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    6-7" high to fill the gap

    Digging down was definitely the right move, building a pool on fill is never a good idea. It can be done but requires more than just moving dirt around. The fill material must be a stable material that can be packed in layers to build up a solid base. Some above ground pools are rated to be...
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    Saltwater 8000 vs saltwater lx @ pool factory

    Sorry, I haven't been on for a while and just saw your question. The liner will need to stretch a little, you want it to fit tight. The water will stretch it, but of course you don't want that to be excessive. I hung the liner all around the pool wall and then stuck the hose from a shop vac...
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    TF100 vs Taylor 2006

    Pool School - Test Kits Compared If you get the standard K-2006 you will need refills for the chlorine test and CYA test almost right away, the 3/4 oz bottles go pretty quickly. The K-2006C has much larger 2oz bottles and goes a lot further. I also really like the Taylor kit box, keeps...
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    Installing a hot tub in my garage. Need some advise.

    Most standalone spas don't allow for just sticking a shim under it to level it out, it would void the warranty and probably damage the tub. The spa would need to be shimmed in multiple places, all across the width so the underside can remain fully supported. The owners manual will usually detail...
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    New here, dumping pool store advice, attempting to restore clear blue water - HELP!

    I would look for a source that has stronger chlorine. With a stronger concentration you won't need as many gallons. Adding 8-9 gallons at a time would be a lot of work, 12.5% you'll use half as much. It looks like you have a couple Menards stores that aren't too far away, they carry Splash...
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    Had to drain pool and start fresh.

    Re: Had to drain pool and start fresh. Pool School - Guide for Seasonal/Temporary Pools The best advice I can offer is stop listening to the pool store and read this. The tablets and shock you use adds extra stuff you probably don't need or want. Trichlor tabs and dichlor shock cause your...
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    Brand New AGP - Need to Drain/Clean But Scared - Any Advice?

    You need to add CYA (stabilizer) and Chlorine right away. You should follow the SLAM process using liquid chlorine. Add enough CYA to get to about 30 and get your chlorine to shock level. For a CYA of 30 your shock level FC is 12, according to the chlorine/CYA chart. You'll need to maintain it...
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    Brand New AGP - Need to Drain/Clean But Scared - Any Advice?

    You can also just screw the union out of the pump. Just loosen the union and set the filter aside, then remove the half that's screwed into the pump, it's just a threaded fitting going into the pump. You can then screw in a hose barb or pvc fitting or pretty much any 1.5" fitting that you need.
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    Menard's liquid shock

    Pretty much the only chlorine I have used the last two years. It's really a bargain if you can stock up during the buy one get one free sale. They usually have one in mid May and again around the 4th of July. I just grabbed 36 gallon for the price of 18, that will get me through the year. Always...
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    New to TFP. 2nd year pool owner of 2nd pool Looking for sturdy steps not hefty price.

    I have these and we really like them a lot. Not sure what you feel is a hefty price, but I think they were a bargain compared to some of the wedding cake type steps. These are strong and go together very quick and easy, I filled the sides with 40# of sand as per the directions. They set in the...
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    AGP steps

    We have these Confer Steps in our pool, they were quick and easy to assemble and are very solid and stable. Put about 40# of sand in the side sections as per directions and they still would kinda float around when the kids would get the water moving. Once I got them secured to the deck I liked...
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    Off Level by 10”

    That much out of level, I'd have to say not at all. No way you can ever fill it far enough to run the pump so the pool is going to turn green in a couple days. Out of level even a couple inches puts tremendous stress on the pool frame and can cause it to bend and break or the liner to rip...
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    New AGP Purchased - July 3 Install

    Understand that hayward chlorinator is something for vacation and not a good way to maintain your pool every day. If you've been lurking a while you probably understand that dry chlorine products will give you high CYA problems over time. Stock up on liquid chlorine and save the chlorine pucks...
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    Liquid Chlrone

    All I've used the last couple years. Always really fresh and the sale makes it a bargain.
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    AG Steps

    I have these, and everyone who's been in the pool likes them a lot. They are rock solid once I got them fastened to the deck. Tried to get by without that, but even with 40# of sand in them they wanted to float around when the kids splashed in the pool. To be honest I was shocked how much...