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    Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    What should I do in advance of leaving as far as chemistry????? Won't be anyone to touch the pool while I'm gone. I suppose I'm going to have to leave the pump on for the full 7 days I'm gone?

    Daytime temps here are running about 105 - 110. I'm going to the mountains to escape the heat for a bit. Water in the pool is like a bathtub. How high should I bring up my FC to not come back to an algae pit?

    TIA

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

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    There's you a link on the topic.
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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/vacation-tips-and-tricks-t34446.html?hilit=vacation

    There's you a link on the topic.
    TY! I have a little bubble cover stuff and will put that in the pool too. Shock it up and put a few tabs in the floating chlorine thing. Not gonna run the pump the whole time I'm gone, and have no timer on it. Ought to work.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    You should seriously consider a cheap plug in Intermatic timer.
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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    I just got back, gave a double dose of PolyQ 60, Shocked the pool. Turned Chlorinator to nominal setting. Had a neighbor check my pool (we were in the mid 90's last week) luckily he caught a hose pop off or sabotage (it has been in place since April). Unless my plant watering person hit it somehow. Moral of the story Poly Q 60 and shock saved my pool even after filter was off for 2 or 3 days (will find out more tomorrow). Water is clear, chlorine just a tad bit low.
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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    You should seriously consider a cheap plug in Intermatic timer.
    My pump is wired in direct so can't put an inline timer.

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 9 days...what to do?

    I'm putting in 6 gallons, 1 quart, to bring it up from 1 to 27. 27 is mustard algae shock level so hopefully that will hold til I get home. Maybe I should make it even higher for 9 days gone? I have no timer on my pump so the pump won't run at all for 9 days.

    I have a blue bubble type cover. Water temp is 92 degrees. Think I should put that thing on there? IF so, to not increase the heat to the water as much should I put the bubbles up instead of down or down instead of up? I'm thinking bubbles up would transmit less heat to the water.

    Just about ready to leave **** and say Hello to the mountains. 44 days in a row of temps in excess of 100 degrees here so far, and no end in sight. Had to sell off 75% of my cattle herd for lack of food and water, but such is life. Just looking forward to getting out of here for a while.

    TIA for your suggestions!

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

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    Thanks for all the help!

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    Hope I get my questions answered by tomorrow as they would be moot thereafter. LOL

    Thanks!

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    Lowering PH to 7.1 so not so much chlorine burn while gone.
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    The bubble cover will help a great deal. It doesn't really matter which side is up.
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    Re: Going on vacation for 7 days...what to do?

    Thanks, Jason.
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    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
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    Re: Going on vacation for 9 days...what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by JJSeabrook
    I'm putting in 6 gallons, 1 quart, to bring it up from 1 to 27. 27 is mustard algae shock level so hopefully that will hold til I get home. Maybe I should make it even higher for 9 days gone? I have no timer on my pump so the pump won't run at all for 9 days.

    I have a blue bubble type cover. Water temp is 92 degrees. Think I should put that thing on there? IF so, to not increase the heat to the water as much should I put the bubbles up instead of down or down instead of up? I'm thinking bubbles up would transmit less heat to the water.

    Just about ready to leave **** and say Hello to the mountains. 44 days in a row of temps in excess of 100 degrees here so far, and no end in sight. Had to sell off 75% of my cattle herd for lack of food and water, but such is life. Just looking forward to getting out of here for a while.

    TIA for your suggestions!

    JJ
    Came home to a pool "slightly" having algae started. Very happy with the minimal algae start. Zapped it yesterday, killed it, and crystal clear pool and bottom. Did have to brush it to perfect it, but it's gorgeous. Pump never ran while I was gone. Didn't have full cover with the bubble stuff on the pool and had quite a few leaves. Wasn't a big issue. Couldn't be happier, nor my pool boy son. LOL BTW. Decided to stay 10 days instead of 9. All good here.

    JJ
    15K gal IG plaster pool
    DE filter
    1 horse pump..don't know flow rate
    Chlorine Feeder
    Pool Newbie (only 3 1/2 years)

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