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    Welcome to the swamp!

    It's that time of year again! I'm debating spending some money on a "hard" loop-loc cover that will keep out rain and sunlight so the water doesn't look like this every time we open the pool.

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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    A cover won't do much more than keep debris out.

    If you follow the TFP methods and close/open early, more often than not, most have opened to blue water.

    Good looking area btw. I have grasses like that but they are about 2 feet in size, wow those are huge!
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    LOL That's the way I feel.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Did you just open? We recommend opening before the water hits 60 degrees. That's about when algae likes to pick up.

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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

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    Did you just open? We recommend opening before the water hits 60 degrees. That's about when algae likes to pick up.
    Yes, today. I'll start the SLAM soon after the pool guys get done with the opening stuff. Never heard the 60 degree recommendation before, I'll think about that for next year. And as far as the cover goes, I was told that a cover that doesn't allow rain or sun in will keep the water clear until you open. Is that false?
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    yes it's false.

    all it does is keep junk out of the pool.

    The reason most pools turn green is lack of chlorine when the water gets to 60
    then the algae starts.

    Now if you do get a ton of leaves every winter then a cover will help.

    organic matter sitting at the bottom won't be helping any when your ready to open.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    You want to wait to close after the water is below 60 also. Some people have used a solid tarp over their mesh covers to keep gunk out over the winter.

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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    One big problem with opening before the water hits 60 - large oak trees. Have to wait until they stop dropping those flower tassels.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Quote Originally Posted by Razorhog View Post
    Yes, today. I'll start the SLAM soon after the pool guys get done with the opening stuff. Never heard the 60 degree recommendation before, I'll think about that for next year. And as far as the cover goes, I was told that a cover that doesn't allow rain or sun in will keep the water clear until you open. Is that false?
    I have a mesh cover and always open to clear water. I bring my pool up to SLAM level for closing and when I open I still have chlorine. I close after Halloween and open the third week in March every year.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Floc is settling the junk in the water. Next step is to vacuum and start a SLAM.

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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Here she is the next day after starting the SLAM.



    Got up this morning and passed the OCLT! Next up is a final vacuum, adding CYA, and fixing the spider gasket so I can backwash without re-seating it every time.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Looks like you only have a week or so to go. Still really cloudy, Don't stop now or the green meanie will rear it's ugly head!

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    For sure post another pic once you get the stuff cleaned up from the bottom.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Great progress! Definitely keep going a few more days and you will have sparkling water.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Great progress! Definitely keep going a few more days and you will have sparkling water.
    I'm going to have to "puck it" a couple of days, going camping. But have no doubt, the SLAM will resume and pix will ensue.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    What is your CYA?
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

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    What is your CYA?
    0 right now, headed to the store to buy some. It's been cloudy here lately but the sun is definitely out today.
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    Good idea Don't forget to take into account the CYA that will come from the pucks...
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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    1.9 ppm from each


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    Re: Welcome to the swamp!

    you got it!
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