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    How Low Do You Go

    This is our first summer with a pool and our nights are getting pretty cold, most of the daytime heat is reclaimed by low night temps. Initially I said 74 was the lowest temp I'd go swimming, then it was 73, then 72 and the other night I hit 71....it was actually quite refreshing once the initial shock blast wore off.
    I've started calling myself the spiteful swimmer

    Just wondering what is the lowest temp others will swim at.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    You Canucks! My husband is Canadian (London) and will go in at 68 F but that was on a dare and just a dip. Me, I need at least 74 F and it has to be much warmer than that outside.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    78 degrees is about as low as I would go.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    Dude... you got a ways to go before you are braver than my kids... Talk to us again when you're swimming at 60 degrees!

    Course they only do that at the beginning of the season. It's been 68-70 degrees in the pool the past week, and no one wants to swim when it's cloudy and chilly but there's some hope for this weekend with a forecast of 90.

    I still haven't swum yet this year. They beg and lie like dead dogs about how warm it is in their shameful attempts at getting me to jump in but it doesn't work. Then they splash me and I run screaming about how mean they are like the puzzy that I am :~}
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    We have been swimming in fairly cool temps for a bit now as our pool is shaded most of the day. It has been 70F and holding and the kids are still enjoying it. This is our first year with the pool and I was wondering when us Canadians will shut down the non-heated pools. I am planning a solar job for next year though.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    We are wimps. If the water isn't at least 80 my KIDS won't even get in. And I won't touch the water unless it is at least 84, though I prefer 88.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    How low? 66 degrees and the initial plunge is shocking!

    My water gets down to 66 and stays there during the last few weeks I have the pool open, roughly from Columbus Day til Veterans Day. Daytime highs can still get pretty warm here in VA during the early fall. If I'm out doing yard work and get hot and sweaty, I'll take a dip when I'm done. It's refreshing, but I don't linger!
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    Quote Originally Posted by frogabog
    Dude... you got a ways to go before you are braver than my kids... Talk to us again when you're swimming at 60 degrees!

    Course they only do that at the beginning of the season. It's been 68-70 degrees in the pool the past week, and no one wants to swim when it's cloudy and chilly but there's some hope for this weekend with a forecast of 90.

    I still haven't swum yet this year. They beg and lie like dead dogs about how warm it is in their shameful attempts at getting me to jump in but it doesn't work. Then they splash me and I run screaming about how mean they are like the puzzy that I am :~}
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    Even with her wetsuit on, my weanie daughter won't get in if it is below 84. Needs it at least 88 to venture in without the wetsuit. She won't believe it when I tell her the temps you guys have posted!
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    Quote Originally Posted by NWscott
    AMEN.. Cant wait for this weekend! Been getting the new pool all dialed in and invited some guests over for sunday!

    Frigabog, what area of PDX are you in?

    We're in SE near Mt. Scott Community Center. 5 blocks to a public pool that leaves their eyes all red, but it does have a cool 3 story slide and water park features. I have yet to be bold enough to ask to test it...

    Been waiting for some NW folks to show up here, much less someone from the city! Woot!

    I don't think most people around here put their pools up till maybe a few weeks ago. Lamest summer in a looooong time. This weekend is going to be nice, we need it. This last hurrah weekend can be rainy so I'm glad to see it before school starts. We're usually on the river this weekend salmon fishing, but with the boats needing repair, we'll be lucky to get out for some winter weekends and hopefully ready to go for springers next May.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    I will probably attempt pool water at 82-85 outside temp below 80, depending on how this coming weekend goes, I don't really want to run the heater much for 1 swim, but if we have two days that are 80+ I will probably get it up to at least 86-87. I'm fairly certain the water is around 78-80 right now and the outside temp is 74 (realfeel 71), yuck - it's going to get down to 48 tonight!!
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    We were up at Lake Superior last week, I measured the water at 55 F...we were not in for long. Yesterday noon the pool was at 72, the kids swam for awhile but did spend a good deal of time in the hottub. Pool got up to 77 with solar by supper time.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo
    I will probably attempt pool water at 82-85 outside temp below 80
    Not anymore, rain/thunderstorms all weekend, pool temp is probably closer to 75. Time to close.
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    I was all set to close this past weekend....then we had a gorgeous week.
    Pool climbed to 70 so I took a plunge.....shocking, but that faded to refreshing!!
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    Re: How Low Do You Go

    Saturday it was 74*, took a plunge, but did not linger. Warm day Sunday, turned on the heater at 8:40 by 2:00 we were at 88* and at 91* by 6pm.
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