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    Cheap DIY Aerator

    This I guess is kind of like the Venturi but haven't seen any of the postings with pictures like this. It probably will only work with AGP's unless you can find where to attach the PVC. In total it cost me about 3.50 at HD though I already had the tie wraps and pvc cutter.

    As you can see in the picture. There is just one 3/4 T and I bought 2 of the ready cut 2 ft sections of 3/4 pipe @ HD.

    I first cut one of the 2 footers in half and placed it in the T but the down piece was not even with the return. so I cut the other 2 footer longer so that it would even up with the return. With the remaining pieces I made sure that the piece pointing down would cover over have of the return jet when in the down position. I tied it up on the frame, turned on the filter and I now have some cheap aeration.

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    I have to applaud your creativity. I love it.
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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Curious, I'm sure if it was mentioned throughout the ste, but why aerate?

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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Aeration is a way to raise the PH without raising TA, most commonly used as part of the process of lowering TA.
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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Depending on your other water parameter, in particularly the TA, you can aerate to bring the ph up without having to add any chemicals to the water.

    If you add chemicals to the water to raise ph, then then depending on what you put in, can greatly alter the TA.
    So, for example, if the water paramaters all all ok except for perhaps low ph, then aerating may the best option to raise it.



    Quote Originally Posted by Willi View Post
    Curious, I'm sure if it was mentioned throughout the ste, but why aerate?
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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    It also helps lower the water temp

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Aeration is a way to raise the PH without raising TA, most commonly used as part of the process of lowering TA.
    Ahh thank you!
    New to the site and methods, chlorine/puck/strip user for years.

    I am in info overload now, worst part is learning all the abbreviations lol

    Phokis, upgrade looks awesome, gotta love inexpensive fixes.

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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Here you go, there's more but this should help....

    TA = Total Alkalinity
    SWG = Salt Water Generator
    CC = Combined Chlorine
    FC = Free Chlorine
    CH = Calcium Hardness
    CYA = Cyanuric Acid

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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Quote Originally Posted by laceygirl View Post
    Here you go, there's more but this should help....

    TA = Total Alkalinity
    SWG = Salt Water Generator
    CC = Combined Chlorine
    FC = Free Chlorine
    CH = Calcium Hardness
    CYA = Cyanuric Acid

    Thanks laceygirl !!!

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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Very nice, not to mention ingenious, cheap and easy upgrade for aeration! Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    Thanks All! I think the tie wraps look messy but being a cable technician. I have too many times rubbed my arm across and sniped wrap and scratched the **** out of my arm.

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    Re: Cheap DIY Aerator

    simple way to clean it up without snipping is to redo them(or turn them if they will) with the tails facing downward (outside of the pool). I'm sure that's obvious, but I had to mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcarcrazy View Post
    simple way to clean it up without snipping is to redo them(or turn them if they will) with the tails facing downward (outside of the pool). I'm sure that's obvious, but I had to mention.

    Yeah, I thought about that but I have an almost blind Italian greyhound that loves to jump up at the pool to try and get the water now that you can hear the stream through the pvc when its on. I cant water the plants with her outside or she looses her mind trying to get at the water.

    Now that I am typing this. Maybe I could just slice a pool noodle over it.

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