Recent content by MarkTX

  1. MarkTX

    Is that pool going to increase the value of your house by $x?

    I am never gonna move again... my kids can swim in it today and deal with it later... :)
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    Dolphin getting stuck

    ...and now we have a hurricane and flooding rains coming. Won't know about the new covers this weekend either, looks like. You should maybe get a GoPro and film that thing getting stuck. May help others one day. Anyway I would like to watch that!
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    Dolphin getting stuck

    I received the new covers, it took about 8 weeks :( And I do not know if they will work yet. I find myself lacking an 8 ft screwdriver...maybe a cheap screwdriver cemented into a pvc pipe will work. Been having too many guests and spending too many hours at work to fool with it. Did I mention...
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    4th of July Party!

    My kind of pool party dv, sounds good but I tune the bluetooth to a local iHeart pop station to the justin bieber and what not songs. I am not familiar with them, but the younger ones seem to enjoy more. I saw Crazy Train in concert with Oz and R Rhodes and it was awesome.
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    A Cheap Pool Cooler for the end of Summer

    I believe in this theory and our pool gets too hot also... here is a pre-made one for $12. I installed this 16 hours ago, and I do believe it is working... The water droplets are cooler than the pool water. The cool thing about this one is it has o-rings or the equivalent to point and shoot how...
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    SLAMing Works!

    My CYA is 30, so minimum is 2 and target is 4-6. But I recommend higher CYA; I can't seem to keep mine. Testing for FC at least every other day is best. Waiting till the third day (in TX at least) can lead to trouble. For me, it's pretty simple. If I test, I will add chlorine as needed. If I...
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    SLAMing Works!

    One and a half year pool owner here. For the first six months, I followed this forum's instructions exactly. Pool was awesome. But because I am inquisitive, and lazy, I let the chlorine go to zero a few times during the following winter, just to see what happens. So I had to scrub the walls and...
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    Dolphin getting stuck

    Not sure, I shall see and let you know.
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    Dolphin getting stuck

    I don't scuba but I have a plan... but if you find yourself in TX I will grill you a meal for your time
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    Dolphin getting stuck

    I ordered low-profile covers from Ace also, but the AquaStar model in light blue...because my plaster is light blue and my drains look like they have a star on the top. The low profiles are 1" high and what I have now is either 1.5" or 1.75", I do not recall. However, in my particular case, my...
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    Flying ants?

    Got about 300 more today, glad to be helping the fire ant reduction. 300 queens is a lot of fire ant mounds. No wonder our neighborhood in SE Texas has no fire ant mounds. We have a lot of pools here :-|
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    Pouring Chlorine

    Maybe unlikely, but someone here with 8000+ posts said otherwise, so can't be sure. Anyway, PERFECT weather this weekend here in TX :) Don't forget to call your moms, this is Mother's Day.
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    Pouring Chlorine

    That seems like a keen idea, good to know. But my spillover is flagstone, which I have been told can be discolored by bleach. But it does sound convenient and practical.
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    Borate Drop test

    OK, well, the Bromothymol Blue seems kind of pricey. I will stick to the strips for now. I have several left. Maybe you can update your parts links?
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    Borate Drop test

    Ok, I will try it. I said that before but got busy...case of first year pool owner getting overwhelmed...second year now