Recent content by giulietta1

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    Just bought house with pool---probably hasn't been opened in 3 years...

    Or just roll your eyes and say, "Kids!"
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    Jules is BACK!

    It's been years since I posted here, although I've visited several times lately. I wanted to share with fellow TFP-ers that I recently started a pool maintenance business! The region where I live lacked such a service until I started my business, Jules' Pools. It is largely a result of spending...
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    Vacuuming

    Thank you, and it seems like a good explanation to me! My pool was largely a DYI by the folks who sold us the house. I am not sure where such a valve might be! There are push-pull valves on two pipes on the equipment pad. I may have to take some pics of the system.
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    Vacuuming

    How DOES one close off (or half close) the main drain? Up until now I've always used a Pool Buster, which recently died. I've been trying to use the vac head, but my suction sucks. :( I did fill the vac hose with water and turned the pump to high. The vacuum plate appears to be firmly...
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    Check my progress

    One more night (or two) at shock level wouldn't hurt, especially since your water's not clear yet. Looks like you're getting close, tho.
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    Hi AK and low PH and Borax

    It would make more sense to aerate as Jason suggests. What KIND of test kit? Is it drops-based, or strips? You need to be able to test more than just CL, pH and Alk. Other tests only need to be done occasionally (such as CYA or CH), but they are important. If you have a pool store that uses...
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    Hi AK and low PH and Borax

    What are you using to test your water? If you're using test strips, be aware that they're not very reliable. Test kits recommended by this forum are the TF-100 or the Taylor K-2006. Borax shouldn't have much effect on alkalinity, but it should raise the pH. Your alk is very high (if your...
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    hello and can anyone help?

    Sam, I have an indoor pool, so I can relate! Once you've gotten rid of your CC's, you should focus on preventing them, which is easier. First things first. . . Best thing I've found for knocking out CC's is sodium percarbonate. It never really caught on as a pool shock, so it's a little hard...
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    janeann11's Pool

    Fan-TAB-u-lous!!! You forgot to post directions so we can come visit. . .
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    Best alternative to chlorine

    I'd suggest you spend some time reading in this forum, especially the "Pool School" area. Many people who THINK they have a problem with chlorine actually do NOT; it may be you have a sensitivity to by-products of poorly-maintained chlorine pools. A well-maintained chlorine pool does not have...
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    Can a pool be physically upgraded?

    How about adding a portable hot tub? I don't know for sure if your pool setup COULDN'T be upgraded, but I'm reasonably certain that it would be complicated and expensive. Portable hot tubs have more jets and are likely to be more comfortable than the inground kind. The plumbing is...
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    the well traveled test kit

    Yes, you are certainly on the right track, but you will want to test the other water factors too, including CH (calcium hardness) and TA (total alkalinity), if you haven't already. Those may need adjusting too. :)
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    Pump is broken...what to do about pool

    Do you have a test kit? If you've been using pucks and powdered "shock," quite likely your CYA (maybe CH too) is too high. I'd suggest you talk to your landlord about providing you with a good test kit, if you don't have one! My pump quit working a couple of months ago and it was about three...
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    Recommended Clarifier?

    I'm not sure what you mean by "conditioner" b/c many different products are called by that term. Some are useful or even essential, and some are a waste of money. CYA is sometimes called a "conditioner," tho, and it is a necessity for outdoor pools! Clarifier is generally not recommended on...