Recent content by marcgr

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    Pool sharing in the time of Coronavirus

    Thanks all for the responses! I should have been more clear on the “who” in this. I am talking 5th graders with their parents who are family friends, in a defined period; not random kids goofing around unsupervised whenever! People who have been here before and who know my pool rules (and I can...
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    Pool sharing in the time of Coronavirus

    My pool is 74 degrees and swimmable. We are on lockdown here in Austin TX but I am thinking of inviting friends and neighbors to share my pool as a relief from being locked in all the time. We would still maintain social distancing - one family unit using the pool at a time, and we would not...
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    First time adding CYA.

    You can also use pucks, especially in this time of low chlorine availability. Simply use as many pucks as you need to get the CYA level you want (poolmath will tell you how many) and the chlorine comes for “free”.
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    Austin, TX - New Pool Build - About to sign and need suggestions!

    Sounds good! I like my in-floor cleaner. I noticed that both you and DB Cooper put in Salt Water systems. Our PB flat refused to do it (we are in ATX also). Has the PB industry changed their opinion of SWG in TX?
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    Recommended chlorine puck brands

    My local Costco has 2 kinds of pucks mixed together. One has algaecide for sure, the other, I’m not sure...?
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    Algae ? That won't brush off

    Check that your spots aren’t really iron. If you’ve had high PH it could have deposited, and it can look like mold. Rub a vitamin C tablet on it, if it disappears like magic then it’s iron.
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    Pool green no bleach available

    Anyone else in the same situation of needing to add both CYA and Chlorine... as liquid chlorine is in short supply nationally, why not consider dichlor or tricolor - powder or pucks - instead of adding CYA and chlorine separately? Pool math will tell you how much you need to add to get your CYA...
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    Stinky Pucks?

    Ye Yes. I’m a BBB Believer and only ever bought pucks once before so I don’t know what to get! Anyway they are Clorox XtraBlue but the tablets themselves are white and no listing of copper on the label anywhere so...?
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    Stinky Pucks?

    Thanks. The bucket was sealed so I don’t know how they could get wet? Anyway I think I need to move them outside now.
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    Stinky Pucks?

    I am thinking bleach is going to be in short supply for a while. I bought a bucket of pucks from Costco, date code 20008716, and they reek! My whole garage smells of chlorine even with the lid closed on these. Is this normal? Will there be any chlorine left in them or are they just CYA pucks now?
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    Easy solar pool cover strap fix

    My solar pool cover straps have been a problem for years - coming unglued from the reel, and half of those stupid clips don’t work. Just fixed them all in about 30 minutes. To attach the straps to the reel, remove the Velcro sections and clean off old glue with a solvent and paper towel. I...
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    Easy Ascorbic Acid treatment

    Good suggestion but nope! The hill immediately above the pool is mine and I put buffalo grass on it that I haven’t needed to fertilize. There’s no way a neighbor’s fertilizer could run off into my pool.
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    MA slam for weeks, Mustard Algae will not die

    Turns out it was metal stains. Metal is uncommon in my area so I assumed it was mustard algae. Ascorbic acid took it right off, confirming metal stains.
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    Easy Ascorbic Acid treatment

    Most of my stains were at the bottom of the deep end. Also, I wanted minimum disturbance of the water so that the AA hung around the stained areas as long as possible.
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    Easy Ascorbic Acid treatment

    I don’t know where it’s coming from. My pool is on a hill and on the exposed side of the pool I have some mineral deposits so I know my pebbletec isn’t completely water tight. Assuming there’s some rebar slowly dissolving into the pool although I’d welcome any educated guess.