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    water trickling out the backwash line

    Thanks for the advice! The whole multiport assembly was replaced last year because it was leaking out the waste line. When it leaked last year, we lost a lot more water than we did this time. Would running the pump for a few minutes in the off position cause any other damage to the pool...
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    water trickling out the backwash line

    Last night when I went to turn the pump off, I discovered that we had lost an inch or two of water during the day and there was a big puddle of water near the backwash line. Earlier that day, my husband cleaned out the pump basket and mistakenly turned the pump back on when the Jandy lever that...
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    Accuracy of Taylor test strips

    I would like to purchase some test strips for my son to use when we go out of town. I want to make it easy for him to test since he is taking care of the pool for free. Taylor makes some test strips now that are supposed to be accurate, according to their website. Has anyone tried these...
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    How quickly does chlorine degrade after manufacturing date?

    A local store has 10% liquid chlorine on sale for $8.99 for 4 gallons, which is cheapest price I could find in my town. Manufacturing date was April 2nd, and it has probably been stored inside the store the whole time since I remember seeing it there in April. I plan on using it within 2 weeks...
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    Aloha fiberglass calcium scale all over pool

    It took about a week. I increased my calcium levels gradually, instead of adding all of the calcium at once since I had to add a lot of calcium. After each calcium application, I brushed the walls and floor of the pool real well several times. Once I finally got to 300 ppm, the chalky white...
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    Order to add chemicals

    I need to add muriatic acid, a bag of salt, and 20 pounds of calcium to my pool. (PH is 7.8 or 8.0, salt is 2800, CH is 130, FC is 5, CC is 0). I assume that I should add the muriatic acid first. After adding the muriatic acid, how long should I wait before adding either salt or calcium...
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    Vacation advice needed

    Thanks for the advice. I thought about using a floater, but I was afraid that it would get stuck in a corner near the wall, or near the ladder, like it usually does. If I could figure out some way to get the floater to stay in the middle of the pool in the deep end, would the chlorine cause...
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    Vacation advice needed

    We are going on vacation for a week in June, and I need some advice on what I need to do to keep the pool from turning into a swamy mess while we are gone. We do not have a timer, so we can't run the pump and SWG a few hours a day, and I do not feel comfortable running the pump 24-7 while we...
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    Aloha fiberglass calcium scale all over pool

    I had a chalky white substance on the walls of my fiberglass pool last year. I originally thought it was calcium scaling, but a fiberglass pool pro said that it was caused by low calcium and high PH. When I tested the water, the calcium level was only 100, and PH was 7.8. I increased the...
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    backwashing during a SLAM

    Is it harmful to your sand filter to backwash often, or backwash when chlorine levels are really high? There is a tree next to my pool that is dumping seeds and tiny leaves into my pool constantly, so I'm concerned that I won't be able to clear this pool up unless I vacuum once a day during the...
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    Advice needed before I start a SLAM

    We opened up our pool yesterday, and the water so green that we can't see the bottom. I checked all of the chemicals with my Taylor K-2006 test kit and everything is within normal limits except for CYA which was 0, PH which is either 7.6 or 7.8, and CC which is .5. I was very surprised to see...
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    submersible pump advice needed

    Thanks for the advice. I don't have somewhere low to drain to so I think I will try this submersible pump since it is so cheap. I wish I could use an automatic pool cover pump so I won't have to mess with draining out water periodically but I don't think it would work well since I don't have a...
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    submersible pump advice needed

    I need to purchase a submersible pump to pump water out of my pool over the winter periodically when the water level gets close to the tile line. I've got a mesh cover that lets rain into my pool so I will probably have to pump water out several times over the winter to keep the water below the...
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    Looking into a fiberglass pool and I have lots of questions!

    I am not a moderator in this forum but I've learned a lot about construction of fiberglass pools this year because I had crack in mine. If I were you, I'd definitely consider getting your pool backfilled with gravel and consider getting a sump tube installed so it can be safely drained for...
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    concerns regarding closing at shock level

    I really don't want to mess with adding more chlorine later this fall or in the early spring before we open. It is just really hard to get the loop locks on and off and I think it would be difficult to get the chlorine distibuted around the pool well enough with a brush unless a lot of those...