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    Pool sharing in the time of Coronavirus

    My pool is 74 degrees and swimmable. We are on lockdown here in Austin TX but I am thinking of inviting friends and neighbors to share my pool as a relief from being locked in all the time. We would still maintain social distancing - one family unit using the pool at a time, and we would not...
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    Stinky Pucks?

    I am thinking bleach is going to be in short supply for a while. I bought a bucket of pucks from Costco, date code 20008716, and they reek! My whole garage smells of chlorine even with the lid closed on these. Is this normal? Will there be any chlorine left in them or are they just CYA pucks now?
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    Easy solar pool cover strap fix

    My solar pool cover straps have been a problem for years - coming unglued from the reel, and half of those stupid clips don’t work. Just fixed them all in about 30 minutes. To attach the straps to the reel, remove the Velcro sections and clean off old glue with a solvent and paper towel. I...
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    Easy Ascorbic Acid treatment

    The easy way to AA! I put 100 supermarket vitamin C tablets in a sock, tied a knot in it, and zip tied it to the end of my pool pole. Turned the pump off, started rubbing the sock around the stained areas of my pool, probably 10 square feet of stained area all around my pool. Rubbing put a...
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    MA slam for weeks, Mustard Algae will not die

    I have tried everything. Regular SLAM then MA SLAM. For weeks now. Wore out the steel brush. Pump on 24/7. Tried applying bleach directly on to the algae areas with a 10’ plumbing pipe (a trick a pool guy showed me once). Nothing works. Passing OCLT but the mustard is still there. Walls and...
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    Do I have the hottest pool or what? 104 degrees...

    My pool equipment logged 104 degrees F in my pool water while I was on vacation! I'm in central Texas, I had the solar cover on to control evaporation, my pool has no shade, and my pool is built on a slope so one side of the pool is exposed to the afternoon sun (that's the kicker... the...
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    TF-100 CYA test - Correct filling of bottle

    Hi, My high school chemistry teacher always taught that when reading the fluid level in a piece of lab equipment, to read from the bottom of the meniscus of the fluid. That works great for the graduated cylinders in the TF-100, but when it comes to the mixing bottle for CYA, when adding...
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    Pictures of Salt Water flagstone or coping damage?

    We've all heard that the Texas poolbuilders are recommending against SWGs because of possible damage to stone around the pool. So far I don't think I've seen anyone post a picture of the damage caused by a SWG here. In fact, when googling for things like "salt water chlorine generator damage"...
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    OTO or DPD for daily tests?

    I have a TFT-100 and within that came a Taylor K-1000 (OTO-based) basic test kit for the daily tests. When I ran out of reagents for the K-1000, I tacked one on to an order I had from another pool supply house (as I was already into free shipping) and they sent a K-1001 which is a DPD version...
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    Bromine Spa and TF-100: Do I multiply the DPD result by 2?

    Hi, Using the OTO test in the TF-100 kit, the same color match for a particular bromine level is 2x the chlorine level. When I'm doing a DPD test for bromine using the TF-100, do I also have to multiply the result by 2 to get the correct bromine level (ie., is each drop of R-0871 is worth 1...
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    Hot tub went from blue to green in 30 minutes - could it be icing?

    Hi, Just had a birthday party for my 7 year old. We had about a dozen 7-year-olds in and out of the hot tub and between the hot tub and the pool for the last 2 hours. I changed the water in the tub 2 weeks ago and installed a new filter at that time. Started off with Brom Bank that I shocked...
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    Dog put a trichlor tab in his mouth :-(

    Upon earlier advice I removed the trichlor tabs from my feeder when I'm not traveling. I left them by the pump so that I could put them back in the feeder easily later, and so that I didn't end up with raw chlorine wherever else I might store them. Today I found one in the middle of my lawn...
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    Failed electrical inspection

    I just wanted to share my experience with my electrical inspection. I'm getting the final inspections done on my pool now and the city inspector came out and basically made the poolbuilder re-do about half of the electrical service from the pool to the house. It ended up being about 8 hours of...
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    Spa Cover Recommendations

    My hot tub cover is getting heavy and I'm noticing mold or mildew between the cover and the foam. I think it might actually be rain getting in from above rather than vapors leaking up from below, but regardless, the cover is at least 5 years old, the stitching is about to go and I think it's...
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    Seriously?

    Saw this... I think it's for real... Alfi FireHotTub-YE FireHotTub Round Fire Burning Portable Outdoor Fiberglass Soaking Hot Tub YelloweFaucets.com
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    Anyone have a bat box near to their pool?

    Hi all, I want to put up a bat box to help keep summertime night flying insects under control. We have seen native bats around our street lights, if we can set up a home for them near the pool, we're told they'll set up a colony of as many as 300 bats in a small bat box and they'll eat a lot...
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    UV Sanitizers burn very little chlorine - with data from research

    From a discussion in another thread, where I was told that my UV sanitizer didn't do anything but burn chlorine, I decided to do some research into the matter. My research points to this result: The extinction of chlorine from a UV-C sanitizer is very small - about 0.06PPM per day for my...
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    Getting around to introducing myself

    I've posted a few times and received great help, thanks! I've also tried to answer a few questions for each one that I've asked... Thought you all might like to see my pool. Completed October 2015 by Cody Pools in Austin TX. Overall quite happy with the whole process - as much as anyone can be...
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    Does the FC level affect how quickly chlorine is consumed?

    Is the rate of chlorine extinction dependent on the FC concentration? Imagine 2 outdoor pools, with optimal TFP Chemical levels, side by side, identical in every way, except that one runs FC of 3 and the other runs FC of 6. To make it easier, let's say that they're not being used by bathers...
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    Can I leave pucks in my in-line chlorinator when it's off?

    I travel a lot for work and use pucks in my in-line chlor to keep the chlorine level in my pool up when I'm away. Can I leave pucks in there with the chlorinator off when I'm at home? Or should I try to fish them out? Or just try to guesstimate the right number before I go away? My preference...
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    New pool, first fill - from hot water tap?

    Hi, This is my first post. I have learned a ton from the TFP website and I'm hoping to be a good contributor here in the future. I already have my TF-100 kit! We are getting close to completion on our new pool. We'd like to use the pool for a couple of weeks before it gets too cold. Daytime...