Swimming Pool Blog

- Pool Pumps
  • Clogged Pool Pump Impeller
    A clogged pool pump impeller will reduce your water flow by 50-80%, and needs to be fixed quickly, before your water quality suffers. Here's How to Identify, Correct and Prevent clogged impellers.
    Friday, September 05, 2014 10:22 AM
  • 21 Causes for Swimming Pool Pump Failure
    Here's my list of 21 causes for swimming pool pump failure -or- 21 Pool Pump Pitfalls to Avoid. Follow these quick tips to make sure your pool pump lasts as long as it can, but if you need a reason to buy a new pump, the Hayward VS pumps, with 75% electrical savings on inground pools is quite an incentive!
    Friday, July 25, 2014 3:33 PM
  • Variable Speed Pool Pump Installation
    ...aside from programming your new pump, which can take the place of a time clock, a VS pump installs in the same manner as a regular pump.
    Tuesday, March 04, 2014 4:44 PM
  • Pool Pump Parts: All You Need to Know
    Pool pump parts - anyone can understand how a pump works, the most important thing is that it must be water tight and air tight. And, of course, it does need water too!
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:42 PM
  • How to Size a Pool Pump
    Rob Cox
    How to properly size a replacement pool pump. You could either a). replace with the same pump model and size, or b). install a variable speed pump (which doesn't need sizing), or c). do a little mathematics with three pieces of information. (pool gallonage, desired flow rate, and total resistance in your pool system). Wahoo!
    Friday, July 05, 2013 5:36 PM
  • Pump & Filter Reassembly & Lubrication
    Rob Cox
    Lubrication of your pool pump and filter, how and what to lube. What lubricant to use on pool o-rings? Use Teflon lube exclusively. This post hosts a video showing Rob Cox using Magic Lube on the inground pool pumps and DE filter - and other things, at Joe Coxes house in Chevy Chase, Md.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:45 PM
  • How to Test a Pool Pump Capacitor
    Rob Cox
    test a pool pump capacitor
    If your pool pump is not starting, but instead gives a 'hum' or a 'nnngh!' type of sound, you may have a capacitor problem. This sound will usually continue until the circuit breaker trips. The capacitor is kind of like a battery to start the pump motor, but what it really does is put the power out of phase on the stator thus "shading" the motor windings, causing the motor to begin to turn.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:25 AM
  • Anthony Pools Bronze Pump motor replacement
    Rob Cox
    To Rebuild or Replace the pump motor? That is the question - of this blog post. If you have a few hand tools, a motor and a shaft seal, you can replace your own Anthony pool pump motor. Don't just throw out the old bronze pump, just because it's old - the Anthony bronze pump is a workhorse and will never crack or split, like plastic pumps.
    Saturday, May 26, 2012 7:09 AM
  • How to wire a 2-speed pool pump
    wiring a two speed pool pumpYour new 2-speed pool pump finally arrived, the product of your long study of energy efficient pool pumps (now required in many states). It may come as a surprise to you that your existing pool timeclock no longer seems to be suitable for a 2 speed motor. Sad, but true. 2 speed motors need to have a third wire, the low speed wire, coming from the timeclock. These types of pool and spa timeclocks are known as DPDT (Double Pole, Double Throw).
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:36 PM
  • Swimming Pool Heat Pump Installation
    You may have heard that pool heat pumps operate for pennies per day - that's true! But did you know that they're also very simple to install. In this blog post, we'll discuss the finer points of pool heat pump installation, with the hope that you will find it easy enough to tackle as a DIY pool heating project.
    Monday, March 19, 2012 4:31 PM
  • How to wire a variable speed pool pump
    intelliflo pump wiring instructionsWiring a variable speed pump, sounds intimidating, but don't let the title scare you. It's actually quite simple to wire up a new variable speed pool pump, either from Pentair (Intelliflo pictured, left), or Hayward. This will be a short topic, because wiring a variable speed pump is less complicated than wiring a 2 speed pump, which requires a different time clock, and an extra (low speed) wire.
    Sunday, March 11, 2012 1:39 PM