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    Don't Forget About Amazon Smile and TFP...

    Oh Lordy, I am going to love doing this. We spend thousands each year with Amazon because we funnel most of our purchases through them. (Love my Prime Shipping!!) I could build a stable, weather-proof house out of all the Amazon boxes we have. :p I love that this is a way to support TFP!! About...
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    New borate drop test at piscines-apollo vs. test strip

    I just wanted to thank you ALL for this thread, especially NeedMoreSun and JoyfulNoise. I had MeedMoreSun's exact thought after reading page 4. :p My husband and I were never sure about the test strip colors and often it mattered to us the amount of borates between two of them. We really...
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    Closing soon ...advice on floating cover source/size?

    Water bags - I'm very much interested in the answer to this as well. I'm sitting down today to purchase a slew of new ones because so many didn't survive last winter. We purchased a bunch of new ones last year and half of them leaked before the end of winter. I thought we had bought a high...
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    What's your pool cleaners name?

    "Vinny" the Viper :shark: And it attacks us ALL the time - often spitting water at us when we are near the outside of the pool or tangling itself around our pole skimmer when we are trying to skim. He's got attitude. It's a cheapie Hayward Viper sold to us by the pool company that...
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    Seeing if the BBB method can work

    Hi! Welcome! :wave: The BBB method DOES work for almost any pool owner. Read, re-read, and then re-read some more. I even made a binder with tabs for each topic that I found myself returning to for clarification when I quickly needed it but couldn't easily find the thread I had first read it...
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    Testimonials

    Testimony - This is why you should do BBB! My first post this year; I joined last year. I am hoping my testimony helps anyone trying to decide if the BBB Method is the better way to go and allows them to move forward with solid confidence. I wish I was as short on words and quick witted as...
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    Bleach prices 2013

    Hubby got case (4-gallons) 12.5% for $10 plus tax at American Sale. I thought it was great, same price as last year and he bought 6 cases. I wish I had read this thread first! Menard's deal is even better. :hammer:
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    1st Closing - Questions re plugs - antifreeze placement

    Thank you Dave!!! Great advice, quick replies (you guys rock) and I feel completely prepared now. whew!
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    1st Closing - Questions re plugs - antifreeze placement

    Thanks UnderWater! Yes, I agree which is why I tried to list all the pertinent posts that I found about it in one place. I don't have the luxury of extra hours to circulate the polyquat so I'm trying to find a happy medium between the two concerns. Luckily, we had a sunny and 70 degree day...
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    1st Closing - Questions re plugs - antifreeze placement

    Thanks for all the help you guys! As for the polyquat....I based what I thought I was suppose to do on the following: pool-school/closing_in_ground_pool Post subject: Re: Closing an in ground pool Posted: October 1st, 2011, 6:18 pm Post subject: Re: I am a stranger at the pool store...
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    1st Closing - Questions re plugs - antifreeze placement

    It was 7.7 throughout August, 7.8 throughout September, and my husband had added mini shock doses to raise FC to 13ppm a couple of days ago - ph was 8.0 right before I did a shock to 24ppm. I did that because our CYA is 80 and 13ppm isn't the shock dose for that high of a CYA. We don't have a...
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    1st Closing - Questions re plugs - antifreeze placement

    Hi! :wave: We are closing our pool this Wednesday, first time ever doing it ourselves, and we have some questions. (16x32 in ground, 3' shallow - 6' deep, with the pump/filter/heater 10 feet from the skimmer and up to 36 feet from the farthest return jet. We're using a 6.5hp Shop Vac to blow...
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    Need help getting rid of CC and maintaining shock level

    Thanks you guys. I have no pool cover and our pool is on the south side of our house, Chicago western burbs, so it gets sun all day long. I don't notice any smells but my husband says he can smell chlorine, but it smells like cleaning, and my daughter thinks it smells really bad. "like what?"...
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    Need help getting rid of CC and maintaining shock level

    That's great news and something I needed to hear. My CYA gradually rose from 0 all the way to 88 after using dichlor prior to May 9th. It was in the 100s from 5/13 thru 5/17. Then suddenly the next day it was 70, yet there wasn't any heavy swimming and we hadn't back-washed a large amount out...
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    Need help getting rid of CC and maintaining shock level

    yes, yes and yes. * I did (and probably still do) have an ammonia problem after the pool was opened - more below. * As of today, our water is so VERY pretty, you could read a book that was lying at the bottom of the deep end if one were there! It's clean, fresh and sparkles. It has been this...