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Glossary of Terms

Filter Canister Terms

Face Plate: Square plastic frame that screws canister to liner on SFS canisters.
 
Filter Strainer Basket: Plastic strainer found in SFS, SFX, RP, RX, and CP-2000 filtration systems that collects debris.
 
Filter Canister: Filtration system that has a filter inside with a pump attached to circulate and clean water.
 
Filter Cartridge: Heavy duty pleated round paper tubes that filter the water as it circulated through the pump. A/C type filters fit CP-2000, SFS1000, SFS2000, RP800, RP1000, RP2000, RX1000, RX1500, RX2000, SFX1000 SFS1500 Filtration Systems. D type filters fit SFS600, SFS400, RP600, RP400, SFX600, and RX600 Filtration Systems.
 
Gasket: Round or square rubber piece that seals fittings and connections of the pool and keeps water from leaking.
 
Hose Clamp: Adjustable metal or plastic circular clamp, attaches hose to connections, tightens with plastic knob or screwdriver head fitting.
 
Model Number: Identifying number found on canister label or exterior of canister.
 
Motor Seal: Gasket that provides water-tight seal between motor and canister.
 
Motor Seal Nut: Thread lock bottom for SFX filtration systems.
 
Motor Seal Gasket: Small round gasket that helps provide a seal between motor and filter case.
 
O-Rings: Round rubber ring that seals connections and keeps parts from leaking water.
 
Retaining Nut: Black nut used at the bottom of the canister to secure pump in most filter systems.
 
Return/Suction Hose: White plastic hose that connects between pool wall fittings and filtration canisters.
 
Service Plug (RF Plug): Hat-shaped black plug used to seal return so hose can be removed.
 
SFX Adapter Kit: adapter kit which converts the Square Opening for an SFS liner to a Round Opening for an SFX Canister Filtration System.
 
Skimmer Seal Ring: Lock ring that secures canister to liner.
 
Strainer Basket: White plastic basket that fits into skimmer system to catch larger debris.
 
Suction Fitting: Primary screened component of Suction Fitting Assembly that is responsible for water flow to the filtration system.
 
Valve Stem: Capped valve that allows inflation of all Ring pools.
 
Vent Screw: Allows air to be released from CP-2000c, RP and RX Filtration Systems. Vent Screw is part of the seal top of listed filtration systems
 
Wall Fittings: Various plastic pieces that connect hoses and filter systems to the pool.
 
Water Cap (SF Cap): Clear cap utilized to seal suction fitting allowing hose to be disconnected without water loss.
 
Water Stopper: Round rubber stopper used to seal canister inlet during troubleshooting and maintenance.
 
Weir: Floating white plastic flap on face of all skimmer canisters that helps catch floating debris.
 
 

Frame Terms

Beam Plugs: Black plastic cap that goes into each outside end of the horizontal beams on all Oval Ring Pools.
 
Frame: Metal poles consisting of Horizontal, Vertical, and T-shaped pieces.
 
Horizontal Beams: Oblong, Oval or Round metal beams that connect horizontally to the T-fittings.
 
Leg Caps: Black plastic Round, Oval, or Oblong parts that keep the legs from sinking into the ground.
 
Pins and Grommets: Connect the metal frame pieces together on frame pools.
 
Pipe Caps: Black plastic caps that goes into all U-shaped pipes on oval or rectangle pools
 
T-fittings: Round, Oval, or Oblong T-shaped metal piece that connects horizontal beams with vertical legs on all metal frame pools.
 
U-Shape Pipe: These are the metal parts used for vertical legs on the oval and rectangle shaped pools.
 
V-Shaped Spring Pin: Spring pin used inside vertical legs to lock the legs to the horizontal beams.
 
Vertical Legs: Oblong, Oval or Round metal legs that connect vertically to the T-fittings.
 
 

Liner Terms

Drain Cap: White plastic cap that screws onto drain hole of canister or pool liner.
 
Drain Plug: Plug found on the interior side of the drain cap. Must be pulled to release water from liner.
 
Dry Patch: Small patch of peel-and-stick vinyl that must be applied when pool liner is dry and clean.
 
Face Plate: Square plastic frame that screws canister to liner on SFS canisters.
 
Internal Check Valve: Small flap inside valve stem that helps keep air from escaping.
 
Liner: PVC material that holds the water.
 
Model Number: Identifying number found on side of pool or on pump.
 
Pool Cover: PVC material that covers the pool and has a rope to secure them.
 
Top Ring: Top portion of a Ring pool that you must be inflated before filling with water.
 
Valve Stem: Capped valve that allows inflation of all Ring pools.
 
Wet Patch: Small patch of vinyl that can be applied with an adhesive while there is water in the pool.
 
 

​Order-Related Terms

 Proof of Purchase (POP): Original store receipt, an online order confirmation showing that the item is paid for, gift receipt showing item, or a layaway receipt showing the final payment was made. Valid proof-of-purchase must include purchase place (store), date of purchase and the item purchased.
 
Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA): Any item that is being sent back to Polygroup must have this number written on the outside of the box.
 
Sticky: Standard format for notating an order.  Pools or Trees each have a unique format for notes, which may be found in PORT, under “Systems: Notating an Account”. Term comes from 'Sticky Note', as in Post-It notes.
 
 

Pool Accessories Terms

Canopy: Half dome shape cover that attaches to pool to create shade.
 
Pool Canopy Poles: Set of 3 sectional metal poles which may be assembled to support the pool canopy accessory above the pool surface.
 
Return Sprayer: Fitting that attaches to return side and when pump is on. Creates a shower or fountain type effect.
 
Solar Blanket: PVC material cover that helps pool water stay warm.
 
Solar Mats: Black mat that water runs through and uses solar energy to heat the pool water.
 
Telescoping Pole: Aluminum pole that is extendable in length and attaches to vacuum heads and leaf net.
 
UV Sanitizer: Filtration system that uses ultraviolet light to eliminate harmful waterborne pathogens without chemicals.
 
UV Tubes: Ultraviolet light tubes used in the UV sanitizers.
 
Vacuum Adapter: White plastic part that sits inside the skimmer, on top of the filter, and connects to vacuum hose for pool maintenance.
 
Vacuum Head: Blue plastic part that cleans the bottom of the pool. Telescoping pole and vacuum hose/water hose attach to it.
 
 

Pump Terms

Gasket: Round or square rubber piece that seals fittings and connections of the pool and keeps water from leaking.
 
GFCI plug: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Built-in circuit breaker in cord designed to reduce risk of electrical shock.
 
Impeller: White plastic fins on rotor assembly that moves water inside pump.
 
Magnetic Main Body: Large square black plastic housing for the magnet that makes the rotor spin. Has the electrical cord and GFCI attached.
 
Model Number: Identifying number found on bottom of SFS or RS style pumps, or below the pump discharge on SFX or RX style pumps.
 
Motor: Sealed magnetic coil, which produces a magnetic field.  This magnetic field causes the rotor assembly to turn within the pump chamber.
 
Motor Seal: Gasket that provides water-tight seal between motor and canister.
 
Motor Seal Nut: Thread lock bottom for SFX filtration systems.
 
Motor Seal Gasket: Small round gasket that helps provide a seal between motor and filter case.
 
O-Rings: Round rubber ring that seals connections and keeps parts from leaking water.
 
Pump: Connects to the canister to circulate the water. Consists of magnet base with GFCI cord, volute housing and rotor assembly.
 
Red Locking Pin: This red locking pin is required to lock the pump into place into the canister to keep it from spinning around when servicing the pump. Attaches to the bottom of any size X-series pumps with 4 screws.
 
Rotor Assembly: Moving part inside the pump that spins and circulates the water. Consists of magnetic axle and impeller on a shaft with two end caps.  [Added] The rotor assembly sits within the pump, but is not physically connected.
 
Rubber End Cap: Black rubber top hat shaped part that goes onto both ends of the shaft of the rotor assembly.
 
Shaft: Porcelain rod that connects the magnetic bottom half of rotor assembly to top plastic half. On smaller pumps the shaft may be metal.
 
Volute Housing: Black plastic cover that screws onto F series pumps. Keeps rotor assembly in place and directs the water flow.
 
 

Water Quality Terms

1-inch Chlorine Tablets: Used to disinfect pool water and help control algae growth.
 
Algaecides: Used to eliminate algae.
 
Chlorine: Chemical most often used to keep swimming pools free of bacteria.
 
Chlorine Dispenser (supplied with filter): Used to dispense 1-inch Chlorine tablets ONLY.
 
Leaf Net with handle: Blue and white net that attaches to pole to allow collection of leaves and other larger debris from pool. This is included with the standard maintenance kit or deluxe maintenance kit.
 
pH Control Chemicals: Used to adjust pH levels Up (Soda Ash) or Down (Acid).
 
pH Level: The acid-alkaline balance of pool water. If kept at proper level, helps sanitizes work better and keeps burning eyes to a minimum.
 
Superchlorinator aka "Shock": Used to destroy combined chlorine, ammonia, nitrogen and organic compounds.
 
Test Kit: Used to check chlorine and pH levels of pool water.
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