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  1. JoannaB

    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    That's promising news! the debris collects at the deepest point of the pool, for the most part, so it won't need to reach to the far corners. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks
  2. JoannaB

    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    I'd much rather pull it up out to empty than put my hand in to connect it every time I want to run it. Which is why it never got done during winter before
  3. JoannaB

    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    I don't 'close' my pool in the Northeastern US sense. I add a lot of bleach, turn off the heater and run the pump about 2 hours a day all winter. The lowest the pool water temp gets is about 45 degrees. My pool (despite an automatic cover) gets a lot of pine needles and worms during the winter...
  4. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I downloaded the PoolMath app and will be using it. Here in Portland, I don't close like you do in the NE. We don't hard freeze. So in Oct I just put in a ton of bleach and turn off everything. Worked well this year. Pool was only slightly cloudy when I powered up in late May. The frequent...
  5. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Thank you! I still need to find a long term solution to obtaining 10% bleach without long drives in traffic. I went to the pool store today to replenish my re-agent supply and asked if they stock it. Of course not. He recommended Cal-Hypo, which I am still considering going back to just for...
  6. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Little change. 7.5 this morning.
  7. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    FC is 8 right now. We'll see what the morning brings. Thanks y'all
  8. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I've been thinking of converting to SWG. I don't think it's too expensive but we have some taxes to pay first. ;) Good news. Still had some FC in the pool when I got home. 1.5ppm. This is of course on a cloudy day with zero bathers. but that's better than I thought it would be. I got the 10%...
  9. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Our Home Depots and Lowes don't stock it for pickup OR delivery. Guess there isn't enough demand here. Walmart currently has some in stock online so I am ordering 10 jugs now. This isn't a good permanent solution though because they don't deliver and I have to pick it up at a Walmart that is...
  10. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I have been adding bleach constantly since I opened the pool. The only time I was able to get it up to 7 was when I added the last of my cal hypo. I'm out of bleach now. Will have to go get more. That's another issue. The amount of time and effort to get the quantity of bleach needed is becoming...
  11. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Checked just now. FC is at 2 after overnight test. Curious what it will be when I come home. probably zero again (cloudy cool day, no bathers). The bleach is from Walmart, their BASIC BLEACH. I just bought it but of course it could have been sitting on pallets in the sun. Who knows? I am very...
  12. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    Ok I'll give it a try. I used the TFP app to calculate the amount of bleach to bring it up to 4, but it only brought it to 1. Not sure what's going on. There is no sun on the pool at all. Water is crystal clear. Aggravating. Got it up to 3 with another 120 oz. That's the best I could do before...
  13. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    I'll try lowering the TA a bit. I guess I thought that since the pool is getting little to no use, there would at least be a smidge of chlorine left after 2 days. The pool filter is on about 4 hours a day right now. We are still easing into summer here. The more I run the pool, the higher...
  14. JoannaB

    pH keeps creeping up and can't keep chlorine level up

    FC: 0 CC: 0-1 PH: 7.6 (was 7.4 yesterday after dose of pH-down) TA: 80 CH 190 (maybe, sample turns pink and violet instead of red/blue--- so not sure i'm interpreting results correctly) CYA 33 I spent all of last summer draining and refilling to get the CYA below 100. I added 240 oz of bleach...
  15. JoannaB

    Rough coping cutting and scraping everyone (pic)

    wow that sander is affordable! I have an automatic cover that sits below the coping, so I could sand with the pool covered . I sure wouldn't want to hit the pool cover with it though. Thanks for the recommendation. If the epoxy doesn't work, I might try it.
  16. JoannaB

    Rough coping cutting and scraping everyone (pic)

    That looks like a lot more than I want to do... however one link led to another and I found this: Pool & Roof Deck Rubberized Epoxy Coating | ArmorGarage . And it comes in clear! Wonder if I could just apply a coat along the edge of the coping without having to do the entire thing? I guess...
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    Rough coping cutting and scraping everyone (pic)

    Thanks. Depression is setting in. Could this have been prevented if we had sealed the concrete when it was fresh? Not one contractor mentioned it, and we were brand new to the whole process... simultaneously doing a pool build and remodel to a house we had just purchased. Also caring for a...
  18. JoannaB

    Rough coping cutting and scraping everyone (pic)

    I posted last week but now I have a photo to better illustrate the issue. Our deck and cantilevered pool edge is concrete. Water has worn it down to the aggregate and it is extremely rough. I got quotes on getting the whole patio and coping resurfaced: $7000-$8000. Way out of reach right now. Is...
  19. JoannaB

    Black stain caused by worms?

    Just an update: balancing and adding bleach is clearing up the stain. Thank you all!
  20. JoannaB

    Pool heater shut down, then restarted when pool filter turned off

    2 weeks to get a technician out. Suggested I check for spider webs. Ugh.
  21. JoannaB

    Pool heater shut down, then restarted when pool filter turned off

    I feel like this must be some kind of electrical problem but the circuit breaker didn't trip. Fired up the heater (Pentair MasterTemp 300) this morning for the first time this season just like every season. No issues. Came home to 82 degree pool. Nice, but should have been 85. Checked the...
  22. JoannaB

    Black stain caused by worms?

    Thanks. I'll try it. I just got my CYA under control at the end of the last season by draining half the pool and switching over to the TFP method, so I'm loathe to put any sticks or tabs in the pool. Here's a pic of the quite large stain. I'm afraid quite a few will be required. Hopefully my...
  23. JoannaB

    Black stain caused by worms?

    I have dichlor sticks I don't use anymore. But if trichlor is more effective I can get some.
  24. JoannaB

    Black stain caused by worms?

    Uncovered our pool to vacuum yesterday, which I have to do several times during the winter due to all the worms and fir needles we get (even tho it's covered!) After cleaning up the usual big clump of worms in the bottom there was a large black spot about 8"x 5" irregular in shape, right where...
  25. JoannaB

    How to make patio door meet self closing, self latching requirement?

    Our community has the same rules BUT if you put an automatic cover on the pool, none of the doors or gates have to self-close. Even though it was expensive, we went with that option. Is that an option where you are?
  26. JoannaB

    Least expensive solution to rough concrete pool deck

    The patio and coping around our pool are concrete. Poured in 2011. The coping has become quite rough from the water splash and aggregate is exposed. Anyone climbing out of the pool gets skinned knees. The patio area is all rough concrete, the texture of an old sidewalk or driveway. Is there...
  27. JoannaB

    First time 'winterizing' without pool store's kit

    We don't generally close our pools in the NW so I was never shown how to do it. I wouldn't even attempt this without someone walking me thru it in person. The PVC idea I get, but our auto cover is on tracks and covers the pool edge to edge. There's no way for anything to stick out above the...
  28. JoannaB

    First time 'winterizing' without pool store's kit

    Long time lurker, first time poster! I don’t close/drain my pool but I do winterize, as in I turn off the heater, add BioGuard Arctic Blue Winter shock and algaecide kit, Close the cover, and run the pump for about 3 hours a day (24/7 during a freeze--which is infrequent). Everything was fine...