Recent content by Alcibiades

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    Considering a second SWG

    Thanks, Mknauss—I kind of enjoy the OCLT process, so I’ll do that.
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    Considering a second SWG

    Hi, TFP Family! It looks like my current SWG isn’t sufficient to keep our pool at the right chlorine levels during the sunniest days of summer. After adding bleach to hit 5ppm last night, we’ve ended the day with 1ppm of free chlorine. (This is with my poor Jandy AquaPure 1400 SWG working...
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    Prep for vacation

    Team: Thanks again for all the good advice. We got home today and, after 10 days away from home, our numbers were: FC: 12 CC: 0.0 pH: 7.9 TA: 75 CH: 375 CYA: 65 Salt: 4000 Water levels were a bit low from evaporation, so I refilled with hose water and added some muriatic acid, so the salt...
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    Prep for vacation

    Thanks, Dave, we’re good on organics! I slammed after opening and passed the OCLT. We’ve just always had to run a relatively high SWG percentage to get our FC levels right. :)
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    Prep for vacation

    Thanks again, Dave. Looks like I should be upping my CYA to 70 regardless, so a few pucks aren’t out of order! Crabboy, I’ve never checked phosphates—I’ll check the boards for some info about that. It’d be great to have an answer to why I seem to need such a high percentage for a 12-hour runtime!
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    Prep for vacation

    Thanks! We sometimes get that type of rain, but it’s not a given. I’ll check the forecasts and think about an extra bag of salt if it looks like a lot of rain is on the way.
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    Prep for vacation

    Dave, that’s really helpful to hear. For some reason, I thought my CYA was a little low for a swg pool. (My notes from Pool School said 70-80, which always felt too high—makes SLAMming difficult!) Crabboy, my SWG seems a bit underpowered for my pool size, so I run it at 80% for 12 hours per...
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    Prep for vacation

    Because I’m afraid, Dave! ;-) All seriousness, often when we get a lot of sun or a lot of rain, I have to supplement the SWG with liquid chlorine. I’m very worried about coming home and discovering a problem because the FC dropped too low.
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    Prep for vacation

    TFP Family— Thanks to Maddie and Marty, I’ve got our pool back in balance following last month’s pump outage. I’m looking ahead to a 2 week vacation—the first we’re taking since moving to our new home—and am hoping for some advice. First, the numbers: FC: 5.0 CC: 0.0 pH: 7.7 (always creeps...
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    Results not great.

    Really sorry to hear that. I’ve never had to combat mustard algae, but I know from these forums that it can be a long battle. Re: tap water, I was shocked when I tested ours that the pH was above 8, as well. Maybe our local water authorities have embraced the trendy “alkaline water” movement...
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    Results not great.

    Bah, you didn’t sound rude! In fact, there’s no “sound” to written posts—some people just tend to read tone into email, texts, and forum posts. You can learn more from what the reader assumes than you can from guessing at the writer’s “tone.” mommark, I’ve had similar confusion about the...
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    Rebalancing after 2 day pump failure

    Maddie and mknaus, thank you! Taylor K1766 is on order and I’ve set the swg to run at a higher percentage for now (and I’ll continue to supplement with 10% bleach, as needed). And thanks for the reassurance on the ph. I’ve been trying to keep all my numbers at a happy median between the...
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    Rebalancing after 2 day pump failure

    Hi, TFP community! I have a couple of pretty simple questions, but let me start with the results of my most recent test (using a Taylor fas-dpd kit: FC 2.8 CC 0.4 (usually 0 or 0.1) PH 7.8 (tends to rise over time) TA 70 (stays constant) CH 375 CYA 70 Salt 4100 (very strange—jumped from 3300...
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    Thank you and introduction

    TFP Friends, After a few months of lurking, I've finally updated my account and signature—and become a TFP financial supporter. I'm posting to say how much I appreciate the wise counsel and support I've found in this community, even when I'm just reading other people's threads. I'm amazed by...