Recent content by squib

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    pH Rising Non-Stop

    Thanks for the link. I guess I just keep adding acid and hoping that I get to the point I get my TA down a bit and my acid demand decreases.
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    pH Rising Non-Stop

    Not sure what it was before. I hadn't tested TA in several years. But shouldn't that high TA buffer the pH?
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    pH Rising Non-Stop

    Have a 15,000-gallon liner pool. Installed a new liner about 3 weeks ago. Since then, I am having to add 1/3 gallon of acid every day to keep the pH below 8.0. Is this something caused by the new liner--will it settle in over time? Before replacing the liner, I was adding acid about once every...
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    New Vinyl Fill Questions

    Thank you mknauss. I will keep an eye on the alkalinity and hope it comes down. I want to add some borax, but I feel it will be best get my alkalinity in order first.
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    New Vinyl Fill Questions

    Replaced my liner on Thursday and now have my pool back full from the city water supply (15k gallons). Want to try to get my water correct from the start. Adding some CYA now, and have pH at 7.5. Chlorine is at 1 ppm I was going to add some baking soda to help buffer pH, but I just ran a...
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    Vinyl Patch over Patch?

    Had a small tear in my in-ground liner pool near the ladder last year. Installed a patch and was good to go. I have reason to believe that patch is leaking now though--the edges are coming up and I am losing some water. Can I install a new patch over the old one or is it best to pull off the old...
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    Water loss in pool

    Fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and set it in the sun next to the pool. Measure how much you lose to evaporation from the bucket. The pool should lose no more than the bucket. If your pool is dropping two inches a day and the bucket is dropping only 1/8th, then you know you have a leak...
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    First time sand filter cleaning. Please help

    Watched the video from a few years ago and read a few threads. But my filter appears to a little different from those in threads with the multiport valve mounted on top. My valve is mounted off to the side similar to this: I have owned my house for 4 years and have no idea if the sand filter...
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    Changing Gasket Around Skimmer

    I am pretty sure I have some rust behind there as I am seeing it on the the faceplate a bit. What does "A\B the flaceplate to skimmer throating, making a bridge" mean? Thanks for your suggestion.
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    Changing Gasket Around Skimmer

    I will be changing out the gasket(s) around my skimmer on my in-ground vinyl pool today. Any pro-tips? A few concerns I have: 1. Do I need to put some silicone on the faces of the gasket? 2. Do I replace the gasket on both sides of the vinyl? I ordered two gaskets. Do I need to use them both...
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    The dreaded LEAK!!!

    Ok. So the pool lost water down to about having only about a 1/4 inch going into the skimmer, then it stabilized. This suggests to me that I have: 1. Leak in liner somewhere between full and 5 inches low 2. A leak around the top part of my steps 3. A leak around my skimmer gasket Is it...
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    The dreaded LEAK!!!

    15,000 gallon, in-ground liner pool. Started noticing about a month ago that I was losing water. Filled a bucket to check against evaporation, and found that I am losing about three inches per week (and seems to be increasing). On Sunday, plugged my skimmer, vacuum port, and two returns. Did...
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    CYA Testing Chemicals Gone Bad?

    Thanks all. I'll try to find some CYA.
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    CYA Testing Chemicals Gone Bad?

    I haven't checked it in at least a year. It was about 30 last time.
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    CYA Testing Chemicals Gone Bad?

    I have a two-year old testing kit I bought off this site. Been going through way too much bleach lately, so I tested CYA today. FC was a 4.5 CC was at .5 CYA was at 0 I guess. I filled the tube to the top and could still see the dot. Am I really out of CYA or did my testing chemicals go bad?