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  1. planoattorney

    Replacing salt system.

    Chris: How recently did you install the RJ-30+? I am considering that unit for my pool and can't explain why but I just keep coming back to the Circupool RJ+ no matter how far I search or what specs I read. (Dad drove Ford but I prefer Chevy - I think the same part of the brain is working...
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    Help Choosing SWG

    Not exploding is a good thing. I did have a starter capacitor go out a little over a year ago, freeze switch worked, pump timer worked, pump did not work and I had to have some plumbing fixed because of it. They are currently running the sale you mentioned. Upgrade to next larger size for...
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    Help Choosing SWG

    Thanks for the info. So I need to go 3X my pool not 2X? Should I consider the SJ-55 or is that too much? At the end of the day, is a flow switch important or just a nice to have, or only relevant if you have automation?
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    Help Choosing SWG

    Every year I say this is the year I convert to salt - this time I really mean it. LOL I looked here for feedback, opinions, etc. on what I should consider (i.e. what is best) and the general consensus seems to be all the major players are good / best in their own way. With that in mind, I...
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    Green pool despite chemicals

    There is a calculator and it is handy . . . but the simple solution that will make you sleep well at night is this. Buy the TF100 test kit with the SpeedStir (it is in the options - you will be glad you did). While you are waiting for it to arrive, buy bleach, lots of bleach (be sure to check...
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    New pool owner!

    NEVER use the blue Chlorox tabs or the shock that is sold right beside it. That is just my opinion but I can tell you from experience, I did that one year. I thought this is "Chlorox", it must be good. My water was green, cloudy, murky, anything but clear. So, I added more and the problems...
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    Chlorine Bleach in Dallas Area

    Home Depot at Custer and Parker has 10% for $3.30 with lot 18115. (April 12??) But they do store outside and had a pallet with dated 17xxx so a little care is necessary. It is sold in a box of 3 not individual gal. and military ID will get you 10% off the price.
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    Is this a general rule?

    I think in a round-about way, this answered my question but for my own education: I am planning to install a SWG this year. I am in Plano (suburb of Dallas) and the pool water is up to 68 as of this morning. I am trying to decide if it is a good time of the year to install and if I put it...
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    Sta-Rite Manifold Leaking

    More help/advice please. I removed the manifold, and I specifically removed the lower bolts first to check. No water came out. I continued and removed the entire manifold and the crack was very visible, more important - I hope - the inside of the heater was dry. Maybe some moisture in the...
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    Sta-Rite Manifold Leaking

    Boris: Do you drain the pool? Can't say I have ever been to the Pacific NW but I suspect you get cold winters. If you can get by with draining the equipment but not the pool then I know I can. Now that said, if you drain the pool, I need someone from Texas to chime in and tell me if we have...
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    Sta-Rite Manifold Leaking

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. PS0303, I will get out there this afternoon and find that plug. I can always hope I got lucky. - - - Updated - - - James, It looks like the water is coming from the bottom bolt now. Even without loosening it. If there is water in the bottom of the...
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    Sta-Rite Manifold Leaking

    We don't get much freezing weather here in North Texas so we leave out pools filled year around. A freeze switch kicks the pump if temps hit freezing and generally, moving water is more than adequate to protect our equipment. Last week or two, we hit freezing several days - no biggie, I assumed...
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    Low TA & High PH that keeps rising no matter what

    I think I screwed up and I need help. First, converted to BBB method this year and I have been very happy, so maybe this is more a problem in my head: Second test results via a TF-100 kit and results from pool store (theirs are in parenthesis) FC = 2.0 (2.0) CC = 0.0 (0.0) PH = 8.2 (8.0)...
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    pH drifting up

    Thanks. I have always tried to keep Ph in the 7.5 area, it drifts up, I would lower, it would drift up. Last night I was not really planning on putting that much acid in the pool, I just started pouring without thinking about how much I would put in, but I did plan to add some Borax anyway, so...
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    Chlorine Test Results

    I was not sure it the reference would be lost, glad to know at least one other member got it. My wife is younger than me and had no clue. I am clueless, but figured going on-line to buy a Kelly LaBrock poster may cross some line, but I should probably find the movie. - - - Updated - - -...
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    Chlorine Test Results

    I converted to the BBB method this year and got my own Test Kit which makes me as happy as a 14 year old boy with a junior chemistry set and a poster of Kelly LaBrock.:p However, I am having confusing readings and need help figuring out what I am doing wrong. Using the small blue box (the...
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    pH drifting up

    Jeez: Quick follow up question; I was under the impression that a low TA is not good. What is the effect of low TA in a plaster chlorine pool? I ask because I have had the same problem as OP. My Ph seems to creep up and I am adding acid on a regular basis this year. OCLT are good, CC is...
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    Free chlorine, Ph, & alkalinity all low....help

    Chelley: I had a similar problem more then once - all before discovering this forum. There is a HUGE difference in the test kits that I just did not appreciate until I finally ponied up for a TF-100 kit. As mentioned, get the Speed-Stir. You will want to test all the chemicals and post...
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    New SWG System Recommendations

    Thanks for all the input. I was able to find the AQR15 on line for $802 with free shipping and no sales tax.
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    New SWG System Recommendations

    Local Pool Supply has the Hayward AquaRite 940. I looked and it appears to be identical to the AquaRite15 in every respect except price and warranty. Anyone verified that fact? I asked the pool store, the clerk said they did carry both but for them, the sale price was only $25 difference for...
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    Tired of relying on Pool Store

    Like you, I finally got tired of the chemical pushers and found this forum. After reading the comparison of test kits (https://www.troublefreepool.com/content/124-pool-test-kits-comparison) and the other information I could find here (lots of friendly advice offered by very knowledgeable...
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    Why is calcium buildup/scale bad for SWG?

    So, right now my chemicals are thus: FC = 5.0 CC = 0.0 TA = 110 (an old Leslie's test kit says this is okay but I think it is high) Ph = 7.9 (I know this is high) Calcium is 350 CYA = ~35 Borates are >50 Water is super clear - fresh fill (city water) earlier this year and nothing but Bleach...
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    Why is calcium buildup/scale bad for SWG?

    So, how does one clean the calcium off the cell, or can it be removed? If it cannot be removed, can it be prevented?
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    New SWG System Recommendations

    I have a similar question - I don't have a SWG yet, starting the shopping and decision process and don't want to end up in the position of the OP. While technology is evolving and all things are fluid, what brand/model SWG is most likely to have continued support and parts? Price today means...
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    Chlorination Quandary

    Silly question perhaps, but I think I have noticed a pattern: pumps and auto-chlorination systems seem to be more popular in the less sunny areas and SWG seem to have a loyal following in the sunshine states. Is that just my errant assessment? To get back on topic - I am in north Texas (DFW...
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    Pool Store Brand vs. Big Box Store Chlorine Pucks

    Wow, that is a lot more than I could have imagined, but at the same time, it does comport with my experience in the past. I had to drain every other year - I just did not get the idea of draining 1-2 feet of water out of a pool that is only 5"4" in the center, so I would do a complete drain and...
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    Thinking About Converting

    JDZ brings up a good point - since I am learning: what other chemistry issues/changes are there to deal with when using a SWG? Since switching to the liquid diet, my pool has been pretty consistent (chlorine burns off during the day but you get the idea) at these levels: CL = ~1.5 - ~6 FC = 0...
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    Thinking About Converting

    That is good to know. I do not have any water features but my spa does overflow into the pool. I can control that with a valve and set it to make a steady splash sound which is really soothing or set it back to just flow over and down the wall. The spa is at least 20 inches higher than the...
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    Pool Store Brand vs. Big Box Store Chlorine Pucks

    Thanks Donaldson. Kroger has these Chlorox Blue tricolor tabs that they sell individually wrapped. Before going to liquid, I could not imagine why anyone would every buy individual tabs, but it is starting to make sense now. I am considering getting a bucket, filling it with water and putting...
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    Pool Store Brand vs. Big Box Store Chlorine Pucks

    Thanks PopcornGirl2. I had actually read your thread Warning About Walmart Liquid Chlorine already. Good info BTW. I had elected to avoid Walmart bleach in favor of stronger stuff available closer to the house. I think there are as many pool stores in my area as Starbucks, maybe the coffee...