of 6: High CYA (Episode 328):
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 5 of 6: Balancing the LSI (Episode 329):
Orenda Technologies Water Quality Issues Series Part 6 of 6: Scaling & Etching (Episode 330):