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    to brush or not to brush

    So have been brushing "weekly". But is not really rewarding. Never see anything happen. And brushing vertical walls is not easy.

    Will anything super bad happen if I skip this?

    Now of course I never see anything happen when I brush my teeth either but...
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    The benefits to brushing are that any microscopic algae that may be clinging to the plaster will be scratched open to expose it to chlorine and kill it more efficiently, and it briefly improves water circulation. If you normally have good circulation and stay on top of your water chemistry and never let the FC drop below the recommended range you probably won't be courting disaster if you brush less frequently.
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    What about Vinyl Liner Pools? If I stay within the recommended range and do not have any algae problems, do I still have to brush the walls? If so, how often?

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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    Thank you, will brush less often.
    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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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    I brush my vinyl walls maybe every 3 weeks. BUT... I have a robot that climbs walls and does the bottom about twice per week.
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    If you want it to be easier to brush the sides ... get a wall whale brush
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    If you want it to be easier to brush the sides ... get a wall whale brush
    Now you tell me.... More money to spend.
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    I am not sure I would recommend the XL version, just too big and hard to push. The nylon brush started falling apart on mine after 4-5 years, so I bought a mixed bristle brush and moved the tail over to it
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    Re: to brush or not to brush

    I never brush, but i put to work the robot every other day ( at least ) when I am at the property, otherwise nobody is there to do it. The UV lamp keeps the water sterile and that is all that I need. Water is nice and clean even nobody is there to add chemicals. Still I have an automatic pH controller.
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