Recent content by JFS61

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    Calcium Chloride - How Much Can I Add

    Yep, I never could get any reading whatsoever with my Taylor test kit, so decided to check with the City, and sure enough, their most recent annual water quality report showed a calcium level of 3.49 PPM. To look at it on the bright side, at least we don't have to worry about kidney stones...
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    Calcium Chloride - How Much Can I Add

    Our city water has less than four (4) ppm of calcium out of the tap, so anytime you backwash or vacuum to waste, out comes the bucket of calcium chloride (it also has a TA of 320, but that's a headache for another thread).
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    Calcium Chloride - How Much Can I Add

    According to PoolMath, I need to add in 12 pounds (pool is 10,000 gallons). I realize that my original question was worded rather vaguely, as my concern was in regards to there being a limit as to how many pounds of CH one can add to a pool in a given application.
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    Calcium Chloride - How Much Can I Add

    As per the title, how much calcium chloride can one add at to a pool without causing problems?
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    Pool Measuring Caps/Cups

    I was wondering, do anyone have a source for the old combination measuring cup/bottle caps, like the ones HTH used use for their chemicals? Outside of the 5 lb Refresh chlorine bottles (see below), I don't know of anyone else that still uses them. The reason I ask is that I had several of them...
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    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    Hope everyone is doing well. The power distribution situation as it's stands, is quite disturbing. Kinda weird that a state like Texas, with all its oil and gas production, would have an issue with the shortage of energy. As for the pool, it appears to be okay, although the surface has frozen...
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    Valves Open?

    No water features, so I guess I'm okay then. No tarp, though (almost impossible to find around here now).
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    Valves Open?

    Sorry, for the constant questions (I get confused easily), but was just curious by what everyone means by "turning the valves open." As before, earlier in the fall, I drained both the pump and filter, and assumed that was all I needed to do. However, I have seen some asking if I have opened up...
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    Antifreeze in Skimmer

    Also, should we poke a small in the cap of the bottle to allow air to escape to aid in collapsing?
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    Antifreeze in Skimmer

    Yeah. I had already pulled the plugs on the pump and filter back in November to save wear and tear on the system (it's over twenty year old). I thought about getting it up and running again, but mknauss said to leave it be. We've never had any problem not running it in the past during freezes...
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    Antifreeze in Skimmer

    Any tips for us crazy Texans? Do we just put an full, unopened jug of RV Antifreeze in the skimmer basket, or do we partially empty it to give to give it more crushability?
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    Extended freeze with possible ice storm expected in Houston

    I was thinking about doing that, but as there's going to be freezing rain, but I was worried about the weight of water-soaked blankets potentially damaging unsupported portions of the above-ground piping.
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    Single Digits In Central Texas Next Week

    Thanks. We're just about at the upper limit of the 5" line.
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    Single Digits In Central Texas Next Week

    By valves, do you mean the red-handled valves on the mains at ground level, or the multiport? As for the red turn valves, I haven't touched them, and they are in the same position as when the pool runs. Anyway, the pad is up against the backyard fence, and blocked from the north wind by the...