Recent content by Amy Adkins

  1. Amy Adkins

    Its about that time:: pool closing questions

    Ok..its getting closer...we might get 2 more months out of the pool...my question is Pool covers for the AGP. What are the better brands to deal with? Easiest in use? Listen...which one will do its job so when I open the Pool next year, there wont be a total mess to clean up. Double impressed...
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    Winter pool covers...the good and the ugly

    Ok..its getting closer...we might get 2 more months out of the pool...my question is Pool covers for the AGP. What are the better brands to deal with? Easiest in use? Listen...which one will do its job so when I open the Pool next year, there wont be a total mess to clean up. Double impressed...
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    Step-by-step chemical instructions for AG newbie?

    Exactly..I read & read this site constantly..but once you figure out your levels and just keep them stable, it really is a lot easier than I thought (knock on wood) I have just kept what everyone has said in my head..use simple chemicals and test every day. I at least test my PH & FC daily.
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    Step-by-step chemical instructions for AG newbie?

    I haven't added any salt to my pool. Not for sure if that would hurt my filter?? I'm guessing not since people do add it, but my water has felt great, so I'm not messing with it. :)
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    Step-by-step chemical instructions for AG newbie?

    The only way to drop your CYA level is to remove water then refill..so make sure to test first before you add anything to increase you cya level. If your cya level is too high, then you have to keep your chlorine level higher to keep algae growth at bay. There is a table somewhere on this site...
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    Step-by-step chemical instructions for AG newbie?

    Also, I do have muriatic acid also and used it once but probably won't again unless my ph goes berserk. The fumes are so toxic! Of course I opened it outdoors, but sweet mother, its really bad. So, bleach, borax and baking soda is my go to for chemicals.
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    Step-by-step chemical instructions for AG newbie?

    Ok..I'm pretty new to this also, so I'll tell you what I've learned from this site and by asking people. I use reg bleach from the store. Same stuff as the stuff at the pool store, just lower concentration. You can add that to the pool app and it will tell you how much to add in your pool...
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    Water softner salt?

    After you add salt, do you need to keep testing it, maybe monthly or weekly, to see if you need to add more?
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    Water softner salt?

    Are we able to add water softner salt to a above ground pool that doesn't have a salt generator? If so, is there a kit that will test the salt levels? And, how much salt do we use? Thanks :)
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    Vacuuming question.

    Thank you :) Water is crystal clear so far :)
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    Vacuuming question.

    Ok..crazy question. Getting ready to vacuum my pool..do I put my filter on waste or backwash? I'm guessing waste, but asking 1st..thanks
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    Alkalinity results way up..ugh

    Thank you :) I'll get this hopefully by the end of the pool season:)
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    Alkalinity results way up..ugh

    Tested water. PH. 7.2 TA 120 Added baking soda yesterday since TA was 80..now its 120? I'm using a good taylor testing kit. Am I doing something wrong? How can I get my TA down without plummeting my PH?? Any advice appreciated..thanks in advance.
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    Calcium Hardness levels?

    I've read the 1st one..going to click on the last one. Thanks :)
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    Calcium Hardness levels?

    So I'm thinking if my CYA levels are already high, using regular bleach would be best..correct?