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    Power out - question about maintaining FC

    We had a tree fall on our power line coming to the house and the power will likely be out until Monday. My plan right now is to test FC a couple of times per day and adjust the level with bleach as needed. Since the pump won't be running, I'm going to brush the pool to keep things circulated. Sound like a good plan? Any other suggestions?
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    It's about all you can do. You may want to add a little "extra" over what your normal FC would be but not up to shock level.

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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    I bought a portable generator JUST to run the pump if need be.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    The brushing will be key, helping circulate everything. If it is warm enough to swim, hop in and get the water moving. Add chlorine either right after swimming or right before brushing. If everything was balanced to TFPC specs before the power loss then the pool should have no trouble handling a couple days without the filter.

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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Everything was balanced per TFPC recommendations. It's rainy and cool this weekend so I think I'll stick to brushing.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Rainy & cool is a good thing, it should hold down the chlorine demand.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Now you have a good excuse to buy a wall whale brush, if you don;t already have one. It can move some water. Brush down one side and halfway across the floor and wait for the wave to erupt on the other side. Just don't put the flap to maximum angle. It's a good way to bend the pole. Ask me how I know....

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    Richard, you are truly a manly man. I can't get that thing to move on the max angle.....
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Never heard of the wall whale until now. Might see if someone local has it in stock.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyBama View Post
    We had a tree fall on our power line coming to the house and the power will likely be out until Monday. My plan right now is to test FC a couple of times per day and adjust the level with bleach as needed. Since the pump won't be running, I'm going to brush the pool to keep things circulated. Sound like a good plan? Any other suggestions?
    You should be fine. When my pump went out and couldn't get a replacement for about 10 days or so, I did what you're considering and didn't have any issues.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Get a boat paddle and practice your rowing skills to circulate your water
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Got a small outboard motor handy?
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Take a 5 gallon bucket and drag it into the pool as if you were filing it with water. Then dump it back in the pool. Then repeat. You may want to move to various sections of the pool and repeat. You would be surprised how much water you can move by doing this.

    I actually use this to mix in bleach into the pool.
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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Or do what I did a couple of years ago and hook up a small diesel powered water pump



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    Re: Power out - question about maintaining FC

    Check out this post from someone who was without power for a week or so while daytime highs were near or above 100F: http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...roblem!!/page2
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