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    Lowering water level AFTER adding winterizing chems?

    Hi all, On my pool closing cheat sheet, I wrote down to lower the water level below the return jets after adding liquid chlorine and polyquat 60, but now that I think about it, that sounds like a bad idea because I'm basically dumping out chemicals I just bought... I have one skimmer basket on...
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    Stabilizer / CYA Sock Method Seems Way Too Slow - Other Options?

    Hi all, so I've had my ~2 lbs. of stabilizer granules-filled sock in the skimmer basket since Saturday evening and I've been giving it a good squeeze maybe 2 or 3 times a day but it's been at 20 CYA this whole time. It seems the only way the stabilizer actually comes out of the sock is when I...
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    Second Ever Pool Opening, Green Monster This Time Around :(

    Hey all, So I this is my first time closing AND opening in succession... 2 autumns ago I had a pool store close the pool, then in Spring I opened it to see fairly decent/clear water! I closed the pool myself last fall (withOUT polyquat) and this Spring is... a different story! (Noooooo!)...
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    Is it necessary to drain a winterized pool early?

    Hi all, My neighbor told me to be sure to drain the pool as soon as it fills up with rain before opening the pool. (I didn't ask why though!) They use chlorine pucks and blame acid rain for turning their water cloudy, so I take what they say w/ a grain of salt. :) I've only closed/winterized...
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    Closing Pool for Winter - Did I use enough antifreeze?

    Hi all, Last year I closed & opened my pool myself thanks to this site, and it went great!! This year I'm doing it a second time and I want to try switching it up just a little bit. Can you guys let me know if this sounds alright? I live in upstate NY and it can get crazy cold, like -14ºF...
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    How to Add Superchlor?

    Hi all, I've been adding 128oz jugs of liquid chlorine here and there as needed. Yesterday I upgraded though and picked up a huge 5gal blue jug of "Superchlor". Does the PoolMath calculator work the same way as with 128oz jugs? I changed "10% trade bleach" to "12.5%" (since Superchlor has...
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    First Nice n' Easy Opening! Chem Levels Included!

    Early last Summer I opened the pool myself (a local pool co. closed it the previous Fall). The water was green and nasty and I was just getting started with TFP. I dunno if it's just the TFP method or that I waited too long to open the pool last year, but I just took off the safety cover, got...
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    Replacing Pentair SuperFlo SF-N1-1A pump with Hayward SP2307X10 - wrong port size??

    Hi all, I bought a Hayward SP2307X10 which says it has 1.5" x 2" port sizes but they are visibly larger than my old Pentair pump being replaced. The outer dimensions of the ports on my old Pentair seem to be a little over 2.5", including the threads. According to the pentair site, the ports are...
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    A few winterizing questions/clarifications

    Hi all, Thanks again so much for helping me through the whole TFP method process. The pool has been great this summer - just dumping some bleach into it here and there. Love it! The time has come to close our NY pool up, now that the water temp is consistently below 60º. At: Pool School -...
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    Is this stain is algae or not?

    Hi all, so long story short, I SLAMMed, our pool filled completely with dark brown storm water after a flood, I slammed again, but this time around our steps and some of the other "plastic" pieces of the pool (eg: the frame around where water enters the skimmer) have this stain that doesn't...
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    removing brown/muddy water from pool

    Hi all, we had a huge amount of rain (3" within 20 minutes or so) flood our property a couple of weeks ago and I want to try getting the pool back into shape. Our liner is pulling away from the wall a bit, and the pool is filled with dark brown water which prevents us from seeing the bottom. We...
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    Thoughts on Preventing Dead Chipmunks in Skimmer

    Hi all, Just came back from the store and found a dead chipmunk in our skimmer. This is the second one in the past week! So I'm trying to think of a way to prevent them from getting in there... I saw someone on the forum found one in the bottom of their pool, but mine was in the skimmer, so I...
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    Almost out of R-0871! Alternative testing methods?

    Hi all, I totally spaced on ordering a re-fill of the R-0871 reagent for the FC test. Just noticed a couple days ago that it is getting really low. Is there any way I can cut the amount needed for testing in half some how until my refill order arrives? Maybe by filling to 5ml instead of 10 and...
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    Air bubble bursts from the return jets

    Hey all, I'm seeing some small air bubble "pockets" every 3-5 seconds in my return jets. Is this normal? If I put my ear up to the valve, it sounds like some "churning" at about the same time interval, coming from the multi port valve. Do I have a bad valve? I've checked my connections...
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    How long to wait for CYA test after partial re-fill of water?

    Hi all, How long should one wait (w/ the filter running) before re-testing CYA after replacing 50% of the pool water? Thanks, -Gary
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    Advice on draining/re-filling water to lower CYA

    Hi all, I have to drain about 50% of my pool and re-fill it to lower my CYA. I have 2 ball valves coming into the pump: 1 for the skimmer, 1 for the floor drain in the deep end. Is this how the process should go? Am I leaving anything out? 1. Give the sand filter a good 2-3 min backwash + 15...
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    reassurance/emotional support needed please! :)

    Hi all, I explained to the Mrs. that the TFP method is the way to go and I dropped the cashola on a shiny new TF-100 test kit. :D After the first run of my test kit it's clear (no pun intended) that I need to drain/re-fill about 50% of the water to lower my CYA. So the Mrs. kinda flipped out...
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    total newb, don't know where to start with my TF-100

    Hi all, I uncovered my pool too early and let it sit with the cover off for about 9 days due to non-stop rain and 40º weather (fun!). So far I've backwashed my new sand filter a bit but haven't flipped it to filter mode or done any tests. I got my TF-100 in the mail and it's kind of a lot of...
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    I think I opened too soon - advice on next steps?

    So I think I messed up and opened my pool too soon... the temperatures here in upstate NY are going to be in the 50's next week. My pool is kinda in limbo - I took the cover off, I installed a new sand filter (which I still need to backwash & rinse once more), there's a bit of algae spots and...
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    im gary, i bought a home with a pool.

    Hi all, I just realized I never posted in here... I'm Gary, my wife and I bought a home w/ a pool back in Sept. and we squeezed a few weeks out of it before having a company close it/winterize it for us. The previous owner was using chlorine pucks + litmus strip things. So periodic testing and...
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    brand new hayward s244s won't backwash, psi goes up to 20-25

    Hi all, I just installed my brand new Hayward S244S, filled it with 150 lbs of Zeosand, and uncovered my pool yesterday. This morning I tried backwashing but nothing much was coming out of the flat backwash hose and the psi slowly climbed to 20-25 before I freaked out and shut it off. Here's...
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    is it ok to partially open a pool and leave it uncovered overnight?

    Hi, total newbie here, just bought a home with a pool back in September. I just got our new Hayward S244S filter (in my sig) installed today, took the cover off, there's some algae in the pool and debris like some small leaves but nothing too crazy... got the pump and filter all hooked up but...
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    couple of questions on installing a new sand filter (positioning and fittings)

    Hi all, While I'm waiting for my TF-100 kit, I'm definitely keeping busy... I'm installing a new Hayward S244S filter, using my existing Pentair SuperFlo pump. The lines coming out of the ground only leave a little bit of room for the pump and filter on my concrete block... so basically it has...
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    Opening an in-ground pool with a brand new sand filter

    Hi all, First time poster here, and first-time pool opener. :) I recently bought a brand new Hayward S244S sand filter, and am about to open my winterized pool. I expect the water will be pretty nasty and I have a question about opening the pool: do I just set the filter to "filter" and let it...