Poolside Chat Episode #25: Used & Refurbished Pool Equipment

Poolside Chat Episode #25: Used & Refurbished Pool Equipment

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Is there an Inyo Pools Clearance section, for reduced or scratch and dent products?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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Is Speck’s Badu EcoMV Variable Speed Pump Right For You?

With variable speed pumps dominating the pool industry on energy efficiency and savings, it is no surprise that manufacturers are improving the quality and the longevity of their variable speed pumps.  Speck Pumps are taking things to the next level with their latest pump, the Badu EcoMV. The Badu EcoMV is Speck’s answer to the popular green revolution happening in variable speed pumps today. Inspired by German engineers, the Badu EcoMV is quiet and efficient, yet powerful enough to operate on a variety of pool sizes. So, what exactly makes the Badu EcoMV different than the other variable speeds being released? Is Speck’s Badu EcoMV variable speed pump for you? Let’s explore.  (more…)

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Which above ground pool cleaner is best for me?

Automatic Cleaners for Above Ground Pools

I’m not saying I’m old or anything, but I remember when swimming pools didn’t have automatic pool cleaners. At that time I had in-ground pool maintenance routes and was somewhat threatened when people started to buy them for their pools. It didn’t take long to realize that auto cleaners were no threat to regular professional maintenance, but nonetheless they were here to stay.

Automatic pool cleaners haven’t changed much since, but they did go through some bumps and turns. For a time there was a battle between the suction type and the pressure cleaners. The suction type won. Polaris had a great cleaner early on. It was the best for picking up lots of leaves and larger debris, but was really pricey as it had to have its own pump and a separate water line plumbed into the pool. They tried to make a cheaper version and even went for a suction one, but they never worked as well.  There was also the introduction of the robotic pool cleaners a little later. These are kind of neat, but have always been too expensive to become popular in the market. (more…)

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should i put vaselien on my rubber gaskets?

Poolside Chat Episode #24: Can I Use Vaseline On My O-Rings?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Can I use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my pump and filter o-rings?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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Pentair MiniMax NT Heater Error Codes

Reading, understanding, and diagnosing Pentair MiniMax NT heater error codes are understandably confusing for the typical pool owner. In fact, it can be very difficult for any pool owner regardless of his/her skill set. It is simply the nature of the beast.

Troubleshooting and diagnosing technical issues can be more difficult online. It seems like a catch-22 to me, though. The Internet allows us to have instant access to tons of information right at our fingertips. Still, with all the information available, sometimes it can convolute the information and cause even more confusion. It is very similar to when you are trying to diagnose why your back is hurting. Twenty minutes into reading WebMD and you are halfway to diagnosing yourself with cancer. It can be a very slippery slope.

Diagnosing technical issues on older products is in it’s own league. User manuals and technical documents weren’t as informative for the reader like they are now. Today, manufacturers are more tuned in to their customers’ needs. Although the Pentair MiniMax NT heater was manufactured over a decade ago, we still run into pool owners who still own and love their heater and would prefer to fix the issue than purchase a new one.

As I began my research on the Pentair MiniMax NT error codes, I immediately noticed the lack of resources for this heater. Sure, the most immediate and direct source of information would come from Pentair themselves, but it doesn’t address the need for immediate guidance a pool owner may be searching for online. If you have a Pentair MiniMax NT and are experiencing technical issues, this blog is for you.  (more…)

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