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    Having more difficult time slamming than normal

    So part of it is when I took of my pool cover the stuff on top of it accidentally fell in to the pool... normally I try to prevent that. (I had the pool shut down for the winter.) I did what I was supposed to... put the PH in range (I think it was 7.5 if I remember), and I saw my CYA was...
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    Did grocery stores weaken the bleach they sell?

    I'm using the Bravo 6% bleach from H.E.B., and it yes is does now say "White stay whiter longer" . Is this true, that I can't safely use this bleach anymore? I'm currently shocking (SLAM) my pool with it.
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    Did grocery stores weaken the bleach they sell?

    It seems like last season my chlorine bleach wasn't as effective as usual. I actually have a paper cheat sheet I made years ago tailored to my pool that tells me how many ounces of bleach to use to raise the free chlorine x parts per million, where I have a column of values for x, varying in...
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    question about flow sensor in my salt water generator

    As I mentioned, yes I could see white deposits, in fact one of the plates was entirely white, and anyway at the time of my original post (as I also mentioned) cleaning was already in progress. The white is all gone now; the vinegar took care of it, and I've hooked it all back up again, so soon...
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    question about flow sensor in my salt water generator

    Hello, I was just reading the owners manual on my Intex SWG to for tips on why it might not be generating enough chlorine, and assuming the water is balanced correctly, and the settings are right, they suggest these two things to look for: 1) debris on the flow sensor 2) minerals on the...
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    I'd like to clean stains off my vinyl liner

    So, I guess it will work underwater then? I happen to have two of those Mr. Clean pads on hand, so I'll give it a try and see how it goes.
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    I'd like to clean stains off my vinyl liner

    Thank you for these ideas. Would Mr. Clean work while submerged under water, and will it adversely affect my water chemistry?
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    I'd like to clean stains off my vinyl liner

    Hello, my above ground pool has a regular vinyl surface, and over the last couple of years, it's developed a fair amount of faint green stains from past algae attacks. They're faint and not all that noticeable, but it would be nice to clean the stains off to get the vinyl the same color blue...
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    Hanging a rectangular Intex Ultra Frame Pool directly from the pool deck

    Beautiful looking pool so far, and it must have taken a lot of effort. I hope it does hold. Edit: Sorry, I read what I thought was the last post of the thread, but I see a lot of other posts succeed it, which I've not read, so I don't yet know how accurate my statement is.
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    best way to raise CYA

    Thank you. Wow, that pool math calculator, with it's measurements in both volume and weight is really handy. I will be using it's volume measurement. I also verified that it's weight measurements matches the chart on my bottle, so I have confidence in the accuracy of that pool math...
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    best way to raise CYA

    I have on hand some powdered chlorine stabizer I could use to raise my CYA. It's current at 30, but I think since I have a SWG (above ground pool), it ought to be at 70-80. I've read on this forum that I should be putting it in a sock and hanging it from my ladder, but the instructions say to...
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    bleach vs shock for achieving very high FC

    Exactly what I did. I had chlorine pucks and dichlor left over from before I found this site; fortunately my CYA never got high because I found this site soon enough before that happened. After enough seasons, I eventually used all my chlorine pucks and dichlor to maintain the correct CYA...
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    My freezing pool story

    Being in Austin, I was advised I don't need to unhook my equipment, but simply run the pump when it gets below freezing. Unfortunately I can't seem to find an app that will notify me when it gets below freezing, and yesterday, even though it was 70 degrees out, and I had shorts and T-shirt on...
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    Leaf eater cord getting fragile

    Great suggestion. I happened to have an old shoe lace, and it did the trick. (My jury rigged job failed as the original cord broke again, so I had to expedite the shoe lace mission.)
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    Leaf eater cord getting fragile

    I have a leaf eater, similar to this picture: The cord that holds the bag to the base has become fragile and just broke. I jury-rigged it with a knot, but I can't put too much tension, or it will break again. Does anybody know if the cord is sold separately anywhere? Everything else...
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    water level question for above ground pool before covering the pool

    Okay; but is it okay for me to leave the water level high like it is?
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    water level question for above ground pool before covering the pool

    I don't think my cover is permiable water-wise, so I think once I cover it, rain won't get in. Last winter I did disconnect my equipment, but based on advice on another thread here, my plan this winter is leave everything hooked up, because of how far south Austin is. I also received advice...
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    water level question for above ground pool before covering the pool

    Hello, I'm about to remove the leaves from my pool, and check the chemical levels before putting my pool cover on it for the winter. Right now, the water level is very close to the top of the skimmer hole, because of all the rain we've had. Is it advised that I should lower this level before...
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    Question regarding closing my pool for the winter

    Last season what I did was to drain the water to just below the eyeball jet, because I had been wanting to repair a slow leak in it (which, with the help of the TFP people here, I did). I also disconnected my SWG, and drained the water our of my sand filter, pump, and SWG. I think I moved...
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    Hanging a rectangular Intex Ultra Frame Pool directly from the pool deck

    It sounds like he's done a lot of scientific analysis of the forces involved, so it's going to take somebody with more expertise than I to say he's going in the wrong direction. I'm thinking that even if his design runs contrary to the one proven by the manufacturer as being tried and true...
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    Question about chlorine levels for SWG vs nonSWG

    Thank you . I guess makes sense about the target chlorine levels for SWG vs nonSWG, but why would the minimum levels also be different? I just assume that minimum levels have to do with the level below which you start incurring risk of algae growth.
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    Question about chlorine levels for SWG vs nonSWG

    Hello, I read on the charts on this TFP website that the minimum and target levels for FC, given the same CYA levels are lower for SWG pools vs nonSWG pools. Why is that? Does the salt somehow aid in the inhibition of algae, so that less chlorine is needed? By the way here are my current...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    I was able to order R-0871 drops, and it'll be delivered within a couple of days, so I may not have to interrupt the SLAM, fortunately.
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    That's interesting info about the bacteria. By the way, I did do a quick brushing yesterday, planning on doing a better brushing job today. I'm about to go test it again and add chlorine if needed, because I'm about to go out on an errand for a couple of hours before coming home. (I...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Okay, I've bought more and added it back up to 12 ppm. By the way, I found where I read the stuff about the CYA, which is in the sticky on the top of this very forum: "It is important that the CYA level not be zero. If CYA too low, you will lose too much chlorine to sunlight, and the algae...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Okay, last night I added enough chlorine bleach to raise my FC to 12 per the pool math, and this morning, to my pleasure I got up to see the water is mostly blue now (but maybe with a hint of green to it), so the bleach is definitely helping. But what I was surprised at is that my FC...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Oh, oops. I've done a SLAM a couple of times before, and both times, it succeeded with checks only twice a day. Admittedly my CYA was higher back then, and the chlorine levels held pretty well. Well the good news is that starting last October, I now work from my house instead of an office...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Thank you. I guess worst case scenario is that the chlorine drops too fast, which would give some evidence of too low a CYA number (I assume.) I'll start it tonight, and tomorrow I'll do my usual morning test, and for this first day only, maybe I'll do a mid-day test to see how the chlorine...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Welp, after adding 16 ounces of more acid and waiting about 45 minutes, I retested. It's dark out, but I went out to my garage where I have whiter light (because I have flourescent light fixtures there). It looks like I overshot the mark, and my PH is at 7.2 (I was aiming for 7.4). But...
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    Question regarding adjust PH before starting SLAM

    Thank you for that advice. You're right there is no 27 mark it was about 7/10 tenths of the way from the 20 mark to the 30 mark, so I estimated 27 based on that. Okay, I'll go ahead and add more acid and check again. Maybe at that time, I should do another CYA check to be sure. Do I...