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    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    That's promising news! the debris collects at the deepest point of the pool, for the most part, so it won't need to reach to the far corners. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks
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    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    I'd much rather pull it up out to empty than put my hand in to connect it every time I want to run it. Which is why it never got done during winter before
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    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    I don't 'close' my pool in the Northeastern US sense. I add a lot of bleach, turn off the heater and run the pump about 2 hours a day all winter. The lowest the pool water temp gets is about 45 degrees. My pool (despite an automatic cover) gets a lot of pine needles and worms during the winter...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I downloaded the PoolMath app and will be using it. Here in Portland, I don't close like you do in the NE. We don't hard freeze. So in Oct I just put in a ton of bleach and turn off everything. Worked well this year. Pool was only slightly cloudy when I powered up in late May. The frequent...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Thank you! I still need to find a long term solution to obtaining 10% bleach without long drives in traffic. I went to the pool store today to replenish my re-agent supply and asked if they stock it. Of course not. He recommended Cal-Hypo, which I am still considering going back to just for...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Little change. 7.5 this morning.
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    FC is 8 right now. We'll see what the morning brings. Thanks y'all
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I've been thinking of converting to SWG. I don't think it's too expensive but we have some taxes to pay first. ;) Good news. Still had some FC in the pool when I got home. 1.5ppm. This is of course on a cloudy day with zero bathers. but that's better than I thought it would be. I got the 10%...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Our Home Depots and Lowes don't stock it for pickup OR delivery. Guess there isn't enough demand here. Walmart currently has some in stock online so I am ordering 10 jugs now. This isn't a good permanent solution though because they don't deliver and I have to pick it up at a Walmart that is...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I have been adding bleach constantly since I opened the pool. The only time I was able to get it up to 7 was when I added the last of my cal hypo. I'm out of bleach now. Will have to go get more. That's another issue. The amount of time and effort to get the quantity of bleach needed is becoming...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Checked just now. FC is at 2 after overnight test. Curious what it will be when I come home. probably zero again (cloudy cool day, no bathers). The bleach is from Walmart, their BASIC BLEACH. I just bought it but of course it could have been sitting on pallets in the sun. Who knows? I am very...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Ok I'll give it a try. I used the TFP app to calculate the amount of bleach to bring it up to 4, but it only brought it to 1. Not sure what's going on. There is no sun on the pool at all. Water is crystal clear. Aggravating. Got it up to 3 with another 120 oz. That's the best I could do before...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I'll try lowering the TA a bit. I guess I thought that since the pool is getting little to no use, there would at least be a smidge of chlorine left after 2 days. The pool filter is on about 4 hours a day right now. We are still easing into summer here. The more I run the pool, the higher...
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    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    FC: 0 CC: 0-1 PH: 7.6 (was 7.4 yesterday after dose of pH-down) TA: 80 CH 190 (maybe, sample turns pink and violet instead of red/blue--- so not sure i'm interpreting results correctly) CYA 33 I spent all of last summer draining and refilling to get the CYA below 100. I added 240 oz of bleach...
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    Rough coping cutting and scraping everyone (pic)

    wow that sander is affordable! I have an automatic cover that sits below the coping, so I could sand with the pool covered . I sure wouldn't want to hit the pool cover with it though. Thanks for the recommendation. If the epoxy doesn't work, I might try it.