Recent content by The Raddish

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    There used to be a thread about selecting a pool builder...

    Thanks! That's what I was looking for! :)
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    There used to be a thread about selecting a pool builder...

    It was stickied to the top of this forum, if I remember correctly. There was also a thread that was the polar opposite about how not to select a pool builder. Where are these threads now? I've searched and searched, but I must be using the wrong search terms because I simply can't find these...
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    Empty pool upon opening, time to replace the liner?

    I stuck my shop vac hose in the return and sucked out all the air between the liner and the pool wall. The result was HUGE wrinkles at the bottom, which means I'm going to have to pull the beauty ring and coping strips anyway to reseat the liner. If I'm going to go through all that, I may as...
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    Empty pool upon opening, time to replace the liner?

    I knew I was losing water through the winter, but there really wasn't anything I could do until I got the cover off. Finally, off to a late start this year, the cover is indeed off. This is how I found the pool a few minutes ago: Go here for more images.
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    I have a hole in teh worst possible place of my vinyl liner

    That's what I'm going to try tomorrow, but my concern is that the patch has to go so close to the return hole, and underneath the Aqualuminator return. I wasn't sure if a patch would hold so close to the return like that, especially since it is on the downstream side of the return. I'll try...
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    I have a hole in teh worst possible place of my vinyl liner

    I have an Aqualuminator, and it came with a fountain attachment. I tried to install the attachment for the first time this year, and in the process the back of the fountain attachment ripped a small hole in the downstream side of the liner, almost directly under the Aqualuminator! Any advice...
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    There is something floating in my pool

    Thanks for all your input. I'll stick the filter on high for some time each day for the next couple of days and see if that helps. I was just really worried that it might be some kind of oil, but I have no idea where it would come from. Since I never had this problem last year I thought maybe...
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    How long do you run your pump?

    I run my pump 24/7. See pool specs in my sig. Since I have a two speed pump, I just leave it on low and let it run. I do turn it on high when I vacuum or turn on the sprinkler feature, but aside from that I mostly just leave it on low full time. It draws just over an amp on low so I'm not...
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    There is something floating in my pool

    I'm just not so convinced that it is pollen. I never had this problem all year last year, and if it was pollen I'd think it would be reduced at some point after running the filter 24/7, yes? Maybe it is and I'm just being paranoid, but I'm so proud of my perfect water and it looks so imperfect...
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    There is something floating in my pool

    Here are a couple more pictures. The skimmer sock has been like this for days, but there never seems to be any reduction in the floating stuff.
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    There is something floating in my pool

    My water is otherwise perfect. FC = 5 CC = 0 PH = 7.8 (I like it a little high) TA = 130 CYA = 35ish Temp = almost warm enough to swim This stuff showed up a few days after I opened the pool, and I haven't been able to get rid of it since. My wife thinks it feels oily, and maybe it is a bit...
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    Power Powder Plus - use for spring startup and algae growth?

    This morning was very promising. My numbers: TC = 10+ (mixed pool water with an equal part of distilled water) pH = 7.8 TA = 130 CYA = 0 I added some borax yesterday evening to bring my pH up. It was 7.8 all last year and never had a need to adjust. This morning I vacuumed and backwashed...
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    Power Powder Plus - use for spring startup and algae growth?

    My local Leslie's doesn't have this kit. I ordered it directly from Taylor. Thanks!!
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    Power Powder Plus - use for spring startup and algae growth?

    My numbers come from my Taylor OTO test kit. I'd like to find just the FAS-DPD chlorine kit instead of having to replace the entire kit. Any ideas on where to get just the Chlorine kit at a reasonable price? I've been using BBB for over a year, I've come to this forum from Ben's forum. I've...
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    Power Powder Plus - use for spring startup and algae growth?

    This morning I still had some chlorine in the pool. My Test kit only reads to 5, so I'm assuming there is actually more than that. I'll add one bottle of bleach today, and test again this afternoon, and if the chlorine is low this afternoon I'll try a bag of shock instead of bleach. I've...