Recent content by BenTaylor

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    Polaris 280 replacement bag

    After almost 4 years living underwater the bag of Polaris 280 is getting holes in the bag above the plastic collar and today the zipper quit. Quick research on the internet appears to show three different bags made by Polaris - K13, K14 and K16. I may have missed the K15. Does anybody know...
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    Algae growing in Polaris 280 bag

    In hind sight that's what I should have done. It's baking in the sun right now, but I will SLAM it in a bucket or a trashcan.
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    Algae growing in Polaris 280 bag

    When I SLAMed my pool, I left my Polaris 280 out of the pool. I previously had trouble with algae growing in the corners/seams of the bag. I had hope a few days sitting in the sun and drying out, would kill the algae. When I cleaned out the bag Sunday, the bag still had algae growing where it...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    I hope!
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    The kids are anxious to swim here and I was checking the chlorine this afternoon to see how much farther we had to go before they could swim. Water was crystal clear! Go outside about 2 hours later and there was what looked dirt, dog poop or duck poop in half a dozen spots on the bottom! Took...
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    Auto-fill system - Deactivate?

    When we built our pool 4 years ago, the builder suggested adding an auto fill canister and plumbing. It cost us an additional $100 or so and I figured why not. In the last 4 years, we've used it maybe twice. The supply plumbing is connected to a hose bib and because of the size of outlet into...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    Checked the water first things this morning and everything passed. (y) Thank you all for the assistance. How sensitive is the test to the amount DPD powder used? I've found chunks of powder in jar that would fill up with the spoon, so a heaping spoon can have more or less powder. A drop...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    Pull the light out of the niche?
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    When doing the FAS-DPD chlorine test with the speed stir, do you keep adding drops until the sample is completely clear, or just no longer red? For a reading 18 ppm, the first 30 drops nothing happens, but the next 5-6 the sample slowly changes from red to clear with each drop. I assume that's...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    I started the SLAM yesterday morning 4/28 and I've been keeping logs of the chlorine readings and I've copied them below: Date and Time FC CC Chem Added 4/28 8:50 AM 1 .5 320 oz Cl 4/28 12:15 PM 12 1 128 oz Cl 4/28 3:45 PM 17.5 .5 32 oz Cl 4/28 8:30 PM 17 .5 48 oz Cl 4/29 8:30 AM 18...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    Each time I test the chlorine through out the day, do I need to run the full panel of readings? I appreciate everyone's feedback!
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    Keep the pump running all night as well? Regarding organics, I've got cedar trees around in the yard and around the pool that drop stuff into the water. I'm doing my best to keep this stuff out of the water, but will this dead stuff also consume the chlorine?
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    I ran the pump over night and checked the chemicals the first thing this morning: FC/TC = both .5ppm PH = 7.8 TA = 120 Calcium Hardness = 375 CYA = 40-50 I added 1 qt. of 31.45% muratic acid to lower the PH and about 45 minutes later I added 2.5 gallons of 10% liquid chlorine. I also checked...
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    I drained 2/3 of the pool water this morning and I'm almost back to restarting the pump, which should happen in the next few hours. How long should I run the pump before determining my new numbers? Can I start SLAMing the pool tonight?
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    Long term use of Trichlor

    It’s not soft, but not overly hard. I will test some tap water later and report my findings.