Recent content by JohnathanStein

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    Solar heat -- reduce pump output from 1.5" to 1"

    Well, it's a way to get my feet wet on the topic... 10 sq. ft. is more than some of the toys they sell: Amazon.com : Kokido Keops Solar Dome Above Ground Swimming Pool Water Heater | K835CBX/RV : Garden & Outdoor Any idea on the pump strain issue, due to reduction in output diameter? Also...
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    Solar heat -- reduce pump output from 1.5" to 1"

    Would it harm the pump to reduce the output from 1.5", then run it through 300' of 1" black poly pipe, then back to the pool? It's a two-speed pump, running on low speed 24/7. The only time I use high speed is for the vacuum, backwash, etc.
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    NEW POOL -- Pump & Filter placement?

    OK, my brain must be addled from all the excavation & setup work...here is a better arrangement of filter & pump, closer to the pool, looks like 3' hoses could be used instead of 6'. SEE 1st PHOTO. -- Looking at the hoses close up, are these made to be cut into shorter hoses? SEE 2nd PHOTO...
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    Grease question

    Thanks!
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    NEW POOL -- Pump & Filter placement?

    Before I dig in the dirt and level the 2" solid blocks with sand, is this set up correctly? SEE PHOTO. -- Are the filter & pump too close/far from pool wall? -- Is it OK if hoses touch? -- Hoses are dinky, want to replace with better ones; any suggestions as to a quality Brand? -- Both are...
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    Grease question

    Is this 90% Silicone good for O-Rings? Ace Silicone Grease 1/2 fl. oz.(050094) - Faucet Grease - Ace Hardware I called the store, they said the package reports "No petroleum" in the product.
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    New pool -- Test kit?

    No danger to cats, dogs, chickens, etc?
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    New pool -- Test kit?

    What do you do with the test water after readings -- safe to go down septic, toss behind bushes, etc.?
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    New pool -- Test kit?

    How many extra magnets? Never used TF-100 or mag-stir; could you give brief outline of the process? Am starting up new pool... Thx!
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    New pool -- Test kit?

    Have had the Intex variety of soft-side pools for years, starting with 10' and moving up to 18'. Filled with shallow-well water, always got by with floater-tablets, and a weekly bottle of Bleach. Finally decided to put in a permanent hard-wall, 24' Aluminum, 4' deep above-ground. Just...
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    HELP! Hazy, turned Cloudy, turned Milky

    All seems well, although am getting more debris in the pool -- a few leaves and misc. Test for Wed. was: TC: 3 pH: 7.2 Tonight (Sunday) was: TC: 3 pH: 7.3 Will wait for pH: to rise a bit more before dumping the last of the MA.
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    HELP! Hazy, turned Cloudy, turned Milky

    TC is 4. Will wait for Wed. night test to run pH and TA, since we haven't been in enough to splash around to raise pH.
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    HELP! Hazy, turned Cloudy, turned Milky

    It seemed that TA didn't change, unless I added MA; after adding, pH rose to 7.4 and stayed there (ph rises slower, the lower the TA, it seems). Since the TA goal is 80, and since I want to get rid of the small amount of MA left, I thought to bring down TA a bit, from the last reading of 120...
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    HELP! Hazy, turned Cloudy, turned Milky

    Forgot to report last night: TC: 3 Although nobody has complained about the water, I'm going to use up the Muriatic Acid to reduce TA (was 120), since I doubt I'll have any other use for it. pH has been consistent at 7.4.
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    HELP! Hazy, turned Cloudy, turned Milky

    Guess I'll do it every other time, then. Keeping in mind that I'm a "newbie" to drop testing & pool problems...what could pH indicate?