Recent content by GypsmJim

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    Is there a Good Automatic Chlorinator?

    I'm sorry, I should have been a lot more specific. Above ground pool, use bleach to maintain CL level. I want an automatic CL feeder. The one I had used a cartridge that lasted about 2 weeks. The ones I have seen (e.g. Hayward) use Trichlor tablets. I just want to buy a good one.
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    Is there a Good Automatic Chlorinator?

    I had a good unit for about 25 years. It took a cartridge that lasted the whole 2 weeks we were on vacation. The sun UV finally corroded it and it needed to be replaced. The local dealer still sold the cartridges, but the unit was out of production. The alternative unit was a "Swimline" unit...
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    Pool Hose Discoloration

    Yes, trichlor. I only use that for the short period that we are on vacation and nobody is home to mind the pool. ALL other times its bleach because that's what i learned on this site. Still trying to figure out if the hose is going to disintegrate...
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    Pool Hose Discoloration

    Its an above ground pool in a northern climate. The pump and related hoses are removed to the basement in the winter. It's not UV related. The skimmer to pump hose shows no discoloration. The discolored hose is white now at the inlet end and grey at the discharge end, with a gradual color...
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    Pool Hose Discoloration

    Years ago I had a hose crack while on vacation, so now I replace them annually. I have 2 hoses - one from the skimmer to the pump, and the other from the filter back to the discharge into the pool. I buy the high pressure hoses that are grey in color. This year the return hose from the filter...
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    Winter Cover Pillow

    I have several River Rats already. We use them to tube down the river. I buy a new cover every year and the pillows come with them free.
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    Winter Cover Pillow

    That's the issue. Without the pillow, draining the water off is not as easy.
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    Winter Cover Pillow

    Had the pool for 25 years. Never had a problem before the past 5 years. Put the cover on in September with a blue pillow. By the end of October it was no more. Took the cover off today and it was deflated, full of water and at the bottom of the pool. The red plug was firmly in place and I...
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    Closing Chemicals

    24' round Cl bleach treated pool....Northern snow climate. The pool store sells a "closing kit" comprised of a gallon of "winter conditioner", a gal of algaecide and 2 gal of shock. You are supposed to put them in, mix with the filter pump and then drain below the fittings and put on the...
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    TA ?

    Now I'm sorry I asked the question. In the face of contradictory specifications, what is a person supposed to think? Now that I know it doesn't matter (probably), I'll just have another beer.
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    TA ?

    I agree.
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    TA ?

    OK, I found the chart now. However, the charts in the TF-100 test kit show different numbers (much higher) for bleach treated pool TA. That's where my concern came from. Thanks...
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    TA ?

    Low end,yeah.....that's my point......LOL. The TF-100 kit says the min should be 100. (OK, it's not a "book", its the bible then.)
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    TA ?

    My TA is 50, the book says it should be 100. Yes, I am wiping per the directions on the TF-100 kit. My pH has been a constant 7.5 all Summer. Never changed. Should I be worried? Should I get some baking soda and adjust it up? Or, leave well enough alone?
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    Not Complaining, but...

    My CYA was 50 at pool opening, but then we went on vacation and had to use an automatic chlorinator for the 10 days we were gone, so naturally it went up. Current results are: CYA = 60 Target CL = 5-7 Actual CL = 7-8, never once lower than 5 in the evening test pH = 7.4 consistently all summer...