Recent content by SteelBlue

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    Hard water

    Thanks for your experienced advice. I'm glad to see you let your CH go high, then exchange. That makes the most sense. I unfortunately have to run my spa spillover as part of the pool filtration process, which is 4 hours per day. The spa is on one of the Caretaker valves. Maybe I'll just get a...
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    Hard water

    I live in Scottsdale, AZ where the hardness of tap water is 250. When I filled my pool in June and started testing with a Taylor kit, my CH was 350. Naturally it has crept up as the warm summer has evaporated the pool water. It is now 450. I have already started seeing calcium deposits on the...
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    phasing out the pool guy?

    I recently got rid of my pool guy and it’s not too hard. Looking back, I realize that is impossible for any pool guy to do an adequate job coming only once a week. It is nearly a daily job, albeit a small one. In addition to chemicals you will need to brush and vacuum once a week unless you have...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Great info, thanks!
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    They already told me don't call them til September, so the onus is on them. I'm making excellent progress with the dry acid technique in any event. Using the same amount of dry acid, just not mixing it with water.
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    It is actually not "Pebble Tec" but another competing company, but if it's not gone by the end of September I will do that. The problem with that method is that the fix will surely involve draining the pool which costs me $300 above my normal water bill.
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    I have a dark colored Pebble finish that is two months old. Like many darker Pebble finishes, mine was left with light cloudy patches on the bottom that I assumed was embedded plaster dust. The installer was of no help and basically disappeared from the scene. I've not read any reliable ways to...
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    Cyanuric Acid

    OK glad to know. thx
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    Cyanuric Acid

    So I've had two days of using liquid bleach (10%) with adequate CYA levels, and if these two days represent what the future will be like, I'm needing to add bleach daily to keep the FC in range (6-8). Does that sound typical or normal to you guys? I'm not complaining because it's easy to do, I...
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    Cyanuric Acid

    Tested my CYA level today and it was 50, so it looks like I've reached my goal and then some with pucks. I removed my floaters. FC was 5 and I added 1 qt.10% bleach to bring my FC up slightly from the existing level of 5. CYA/FC chart says the FC should be 6-8.
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    Cyanuric Acid

    Well I should be almost there by now. Will check my CYA in another week.
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    Cyanuric Acid

    Sounds good, I'll get some CYA.
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    Cyanuric Acid

    Using the Taylor kit where you watch the black dot slowly disappear in a cloudy solution, I would estimate my CYA levels are around 15. The kit only measures to a low of 20, but the dot is close to gone at the 20 mark, so I'd say 15. The Pool Math app allows you to select either dry or liquid...
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    Cyanuric Acid

    So I'm into my second month after having pool resurfaced. I'm doing my own chemicals now, using the info I've gained here. I have a 50 pound bucket of TriClor and rather than add CYA to the recommended amount, I'm wanting to use these tabs up and let the CYA build up gradually, or at least until...
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    Which FAS - DPD To Get?

    Here you go, it is the Taylor K-2006: