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Post  roddie on Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:34 pm

Advent model 400 table radio (mono-circa 1970's) connected to a laptop via 1/8" stereo male cable (into the laptop's headphone jack) terminating to L/R RCA males.. into a mono-splitter cable.. back into the Advent's single RCA Aux. input.

Speaker is a single small 8ohm bookshelf unit.. matching the output resistance of the Advent's amplifier. Simple! Connect/match a single speaker cabinet's polarity - to - and + to + ... and enjoy some simple monaural tunes!




I was the DJ this afternoon.. and played an eclectic mix for Lynne while she floated around in the pool! Some "Janis Joplin" (Big Brother and the Holding Co.).. some Linda Ronstadt.. some Fleetwood Mac.. and some "Burton Cummings"... who she'll be seeing "in concert" with my mom.. for my mom's b-day.. (I have a gig that day.. Mad ) at the Stadium theater in Woonsocket, RI. If you're a "Guess Who" fan.. Burton Cummings is simply AMAZING!!!



Lynne sings quite well... (that's how we met.. Karaoke..) and we will be gearing-up to perform.. hopefully soon. She's a "Blues singer".. and can sing the $#it out of anything that she feels! We'll be a force to be reckoned with.. once we get our $#it together...
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Post  getback on Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:47 am

Nice looking set up for an afternoon of relaxing ! we use to have a pool and last time I got it out after a missed yr or two the rodents had gotten to it and used it for nesting LOL . That's sounds like a great line up of Oldie Goldie's , I seen the Guess Who in the 70s and they were Fantastic that was there last tour together , didn't know Burton was still out there doing it ? Hope you and Lynne can get your stuff together and make it happen Ya'll make a good team . This Site Rocks!
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Pool closing today

Post  roddie on Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:27 pm

Here's a Roddie-tip for help installing a pool-cover to a round above-ground pool at closing.

#1. Find a pool-girl. This is my wife Lynne.. She's my pool-girl!



survey area.. and clear obstructions such as fire-pit bowls..  



Lay the cover out flat, top-side up and thread the cable through the covers' eyelet-grommets if not already done..




Now comes the ingenious Roddie part of the operation. Laughing Obtain 3 weights.. that can be hooked to the covers' grommets.. spaced equidistant half-way around. I use three 5-gal pails with coat-hanger wire hooks around the handles.




:lol!:This may look stupid.. but it works great!



Pretty-much self-explanatory. The cover won't fall in when it's being pulled-across the top of the pool.. and it's self-centering too. Carabiners for attachment would be nice if I had them. Maybe next year!

The pump's electrical-ground/bonding-post repair that I made last Spring, held-up well.



Lynne bought a "Pentair" Kreepy Krawly E-Z VAC (tm) this year. Guess who had to set it up... What? It's water-powered.. and its hose connects to a fitting that you install in the skimmer-bowl. It traverses the entire pool liner.. including climbing the walls.. in 6-8 hours. This is providing that certain stars line-up.. and the moon is in Saturn. Otherwise it misses areas.. even if it's left to run all day..  Laughing

Seriously though.. it's quite a sophisticated POS. The pools' water return hose is directed through a fitting in the pool-wall with an adjustable "eyeball-diverter" on the inside that swivels. It's a standard means of controlling the rate of circulation. This can alter the vac's cleaning-path if/when it's connecting-hose passes near the water-stream, causing the vac to miss some areas. So... Mad  I had to install a "special" eyeball-diverter; included in the kit.. which diverts the flow 90 degrees minimum.. and more if swiveled. Aiming it "down" proved to be the least invasive to this marvel of engineering's automatic-operation. This is after hours of F*&#ing with different eyeball-diverter angles.. Oh and one more thing.. the ladder impeded its operation too, and needed to be removed. Something you don't want to do every time you vac the pool.

I'm glad it's over for this year. It was a high-maint. season with the Gypsy/Winter-moth caterpillar infestation that this area saw this Summer. It was terrible. You could hear them eating the leaves at night when it was quiet. Many deciduous tree varieties as well as conifers were attacked. Strange to see that happen to conifers.. but it looked like Winter seeing the Oaks and many other leaf-bearing trees eaten bare. The streets were covered with caterpillar dung.. where tree branches overhung. The moths were so bad for a few days.. you literally had to cover your mouth when outdoors.. to avoid breathing them in.
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Post  Marleysky on Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:27 pm

Roddie, I didn't hear any music or singing during in installation of the winter cover on the pool? Ya got dem oh it's gonna get cold again, blues? Brrr, not looking forward to winter.
Nice job with the 5gal buckets., that was my job with my brother in laws pool, till their kids got old enough to help out. It was a small price to pay for pool privileges during the heat of summer.
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Post  roddie on Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:21 am

Marleysky wrote:Roddie, I didn't hear any music or singing during in installation of the winter cover on the pool? Ya got dem oh it's gonna get cold again, blues?  Brrr, not looking forward to winter.
Nice job with the 5gal buckets., that was my job with my brother in laws pool, till their kids got old enough to help out. It was a small price to pay for pool privileges during the heat of summer.

lol! I got dem' "oh.. it's gonna get cold again.." blues Man! lol! That's what we get here in New England! It's silly.. A few night's ago.. it got down to 34F.. Today was 78F. Forecast is for mid-80's peak-daytime over the next 48 hrs. Being New England.. there will be rain.. and it usually occurs when temps drop and the pressure rises. Can mess with the inner-ear.. and suddenly feel freakin' COLD! I think it's the barometric-pressure variations that mess with us. This region sees it all; four distinct "New England-style" seasons..

Shocked Shocked I need to run the snow-thrower.. and make sure it runs right.. Laughing

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A little update..

Post  roddie on Mon May 29, 2017 7:52 pm

I'm bumping this thread rather than starting another. I don't think I told this story.. We closed the pool last October.. and all was good. We've used a pool-cover pump in the off-season.. since having this pool. It's automatic.. and sits atop the cover in the center. Its purpose is to pump rainwater off the cover. It's freeze-protected.. has a sensor/float.. a power-cord and a garden-hose connection. Simple to install. Well.. it started to malfunction during the 2015/2016 season of use.. so we bought a new one last year. We bought a different brand.. a "Wayne" cover-pump, rated at "up to" 3000gal./hr... Wow! I installed it and washed my hands of "pool-boy" duty until Spring of 2017.. or so I thought...  Shocked

We got a lot of snow here in Rhode Island last Winter. February 9th saw a blizzard of over a foot of snow.




On the morning of Feb. 11th.. I woke up before my wife Lynne.. and sauntered into the kitchen where the swimming-pool is clearly visible through the sliding doors leading out to the deck.. and notice that the pool-cover has fallen into the pool..  Shocked  and I don't see any water..  Shocked  Shocked



Now.. I'm really reluctant to tell Lynne.. because this swimming-pool is her sanctuary.. her paradise.. her "everything". (seriously..) so I already know that as "pool-boy"..  I'm screwed. She freaks when I show her what happened. There's 18+ inches of snow.. and I go outside to further-assess the situation.

The grommets had torn-out of the cover.. and were dangling from the cable which did not break.



The cover-pump had emptied the pool in probably less than two hours after the cover fell in.



So.. I was faced with refilling the pool with "some" water.. after much discussion. This sucked.. because I hadn't drained the garden-hoses that Fall. They were coiled/frozen outside..  and stiff. Mad Mad Mad

So.. I bring them inside and run the bathroom shower to thaw them out..



You know what comes next.. turn-on the outside water in the basement.. bring the thawed garden-hoses back outside in the freezing weather.. and put water back in the pool.




You simply can't make this stuff up..
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fast-forward from February's antics..

Post  roddie on Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:00 pm

Lynne's pool has been looking good.. despite the caterpillar infestation that we saw last May/June..



She's currently vacuuming it.. and listening to Pandora (John Meyer genre/mix) through an iHome Bluetooth-capable unit that I got as a Christmas-gift from work.



The red bowl is my "redneck excursion-cone" and is aimed toward the pool. You can do the same thing by placing just your mobile-phone in a small bowl on a low table or on the floor. The speaker should face "into" the bowl.. but not be blocked. You'd be surprised at how much better you can hear it.
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