Ok - so a month into this pool thing and thanks to many here things are going pretty well. Replacement pavers holding up - screen/fencing going up soon - got some use - we don't have kids still at home so it wont be an everyday thing for us...and the temps are just now (very late!) starting to hit the 100 mark which is where relief becomes really needed...
EXCEPT - as I mentioned it has been an unusually mild May for us - and WINDY! We have covered the pool when the stretches of wind were known in advance - but I am not going to keep taking it on and off as where we are (between Phoenix and Tucson) we are subject to wind and dust at almost any time. Something we just have to live with.
SO - my water has stayed almost crystal clear all month thanks to everyone here and the pool calculator. But, with the wind etc. keeping the dust out is impossible. As I said the water itself is clear as can be -- but I am spending too much time brushing the walls and bottom to get the fine layer of dust to mix with the water and through the pump - and even then I can't get it all and I end up with a 2x2 foot spot of brown on the pool floor under the outlets to the pump - PIA!
As I have mentioned in other posts I have the small 1200 GPH pump that came with the pool and am trying to wait and see if the extra couple hundred bucks is really worth it (combining our usage vs. how effective is the current pump). I have been running it just 6 hours a day to cycle the 5K gallons once - and as I said - the water itself is GREAT! Just this dust. We don't have a major problem with leaves/twigs etc...only the dust (and dead bugs which I am sure everyone has! Today I am running it extra to see if it makes any difference - I am only at 8 hours so I can't tell yet.
SO - questions:
1. Is there a guarantee that upgrading the pump will solve this anyway? If so, how big do I need to go? One benefit of upgrading a pump is I can get an auto cleaner which will help with the bigger stuff on the floor - but obviously wont get the walls and likely wouldn't get the dust on the floor even if the pump itself doesn't work.
2. Is there another solution I am overlooking?