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  1. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    Decided to slam, run the filter, and wait a few days before closing. Nice windy day here, so I'm doing some net and robot work to keep up! My CH was way low at 90, so I ordered the remedy and will add tomorrow. I'll have to check to see if CH readings are impacted by slamming... Thanks again...
  2. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    I just happened to be reading that PH readings won't be accurate when slamming...
  3. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    AOK. Adding the chlorine now and will check other numbers too!
  4. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    Dang, I love this forum. Someone's here to help, even in November. Thanks so much for the help TS! So if I went with bumping up the FC, what's the highest level I can safely elevate it to before putting the cover on? And I'll check the PH again. My Calcium Hardness was way off. Is that an...
  5. Earthman Bob

    Close Pool Now or SLAM and Wait

    Well, a few weeks ago I thought I was closing my pool, and so I slammed it (FC up to 35), got all the levels in check and thought I was ready to go. Then life got in the way, couldn't get my helper, and paid attention to other deadlines. So I found myself in November with a pool full of leaves...
  6. Earthman Bob

    Winterizing with High CYA

    So I guess winterizing will have to wait. The leaves are starting to fall fast!
  7. Earthman Bob

    Winterizing with High CYA

    Thanks for the responses! When I asked: "Second, if I do that and bring the level to 35, how long do I need to wait before winterizing?" I was referring to my FC level, not the CYA. In the article I read on TFP, it said: "Two or three days before closing, I bring the pool up to shock...
  8. Earthman Bob

    Winterizing with High CYA

    I tested for CYA .... maybe about a month ago, and it was low, so I added the recommended amount. Just tested it again now, and the level is 90-100. (Don't know why that happened, but that's not the point of this thread.) I'm getting ready to winterize, and Poolmath says I need to add 11...
  9. Earthman Bob

    Thread size of Pentair IntellifloXF VS pool pump plug?

    Oops. I meant through the pump. I had read that the drain plug would allow enough air in to clear the lines. However, after reading the link you sent, I've put together some hoses that work with my big shop vac. So I'm going to do it via the skimmer port as that seems easier. Once I'm getting...
  10. Earthman Bob

    Thread size of Pentair IntellifloXF VS pool pump plug?

    I'm going to give winterizing the pool a shot this year. I'm planning on hooking up a compressor to the drain plug outlet on my pool filter. I've been searching around for the size of that plug outlet, but have yet to find it. Anybody have a clue? It's a Pentair IntellifloXF VS. I would take...
  11. Earthman Bob

    Closing Pool but keep Attached spa open

    I guess it would be heated, and if it ran continuously wouldn't freeze. It would be pretty costly though, eh? I had an uncle who grew oranges in Florida many years ago. During one of the freezes that destroyed a lot of the orange crop, he said his was saved to his running the irrigation system...
  12. Earthman Bob

    Closing Pool but keep Attached spa open

    I recently briefly considered the possibility of using the spa over the winter too, but then realized that doing so would require having water in the pump, filter and lines--which of course wouldn't work over the winter. Your weather is a bit warmer than ours on Long Island, but wouldn't the...
  13. Earthman Bob

    Compool CVA-24 Valve Actuator: Reverse or 360 degrees?

    Your first suggestion certainly is a fairly easy solution, since it's not that often that I need to do work on the equipment. But I am going to try that manual override from the manual link you sent first. Thanks for these simple solutions!
  14. Earthman Bob

    Compool CVA-24 Valve Actuator: Reverse or 360 degrees?

    I just rebuilt our pool plumbing, and while doing that removed the in-floor cleaning system. The pool plumbing is below the grade of the pool, so in order to work on the equipment, I need to shut all supplies and return valves. My question here is about how to shut off both pool returns...
  15. Earthman Bob

    Rebuilding My Own Pool Plumbing: Crazy?

    I just figured out the answer to the question I had posted here... so removed the post.
  16. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    Well, Amazon says they delivered my pool stabilizer, but it's not here. Fedex must have delivered it to the wrong house. Any big problems that can come from not having the stabilizer added for a few days?
  17. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    Thanks guys... the pool is now filling! Better late than never :cool:
  18. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    Thanks.... I'm getting 374oz of liquid chlorine 6% to get to 5.
  19. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    Thanks. Added my estimation of the gallons. And thanks for the pic.
  20. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    So my plan then is to: -- Fill the pool. -- Once filled, add chlorine to reach a target of around 5, since there will be people swimming. Otherwise, I'd follow the app and aim for 1-3. -- Once filled, add CYA to target 40. -- A few hours before turning on the SWG, I'll add the remaining...
  21. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    Great to hear! I'm using my Pool Math application (for the first time) and it says to add 224 oz of chlorine bleach to reach 6 ppm. And also says to add 18 lbs of dry stabilizer to reach 60 of the stabilizer. That's a lot of socks. Does it sound like I'm using the app correctly? Thanks!
  22. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    I did not get the salt kit. All I have is Aquacheck strips. Guess that's a Taylor K-1766 salt kit?
  23. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    I do have a kit, and I just used it for the first time! Salt as amusement, eh? So I can add it before the party then?
  24. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    HI Allen-- Thanks for the info and great to hear! It is municipal water. The PH is 7.0 The TA is 40ppm The CH is 50ppm What does that tell me? I'll look up the sock method for the stabilizer.
  25. Earthman Bob

    Refilling Salt Water Pool: Need Help for Party! :-)

    We had emptied our pool to do some work and clean it up after it was dormant for a few years. I'm rebuilding a lot of the plumbing too. ; Here's what I need help with. We're having a pool party on Saturday, but I won't be done with the pool equipment until Thursday. So I'll only have a couple...
  26. Earthman Bob

    Raising Pool Equipment: Are these pads OK for filter, heater and pumps?

    I put the pavers on top of the bluestone. Perfect! Thanks for the input--
  27. Earthman Bob

    Raising Pool Equipment: Are these pads OK for filter, heater and pumps?

    Thanks. The sagging and collecting water is not so good. Makes me more strongly consider the concrete blocks/pavers...
  28. Earthman Bob

    Raising Pool Equipment: Are these pads OK for filter, heater and pumps?

    Due to the grading of the land, I'd like to add a couple of inches to the height of my new pool pad. Question is, are these former air conditioning base pads OK to use for the oil heater and pump? I have two different larger pads shown in the pictures. The first is a concrete looking/feeling...