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    Tea colored water from fall leaves and tannin, trying to close

    Hello all, I let the fall leaves sit in my net on top of the pool for too long and ended up with a deep end the color of a weak tea. t least it's a weak tea and not a strong one or coffee colored! I have been trying to get the tannin colors out of the water with high chlorination levels but it...
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    Pump GFCI breaker trips when bonding wire attached

    Just a guess but I think the problem is in your 2nd picture with the L2 connection and only a few strands. When the 120v phase for L1 is "on" (like 1/60th of every second) the L2 connection may be seeing a load imbalance because it cannot return the same load to your electric service over those...
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    GFCI for NEC 680

    You need a breaker with the pigtail. The neutral bus bar is a connection an older box will not have. The reason there is no pigtail on it is that the connection is made right there, underneath the breaker to run the GFCI current sensing circuit back to neutral. On the pigtail model you just...
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    Pump GFCI breaker trips when bonding wire attached

    Wow, that 2nd picture shows the blue wire has backed out a lot from it's connection (notice the white and brown have the insulation inside the wire clamp / spade assembly. But that black wire may only have a couple of strands still attached to the pump. I'd redo at least about half of those...
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    Saving Frogs & Skimming Water

    Wow, I didn't even know they made such a ramp that sits on the side of the pool. I used this skimmer cover replacement along with a hairnet in my skimmer and no more frogs were trapped...
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    DIY Solar--What to do for a pump?

    linzjane88 I've been thinking of doing a similar DIY setup. The changes I would make to your example posted would be a layer of foil faced polyiso insulation below the PEX tubing and tempered glass instead of plexiglass cover. Of course that glass makes it very expensive (anyone let me know...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Just checked my Rural King bleach strength. It was 141 days old, but still tested at 9.6% with JasonLion 10,000 to 1 dilution. Commercial bleach: testing concentration They must be doing something right on shipping and storing. My store had it stored on a pallet inside the store. With the...
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    Walmart "Pool Essentials 10% Chlorinating Liquid" - Anyone else not able to find it?

    Re: Walmart "Pool Essentials 10% Chlorinating Liquid" - Anyone else not able to find Another perfect year with zero sales in July, August and September for 10% bleach. That must look nice on someone's spreadsheet at HQ. I mean no one has bought any in those months for the last 3 years out of...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    I had not checked at ALDI's before because they had the pondersome 1/ gallon jugs. Now it's a gallon jug of 6% for $2.59 at my store anyway. Maybe chem geek can crunch the numbers and tell us how much more plastic is used in bottling and hauling around half gallon containers (PITA) over gallon...
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    HELP! Thought things were going well....

    Welcome to the forum. Until you get a SWCG or other automatic system installed you will likely need a good liquid chlorine / bleach supply. A lot of pool owners in your area seem to like Ocean State Job Lot for bleach / chlorine / shock (used somewhat interchangeably, my store had no idea...
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    Walmart "Pool Essentials 10% Chlorinating Liquid" - Anyone else not able to find it?

    Re: Walmart "Pool Essentials 10% Chlorinating Liquid" - Anyone else not able to find Yeah it's been about impossible to find at Wally's, Home Despots or Löwes since early summer. My own opinion of this is the rush to produce 6% bleach and sell it for 8% prices (most retailers this year) has...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    I think what happened is it used to be cheap and economical to buy non scented 8.25% bleach at a lot of stores, including wally's. Now the have increased water and decreased the bleach content all for the same price. So really a huge price hike has sent everyone scrambling for some good and...
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    Pump and sand filter questions......

    Glycerin gauge +++ had 3 cheapie ones that just flat out died with no movement inside 2 years at my inherited swamp. I didn't bother to look locally, too hard to find specialty items, most retailers would rather carry the cheap and inaccurate stuff you can buy from them again and again. Mine...
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    Can muriatic acid go bad AKA My muriatic acid seems to be doing absolute squat

    Yikes, I think I'd start pumpin my rainwater out of the gutters in the pool with that kind of fill water. I've been watching several homemade aerators threads here. I like the idea of an independent pump, so a plastic body pool scratch free sump pump can do the trick (I'd still be tempted to...
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    Newbie SLAMM (Sick of losing all my money)

    Or if your CYA is still relatively low you COULD go with the pucks in a floater over your vacation. But I would keep a close count on the pucks (consider serial numbering them:p and triple padlock the remaining pucks) and use pool math to figure out the CYA rise. Use that CYA until you have 2...