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    Tarp method in-place water replacement

    Good deal. You can definitely tell a difference in color.
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    Tarp method in-place water replacement

    Dtrav, good luck with it. The metal stains were something I battled for close to 7 years. In hindsight, I should have done it long ago. The good news is that my liner and fittings are still stain free. If I remember correctly, I did the water replacement after the July 4th weekend so it’s...
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    Pool is very cloudy at wits end

    Have you checked your filter to make sure it’s clean and/or working properly?
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    New Pool Light Burned Out immediately... I'm assuming it was my fault?

    This may sound silly but here’s what I did when I replaced the expensive PCB board on my LED pool light. Of course, I bought a new replacement gasket but after putting everything back together, I let the pool light sink into the deep end of the pool and DID NOT turn it on for several hours. I...
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    Tarp method in-place water replacement

    When the pool was built the salt was added by the builder. I can’t remember what brand he used but his pool store sold AquaSalt. Over the years I mostly used AquaSalt but remember using Morton pool salt and maybe even the dreaded Clorox brand once.
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    Tarp method in-place water replacement

    Quick update to say there is no hint of metal stains after replacing the water. It’s been a full month since the water was replaced. I should have done this years ago. Iron stains started 7 years ago. The past 3 years were the worst. 3 years of having to add Metal Magic weekly only to see...
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    Any such thing as a liquid chlorine auto dispenser?

    Look up a Stenner pump for liquid chlorine dispensing. For the chlorine adjustments, visit the pool math calculator. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see where you can see the effects of adding any pool chemical based on the number of gallons entered at the top of the page...
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    Algae possible? Read the part about iron. Iron can precipitate and tint the color of the water.
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    New Motor Leak

    Good job!
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    Advice on heating/cooling inground pool

    One piece of advice. If you decide to go with either one, make sure that it gets plumbed in such a way that you can completely bypass the chiller/heater. I had this done after the fact and wish it had been done to begin with. With a gas heater, the copper exchanger is susceptible to...
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    I mostly use my 12 inch iPad or MacBook. In a pinch I'll use the iPhone but prefer the larger screens.
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    Back in the swim!

    Congrats on the new home and pool! You’re in the right place to learn everything you need to know about pool maintenance.
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    SWG and Iron Plumbing

    Keep in mind that a zinc anode in your skimmer basket is pretty worthless. The anode should be in contact with the water as well your bonding grid if you’re trying to avoid galvanic corrosion. The anodes I use are attached to my metal pool ladder below the water line and of course, the ladder...
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    If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

    I would have opted for a variable speed pump. And although I like a cartridge filter over sand, I wish I had the cartridge filter drain plumbed in such a way to allow me to drain water from the pool. Right now, my cartridge filter drain port just has a solid cap on it.
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    This website should render just fine using a mobile browser. For example, this is what it looks like using Safari on my iPhone.