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    Tablets/ pucks vs chlorine

    Wrong thread lol, Tapatalk is going crazy on me. But feel free to look at those great references anyway haha. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Tablets/ pucks vs chlorine

    Pool School - Pool School Pool School - Handy Reference https://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Tablets/ pucks vs chlorine

    Liquid chlorine is best. I used pucks before finding this site but will never go back. As for amounts of chlorine to use, take a look at Pool School, make sure you have an adequate test kit and use the calculator to determine how much chlorine to add. As far as the items they sold you...I'd...
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    Drop in steps Recommendations for inground

    Anytime! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Drop in steps Recommendations for inground

    These are mine, except mine have plastic rails instead of metal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Drop in steps Recommendations for inground

    I've got the cover on the pool but let me see if I can find the link online. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Drop in steps Recommendations for inground

    My steps are from Lumio or Lumi-O. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Drop in steps Recommendations for inground

    I have wedding cake stairs and it's been great for the two years I've had them. The middle step holds 50 pounds of sand and I've had no issues with it moving at all. Our liner was put in right before we bought the house so I couldn't add steps either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Update to my previous post. I listed BJ's as a source of 12.5% bleach but...I had to return 24 gallons. When I was pouring it in the pool I didn't notice any smell at all. Put my nose to the jug and still didn't smell anything. I had a shirt I accidentally bleached so I grabbed it and poured...
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    Indoor/Outdoor LED Light Bulbs

    My house is 95% LED as well. The only thing remaining is the fluorescent lights in the garage. Even my flood lights are LED. I've had zero issues in the three years they've been installed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Opening questions

    CYA needs to be between 30-50 for outdoor pools. Here's some resources: Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry https://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html (Great resource to keep everything in check). Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain Hope...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Current finds in central NC: BJ's - 12.5% (4 gallons @ $13.99) Walmart - 10% (2 Gallons @ $6.44. "Pool Essentials Chlorinating Liquid") Aldi - 8% (1/2 Gallon @ $1.39). I'm constantly on the hunt for the best liquid chlorine prices due to my business and maintaining my pool. I'll keep this...
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    2016 bleach prices

    Here in central NC I think the Walmart 10% price of $2.50 is going away. I was able to pick up 15 gallons a few weeks ago but I caused chaos at checkout. Luckily for me, the price tag on the shelf showed $2.50 but the registers were ringing up at $3.68. They honored the $2.50 price. I did...
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    Solar Covers

    If you're not already doing so, keep the solar cover on at night. It will keep the warm water trapped in the pool until you can take it off during the day for a swim.
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Yep I've read them. Based on that info, it seems the test kits will still show "x amount" of FC but it won't be as effective as FC with a lower CYA. One last question: Will doing partial water changes over time help lower the CYA or does it all need to be done at once? I'm just trying to...
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Ok, since I'm new to this and trying to educate myself on CYA, is my high CYA reducing the effectiveness of the chlorine which is causing the algae growth? I thought my chlorine readings would be lower with a high CYA. Or, does the test kit still show high chlorine but it's just not "as...
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Last time I checked a water truck is $1000 per load. I pay for water service at the house but I have no idea what they would charge me for using that amount of water. I noticed PoolMath says I need a 60% water change so I'll need to pay for a lot of water. I don't know anything about Reverse...
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Well I just tried that and got the same result. The black dot is completely gone well before the water line even gets to 100. I tried the diluted test but got nearly the same reading. The water did rush out of the faucet and caused a little bit of the water to splash out of the bottle. I'm...
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Just got my TF-100 and here's my results: FC: 18 TC: 19 CC: 1 PH: 7.2 TA: 170 CYA: 100 I did the CYA and TA test twice just to make sure but got the same result both times. Is there an economical option to try to get my CYA down other than a water change? Paying for water here is...
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    10% pool bleach at Wal-Mart - Was it worth it?

    I posted this in the 2016 bleach prices thread, but Walmart here in NC just lowered the price back to $2.50. Hopefully it gets lowered where you are soon as well. Here's a pic from earlier today:
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    2016 bleach prices

    Here in NC I found 10% bleach at Walmart for $2.50. It's listed as "Rollback" so I don't expect the price to stay for long. Surprisingly, they had plenty of bottles available.
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Thanks guys. I'm reading through the links and getting familiar with all the processes. I'll pick up some bleach at Walmart tomorrow (it's $2.57 here in NC too) and hopefully my TF-100 will be in by the end of the week. Based on the phone number on the TFTestkits.net page, I'm hoping the...
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    New Member Needs Help With Algae

    Hi All, I've been reading over this site and decided to join. Hopefully I'm on the right track with my signature and other info. So we've been in this house for about two years and I've never had any issues with algae. Starting about 3 weeks ago, algae started appearing every 4-5 days and...