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    Jul 2012
    Whidbey Island, WA

    first contribution, sort of funny

    So am new to pools, but have read lots and lots of web pages. Mostly ask questions, but here is a ?contribution.

    Had lots of tent caterpillars this year on Whidbey Island. Used to find them disgusting but after learning they are fundamental to the growth of fir forests I have changed attitudes.

    At some point they enter cocoons to later become moths. Anyway...

    "Opened" the pool on the fourth, was in fine shape, clear, balanced, 86; I said "**** I am good". Grandbabies jumped in and giggled.

    Shortly one grandbaby asked "grandpa, what is under the edge? That is gross." I looked, maybe a hundred tent caterpillar cocoons distributed around under the coping.

    Oh well, so much for my "perfect" pool opening. So now to do there is filtration, balance, sterilization and things under the coping.
    IG under fir trees and one cherry surrounded by grass built in 1979, 30k, plaster, old Sta-Rite HRPB30, 4.9 sq.ft, 20 GPM/sq.ft., but with new glass, new (in 2012) 1 HP WhisperFlo one speed, new (in 2013) Rainbow tab chlorinator attached at the top, old Maxi-Flo Heat Exchanger MF-260, Burnham V7 oil heater 245 MBH, new (in 2012) Compool to Easytouch, Taylor K-2005 and TF-100.

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    Oct 2007
    Amherst, VA

    Re: first contribution, sort of funny

    Having a pool presents various ecological conundrums. You've got your caterpillars, and others have similar or slightly different problems. For example, I have an infestation of flying ants who insist on committing suicide every my pool. Likewise, for the voles and field mice who, unfortunately, bring their newborn to swim...or drown in my pool! Despite my efforts by providing an escape route...

    Cest la vie for those of us who hate to see anything meet it's demise in our wonderful pool. While I feel sorry for the demise of voles, moles, mice, spiders, snakes, frogs, caterpillars, ants, salamanders, etc.....I'm not going to close down my wonderful pool to save those lives. I've posted signs, locked the gate and provided an escape route for those that Darwin would have saved.

    I've done my best and don't lose any sleep...well I don't lose much I think I"ll have another drink and hit the pool!

    Welcome...and thanks for a great first's nice to have a chuckle instead of being asked to help solve an algae bloom!
    Bosqueboy in Virginia

    In-ground 20,000 gal vinyl Grecian, Hayward Star-Clear Plus C1200 cartridge filter, Hayward 3/4 HP Superpump, AquaRite salt water chlorine generator, Heat Siphon C575HP heat pump and Blue Diamond robotic cleaner.

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