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    How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    If you are using the TFPC properly, and have very clear water, I am curious as how my clear water compares to everyone elses water. I have read various commented from the experts in this forum, but wanted to reach out to everyone to see how they define clear water.

    I think it might have been Richard that said that he could drop a quarter in the deep end and read heads or tails. Anyone have an opinion of what the clear standard should be?
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    I would think a lot depends on your filtration.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Doesn't depend on your filtration at all. A properly chlorinated and balanced pool will clear up whether it has a sand, de, or cartridge. The only thing those determine is the speed it will clear up if there is a problem.

    I say if you have a calm day, your pump is not on, and you walk by and have to do a double take because you at first think your water all drained out.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    I know mine is clear when I can see the screw heads on the main drain at 8.5 feet and know that they are phillips head
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Quote Originally Posted by tim5055 View Post
    I know mine is clear when I can see the screw heads on the main drain at 8.5 feet and know that they are phillips head
    Mine does this as well.

    My PG was here last week. He said whatever I am doing is pretty darn amazing! He said its rare to see a pool as clear as mine.
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    I don't have a bottom drain, so I have to go with the coin method ... unless clearly seeing scorpions counts. You might not think that's so great, but I can tell if they're male or female from 7'. Bwwahhaaha!
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    I posted a pic of my clear pool:WOW!!

    I agree about the problem with such clean and clear water is the ability to see every speck of dirt in the entire pool... Makes cleaning the pool an obsession to make it perfect!

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    I'd post a pic, but my water wouldn't even show up.
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    Woodyp, bwaahaa!

    Wrems, that is good. And I agree with the cleaning obsession. Now that our pool is so clear, the wife is quick to remind me I need to vacuum the junk of the bottom. Uhg.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Im with woody and Donaldson.

    on a calm night with pump off and pool light on, you will be hard pressed to believe there is any water in the pool at all.
    I can easily tell if my quarter is heads or tails. I can also read the date on it.
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    Pics of my water in my build link in sig. The uninitiated always say wow, how can your water be that clear. The repeat visitors always say how much they love swimming in our pool over other pools. Their kids leave the goggles at home.

    What is most awesome of all is that my pool has been this clear since day one and it is that clear every day. Pics in my build thread are spread out over a few years.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    I had to pull a bird out of my skimmer on Saturday. I keep thinking it tried to land on the floor of the pool because it didn't see the water. Kind of like birds running into clean Windows.

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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave
    on a calm night with pump off and pool light on, you will be hard pressed to believe there is any water in the pool at all.
    This is my standard.
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    ........................"I can easily tell if my quarter is heads or tails. I can also read the date on it. "

    I sure wish my eyes were that good!
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Along with my water, I have some eyes that Superman would envy. LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    ........................"I can easily tell if my quarter is heads or tails. I can also read the date on it. "

    I sure wish my eyes were that good!
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    Im with woody and Donaldson.

    on a calm night with pump off and pool light on, you will be hard pressed to believe there is any water in the pool at all.
    I can easily tell if my quarter is heads or tails. I can also read the date on it.
    You must have some good eyes.

    I agree with the heads/tails/screw head descriptions. If you can see that in daylight it's plenty good enough for me.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    From the opposite perspective, I know mine is not clear when I look and then I bend closer and look again. If I say, that's clear and I walk away, I know everything is balanced and perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    You must have some good eyes.

    I agree with the heads/tails/screw head descriptions. If you can see that in daylight it's plenty good enough for me.
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    Re: How "clear" is clear? Lets compare clear water

    I'm new to pools and this forum. It took me a couple weeks to get my numbers right and I can see a big difference. The pool has always been clear but getting the pool to tfp specs its crystal clear.

    For me to notice how clear it really is, I like to put goggles on and look across the pool from under the water.

    I also noticed a huge difference when the pool was dirty. Lots of floaties under water. Dropped the aquabot rover jr in and opened the bottom drains. After it was amazingly clear. That was one of my first realizations about how clear the pool really is.
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