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    Caretaker pressure relief valve question

    The photo below shows my pool return that is divided between a Caretaker in-floor cleaning system and wall jets. The amount of flow to each can be controlled with a Jandy valve. If I close the flow to the wall jets, I still get significant flow through those wall jets. I am assuming that flow...
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    What does this pipe do?

    On the system leading to my Caretaker cleaning system there is a side pipe coming off that has a Jandy valve. It has been in the closed position for as long as I have owned the pool. If I open it so there is flow to both the side pipe and the Caretaker, the cleaning pop up heads are weaker and...
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    Length of time a pump should stay full?

    A few days ago I noted a suction-side leak on my Hayward Ecostar variable speed pump. I replaced and lubed all gaskets in the two Jandy valves leading to the pump (one small gasket was broken). I also checked, lubed and tightened the two drain plug gaskets in the pump. I also removed the basket...
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    FC requirements in colder weather

    This summer was the first for me using the TFP methods. My CYA being 50, I kept my FC 6-8 as recommended and never had an algae problem. It's getting colder now in Arizona. Since algae has less tendency to flourish in cooler water, I'm wondering if I can let my FC levels drop a bit to the 3-5 range?
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    Recommended?

    I have a pool that was re-pebbled last spring and have used the TFP methods since with good success. I brush the walls about once a week and use a pole-vac through the skimmer about once every two weeks. I have an in-floor pop-up cleaning system. I do notice that when I brush the walls or floor...
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    Cooler weather

    Here in Arizona we've started to have a little cooler weather and some cloudy days. As expected, I'm not needing to add as much chlorine to the pool, but what I didn't expect was such a drastic reduction in the amount of acid needed to keep things in the 7.4 range. Just a quart of muriatic...
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    Summer Chlorine consumption

    Is it considered normal for a 20,000 gal in ground pool to consume 2 qt (12.5%) bleach per day in Arizona? My CYA is 40.
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    Adding CYA

    Why does TFP recommend putting. CYA in a sock and then in the skimmer? The instructions on my pack say to just dump it in the skimmer. I used the sock method anyway!
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    Hard water

    I live in Scottsdale, AZ where the hardness of tap water is 250. When I filled my pool in June and started testing with a Taylor kit, my CH was 350. Naturally it has crept up as the warm summer has evaporated the pool water. It is now 450. I have already started seeing calcium deposits on the...
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    I have a dark colored Pebble finish that is two months old. Like many darker Pebble finishes, mine was left with light cloudy patches on the bottom that I assumed was embedded plaster dust. The installer was of no help and basically disappeared from the scene. I've not read any reliable ways to...
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    Cyanuric Acid

    So I'm into my second month after having pool resurfaced. I'm doing my own chemicals now, using the info I've gained here. I have a 50 pound bucket of TriClor and rather than add CYA to the recommended amount, I'm wanting to use these tabs up and let the CYA build up gradually, or at least until...
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    Getting started on borate

    I have a 20,000 gallon negative edge pool that is low on TA (~60) and taking daily acid. I figured this would be an ideal situation to begin borates. I dumped in the whole 55 lb can of boric acid obtained via Duda. Beginning pH was 7.4 and it did not change after the addition. Resulting borate...
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    pH testing: Taylor vs. dipstick

    My Taylor kit and Leslie's dipstick both agree that my Free Chlorine is 3ppm. The Taylor reagent R-0004 reads a pH of 7.4 while the dipstick reads 6.8-7.0. Why the difference?
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    Scottsdale, AZ new Pebble

    Hi guys, I'm new here on the forum. I live in north Scottsdale, AZ and had my pool resurfaced three weeks ago with a darkish pebble aggregate. I've never been happy with any pool service so I'm going to use the nice new pool to learn to do it myself. I have read a lot, and bought the complete...
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    New Pebble

    Hi guys, I live in north Scottsdale, AZ and had my pool resurfaced three weeks ago with a darkish pebble aggregate. I've never been happy with any pool service so I'm going to use the nice new pool to learn to do it myself. I have read a lot, and bought the complete Taylor test kit. One thing...