Recent content by ghall6292

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    Fall conversion?

    Looked back at my notes and photos. From my experience, when I was at the stage where you are now, there was no more goo. But I didn't drain and you did, so maybe you have avoided the whole crappy goo issue all together. Cross your fingers... I think you're almost home! Nice job so far.
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    Bleach

    Never tried this particular brand, but once, in a pinch, I bought two gallons of something similar. Took it home and tested with my TF100 kit. Result: not quite 4%. Basically just 96% water. :mad: Someone on the forum once stated that if the percentage is not listed, there's a reason. I...
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    Skimmer block off for winter?

    I tried 'em twice. No more. Both fell out. This year I'm going with the cut up pool noodle tightly squeezed into the "tub" of the skimmer, and extending through the mouth of the unit slightly into the pool. (See Newdude above.) I plan on lowering my water about 2-3" below the bottom of the...
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    Fall conversion?

    I didn't seem to have any issues with a rainy day or two when I converted. I don't use "official" skimmer socks, but rather spun polyester hairnets purchased by the hundred from Amazon. Can usually find them for under $10 a pkg., as I recall. Mine were on throughout the conversion and almost...
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    Homemade winter skimmer plug ideas

    Forgot to mention, I also have a Gizmo, but it does nothing to prevent the mouth of the skimmer from freezing up and becoming a solid part of the pool iceberg, as you mentioned.
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    Homemade winter skimmer plug ideas

    Newdude, I like the pool noodle hack. Are you cutting them into long enough pieces so that they sorta fill the skimmer body, then bend at the top to go into the skimmer mouth (then a little into the pool as well?) Otherwise, it seems like a bunch of little pieces of noodles would just scatter...
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    Pool pump died when closing

    I'm in North Central Pa., and right about now, I just do the SLAM/Polyquat thing and cover using a pillow 3/4 inflated. I wait until all/most of the leaves have fallen, maybe Nov. 1st, then spend a good hour or so cleaning off all I can from my winter cover. After that, I just monitor the...
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    Bring FC To Shock Level/Polyquat 60 question

    Thanks Allen. I was thinking that it probably made little difference, then the little voice in my head started with, "Better make sure!"
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    Fall conversion?

    Your pool is about 2/3 the size of ours. I didn't drain and refill because we are on well water, and "hauled" water for half a pool full, would have cost us around $600. Without draining, we only used around 20 gallons of 10% chlorine from start to finish. Even accounting for hot weather, if...
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    Bring FC To Shock Level/Polyquat 60 question

    I am in the process of closing my AG pool. Last week I brushed the walls and vacuumed and backwashed on Thursday. Water temp was finally in the 50's. With great weather forecast for both Friday and Saturday, I added chlorine to bring me up to SLAM level and hold for 12 hours. Now I just...
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    Recommended pH Level For Pool Closing

    Thanks again! Sounds good. My TA is 80-ish and that's why my pH runs where it does: because it wants to... :) . My CH has been 125 almost forever, so I guess I'm good to go.
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    Recommended pH Level For Pool Closing

    Thanks, Marty. I have a laminated version of that to take out with me during my close so I don't forget anything. Mine is a bit "customized" so that anyone could close my pool if I was unable to do so. Also have the same for opening. However, it only speaks to chlorine and polyquat; says...
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    Recommended pH Level For Pool Closing

    I didn't make any notes from last year except for chlorine levels and Polyquat levels for closing my AGP. Am I correct to think that pH will rise gradually by Spring? I normally run it at 7.5/7.7 when open. Should I leave it alone or lower it to close? If so, what's the recommendation...
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    1st SLAM a Success!

    I just completed my first SLAM since joining TFP 3 years ago. I was both looking forward to it, and dreading it at the same time. Over the past couple years, I have read and re-read the process dozens of times, knowing it was only a matter of time until I would need to do it. In my case, it...
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    Recommend a submersible pump?

    Yes it does. I think they normally come with the garden hose attachment included. I use a 5/8" hose on mine. I used mine just yesterday to drain and clean our horse watering tanks. Each hold 100 gallons of water and were both pretty full. Drain time with my pump was less than 6 minutes per...