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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    I added 20 pounds of Calcium Chloride by spreading it in the deep end of the pool in front of the return. Salt cell still working and didn't have any trouble with it dissolving. I did have to brush it around a bit. Guess I was just lucky.
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    Most efficient use of heater

    Ok will do. Thanks!
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    Most efficient use of heater

    I heated my pool to 84 degrees so the grandkids could swim yesterday. I even went in with them. The high hit 75. 😀 The next 10 days call for highs in the low 50’s and lows in the 40’s and 30’s, with one night’s low of 28! Ouch! No one will be swimming. Am I better off keeping the heater at 84...
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    A Request from TFP, and a few updates

    I just want to say thank you to all of the volunteers who make this forum great! I am an end user of technology. That is someone who has very little knowledge of what it takes behind the scenes to to make any software, app, or message board work. So this thread was very educational for me. I...
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    Exhaust smell from Heater

    You may want to try to clean the orrifices. The smell I had coming from the exhaust is definitely gone.
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    Exhaust smell from Heater

    Had a chance to take out the orrifice assembly today. One of the orrifices had a spider web in it. I cleaned out the orrifices, reassembled, fired the heater back up. No gas smell. Burning clean. The whole job took about an hour. The hardest part was loosening the gas line union. Never thought...
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    Thanks for taking the time to post such a detailed explanation. This site is invaluable. I will raise my CH.
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    Any other Mods care to join in? Even though a vinyl pool doesn’t require calcium I figure that raising the level to 250 won’t hurt the pool water or affect the pool. I have read that soft water can be corrosive to pipes etc. Now I am the farthest thing from a chemist so I really don’t know how...
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    Thanks! Guess I was a little lazy! Could have looked up the answer.
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    Pool math says to add 32 pounds of calcium chloride. I will start with 22 pounds, test, and add more as needed. Do I just purchase this at a pool store and dump it in the pool all at one time? Is there a technique to adding the suggested amount? Will it cloud the pool for a while? Thanks for any...
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    Sorry I will add it to my signature. Here it is. I will raise my CH. thanks!
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    Exhaust smell from Heater

    Thanks for all of the replies. It seems we are on the right path and need to clean the orifices and the burners. I will try that and see if it works.
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    Calcium Hardness Vinyl Pool with Heater

    I posted this in the everything else thread, but didn't get a response. Figured all of the chemical experts hang out here. My CH has been consistent in the 100-125 range for 2 years now. (Sometimes I get 4 drops until the color change, sometimes 5). I am having heater issues and I dug up my...
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    Exhaust smell from Heater

    I had my neighbor look at my heater, and he thinks it is a gas smell coming from the exhaust when the heater is operating. He owns a commercial HVAC company. Admittedly, he does not have experience with pool heaters, but he understands furnaces, gas lines, pressures, etc. Stuff that is way out...
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    Exhaust smell from Heater

    Dug out my manual for the heater today. Haven't had a chance to take the heater apart, the weather is too bad. However, I noticed that Hayward recommends a calcium level of at least 200ppm. Since I have a vinyl liner pool I have not been concerned with the calcium level and mine has remained...