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    Leaves and more leaves.

    Been brushing my solar cover for the past 2 weeks. About a bushel every other day. Ran my Aquabot today (3 times!), here's a shot of 2nd run. Hate to think what the bottom would like without the cover. Hopefully the wind will stop blowing before the water hits 80. 2 seasons with Aquabot 4WD and couldn't be happier with it.

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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Ahhh...Wind season in Texas. So far this year in DFW, it actually has been less windy than in recent years. Today, however, it kicked up a bit. Now I have debris (mostly those white Bradford Pear bracts) in the pool from other people's trees. So, I feel a bit of your pain.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Ditto Bo!----just vac'd and skimmed. Do it again tomorrow!
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    You can't get a leaf blower or a shop vacuum hooked up to the exhaust port to clear that cover off?
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    You can't get a leaf blower or a shop vacuum hooked up to the exhaust port to clear that cover off?
    Tried that, tends to blow more down the cracks at the edges. An 18" pool sweep does the whole top in about 5 minutes, just pile near the edge and scoop with dust pan (this also cleans off any bird droppings and pollen). Just frustrating, get it clean and 30 seconds later a gust adds 500 more. Just tested first time in a month an pool is almost perfect, FC 4.5, Ph 7.6, CYA 40 (going to raise to 50), CH 290, Borates 30 (going to raise to 50). I found putting 3 or 4 pucks in a floater keeps CYA and FC in check all winter without the need for Clorox. Will be starting my Steiner in a week or two though.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Bummer. Are those live oak leaves? Do they normally fall in spring?
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    Ditto Bo!----just vac'd and skimmed. Do it again tomorrow!
    I'll be right there with ya Woody!
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Bummer. Are those live oak leaves? Do they normally fall in spring?
    Yeah, oak seems to drop in spring in Texas. Barely anything falls in the fall.

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    My white oaks and water oaks all come down in fall----all in the trash now! (Thank God)-----I'm gettin' too old for this.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Yep, my red oaks are fall leaf droppers. I have one live oak nowhere near the pool, I need go look and see if it is dropping leaves too.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    I'm about to get the tassles from my Mulberries. First opening season, so I'm thinking cover stays on until most are down. I feel ya!

    No wind here at all until today minus some cold fronts. Very, very odd. I sure hope it passes us by this year. (For once)
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Just when I thought all the dead leaves were blown off... I forgot about the follow up of tassels and pollen. Solar cover is now green. Just brushed/rinsed it, and now pool is tinted. Hopefully it's all big enough to get filtered out. Will see if my CC won't go up much.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    On my street in DFW, half of the red oaks drop in the fall, and the other half drop in the spring when the new foliage starts.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Gonna order a breeze 4wd for my 16x32 IG. How does it do on walls??
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by suzook View Post
    Gonna order a breeze 4wd for my 16x32 IG. How does it do on walls??
    Not great on walls, but does climb. I brush walls about once a month. Does a great job on the bottom.

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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Today's oak droppings (after sweeping all off yesterday). Half cover swept today:


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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Just picked up one of these bad boys for $539 shipped. Pool opening in 4 weeks, so im hoping she works as well as yours.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Just pulled half my cover off and ran it once, bottom clean (for a few minutes), oak is still dropping. Pool is a light shade of green from the pollen. FC tests okay with less than .5 CC, so don't think it's algae. Cleaning de filter is next, probably full of pollen.

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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by suzook View Post
    Just picked up one of these bad boys for $539 shipped. Pool opening in 4 weeks, so im hoping she works as well as yours.
    A little update om my purchase. Im leary to post the website i purchased from, their customer service was horrible. I specifically asked if the units they sell are the newer model with the tangle free cord. They assured me it was. Well, it shows up, and its the old one! Took 2 weeks of phone calls, only for them to have aquabot to call me. Seriously? Well aquabot sent me the newer model, for no charge! Old unit back, prepaid shipping! Aquabot really stood up to the plate. Great, great cust service. I will be using the new unit this weekend when i open my pool.
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    Re: Leaves and more leaves.

    @tcat Just used my 4wd, and wow! This guy picks up ALOT! My only issue is he sometimes does a wheelie when reversing in another direction. Is this normal?
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