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    In need of brush advice...

    well after 1 year of use the brush I had gotten with my pool has started to lose its bristles. Actually the bristles have become brittle and are snapping off making a mess of my sparkling clean pool :O Does anyone have advice on a good brush? Should they last longer than 1 year? Any makes to stay away from?

    thanks in advance
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    I like the stainless bristle ones. They last a lot longer, and should be no problem on a fully cured out pool (I see you are PebbleSheen). Doubt they'd be advisable on a liner pool!!

    Bruce

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Hi Bruce - steel bristles are definitely! contraindicated for liner pools

    Lifeguard (Rainbow) products usually last a reasonable time
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    I like the stainless bristle ones. They last a lot longer, and should be no problem on a fully cured out pool (I see you are PebbleSheen). Doubt they'd be advisable on a liner pool!!

    Bruce
    wow, I would have never thought of that. I will look into that. I am assuming that the bristles are very thin to prevent scoring/abrading the surface to badly.

    Thanks
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by newfool
    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    I like the stainless bristle ones. They last a lot longer, and should be no problem on a fully cured out pool (I see you are PebbleSheen). Doubt they'd be advisable on a liner pool!!

    Bruce
    I am assuming that the bristles are very thin to prevent scoring/abrading the surface to badly.

    Thanks
    Nothing to worry about. I have Blue Granite in mine, and I'm pretty familiar with the product (since I am the applicator in my area!). Mine's been down for almost eight years now, and it looks like the day it was done. I drain my pool every two years (hard water) and pressure wash it, then fill and start up again. Been using the stainless brush for at least 7 years on it. Don't lose any sleep over the stainless brush once you get it; you'll love it!

    Bruce

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Awesome Bruce! How hard is the water that you have to empty and refill? Mine runs between 225-300ppm. Just curious since we have the same finish. Has the brush lasted 7 years??! wow, what a value
    Thanks for all the info
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by newfool
    Awesome Bruce! How hard is the water that you have to empty and refill? Mine runs between 225-300ppm. Just curious since we have the same finish. Has the brush lasted 7 years??! wow, what a value
    Thanks for all the info
    Our water comes out of the tap at over 400 ppm I usually try and catch it before it hits 1,000 ppm or the calcium really starts to build on the tile, etc. I wish I could get mine down to the levels that you have (I should be able to make that happen soon; more to come....!).

    Probably gone through 2-3 brushes in that time frame. Brushes are cheap though! I don't sweat that too much

    Keep taking good care of that Pebble finish and it will take good care of you

    Bruce

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    And, if you don't have one already, get a "Whale tail" for the brush as well. Makes brushing almost fun!
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by ntrsandman
    And, if you don't have one already, get a "Whale tail" for the brush as well. Makes brushing almost fun!
    I've seen these. What is the advantage of having a whale tail?
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    The wall whale pushes the brush head against the wall for you! The faster you push the brush toward the bottom, the harder it pushes the brush against the wall.
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    16K gallon, Pebble tec, beach entry. Two 1 hp Pentair Whisperflos. One for Paramount MDX2 main drain, Paramount debris canister, and Pentair CCP 520 filter. One for skimmer w/sock and Paramount PCC2000 in floor cleaner. 3/4 hp Pentair Pinnacle for waterfall. Fiberstars fiber optic pool lighting. Aqua-Logic AQL-P-4 control panel with wired remote in the house. SWCG system that is not used. Ultra-Pure Ozonator that is not used.

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Thank you, FSI_C-12IP & ntrsandman. I'm gonna hafta get me one of these.
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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    I had heard of the whale tail and talked with a buddy that works at the pool store. He said that the whale tail was ok, but they were kinda cheap and tended to break near the top where the plastic was thin? I don't know if its true or not, but I ended up skipping on that purchase for now. Stainless steel brush for 3-4 years sounds like a winner to me! Bruce, I installed a water softner in my house before doing the pool, if I need to decrease the hardness of the water I just fill the pool with the softened water to help lower it
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    Re: In need of brush advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by newfool
    Bruce, I installed a water softner in my house before doing the pool, if I need to decrease the hardness of the water I just fill the pool with the softened water to help lower it
    That should work, but watch the salt content of the water going in! Softened water usually contains high salt content, and that can be very corrosive to pool equipment

    Bruce

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