Recent content by BruceInCola

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    Advice for refinishing patio area concrete on older pool

    My pool is probably 10 years old or more, and of course the concrete has cracked in several places (my theory is from the crazy amount of rain and floods we have had in past few years). Also, I have never really been a fan of the boring "concrete mud" color that untinted concrete has. Just...
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    Such a weir name for a kind of door

    Oh my. That explains sooooo much with my pool and skimming in general. Welp, I guess weir never too old to learn (pool owner (but not the original) for 7 years!)? Weir ordered. Thanks to all.
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    Such a weir name for a kind of door

    So I've read a few threads about weir doors here, and more than a few people have said their weir door is missing. 1. HOW?!? It's not like it could get sucked down into the skimmer. Maybe weir door theft is a thing? Or perhaps someone needed an emergency frisbee alternative and plucked it...
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    Thanks again, all. Just carefully wiped the ceramic ring and the metal part that touches it with a pristine moist towel, and it worked fine.
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    Thanks guys, will try it out being EXTREMELY careful.
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    In trying to troubleshoot an angry sounding pump motor, my first instinct was to replace the shaft seal (which helped the same issue several years ago). Paid the highway robbery price of $45 for the seal replacement kit at a local Leslie's (shipping from everywhere else is exceedingly slow...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Picking up the new motor tomorrow. I still might try to see if I can fix the existing one and take it apart again tonight to make sure I put everything back correctly when I installed the new shaft seal. If this was the first time I had replaced a shaft seal, I would just assume I messed up...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Yes, we had epic, historic rains within the past few months. Noticed the weird levels after that. Would the pipe be set IN the concrete patio perhaps? There is a small white (maybe 8" diameter?) cover set into the concrete about 1' away from the pool edge. I will unscrew that and look...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    :( My pump is not running (horrible screeching), thus my interest in fixing the hardware before the water balance. I forgot to add that I opened up the filter and washed all the algae out, and replaced w new DE a few days ago. Have not opened it up since then though, and temps reaching mid to...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Thanks, ajw - I have read the water chemistry ABC's many times (years ago), and converted a few people myself since that time (from pool store reliant, to using resources here)! :D I have enough experience and confidence (most of it from extensive reading here over the years) to get my pool...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    I am happy to say that I haven't needed to come here for years, thanks to the amazing initial support I received when I first started with my pool. However, this year...oof. Multiple things happening at once, and I have no idea where to start troubleshooting, and if the order matters. I...
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    Help users find Liquid Chlorine

    Just a general note - someone might have already mentioned this. No bleach at all in local grocery and wholesale clubs in more than a month around here (Columbia, SC), but I did find it in one place - Home Depot. And it wasn't labeled as typical bleach (Germicidal Bleach), nor was it a brand...
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    Ahhh! Thankyouthankyouthankyou. But please explain this in more detail if you don't mind: "if you use a gizmo in the skimmer, you don't need to lower the pool level"
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    Last year's winter was much colder than normal for this area, and I have heard pool owners and pool store guys all say that almost no one closes in this area, but maybe I need to consider it if last year's temps will be the new norm. Way too much manual work and checking of making sure pump was...
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    But that tarp solution only controls one aspect of the danger of freezing, correct? What about the water in the pool, or pipes underground? I really need to get a better handle on exactly what is and what is not acceptable wrt freezing, as last year I woke up to a skating rink (due to the...