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    pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    the pool was partially opened on friday; but when they went to start the pump it seized.
    it will hopefully be replaced tuesday.

    should i be putting liquid chlorine into the pool ?
    or just let it go until the pump is installed and then shock it ?

    (i'm in north jersey: forecast is 40s-60s/low 70s)

    thanks
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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    If your water temp is close to 60, I would get some chlorine in the pool. Stir it around with a boat paddle or board. The little bit of Clorox it takes is WELL worth it if it prevents algae from forming.
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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    A Wall Whale can move a whole lot of water really fast, in case you're in the market for a new brush head this season anyway. Two or three passes would get the bleach completely dispersed.
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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    thanks for the replies everyone. i'm out to paddle in some chlorine !
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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    Mine was seized as well when I first tried to start it. I tapped the side of the motor at each end (where the motor bearings are) a few times to try to job the bearings loose. If yours was like mine, a small seal leak last year probably got into the bearings. I was able to get the motor running, but it is obviously not going to last long from the sound of it. I'm awaiting arrival of a new 2-speed motor now. At least I am able to circulate added chemicals and keep the water from stratifying (warm water layer near the surface that algae love) with the old motor in the mean time.

    If "percussive maintenance" doesn't let it start, the end of the motor shaft should have either a hex or a screw driver slot that you can use a tool to try to unfreeze it.
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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    Mine was seized at the beginning of last year as well. I took the motor off and used vice grips on the lower portion of the shaft and got it to spin manually. Once it was freed, I lubed it with a little WD-40 and it lasted for almost a full month before finally giving out for good.

    FYI, when the pump motor finally went, I went a week without filtering and didn't add chlorine in the middle of July. I had zero algae when the new pump motor finally arrived. When I got everything running I shocked the pool to be safe, but there were no signs of algae after even a week.

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    Re: pool uncovered, pump seized , chlorinate ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kodiak1120
    Mine was seized at the beginning of last year as well. I took the motor off and used vice grips on the lower portion of the shaft and got it to spin manually. Once it was freed, I lubed it with a little WD-40 and it lasted for almost a full month before finally giving out for good.

    FYI, when the pump motor finally went, I went a week without filtering and didn't add chlorine in the middle of July. I had zero algae when the new pump motor finally arrived. When I got everything running I shocked the pool to be safe, but there were no signs of algae after even a week.

    Kevin
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