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    Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Just a word of caution - My wife and I replaced the rusted top plates on our AGP this past weekend, which entailed taking the top rails and caps off. When I removed two of the plates, I looked down inside the post and found HUGE black widow spiders. So be careful where you poke your fingers when taking the winter covers off, etc.
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    And bees too!

    I'm getting out of this thread now!
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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Cleaned out 12+ years of "stuff" from under our old deck when I recently redid our deck.

    The final count was :

    4 Black Widows
    1 suspected Brown Recluse
    Too many wolf spiders to count
    1 small rat snake

    Gotta love Middle Tennessee!
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    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    I've seen wasp nests inside some pool legs. Kinda scary to discover when barefoot and shirtless! One might consider a good squirt of spray foam inside each leg.
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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Suddenly I love freezing cold winters....it's kills insects that could kill me....although 2 summers ago a black bear wandered right across our front lawn, so that's not so great.
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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by cramar
    Suddenly I love freezing cold winters....it's kills insects that could kill me....although 2 summers ago a black bear wandered right across our front lawn, so that's not so great.
    He's probably not likely to surprise you by hiding in a pool post though....
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by gboulton
    Quote Originally Posted by cramar
    Suddenly I love freezing cold winters....it's kills insects that could kill me....although 2 summers ago a black bear wandered right across our front lawn, so that's not so great.
    He's probably not likely to surprise you by hiding in a pool post though....
    I don't know, some of those bears are very tricky! Yogi could hide behind a Pickink basket!
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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by gboulton
    Cleaned out 12+ years of "stuff" from under our old deck when I recently redid our deck.

    The final count was :

    4 Black Widows
    1 suspected Brown Recluse
    Too many wolf spiders to count
    1 small rat snake

    Gotta love Middle Tennessee!
    Wolf spiders are actually kinda cool. I found one in my garage once and caught it in a jar. Felt like a kid again...

    edit: Heard on the news the other night where a huge timber rattler was found and caught here in the neighborhood where I live. The news crew actually showed the street sign at the end of my street (4 houses away).
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
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    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

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    Re: Be Careful When Working Around Top Rails and Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeInTN
    Wolf spiders are actually kinda cool. I found one in my garage once and caught it in a jar. Felt like a kid again...
    Yes indeed...love em. They consume zillions of bugs, all for free!

    edit: Heard on the news the other night where a huge timber rattler was found and caught here in the neighborhood where I live. The news crew actually showed the street sign at the end of my street (4 houses away).
    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat's no fun.

    I love snakes...but the venomous ones I can do without!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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