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    Adhesive Recommendations for Replacing Tiles That Fell Off

    The tiles around my pool are irregular shaped. At one location around the perimeter of the pool, a small tile fell off. I didn't think much of it, until another fell off, right next to where the first one fell off a few months earlier. Then a few days ago, a large tile fell off adjacent to...
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    Outlet Pipe for Polaris Booster Pump - Metal or Plastic?

    That was a good idea using the magnet. I did not get any magnetic force, so I guess it is probably plastic. It just looked like metal. I'm going to go ahead and take it apart.
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    Outlet Pipe for Polaris Booster Pump - Metal or Plastic?

    I went to change the housing on my Polaris booster pump for the pool sweep, and noticed that the pump outlet pipe screwed into the pump housing is metal rather than plastic. This metal pipe is going into plastic on both ends, the pump housing and the pipe fitting. It looks like the pipe might...
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    2019 Bleach Prices

    I had to educate our Home Depot about the date codes on their stock, and that they need to rotate it. I told them they were selling water for $4 a gallon. :) I was buying Chlorox 8.25% at Costco with much of it not more than about a week old. Then Costco cheaped out, and it was down to...
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    trouble venting air from DE filter.....questions

    Maybe I have been lucky, but this has not been my experience. I've never had any DE come out of the vent. I have had small debris come out that got sucked out of the pool. Couple of things come to mind. Have you checked your manual to see how much DE is required on a back flush? It is...
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    Looking for REPUTABLE and HONEST Online Vendors for Pool Equipment Parts

    I appreciate the input everyone. I will try out your suggestions.
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    Looking for REPUTABLE and HONEST Online Vendors for Pool Equipment Parts

    Thanks for the recommendations, Jim. I ordered Pentair filter grids and Pentair filter seals. That's not what I got. I thought at first they might be Pentair service brands, but Pentair has a website that shows all the Pentair brands. The package for the filter seals even used the word...
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    This check valve is sideways?

    I have this exact same valve. The flap should be on the side away from the pump (i.e the side with the valve). When you take it apart, be sure the seal is in good condition. You may need to get a replacement to get it to seal. I have found I need to take it out occasionally because leaves...
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    Looking for REPUTABLE and HONEST Online Vendors for Pool Equipment Parts

    I was really surprised that I ran into two large online vendors who are disreputable, and substituted cheap off-brand parts, even when their website shows a completely different manufacturer for the part ordered. It's obvious they are trying to pad their profits slipping purchasers inferior...
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    Flexible Grout Between Coping and Deck

    There is a white substance between the coping and concrete desk that looks and feels like grout but is flexible. It is starting to crack, and I want to replace or repair it. Anyone know what this substance is, and where I can buy it? Any tips on replacing it? Thanks!
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    How to Clean Filter Grids and Dispose of Waste

    Thanks, ajw22. I usually put acid in at 7.8, and drop to 7.5. Good to hear it is not a problem if it gets a bit above that. I just cleaned the filters yesterday (full filter disassembly), and the pressure with grids with no DE is now 11.4. After adding DE, the pressure went up by maybe a a...
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    How to Clean Filter Grids and Dispose of Waste

    Thanks you everyone. Mknauss, I do have some calcium scale near the waterfall from the spa to the pool. Otherwise, it is pretty good. I do keep the chemistry in line with the Pool Calculator on this site, although sometimes I don't check the pH enough, and it goes over 7.8 (usually not over...
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    How to Clean Filter Grids and Dispose of Waste

    I noticed that the filter pressure has gone up over time, even after replacing the DE. I have read that it is good to clean the DE filter grids occasionally. I'm new to this. One suggestion was to dunk the grids in a diluted acid bath in a plastic garbage can. After I'm done, what would I do...
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    Taylor R-0004 Appears Darker Than R-0014

    Thanks for the info on these two reagents. Very helpful! I know better now. ;)
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    Taylor R-0004 Appears Darker Than R-0014

    I bought a bottle of R-0004 thinking it was just a larger version of R-0014. However, I noticed that R-0004 is much darker (showing higher pH) than R-0014. You can see the fluid is darker in the bottle. Did I get a bad bottle, or is there a difference in these products?
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    Home Depot "Pool Time" vs. Lowes "Chlorox" DE

    I bought some Home Depot "Pool Time" DE, and mixed it with water before putting it in the pool skimmer. I noticed that it had some dark pebble like material at the bottom of the bucket, that I did not get with the Chlorox DE at Lowes. I feel that the Chlorox DE is of higher quality, than Pool...
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    Pool Cloudy After Adding DE

    I took the filter apart, and found I had not seated one of the filter grids all the way in the hole. I ended up with five pounds of DE in the pool. I took the system apart, cleaned out the DE, put some DE back in the skimmer, and then started brushing DE from the bottom. Brushing would...
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    Need Recommendation for Reaffixing Small Pool Tile

    Hi have a small pool tile, about the size of a quarter coin that fell off just above the water line. I was wondering what people recommend to glue it back on permanently. I scanned the forum, and there were several suggestions to other people. Let me know what you think is best, or your...
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    Pool Cloudy After Adding DE

    Got home, and I've got four pounds of DE on the bottom of the pool.
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    Pool Cloudy After Adding DE

    I just opened up my filter, and the DE did not coat the filter grids. It is going right through it. What a mess I got now! I have to start all over. I'm going to go out and buy another brand.
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    Pool Cloudy After Adding DE

    I'm not aware of any O-rings where the filter grids plug-in. Your theory about the pressure on and off is something for me to look at.
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    Pool Cloudy After Adding DE

    I've never had a problem with this before. I took the filter apart and cleaned the grids, put it back together. I took a bucket, put a measured amount of DE, and added water mixing it in. I put it in the skimmer housing (without the skimmer and restrictor) SLOWLY. Everything seemed fine, and...
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    My Experience with Floater/Pucks

    I guess that explains it. I was trying to do a Big Duck's job with a little circular floater. LOL If I ever need to use the Duck while on vacation, I just hope it doesn't attrack other ducks to make my pool their home. :D
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    New pool, new to pools, chemistry is off. Help!?

    I was just reading about CYA this morning. "With a SWG the odds of needing to shock the pool go down significantly, which is the main disadvantage of higher CYA levels. Meanwhile, the costs of adding chlorine go up a little (both as a capital investment in purchasing the SWG and in the cost of...
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    New pool, new to pools, chemistry is off. Help!?

    I'm not an expert, but I have to wonder about the quality of your chlorine. Bleach has a very limited shelf life, with the concentration of chlorine dropping by the day. It goes down even faster in hot temperatures. Las Vegas is hot this time of year. Where is the bleach being stored? I...
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    Chlorine tab recommendations...I know, I know

    As someone who also has a jam packed life at times, and has tried the trichlor pucks. I honestly think you are better off just over-chlorinating the pool prior to times you know you won't get to it. I tried the pucks as a test, and they didn't add nearly enough chlorine or acid for my pool. You...
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    Order to add chemicals and how long to wait?

    Maybe the experts can correct me, but if it were me, I would be adding bleach immediately to get your chlorine levels up before you get algae. Then I would add some CYA, so you are not consuming huge amounts of chlorine due to sun breakdown. No need to wait between these two. The pH is too...
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    My Experience with Floater/Pucks

    Interesting reading. Thanks, rcmodelr.
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    My Experience with Floater/Pucks

    I bought my house two years ago, and started with TFP right away, so I didn't have any experience with chlorine pucks. I needed to raise my CYA, so I thought it would be a good time to experiment with them, in case I went on an extended vacation. I researched pucks, and found that many of them...
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    Ack! Long-time TFP with problem! Have to use pucks...

    I also has been a long time TFP person, and thought I would try out pucks in case I needed to go on vacation. I also needed to add CYA anyway. My experience was after three days, the chlorine was too low, and the pH too high. They didn't work at all. Plus the pucks are really irritating to...