Recent content by cjs

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    Trim Tile and Pebble Finish

    I am trying to make decisions on pool resurfacing. Currently have a 13 year old pool with white plaster, plan is to replace with a pebble finish. We really like the white pool and the water color from the white plaster, so not looking to actually change that. Therefore, we are going with a...
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    Equipment in direct sun increase water temperature?

    Yes, pump starts running about 11:00 am, which is before sun hits equipment. That's also when ambient temperature is still near or below water temp.. So that's not an issue for me.
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    Equipment in direct sun increase water temperature?

    I'm in Houston and have tried throughout the years to cool my pool with evaporative cooling fountains and such.. It's too humid here and just doesn't work... Doesn't matter time of day. This past weekend, I decided to build a frame from PVC and use a tarp to shade my pool equipment. My...
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    Glacier pool cooler question

    I purchased and am trying out the sprayers at arcticraincoolers.com. I can't tell yet if they are effective, and some say in humid environments, run them during the day...others say run them at night regardless. I haven't found the answer yet. I was close to convincing myself to spend the...
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    Glacier pool cooler question

    I am in Houston, TX and have the same problem with summer water temperature as many on here have discussed. I am very close to pulling the trigger on a glacier cooler. I know it's expensive, and I've read about and tried the pvc fountain method. I just can't get the results I want and I don't...
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    Help....down to the wire on Salt vs Chlorine

    Nothing like resurrecting a 2 year old post, but.... I have a pool that is not salt water, and otherwise matches up with the OP information in terms of coping/stone work and sun exposure. Furthermore, I also live in Cypress, TX. If the OP is still around, I'd like to know how he feels about...
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    Goldline controls aqua pod charging station

    Mine is 4 years old and its been fine until recently.
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    Goldline controls aqua pod charging station

    When I place the aquapod on the charger, it doesn't always charge the unit. The remote always turns on when I place it in the cradle, so the remote knows the charger is there, but I have to work to get it to show the battery charge indicator. If I don't, the remote shuts down as normal when...
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    pH and TA Suddenly very low

    OK...I could leave this open and see if the brains on this board would come up with the solution....but I figured it out! See, I have 2 bottles that are similar (the ones you get from the pool store for water samples). I use one for samples...and recently, I've been using the other 18 oz...
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    pH and TA Suddenly very low

    I added Borates to my pool about 3 weeks ago, and now sit at give or take 50 ppm. I have always had a problem managing the TA in my pool because the fill water has TA in excess of 300. So, for the past year or so, I have always added muriatic acid whenever I top off my pool to first bring pH...
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    Yep...just ordered some. Also, I just finished putting in the borax. No one ever suggested this, but I highly recommend pouring the fine powder with your back to the wind! Live and learn. One more question, any waiting period before swimming after adding borates?
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    It's definitely borates. Your response suggests my suspicion that it's a way to sell more! They sell the pro team line of products. I'll stick with the 30-50 recommended here. The pet issue was mandating that anyway. One other thing...no one sells borate test strips...the only store that...
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    There is one pool store in my area that promotes Borates in your pool. They even have a program where they guaranty no algae if you follow their program. If you get algae, they will personally maintain your pool at their expense to get the problem resolved. Pretty good endorsement for Borates...
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    High TA Fill water, constant Aeration, and Borates

    I am planning to add Borates in the very near future. My fill water has TA=300, so I am constantly working to keep that down, only to be set back as I top off my pool. Will adding Borates help keep TA down, or just keep pH in check? If I have Borates... 1) and high TA fill, will it be more...
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    Good news...I think

    The down side of waiting until October to do this is that the water is too cold for me to get in. So, I can't remove the lights and clean out behind them. What's the chance I've still gotten rid of this? I'm hanging my hat on the idea that I had a very minimal algae problem to begin with...