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    AGP how long last? How big to go?

    I'll also re-mention the intex/seasonal pool idea as a starting point as well if you are concerned about the size of the kids. We went with an intex 16x16x48" because of the decreased depth compared to other above ground pools and it has been perfect for us. We will probably get something more...
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    AGP how long last? How big to go?

    Just curious what type of pool this 16x28 is? (your signature says 16x32?). That would be the perfect size for the space we have. I see lots of 32' oval pools, but that would be a little tight for us.
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    Above Ground Pool Solar Panels: When to Run

    Thanks for your response! That's some good common sense advice, I think. :)
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    Above Ground Pool Solar Panels: When to Run

    Hi all, We have an intex prism 16x16 pool and have decided to add some polar panels this year. This is our second year with the pool and things went very well last year - we upgraded the pump size and upgraded to SWG at the time of purchase thanks to all the advice on this forum. I purchased a...
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame I checked a couple of things this evening and figured I would report back. A YouTube video prompted me to check the connection between the skimmer hose and pool wall - I disconnected the hose, reached in, and pulled out a bunch of "gunk" that I'm sure was...
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame Good point. I think I'll experiment a little and post back (in case anyone else encounters a similar challenge).
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame I've been doing a little more reading/searching on this forum regarding the Intex restrictor and it seems it may "starve" larger pumps of water, so that might be why I'm having more trouble on my end. I'll give it one more try, but might be back to the...
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame Thanks very much - I'm sure you are correct. I guess I'll try putting the restrictor back on and see what happens. With the restrictor on, have you noticed whether that line/tube ends up with partial air/water mix (sort of like a big air bubble in the tube)...
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame Yes, I have the over-the-wall Intex skimmer. I can see that water flows into it, but it seems v. slow/gradual. Our pool has dual inlets, so I'm not sure if that is part of the problem? It's funny because the return has forceful water flow (you can see the...
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    Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame -edit- trying to get water balanced

    Re: Brand new Intex 16’ Ultra Frame You're already getting lots of great advice on management, just chipping in as another brand new Intex pool owner. We have the 16 x 16 X 48" square pool (so similar size). Based on reading discussions on this forum, we upgraded to the sand filter and SWG...
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    Well, we went swimming and all seemed fine! The kids weren't thrilled with the 72F water though - hopefully we'll get some more consistently warm weather soon! Thanks again for the help!
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    I guess I lied. One more follow up - I'm thinking it also makes sense to add another bag (40lbs) of salt to the pool. Any issue with doing that? Thanks again!
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    And one last question - since we've resolved the CC issue (sorry about that) - what do you advise in regards to CYA? Still hold off or add more? The powder finished dissolving around 8pm and I ran my filter for 6 hours over night.
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    Ah, I'm so sorry to be a nuisance, I'm just figuring out that the CC being closer to zero is a good thing (I swear I did some reading before I started, I think I started to get overwhelmed with actual test results in front of me). I just checked again, and I would say my CC is officially 0.5. So...
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    I just double checked and still getting practically zero CCs (this time, my solution basically stayed clear when I added the R-0003.
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    The water is crystal clear. Is the level of 2 a concern from a safety perspective? I'll re-run the test again now to make sure I'm not making errors... - - - Updated - - - And just to help me better understand the CYA situation.... I thought I had read this test won't be accurate for up to a...
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    Thanks so much for the quick response. So having more CYA will lower the free chlorine because more of it will be bound up with the CYA? Just checking whether I am understanding. I can pop in more CYA as long as it is okay to swim while dissolving from the sock?
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    Is Chlorine Too High to Start Swimming?

    We just set up our Intex pool last weeked. We haven't been in the water yet. I just ran my first round of tests on my TF-100 kit and got the following results: FC = 12ppm (I had originally posted 15, but I double and triple checked and got 12 the next two times) CC = 2ppm TC = 17ppm Calcium =...
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    Initial Set Up of Intex Sand Filter and SWG

    I've started trying my hand at "pool math" calculations and think I am coming up with the following starting point for adding bleach: - Add 43 ounces of 6% bleach to increase FC from 0 to 3 in my sized pool
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    Initial Set Up of Intex Sand Filter and SWG

    Thank you! My initial round of salt and CYA are currently dissolving and the filter is running (no SWG yet). Are you able to help guid me in regards to how much liquid chlorine to put in to get the pool started? I have a TF-100 test kit, but it's still in its box - I've been finding the...
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    Initial Set Up of Intex Sand Filter and SWG

    Hi all, I'm sure this is probably obvious to all those with experience with pools, but I'm in the process of setting up our first pool and don't want to mess up. We just filled our Intex pool and I have "hooked up" the Intex sand filter and SWG we purchased. It seems the water flows from the...
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    Intex Pool Questions - Getting Started

    Tone is hard to convey online - I'm hoping the above came across as friendly and not judge-y. Because I definitely meant it as friendly discussion! Thanks again to all who have taken time to respond - so much great advice on this site!
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    Intex Pool Questions - Getting Started

    Thanks all for taking the time to respond. For what it's worth, I also did some more reading on this forum about whether the pumps/filters can/should be run while swimming. Specifically for the Intex pools, it seems there may be some validity to that claim (a lot of technical discussions that I...
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    Intex Pool Questions - Getting Started

    Hi all, I have already gotten a lot of great advice on here regarding our Intex pool set-up. We have received the upgraded filter/pump (sand filter, salt generator we plan to use) and the pool itself should arrive on Friday. We have prepped the site and (I think) will be ready to put up the...
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    Anyone have an Intex "Square" Pool (either 14x14 or 16x16)?

    Re: Anyone have an Intex "Square" Pool (either 14x14 or 16x16)? Thanks supermom#4. I just saw your message. So I guess the square sizes don't come with a cover? My understanding is that all the intex pools come with an underpowered pump, so that is an upgrade we are planning on. - -...
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    Help with covers

    I’m afraid I’m no help with your current question, but we are considering purchasing the same pool and I would love to ask you some questions if you were willing. Let me know if so. Thanks!
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    Above Ground Pool Size & Depth

    Thank you!