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  1. lcd98

    Ideal Water Balance Before Adding Boric Acid?

    And thanks for your advice!
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    Ideal Water Balance Before Adding Boric Acid?

    I generally do follow the advice on this forum and it has served me very well but there is a little voice in the back of my head that that tells me I should worry about voiding my warranty if I don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Unfortunately, I added the borates this morning before...
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    Ideal Water Balance Before Adding Boric Acid?

    I haven’t had a pH issue so far this season but I have in the past. My pool manufacturer says to keep pH between 7.2 to 7.6 so when it gets to 7.8 I usually add acid. Last year, I kept my chlorine higher than I have so far this year. This year I have been keeping it at about 5-6 which may be why...
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    Ideal Water Balance Before Adding Boric Acid?

    Please accept my belated thank you for your response. I followed your advice and raised my CYA and chlorine levels among other things. Below are my current test results. I struggle with raising the CYA to the 70-80 range because my fiberglass pool manufacturer (Leisure Pools) recommends CYA...
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    Ideal Water Balance Before Adding Boric Acid?

    I just purchased 55 pounds of boric acid granules from Duda Diesel to help with the rising pH levels I typically experience because I do not like handling muriatic acid. My green pool (mesh cover) was opened last week and the pool company added algaecide and chlorine. I bleached and backwashed 6...
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    Pool Cleaner for Fiberglass Pool

    I ordered the S300i from Marina and will get it Saturday. Fingers crossed. Thanks for your help.
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    Pool Cleaner for Fiberglass Pool

    Thanks for the recommendation. It looks like the multi-layer basket may work better than the filters in the M Series in my situation. Do you find that the power stream technology kicks up the debris?
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    Pool Cleaner for Fiberglass Pool

    I’m looking for recommendations for a new pool cleaner. I had narrowed it down to the Dolphin M400 or M500 but then I realized I might have an issue with the filters. I got the impression from reading reviews that they won’t pick up large debris and silt at the same time which is important to...
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    PLEASE HELP - Can I close my pool with free chlorine at 13 ppm?

    Thanks to all for your input. They wound up running late and coming the next day. By then, my FC was down to 7. I don't have a contract with an explicit guarantee. I will look into that for next year. Also, FWIW, they did test the water even though I did my own chemicals. Thanks again and...
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    Does adding closing dose of PolyQuat 60 cause problems with pH readings?

    Thank you. They ended up running late so I pushed my closing to the next day (Friday). As a result, I was able to retest my water. My FC went down to 7 and my pH went down to 7.4 which is where I expected it to be after adding the acid on Thursday. Thanks again for your help. Have a nice...
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    Does adding closing dose of PolyQuat 60 cause problems with pH readings?

    Thanks. They are coming to close the pool this afternoon. Are you saying I should wait a while (maybe a week), open the cover, test the chlorine and if back in the 5 ppm range, test the pH? If I have to add acid then, any advice on how I would mix it into the pool since everything will be...
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    Does adding closing dose of PolyQuat 60 cause problems with pH readings?

    The chlorine is 12 but it was 12 with the pH at 7.5 before I added about 10oz of acid which should have brought it to 7.4. The only other thing I did was add polyquat 60. I've drained my pool to the bottom of my skimmer and I am waiting for the pool company to come close it. Should I add more...
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    Does adding closing dose of PolyQuat 60 cause problems with pH readings?

    Good Morning, I started the day with a pH of about 7.5 and I wanted to bring it down a bit before closing so I added about 10 oz of muriatic acid which should have brought it down to 7.4. About an hour later, I added the closing/treatment dose of algaecide. I am getting ready to drain some...
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    PLEASE HELP - Can I close my pool with free chlorine at 13 ppm?

    Thank you. - - - Updated - - - Agreed, which is why I thought it would be better to do it myself. Thank you.
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    PLEASE HELP - Can I close my pool with free chlorine at 13 ppm?

    I am having my pool company close my pool tomorrow. I originally planned to have them do the chemicals because it is only my second closing and I am still learning. Then I looked at JasonLion's closing post and decided it would be better for me to do my own chemicals so that I could put some...
  16. lcd98

    Submersible or Transfer Pump for Mesh Pool Cover?

    Thanks for your response. I didn't think I could use a cover pump on a mesh cover.
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    Submersible or Transfer Pump for Mesh Pool Cover?

    Good Morning, My pool service company is coming next week to close my fiberglass pool with my mesh loop loc cover. This is my second closing. Last year, I was concerned that the water level would rise and cause problems with my coping stones which are glued down on the fiberglass lip (and...
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    Algaecide Overdose

    Thanks. I usually try to keep chlorine between 3 and 5 which I think should work with CYA at 70. Have a nice evening.
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    Algaecide Overdose

    Thanks for your help. I added the muriatic acid but I have not yet added the CYA. Why do you think I shouldn't add CYA? I read that it should be between 60-80 for SWG pools. The algaecide is Leslie's Algae Control/Preventer. I can't find a detailed ingredient list online. The bottle says...
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    Algaecide Overdose

    Hi, After having been freaked out by the sight of my dog with a dead animal in its mouth, I accidentally put about 18 oz of algaecide in my pool instead of muriatic acid. Problem is I had added about 22 oz of algaecide yesterday as a preventive dose. (My pool company had added algaecide when...
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    Robot that will clean steps and ledges in fiberglass pool

    Thanks to you both. @YippeeSkippy: What kind of manual vacuum head do you use? The triangle one I got from the pool builder didn't seem to work well so we got a long weighted rectangular one from Home Depot and that didn't seem any better. Perhaps we are doing something wrong? I have a 3HP pump...
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    Robot that will clean steps and ledges in fiberglass pool

    Good Morning...I received a private label (Millenium XE) electric pool cleaner made by Aquabot as a promotional freebie with my pool when I installed it late last summer. I am not happy with it because it does not clean the 2' bench that runs the entire 40 foot length of my pool, the grab ledge...
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    Water Level Too High When Fiberglass Pool Was Closed (Escaping through Skimmer)

    Thanks for your advice. The pool company came back on Monday and pumped out water so that it was mid-skimmer. I do believe they installed gizmo in the skimmer (see original pictures). Fingers crossed I won't have any problems when we open the pool in the spring.
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    Water Level Too High When Fiberglass Pool Was Closed (Escaping through Skimmer)

    On Wednesday, I had my new fiberglass pool closed for the first time and had a Loop-Loc Super Mesh cover installed. Instead of using my pool builder, I used a local pool company who provided a quote for a seemingly better cover at a more reasonable rate. Even my pool builder said it was a good...
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    Startup Chemicals for new Fiberglass Pool with SWG

    Thanks. Turns out I am good on salt, if not a bit high at 4000 ppm. With respect to CYA, I just added more last night, for a total of 12 pounds over the course of about a week. Before I added the last 4 pounds, my reading was about 28 using the TF-100 test kit for the first time. My chlorine...
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    Startup Chemicals for new Fiberglass Pool with SWG

    Thanks again to everyone for your help. At avc8130, it's not much to look at in the day yet. Just had the concrete poured on Tuesday which will be a base for pool coping and pavers which will extend to patio areas. As such, slide and basketball net are not installed yet. Looks pretty nice at...
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    Startup Chemicals for new Fiberglass Pool with SWG

    According to the Pool Math calculator, I need to add 187 oz of stabilizer to raise CYA to 70 from 0. However, I don't yet have precise tests, so I'm not certain of my starting point (I just ordered the TF-100 Test Kit and Taylor K-1766 Salt Test today.) I put 4 pounds of stabilizer in a sock in...
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    Startup Chemicals for new Fiberglass Pool with SWG

    Thanks for the the feedback. My husband corrected me saying they put in 10 forty pound bags five days ago (not 4 as I mentioned earlier) in addition to the 4 forty pound bags they put in 2 days ago. So that is 560 pounds of salt in the last 5 days. Should I just put CYA and liquid chlorine and...
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    Startup Chemicals for new Fiberglass Pool with SWG

    We just installed a fiberglass pool on 8/25/15. It was filled with three truck loads of purified water that day and 4 40 lb bags of salt were added. The pool equipment was hooked up on 8/28 and the pool installer came to to start the system. He checked the salt level and added 4 more bags of...