Recent content by Poolmonkie

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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    yeah tap water is about 85 and pool is close to the same after circulating the water a bit so I'll put the pump in the deep end, thanks for the help.
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    To kinda open this thread up again.... I am ready to do the exchange and wanted to make sure I am understanding it correctly. I put the pump in the deep end and the replacement water in the shallow end because with high hardness the water is denser? Or is it better to just look at temperature...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Sounds like a plan, thank you again for the info. I still need to figure out what I need to do long term with not being around as much to do the chlorine adding but at least I'm getting the CH issue corrected before it becomes an issue.
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    OK, thanks for all the info, I will do a full exchange when I have the time to dedicate to it in the next week or so. is there a guide or a thread that you can reference me to in regards to what I'll have to do chemically to get things back in order or is it just a matter of getting the CYA...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Ok I see I have to do it all in one go, how do you calculate the water exchange rate to know when you are say 50% done?
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Ok, so it seems I had better work on doing an exchange. Can you recommend a pump model? Everything I see runs about $100, is that the type and price range?
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    So my inability to keep the PH in a normal range will contribute to the CH rising? Also I had the TA in the 80 range before when I was dumping the MA like crazy every few days and I never seemed to be able to win the fight so I became frustrated and just lowered the PH once a week.
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    I have never been able to keep the PH in the normal range, I will push it down to 7.2 and within 4-5 days it is right back up to 8.0+ I was told that it should level out but I never had any luck and went through many gallons of MA in the attempt. right now I've got PH 8.0 TA 150 FC 4.5 CH...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Ok, I understand I need to refill but I've been told it's a bad idea to do that during the summer because the intense sunlight can damage the pool lining when it's empty? If this is the case can I get the water through till at least January even with the high CH? So since I'm just trying to...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    I'm just really rethinking the total pool care plan. I was under the impression that the TFP method was to combat the high CYA which caused me to have to refill after about 18 months the first time. Now it seems that I would have to refill after 18 months due to the CH anyway. So either way I'm...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Yes it was fully drained. The pool service drained the pool and began the startup after which I fired them and started the pool care myself. So the water in the pool now has only seen liquid chlorine other than whatever they used for startup and perhaps a couple of weeks of them putting tabs in...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Tap water shows about 250. From what the city of phoenix states, water total hardness varies between 200 and almost 300, so I think my test is at least in the ballpark. so basically in 2 years I should be pushing 750, however my test is showing 1000 and the pool store said 600.
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    First no I have never used cal-hypo for a shock, the pool is almost never used by anyone other than me and faithfully maintain the FC around 7ppm year round, so I have never found a reason to do a shock. I just tested and even though the CH test is kinda hard to get an accurate measurement I am...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    Well now I'm really wondering the best way to deal with the pool Mknauss. The main reason I started using the TFP procedure was because my pool service used nothing but pucks and the CYA went through the roof and they had me drain the water after one year. I was hoping to at least get 3 years...
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    no choice but to convert to SWG, need advice.

    I'll do a full test later today but as of 2 months ago my CH was 1100. If I am using the pucks for the next 8 months with knowing I am going to drain the pool and refill anyway for the SWG would I even have to worry about the CYA level getting too high? I guess I'm not familiar with using the...