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    Return Eye Sizes

    Hate to revive a very old thread, but didn't want to start a new one for this very similar question... I currently have a 'darkbuster' pool light as one of my 2 returns on my AGP. The light is blown, it leaks and we never use a light anyway so i am swapping it out for a regular return (which is...
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    Need new cord/plug - Where do I get?

    +1 on the mom-n-pop place - they will actually be able to give good advice to go along with the right part. If you think Fido will be back for seconds, you can also pick up something from the mom-n-pop place to run the cord through prior to attaching it to the motor. A piece of flexible conduit...
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Yea... figured that it would be a stretch but it made for some fun thoughts. I can imagine the look on my wife's face as I added the OJ while she was in the pool... With the +105 degree heat we have been having, I could have thrown in some other fruits and vegetables and told her I was...
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    I hadn't thought about the sugar. Did some checking and there are a few brands that have 'no added sugar' (Tropicana, for instance) - but there still is some natural sugars present it seems.
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Oh yea - the goal is to keep it on the money, but I may shoot for the bottom end tomorrow, since it seems that I tend to climb due to either my water supply or method of getting it in there. Will be easier for me to notice the rise more than anything as the shade goes to the pink side.
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    So, going forward it is better to err on the low side versus the high side? I can definitely do better with differentiation of the orange tint versus the shades of pink.
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Yea, I will be dropping it in the morning for sure. Planning a party for the 4th, so there probably will not be anyone in it until then anyway. I don't think that any harm will be done from it being a little high (sea water is between 7.5 - 8.4), but I like to keep it 'right on the money' if...
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    That's what I thought, and will be dropping it in the morning. It may be closer to 7.8 - I really have trouble with the color-matching but always assume on the extreme side to be safe. Can I expect the wife and kids to start growing extra limbs from swimming in high pH water?
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Put this in the BBB forum because of the nature of my question - please move if it belongs in a better location OK, so I do my full test tonight (as I do every Sunday), and find that my pH is getting a little high (I have a hard time reading the color chart, but it is definitely at the high...
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    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    Re: Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the I'm thinking 33% of the circle will have deck to the edge, with a 'rectangle' shape (as if the pool was eating into the rectangle-shaped deck). My pool is partially buried on one side (hill) so the deck will be over the buried part...
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    Started shocking, need pointers

    As a recent grad of pool school, this point cannot be stressed enough. I essentially wasted a week of time and several jugs of bleach while I was learning the process before I realized the seriousness of the process of shocking. You have to hit it and keep hitting it until you kill it. If you...
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    Does this make sense?

    Yes, the above example would be an 80% loss. If FC = 10 and then went to 2, that would be a loss of 8, or a 80% reduction. the ending number (2) is 20% of 10. *The above example would also send me into a full-out algae panic, causing me to lose 80% of my chlorine inventory :shock: You are...
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    Newbie - PLS HELP - Chlorine 0??? what am i doing wrong?

    +1 Clorox seems to give me the best results, although i am now going through a batch of the Walmart brand I picked up on sale. It seems just as good... maybe slightly less potent. Steer clear of the thrift store bleach with an inch of dust coating the jug...
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    Newbie - PLS HELP - Chlorine 0??? what am i doing wrong?

    Regular (unscented) bleach from your favorite store.
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    Does this make sense?

    I thought the same thing when I was fighting algae, but learned a helpful tip - think of FC loss as a percentage instead of just the delta. when you look at it that way, you lost almost the same amount: Night reading: 18.5 - 10.5 = 8 ; 8 / 18.5 = 43.24% loss Day Reading 10.5 - 6 = 4.5 ; 4.5 /...