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    Water Level for above ground pool when closing for winter

    I have always (7 years) drained my pool below the return and left all plumbing open. If I use an Aquadoor cover, that saves me the 4" or so of water to refill in the spring. Are there other advantages? Anything I need to watch out for? Also, It looks like the Aquadoor cover is 2 pieces. It...
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    Mesh or regular winter cover for Intex Ultra Frame?

    I have had a solid winter cover (Midwest Canvass) since getting my pool in 2012. I maybe should have retired it last year (lots of tiny pinprick holes), but I'm going to plan on using it this year as well. I remove plumbing to my skimmer and eyelet, and lower the water level to however low it...
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    Electric heaters.

    I'm not at all familiar with how TX and the creative plans,but in Illinois, I'm on the hourly pricing plan. I pay whatever the spot price is plus delivery fee. Most of the time, delivery fee is ends up being more than half my bill. I have to be about -$0.03/kWhr to actually be free. Just keep an...
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    Which chemicals do I need and best place to buy them?

    I buy my bleach for the season from Menards during their around Memorial Day sale (BOGO). It is label liquid shock and is 12.5% IIRC. I have also bought from a nearby pool store and is anywhere from 8-12%. In a bind I will also buy from Aldi or WalMart. The higher concentration stuff just makes...
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    Which chemicals do I need and best place to buy them?

    I'm more of a lurker here, but I do know what I use. If you are 24000 gallons, that's about double mine (13500). I typically use 4 cups of 12% bleach a day during the heat of summer. If you have a test kit, I would suggest you buy at least a case of 12% bleach (double if 6%) for now and see...
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    Jandy LRZ175EN parts offer

    Going to the curb Sunday night. Scrap truck will pick it up pretty quickly I'm guessing.
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    Jandy LRZ175EN parts offer

    I'm taking my Jandy Legacy 175,000 BTU heater to the curb next week. If anyone might want anything from it, let me know and I'll ship it to you for just the cost of shipping. You can read more about my heater (significant rust in burner) Heater Troubleshooting Help
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    Outside of ABG Pool...what did you put down around it?

    I'm jumping into this thread late, but I have river rock around the perimeter of my pool about 18-24" wide. I didn't want grass anywhere near it and be nicking up the paint finish of the sidewalls with the weed eater. @Rose38478, seeing your recent pictures concerns me based on my recent...
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    Looking for Solar Cover recommendations

    @MarlboroMan, https://images.homedepot-static.com/catalog/pdfImages/af/affb05b3-5fa2-4927-9f3c-9c8df4224436.pdf documents several things I have read here through the years. Biggest benefit of cover is heat loss due to evaporation loss. Clear cover is best for heat transfer into the pool...
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    Looking for Solar Cover recommendations

    I'm more of a lurker than a contributor, so take that for what it's worth. I have gotten ~3 years out of my last 2 solar covers. I also typically leave them on throughout the season except when we're expecting to be in the pool. The one I bought at the start of this season was Thermo-Tex 24...
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    which pump and how much run time

    Let me start by saying that I'm mostly a lurker and by no means an expert. For run time, check out Determine Pump Run Time - Trouble Free Pool. A few years ago, I switched from a single-speed 1HP to a 2-speed 1HP max. I run on low speed most of the time (except for manual vacuuming), and have...
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    Advice needed: Purchasing new heater

    Thanks @ajw22. I think that's the 2nd time in a week that you've corrected something I've said. Maybe I should go back into lurking mode. @batesjer, I think it's fair to ask the sales rep to show you those terms in writing. If they exist, it should be an easy task. If they cannot, you may want...
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    Advice needed: Purchasing new heater

    Warranty Information | Flow Control doesn't state anything about online requirement or exclusion.
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    Check Valve

    Thank you both for your information (and pH correction). I may just remove the chlorinator since I also have a Zodiak Nature cartridge that I have inline that I've not used since finding TFP.
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    Check Valve

    I'm in the process of replacing my heater. My previous heater didn't have a check valve between the heater and in-line puck chlorinator. I only use the pucks when I'm away for a weekend or want to slowly increase CYA (and add chlorine). I always run my pump on a timer, so I understand that the...