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    how low can you safely lower a fiberglass pool when closing

    My pool was closed this morning. The pool professionals lowered the water right below the returns, which is about 20" from the top of the deck, and 6" below the bottom of the skimmer. I don't think that we have a high water table but it kind of makes me nervous that they lowered it this...
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    Questions before closing with polyquat tomorrow

    I'm supposed to close tomorrow afternoon and my FC has already drifted down to 2 ppms above my normal chlorine level after shocking 3 days ago. It is going to be unseasonably warm today and sunny so I'm concerned FC will drop down below my normal chlorine level if I don't add some chlorine...
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    preventing leaves and debris from getting into loop-loc mesh-covered pool

    Thanks for all of the advice, everyone. I think I'm going to try putting foam noodles around the perimeter to see if it decreases the amount of leaves that blow under the cover during high winds, since this can be done very inexpensively. If this doesn't work, is there anything that I could...
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    preventing leaves and debris from getting into loop-loc mesh-covered pool

    Our pool is surrounded by trees so we always close it during the last week of October, before most of the trees lose their leaves. It is always a swamp when we open it each year because there is always a lot of leaves and debris in the pool, even though the mesh cover was on tightly the whole...
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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...