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    Stupid question about when to close my pool

    Hello all, Here in Michigan, it appears the general rule of thumb is to close your pool on/around Labor Day. I've also done some research that says to close the pool "when the temperature is consistently below 60 F." I'm trying to figure out what it means for a temperature to be...
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    Some pool-closing questions - type of cover, etc.

    Hello all, We have an above-ground, oval pool (18' x 33'). The pool is completely surrounded by a deck that is 48" high, with no room to get a cover in between so for the three years we've been here, we've closed the pool like it's an inground pool. We used a 20' x 40' cover purchased at our...
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    CYA Test - Am I doing it right?

    Thanks for this method - seems work much better for me.
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    CYA Test - Am I doing it right?

    Hello all, I have a question about the CYA test. I know it's a little subjective, but I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly. After mixing the solution (1/2 pool water, 1/2 reagent), I hold the tube with the black dot at waist level and add the solution until the dot disappears. My...
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    Shot in the dark - places to find the right skimmer basket?

    Hello all, Since moving in 4 years ago, I've had a hard time finding any parts for my skimmer. Last year, I finally managed to find a replacement skimmer basket, it appeared cheaper than the original and finally broke yesterday (after lasting about one year). My problem is, I can't find the...
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    To replace the whole pool or not - that is the question

    It's hard to get a good picture. The first one you can see the skimmer and lights on either side (these are just plastic fixtures, we don't actually have the lights for them). One is straight down, you can see the plumbers putty I'm temporarily using to try and slow the leak down. And...
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    To replace the whole pool or not - that is the question

    Ha. Oops. Just forgot. Thanks.
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    To replace the whole pool or not - that is the question

    Hello all, I couldn't decide if this should be in Above Ground Pools or here in Under Construction, so I flipped a coin & here won. If it's wrong, sorry! Some quick background: we bought our house in 2016, it was built in 2000 and I think the pool and deck were installed shortly after. The...
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    A few balancing/pool cleanliness questions

    Thank you for the response. So during a SLAM, if my number is 20 then it should never drop (much) below 20? What I mean is, should I be targeting like 25 so that I catch it before it hits 20? I'm a little confused - according to the SLAM page, it says to bring the chlorine up to shock level...
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    Is This Algae?

    I have been - for 8 days, and my OCLT hasn't changed (decreased) at all. I have a thread on it here: https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/a-few-balancing-pool-cleanliness-questions.213704/#post-1878395
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    Is This Algae?

    Thursday update: OCLT still at 4. Water still clear & 0 CC. I thought that maybe I was mis-reading my CYA test (though I had my wife do it, and she was getting 40) so I upped the chlorine level for 24 hours. Same amount of loss. I've been doing a lot of Googling on this and am still at a...
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    Is This Algae?

    Hello all, Sorry for the poor pictures, it's hard to take closeups of things underwater or that are tiny. You can see some small "clumps" on the bottom of my pool, I used my robot vacuum and took some pictures. A lot of it looks like cottonwood or some other sort of plant material, but there...
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    A few balancing/pool cleanliness questions

    We did that - I had my wife double-check and perform some of the tests herself - we're getting the same values.
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    Any way to seal a leak around a light with water in the pool?

    Thanks for the replies. Our water hardness is already somewhat high, that's why we try and fill through the softener. We can bypass it, but would rather not if possible.