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    Recovering from runoff in pool - need help interpreting this

    We had over 8" of rain in a few hours the weekend of 6/8. It turned my lovely crystal clear pool into this: My treatment plan was to run the pool pump 24x7, and dump about 10 gallons of bleach into the pool to kill everything. My FC levels are slowly coming down and the water is clearing up...
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    How much bleach to SLAM a pool?

    I've read through Pool School and I must be missing something. I found the Chlorine/CYA chart. So I know what my FC currently is, I know what my CYA is, and I know what shock level I'm trying to get to (in this case around 28 according to the chart). What I can't find is a chart that tells me...
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    Clean-up after 8" of rain in 5 hours - UPDATE

    We just had the worst rain event of my life here in Memphis. They're estimating that the metro area got anywhere from 8" - 11" over a 4 hour period last night. It's tough to say for sure because most people's rain gauges overflowed :). Anyways, my pool was nice and blue yesterday, now it...
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    Help with pool light

    OK, so I need some help. I took my light fixture out of the side of the pool and it's full of water...so that's obviously a problem. Also, my GFI on the side of the house that the light terminates at is flashing, which says that means it needs to be replaced. What would you do? 1. Try to dry...
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    Light fixture replacement - how hard is it really?

    I've troubleshot my pool light and I'm certain I need a new fixture. I'm fairly handy around the house. I've replaced pool and booster pumps, changed the sand in my filter, and fixed my pentair power center that powers my Intellichlor by replacing a PC board (even though my local pool store...
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    Marathon RB134 Pump buzzes and spins...then stops.

    So...went outside yesterday and noticed my pump wasn't running. It's a Marathon RB134 (catalog number) pump. When it switches on the shaft actually spins for a few seconds (i can see it turn by taking the access panel off the back) and the motor hums really loud, then it stops. I can move the...
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    Polaris Booster Hums for a second but won't start

    Upon opening our pool last weekend I noticed that our polaris booster pump will hum for a few seconds when I turn it on but won't start. I replaced the capacitor already as it seemed like that was a common thing to break that is relatively easy/cheap to fix. Are there any other easy things to...
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    First time SLAMing...question

    First spring as a pool owner. We didn't close our pool over the winter as we live in the South with usually mild winters. My water is emerald green (kinda pretty really) so I'm assuming I need to SLAM. I've read through the SLAM instructions and Pool School but I've got a couple questions. I...
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    Triton TR60 Sand Change - I'm so dumb

    So we're recovering from our harsh (for Memphis) winter and I wanted to start getting the pool in shape. I needed to replace my pressure gauge on the filter (broke over the winter) as well as the O-ring around the lid to the filter as it was slowly leaking. I knew you had to release the...
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    Need Advice: Filter guage pegged or broke but freezing temps

    So here's my quandry...I'm in Tennessee...we're at 8 degrees right now on Monday night. I cleaned out my skimmers this weekend in preparation for the freeze this weekend since I knew I would have to keep the pump running. Baseline pressure is 10psi on a normal day. I just went outside to...
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    Freeze protection

    I'm sorry for all the bonehead questions...bought a house with a pool this summer so this will be my first winter having to deal with one. I have a salt-water pool that i'm choosing to leave open. I live in a southern state and the advice from friends and co-workers is to leave...
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    New pool owner SWG...low salt indicator

    OK...just bought a house in July and it came with an in-ground, 22,000 gallon salt water pool with an Intellichlor SWG. The pool was basically trouble-free all summer. Had to add Muriatic acid a couple of times to lower the pH...but other than that it's been pretty easy. Last night the red...