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    Ignoring Pool When it's Closed

    I drained some out today. It’s winter, but it’s been warm enough in Michigan that its not frozen and the level was getting too high. While doing the pumping, I also checked the chlorine. It’s still plenty so that’s good. First winter for me and the pool. Wanted to ignore it but I just can’t...
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    Water level rose after closing - Fiberglass

    It was a nice day in our area. In fact, it’s been unusually warm fro January and my pool is not frozen. So, I decided to pump out some water. It was up to the top of the tube they put in the skimmer. I dropped it about three inches. I probably wouldn’t have even tried this but it does seem...
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    And also recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. For whatever that’s worth. :D You won’t be sorry if you get one.
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    Just got a pellet grill - looking for grilling and smoking suggestions

    Another great place to get good information about smoking is The Virtual Weber Bullet. https://www.virtualweberbullet.com/ Its focus is the Weber smoker, but a lot of the cooking process is universal. They definitely have a good section on turkey. Also, I second the Thermoworks products...
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    Water level rose after closing - Fiberglass

    I’m interested in knowing how to handle this as well. This is my first year and I had someone close the pool. I asked about keeping the water level down and they just said to leave it alone - even if it completely overflows. Is it absolutely necessary to keep the level down (I’m about half...
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    My builder screwed up - what can I do?

    Just a note on leverage. Let’s assume the job was $100,000. The OP said they‘ve paid 2/3rds so about $33,000 is still outstanding. But, per the OP, there is still a lot of work yet to be finished as well as the issue of the bubblers. So, it’s doubtful that the OP could get another builder to...
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    My builder screwed up - what can I do?

    All I can say is that I feel your pain. I had to give all the money up front on my build. I know how crazy that is, but we did our homework and thought we had a great builder. If fact, he did do a good job, but the mistakes he made are material and he’s not fixing them. He says he will, but...
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    Last Swim

    67° ?? - I think you're a bit crazy too. :LOL:
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    Is this cover tight enough?

    Not sure if there’s a right way to tighten, but I have a rectangle so I started on the short ends and then went to the middle and worked out on the long ends. My main goal was to make sure that there was balance. I didn‘t want a spring on one side being very tight and not have any tension on...
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    Is this cover tight enough?

    Your cover is too loose. First year for me and after the cover was installed, I think it stretched out a bit or loosened up. As JamesW said, I checked each spring and now it looks much better. Per my manufacture’s instructions, each spring is supposed to be engaged by 50%. I’m not sure I got...
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    TFTestKits has refills on sale thru Nov 1

    So, if I get this, it will sit for winter and I’ll not likely use the entire solution of any of the bottles next season. I’m apprehensive about getting in on this deal given that I didn’t run out of solutions this year (bought the kit at end of July) and I won’t start testing again until around...
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    How long do Standard Solutions remain effective? (regarding R-7065 CYA 50ppm Solution Shelf Life)

    I know this is heresy, but I rely on the pool store for my CYA reading. I still do the dot test and I actually come reasonably close to the pool store. I also am a new pool owner so I know how much CYA I’ve actually put in the pool. Thankfully, all three data points are consistent. Again, I...
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    Winter Testing

    Sounds more like I should be dropping a thermometer in there until October. It was mid 60’s when I closed it. We’ve had an unusually warm week this week, but the chlorine is very high so that’s good. Sounds like the basic plan is to shock it to get you into the consistently cold weather and...
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    Winter Testing

    Does this make sense? I closed the pool. CYA of 70 and FC was about 22. No Polyquat. I'm thinking that I can (should) test the water throughout the winter as long as it’s not frozen. Thinking every week or every other week. I would just pull a bit of water using the pvc pipe/straw method...