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Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:24 pm Post subject: ANY IDEAS PLEASE ????
Okay, I had a leak in the pipes underneath the skimmers. I have dug out the earth and found the leak, cut out the cracked part of the thick grey standard plastic tube, no problem. However, I can't now attach the hard plastic connector to the existing tube as the tube appears to have swollen. The new pipe is dark grey and the existing pipe which was dark grey is a little paler and may have been affected by chlorine?
Does anyone have a solution or know of any other flexible connectors or jubilee type standard fittings for pool pipes ?
Joined: Apr 24, 2008 Posts: 234 Location: Ninfield and Puerto Marina
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:54 pm Post subject:
firstly, how much has the pipe "swollen"? If it is fairly similar, then you might be able to sandpaper the outside of the piece of pipe that will go inside the other so that it fits. Some soap or other lubricant may help get the two together.... Or you could try gently heating the outer pipe (GENTLY!! as you don't want it to melt, just expand slightly. Then try to fit them.... Other than that, I'll leave it to any expert pool man to come along.... Hope that helps!!
Joined: Nov 06, 2008 Posts: 327 Location: Lubrin (Almeria)
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:25 am Post subject:
Hi Becca, did you fix it?
If not, a question. How old do you reckon the cracked pipe was. Regrettably pools only seem to last 8 to 10 years without a complete overhaul and repiping and maybe retiling - pm if it's an old pool and you want peace of mind for another 8 to 10 years!
Hi Popeye - thanks for your post. Its fixed for now ( or should i say bodged for now !) Yep its 10 years old and will need an overhaul but that will have to be next year ! I'll be back again when it finally gives up !
I would like your experience to be a warning to other pool owners who place chlorine tablets in their skimmer baskets.
We have recently been involved in re-plumbing a pool, the flexible pipe used originally to the skimmers had been badly affected by the chlorine but when we got to where the leak was - at the vacuum hose connection the flexible pipe was almost as new with just a minute bit of discolouration but not distorted in anyway.
So as we have said for many years - When you administer Chlorine via the skimmer baskets this is what happens to the whole pool filtration system - when the pump is stopped the tablets are still dissolving yet the chlorine is going nowhere so it sits and attacks the plastic around it.
We have always warned of this and reccommended as a minimum you should use a floating Chlorine tablet dispenser if you cannot afford the correct dosing equipment.
To re-pipe a whole pool will cost a considerable amount, pulling up the pool area back to the filtration system, possible replacement of the skimmers etc.
Having the correct system initially will save a small fortune in the future. Someone is bound to say - it says "place tablets in Skimmer basket" well they would wouldn't they, the tablets dissolve much quicker in there with the water rushing past so you buy more - simply just that.
Yes put in 2 tablets if the Chlorine level is too high - Absolute Max 3ppm
preferably 1~2ppm you can adjust a small ring at the bottom of the floater which will close off the holes at the bottom and if not enough then open the holes.
the most critical thing when using Chlorine tablets is the levels of stabiliser introduced, this must be controlled and aim for no more than 50ppm.
This can only be controlled by changing some of the water with fresh water which is what happens when you backwash the filter and then top-up with fresh.
Not the same as topping up with water when you loose it through evaporation.
Stabiliser does not evaporate, it stays in the pool until you drain water out.
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