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    Putting solid tarp cover over mesh safety cover

    As it is now, when we have big snowstorm, the mesh cover gets pulled down into the water until it melts. It has held 30 inches or more of snow. Maybe because of the springs on the latches.
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    Putting solid tarp cover over mesh safety cover

    My inground pool already has the mesh safety cover installed. I just bought a tarp-style winter cover to put on top to help the pool open cleaner next spring. It came with 16 water tubes. It occurred to me that normally a tarp cover sits in the water. So if I put it over the safety cover, it...
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    Leaf stains at bottom of inground pool

    Hurrican Irene left me with pounds and pounds of leaves in the bottom of my vinyl liner pool (25k gal). It has taken days to get it all up. And now, particularly in 1 spot, I have a 6' (yes - foot) brown stain where the leaves had been sitting. Please tell me that I can get this off. Will...
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    Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement motor

    Re: Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement m Would this cause the pressure reading in the filter to be a few PSI lower? With old motor, it showed 18. With new motor and same impeller, it shows 15.
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    Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement motor

    Re: Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement m Correction. I see on the website that there is a different impeller for different motors. SO - the original pump has 1.5HPx1.2SF with a "4010" impeller. The new motor looks like it should be paired with a "4015" impeller...
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    Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement motor

    Re: Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement m There is a graph on the Hayward web site that implies that higher models of the the Northstar pump have higher flow rates. The only difference between the models is the motor itself. Even the impeller is the same. I have to imagine...
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    Northstar died - Simply question regarding replacement motor

    My Northstar pump died (well, it was squealing like a pig and pool guy said it was dying). It was a 1.5 HP motor / 1.25 Service Factor. I called around and found a company that had one in stock (the pool company wanted to charge double the price I could find everywhere). They told me they had...
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    How many TriChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation?

    I just did my daily bleaching. The chlorine dropped roughly 3 ppm in 24 hours (dropping from 6.5 to 3.5). But some of that was used to clean up from the 8 people that were in the pool just prior to yesterday's bleaching. SO - I raised it back up to 7 today. And I also put 5 tabs in the...
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    How many TriChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation?

    Hmmm - Not alot of time for that. I get 1 24hr period to try something out, and then I'll guess when I leave on Wednesday.
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    How many TriChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation?

    Re: How many DiChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation? What the calculator doesn't help with is the affect of using a Tab which releases its chlorine over time. I can read the container to see how much chlorine each tab contains, but i don't know how long it takes a tab to dissolve. If it...
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    How many TriChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation?

    Corrected my post. I meant TriChlor.
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    How many TriChlor tabs to last for 5 day vacation?

    I have been using liquid chlorine to maintain my pool. I'm going away this Wednesday morning, and will be returning Sunday evening. 5 full days. I'd like to use some leftover TriChlor 3" tabs in the auto-dispenser attached near the pump to get me through those 5 days. Question: Assuming I...
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    Keep shocking if CC is 0, chem is ok, but water is cloudy?

    Opened pool on Friday. Got all levels where they need to be, and am keeping FC at shock level. Water is still cloudy, but getting better every day. Do I need to keep at shock level until the sand filter clears everything up? Or am I to lower FC to normal levels now the CC is at 0? I think...
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    pH when closing pool?

    Oh - this is a vinyl pool that's been around 10 years.
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    pH when closing pool?

    I have having my pool closed for me this year. I'm going to watch to learn how. They told me to drop the pH to 7.0 before they get there. I see other places 7.2-7.6. Mine is currently 7.5. What's the appropriate target?
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    Dumb questions - Why pool store / product advice different?

    Excellent answers. And pretty much what I was thinking. And of course, those of us that are super inquisitive NEED to get to bottom of questions like these, so that we can do the correct thing going forward.
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    Dumb questions - Why pool store / product advice different?

    This may have been answered before, but I'll ask anyway. The general TFP guidance is that I don't need to super chlorinate if I keep chlorine above the min level for my CYa. Yet, every chlorine product you buy in the stores will give you the "once a week / superchlorination" recommendation...
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    My results after draining of water - thoughts?

    Do you think I'll now end up with too HIGH of a pH?
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    My results after draining of water - thoughts?

    I drained a little more than 1/2 my pool, and refilled with tap water. I intend to go with liquid chlorine now, instead of Trichlor / Cal-hypo the pool guys were using. Just tested results: 25000 gallon inground, vinyl-lined pool 82 degrees (water) Direct sun from 8am to 4pm daily. CYa: 50...
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    OK - So I'm draining 1/2 my pool and refilling today. Next?

    Thanks. My FC before draining was roughly 12 or 13, because CYA was so high. Assuming I'm simply diluting, the FC should go to 6.5 and the CYA to 60 or 70 (I hope). If I understand correctly, the level will be perfectly ok and no shock. Of course, I'll test to be sure.
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    OK - So I'm draining 1/2 my pool and refilling today. Next?

    Had very high CYA and CH numbers due to Trichlor / CalHypo regimen. Water is otherwise spotless. SO, draining roughly half and refilling today / tomorrow with water from hose. And then moving to a liquid chlorine regime (maybe with some algeacide / clarifier as well since I have so much of...
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    Newbie - Best / safest way to drain inground pool

    Oh - I should add it's a vinyl liner.
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    Newbie - Best / safest way to drain inground pool

    HI - New guy here, with a 25k gallon pool in need of draining. (High CH and CYa). My estimate is that I need to drop it by 1/2. I'm told it's dangerous to drain, and I understand why. But I don't need to go all the way down. The bottom will always be covered by at least 6" of water. Of...