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    Hi folks,

    Just wanted to thank everyone again for your invaluable help here.
    In my short time here I now feel like I'm actually in charge of my pool for the first time - due wholly to the vast wealth of knowledge in here that is freely shared.

    Here's my latest pulse:
    • FC: 3.5
    • CC: 0
    • pH: 7.6
    • TA: 50
    • CYA: 72
    • CH: 70
    • Salt: 4220


    Finally got CYA up to where I want it now - took a few weeks, but I went slowly as advised. Hoping to be able to keep it here now.
    FC is down a fraction, but the low light on the SWG has been on for a few days and I fixed that last night with a bag of salt so should be able to top up FC a bit - I'm aiming for between 5 and 6.

    pH was at 8 yesterday, but a short dose of acid has brought it down to 7.6 which I am happy with

    Haven't been to the pool shop for anything recently except to look at a new cleaner.
    Managed to find Washing Soda in the supermarket ($AU 4 / kg) and Acid at the hardware store ($AU 15 / 5 litres).

    Any other tips for me?
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Your all over it Sal!

    How is your pH tracking?

    Just watch that your FC doesn't get too low. With CYA of 70, I wouldn't let it go any lower than 5 FC. Hot weather in particular could see you come unstuck.
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    Hey Jezza,

    Thanks, its starting to make sense now !

    pH has been pretty good recently. 7.2 on New Years day and gradually rose over the last 3 weeks to a high of 8 yesterday which I brought back down to 7.6 last night with a splash of Acid.
    TA has been really constant at between 50 and 60 ever since I started checking it.
    Now that I have CYA up at 70, I know my target range for FC is 5 - 6, maybe even up closer to 7.
    With all my vacuuming to waste FC has been up and down a bit, but all that is done now so FC is my primary concentration now - just need to get the FC/pH/CYA balance right and I reckon the rest seems to be pretty stable.

    How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Pretty overcast and yuk here this weekend !
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    That's great Sal -sounds like you've got pH under control!

    We've just had a mild week of cooler weather -now heating up again!
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    Hey, Sal! Hope you got that FC level up. No algae blooms allowed!!!

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    Don't worry Marian, I couldn't stand the shame of an algae bloom now - lol !!!!
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    FC up to 6 now Marian
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Man over the course of time, you are going to be amazed how easy it is to maintain a beautiful pool using TFP method.
    and cheap too! Nice job you're doing!
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Quote Originally Posted by Salsiccia View Post
    Hi folks

    ...
    Any other tips for me?
    Don't have a nap when the hose is in the pool.

    Bought one of these today.

    Steve.
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    That is really cool. Could be very handy for out of town use especially. What is the name of that product?
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    A great idea but a dud name if you ask me. A topperupper. I saw it in the shop when I was organising all my solar heating. But when I googled 'swimming pool top up float valve' I got nothing, plenty of other float valves but not that one. Not in eBay and when I did find their web site I had to open an account just to get a shipping cost. A good product or idea, they've sent a lot on r&d but I think they could do much better.

    Wouldn't be to hard to make one, I couldn't find a side entry float valve in the US but we have them hear for arround $30. 4 2" elbows, 2 2" forcet tees for the weighted section, a float valve and a hose connector. We use snap connectors on our hoses which makes the connection easy, the US has never really embraced the snap connections on garden hoses.
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Naw, we got 'em.

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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Must vary by state, I've been in Home depo, lowes, target and a few others in LA lots over the years and never seen them.
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    Real stores carry them... Hahaha!

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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Quote Originally Posted by AUSpool View Post
    Don't have a nap when the hose is in the pool
    LOL - That sounds the voice of experience !!
    I like the idea of that device too - nice and simple.
    Fortunately I've not fallen for that trick yet, but its only a matter of time I'm sure !
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Quote Originally Posted by Salsiccia View Post
    FC up to 6 now Marian
    FC still at 6 Marian

    BTW - Happy Australia Day to all us Aussies:
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    Re: Getting the hang of it

    Happy, happy! We have the Open (tennis) on now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Happy, happy! We have the Open (tennis) on now!
    That's the city that Wheelie and I are in Marian - enjoy our sunny holiday today
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    Serena wins. Good tennis to follow! Enjoy your day!!!

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    That's ironic - Tennis is being played 25kms down the road from me and I'm getting real time updates from the other side of the planet !!!!
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