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    Suggestions wanted - screening a pool from the street

    Hi, Elsa. I'm originally from B'more, now living on South Florida. Anyway, if you'd post a photo or two of the site, we'd be able to imagine with you, and also make suggestions. Thanks!
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    HOA denied pool build... advice?

    And personally, I have to agree with ChiefWEJ's wife. Swimming pools are not natural, so why create a poolscape with a pile of rocks jutting out of a concrete deck? One might as well install artificial trees. IMO, pools and water features are about the water, not rocks, so just make the water...
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    HOA denied pool build... advice?

    ReillysMom, I remember from an earlier discussion that you love your house, but not the brick. Unfortunately, you don't love the restrictions of your lot, either. OK, first, say the Serenity Prayer. In this discussion about the size of your pool, I'm thinking about how everything in Texas is...
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    Outdoor speaker wiring project

    As it will be inside a hollow molding (essentially a tube) with a little air space around it, I would imagine the living room wire would be completely safe and secure. That's my opinion, and I am not an expert at all.
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    Aqua rite mother board

    Thank you, Summerspa! I intend to go thru it step by step to see if I can figure out exactly what's wrong with my aged system.
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    Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    To follow thru with TechGuy: NOT-So-Bright and Soft-In-The-Head.
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    Fighting Algae for what seems like forever

    Armada, What can we say? If your probably-incorrect Pool Store CYA number was even nearly correct, than your Thursday number of 32 was very good. Then they told you to add more, which probably brought you up too high, if any of their numbers are even remotely believable. You see...
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    Crack in cement pool

    I suppose you'd need a professional to tell you if it's paint over concrete, or paint over plaster. [For better or worse, I'm told the better pool paints (and I understand that's an oxymoron) are epoxy compounds.] As to the surface, I've seen pools where the plaster seems to delaminate in...
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    Outdoor speaker wiring project

    I don't believe Rafael told us the actual distance, but he is looking at using high quality speaker wire, apparently up the inside of a wall, thru the attic and exiting an exterior wall to outside speakers. The wire he discussed at the top of the thread is 12 gauge, though I'd say most of us...
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    Outdoor speaker wiring project

    Raf, If you have 2 zones available, and you are using one for indoors and one for outdoors, then you're in good shape. If you want more zones, you'll need more switching capabilities, therefore a speaker switch with even more options. And don't use that 16 gauge wire for your outdoor...
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    Crack in cement pool

    IAN81, I'm glad you tried the putty, and I hope it gives you several years of service. We have 2 cracks which we've re-puttied every 3 years or so. I think perhaps we need to start a Painted-Pool-Partnership here on TPF, to assist each other in maintaining the surfaces of our painted pools...
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    Outdoor speaker wiring project

    Rafael, And remember that a heavier gauge wire will carry the sound to your speakers somewhat more efficiently with less loss of digital fidelity across the distance from your sound source. We did exactly as you have planned, up through the wall, across the attic and out under the roof of the...
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    Crack in cement pool

    Ian81, On our painted pool, we used Pool Putty by EpoxyBond, a 2-part epoxy compound that you can apply underwater. It does create a little chalky cloudiness in the water that filters out, but it will seal the crack(s) for some time (in our case several years). Do be sure to brush/scrape the...
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    Think I may have found my FC demand issue?

    I can hear your pool light sighing with relief. :goodjob:
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    Strange Sound Coming from "deck"

    My final thought: Remember the scientist-inventor Tesla? He invented microwave technology, sonar, radio, and radio controlled devices including remote controls, all in the early-to-mid 1900's. He also posited that a power company could send electrical power deep into the ground, and...