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    Polywood Rocking Chairs

    True enough. I have retrieved some sling back chairs from the pool due to wind.
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    Need advice after "opening" pool

    You are not missing anything. For a pool to clear that fast it wasn't that bad to start with or someone is blowing smoke up your backside. A well maintained pool doesn't go bad overnight even if the pump is off. I closed mine in early October last year and opened it in early may. It was...
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    SLAM a neglected Pool

    The complete T100 test kit is exclusive. You can find a FAS-DPD kit at any number of places.
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    SLAM a neglected Pool

    They might have the kit. The problem is that they don't follow our methods and will try to upsell you on things you don't need. I'd go there to purchase the kit (if they have one) but I'd never trust their results over mine. I'd never trust their "advice" over anything I learned here...
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    Polywood Rocking Chairs

    We have two rockers. They are in the shade most of the time. The red color has held up. They work fine and are 2 - 3 years old now. No complaints so far other than they are heavy.
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    Fence questions for new pools - Lawyer types needed!

    That sounds good in theory. Just wait until your insurance company says add a fence or we will cancel your policy. The pool sites on a 3 acre property surrounded by a 330 acre farm. The pool is grandfathered in since it predates the state wide pool fence ordinance. None of which mattered to...
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    Testing concerns with the Taylor K-2006C kit...

    +1 on getting your chems in line first. A pool light at night shows everything. I've seen my water be crystal clear during the day and still show floaters at night. That's what filters are for. Do the SLAM, pass the OCLT, and then worry about what the light shows at night.
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    cyanuric acid drop

    None of us believe pool store test results. They are notoriously unreliable. I see Marty just posted before I did. You are in good hands with him.
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    Construction costs

    I expected some extra cost because you typically have to fix something when you tear off a 23 year old roof. In our case there was very little damage to be repaired but the shingle cost increased dramatically in the four months between quoting the job and buying the shingles.
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    Construction costs

    Most contractors are "pricing" jobs with a materials clause that lets them pass along unexpected cost increases. That little bit of fine print added $2,500 to the cost of a new roof I had installed earlier this year. Quite a surprise when I received the final bill.
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    Construction costs

    I feel your pain. Even little projects are crazy. I wanted a generous two car garage/workshop for our vacation place. Pre-Covid it was a $25-$30K project. Today it's a $45 -$50K project. I'm sorry I waited two years ago. I'll just wait another year or two and see what happens.
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    What is the weirdest thing you've found in your skimmer basket?

    "bras and Panties..." Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
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    What is the weirdest thing you've found in your skimmer basket?

    Opossum, toads, chipmunk, mice, voles, small snake. This question has come up before. The warm weather owners list things like scorpions, rattle snakes and an alligator. I'll keep our cold winters and avoid that kind of thing.
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    Another Slow Slammer

    If you really can't wait just do the CYA test. If you are close to full you have enough water in to see a big change. That will at least validate what you have done so far. Hold off on adding anything until the pool is full. An off the chart CYA level is what brought me to TFP. I know I...
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    Does anyone go an entire swimming season without SLAMing their pool?

    Open and close every year to clear water. Can't remember the last time I had to SLAM. I close late and open fairly late. Just last week for instance. I wait until the crops are planted and the fields are sprayed before I open. The water was still clear and about 64 when I fired it up. The...