Recent content by matt4x4

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    Filter, Pump, or Barracuda problem?

    Doesn't make sense that plugged filter cartriges would make the hose from the skimmer to the pump collapse, that can ONLY happen if the restriction is before the pump/hose, a restriction AFTER the pump (like in your filter) may stop the vacuum but would NEVER collapse the hose leading to the...
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    Filter, Pump, or Barracuda problem?

    Tigerflex hose is generally the typical hose used for pools - it can not collapse and is specifically designed for suction side applications - here's a link to what it looks's a "slinky" of plastic (sometimes with a wire in it) molded into flexible (more rubber like) material to create...
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    Above Ground Solar Cover Reel

    you got it Barnyard (tugging cover out a bit before rolling up), as for the bushes, they may cause problems down the road since they somehow seem to be able to detect water through the liner and will likely grow their roots under your pool searching for it.
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    Solar Cover Reels? Anyone make your own? HOW?

    Feherguard Hardware available at your local pool store (sometimes).
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    Filter, Pump, or Barracuda problem?

    1. Don't trust gauges, they normally die every season even if you remove them and put them in storage for the winter. 2. Hose collapsing means that the pump is pulling water fine, BUT that the delivery of water is being obstructed at the skimmer side of the hose or the hose itself is too weak to...
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    Above Ground Solar Cover Reel

    The "hump" is actually a good thing, it will stop your reel from unrolling everything to the ground with one tug if you are in the pool and pulling the cover on to cover it back up (my most common method of closing it for the night). You can get a roll of the feherguard strap that you can cut to...
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    Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    we used the bathtub mat with the suction cups on the backside and never had an issue, I hated those stairs though, always got mold algae outbreaks that started on the far side of the stairs in the dead spot where water didn't like to circulate and if you didn't throw a puck into the stairs...
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    Leave Pool Uncovered Over Winter?

    usually end of September is when I shut everything down and winterize. I live in Ontario, Canada - Similar climate as you in the north east.
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    Leave Pool Uncovered Over Winter?

    I do not recommend letting a leaf net freeze into the ice - it will get killed very quickly. I never cover my pool, matter of fact, I think a cover under certain circumstances creates more damage/problems. The water freezes no matter what, really, all a cover does is keep Crud out of your pool...
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    Draining Rain Water

    Also have the 1" hole, but with a 30 foot round pool it still takes huge rain to overflow over the wall, I think mine will blow the skimmer cover right off before that happens since I've found it on the ground several times and I've never seen water go over the wall....and if it I...
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    Solar blanket reel for 30' pool

    mine's custom - 30' 4" diameter aluminum irrigation tube - good luck finding it though!
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    Blasted leaks

    Ahh - well, my kid isn't allowed near it - even more so once the fountain is connected, so it's really just for me to use for moving the return. If he disobeys, he loses the pool for a bit - not something he likes to happen. Easy as that - damage the pool - lose the pool. Do that a couple of...
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    Blasted leaks

    when you grab the A/L and try to turn it, you put pressure on it to grip it - the wall flexes and allows one portion of it to touch the wall (normally the top), if you move it when the wall is flexed you will get the rip/cut. Found that out the hard way too.... Always fixed mine by popping out...
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    Slippery liner

    ok, what's happening is that the water circulating through your pool is "skimming" over the surface of the forming algae on your liner, if you brush your liner to mix this thin layer into your water, then take a reading a few hours later, you will see your numbers reflect the presence of algae...
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    Round or Oval, which did you pick and why?

    We chose round due to a number of reasons: 1. Space - for us - it was not an issue so we went with a 30 foot round - allows laps like in a 15x30 or 16x32. 2. Gives your kids a HUGE pool to play in in comparison to oval. 3. EVERY oval pool I have ever seen starts to bow out along the straight...