Recent content by SimpleMan

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    Rebar rust spots

    Thanks for all of the input and sorry for such a delayed reply! I don't get much time during the week to check the forums but it seems like worst case, we need to drain, fix and fill... Gonna have someone come check it out in person and we will see what they say... I'm hopeful that they will be...
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    Rebar rust spots

    Hi all, I just finished up with my first (and hopefully last) SLAM, and the water is looking amazing. However, with all of the cleaning, I noticed a small rust spot in the shallow end of the pool. I thought it was just a little stain from some metal that may have been in there at one point...
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    Advice on color pool covers - Windy area

    So my pool and attached spa are irregularly shaped. A big pool cover with a crank to roll it up wouldn't fit with our fence line either. I have been considering using solar lilly pads. Something like this: ThermaSpring Solar Mat We live on top of a hill, and get a lot of wind, and when...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    After a second partial drain and refill, then letting the filter run all night, here are my updated numbers: FC - 10 pH - 7.6 TA - 170 CYA - 75 (awesome!) A few observations: With the FC still being so high, but the CYA level drastically reducing over the course of two days, the algae I...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    Lowered the pool level quite a bit, but not all the way because of safety concerns. Refilled and let the filter mix the water all night. This morning my CYA is just barely more than the 100 mark, I believe it to be around 115-120. So definitely moving in the right direction, and now that I...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    Here are a few pictures of my equipment, The filter in the back and motor in the middle. I believe the backwash or drain motor might be the one on the right, but nothing is labeled. The motor on the left is for the jets in the spa.
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    Updated CYA using this 1/2 pool and 1/2 tap water method. I get just over 100, about 1 or 2 drops away from 100. So that puts my CYA at just over 200. Pool math says 85% of the water needs to be replaced. Is it safer for me to do about 25% of the water, and do that process a few times until...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    So, now that I know I'll need to drain the pool, and pool math says I'll need to get rid of about 80% of the water, do I need to worry about the pool popping out? It is an in-ground plaster pool, built in roughly 1994. Or is this the type of thing where I just have to start draining and then...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    Thanks for the reply! In my haste to get things moving, because I don't want the pool to take too long, I went and bought another test kit (the store didn't have the recommended one, but it did test for CYA). I got a HTH 6 WAY TEST KIT. For the Chlorine and Bromine tests, the color chart only...
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    Tiny amount of algae stuck to wall

    Hello... First post here, not sure if this should go into the 'just getting started' section or here. Long story short: after using a pool company and then a solo 'pool guy', and being burned by them both, I decided to take over and start caring for my pool myself. I've watched a lot of videos...