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  1. J

    Safety Covers - Merlin vs Looploc vs GLI

    Totally agree. Just don't get yourself a German pool cover. They're fine for 3 years, but then you have to maintain them constantly to keep them going.
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    Safety Covers - Merlin vs Looploc vs GLI

    I have a Merlin as well and it's great. Would buy the same one again tomorrow if it broke. Which it won't, since it's a good cover and not breaking is basically its only criteria for being a good cover.
  3. J

    Heat pump confusion - colder ambient temp

    The way you keep it, it's not a small pool it's a large hot tub :ROFLMAO:
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    Heat pump confusion - colder ambient temp

    Yes it can work to transfer heat to the pool under those conditions. And it will almost certainly be able to maintain that temp if the pool is covered
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    Average Pool Depth

    On the short side: (15x32x(3+6)/2)*7.48 = 16k gallons On the high side: (15x32x(5+10)/2)*7.48= 27k gallons My pool is 16x32 and 18k gallons. Yours will be around there.
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    A/C Heat Exchanger to Heat Pool - DIY Questions

    A couple of us on here have the Hotspot system and are big fans. See this thread Hotspot FPH AC heat reclamation pool heater - a review! Bottom line is, for an uncovered pool, in cool climates, this system will keep your pool 5-8 degrees F hotter than it normally would be. I hear the objection...
  7. J

    leave cover off all winter?

    Taking care of the pool is painful enough. I couldn't imagine doing it and not even using it. :)
  8. J

    Heater for Caribbean pool (commonwealth of Dominica)

    You should look into a HotSpot pool heater. I have one. It is like a heat pump, but uses your house's air conditioning unit instead of a separate pool-specific unit. Its a win-win, and largely gives you "free" pool heat by using the heat from your house...
  9. J

    Oasis heat pump efficient to 40*?

    You would not believe how much heat a pool takes, or how little there is in air! It would make that utility room arctic in 10 minutes.
  10. J

    Super dense mesh vs solid cover with pump

    I have a mesh cover. Your pool will look green, but not with algae. It will collect dust and pollen all fall and winter. This collects at the bottom and makes your water look murky. If you close the pool when the water is in the low 60s, you won't have algae in the spring. In the spring, if you...
  11. J

    Pigeon Problem solved

    fake wolf prop!
  12. J

    Rock stuck in pool pipe

    My suggestion: straighten our a coat hanger. Make a small hook with it. Slide the hook part into a void between rock and pipe. Twist hanger so hook is centered on rock. Pull up carefully
  13. J

    Help with Algae

    Unfortunately, this has always been my experience when dealing with an algae bloom. I've only ever been able to completely eliminate it by following up with a dose of an algaecide. I don't mean to throw shade on the TFP method, I obviously like it and follow it. But this is my experience...
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    Help with Algae

    My experience with algae is it is very hard to kill it all with chlorine alone. There always seems to be a little left that I didn't brush off the ladder or whatnot that keeps it coming back. What I do is follow SLAM until the pool is clear, then use a preventative algaecide to keep it away...
  15. J

    Yet another solar cover On or Off during the day thread

    It depends on a lot of things. Biggest issue for me is I want spontaneous access to the pool. 90% of my and my family's use of the pool is daily quick dips after dinner. We simply wouldn't do that if we had to take on/off a cover each time.
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    Yet another solar cover On or Off during the day thread

    imo solar covers are an amazingly useful tool that just aren't worth the trouble!
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    Heater Flow Question - Efficiency

    Yes. Every heater is more efficient at getting heat into your pool the faster the water flows through it. Counter-intuitive to think about sometimes because the water coming out of the jets won't be nearly as hot, so you may think it isn't heating as well. But it is pushing a ton more heat into...
  18. J

    Need some ideas for shade for pool patio..

    Your choices really are umbrellas, pergolas, and cabanas. Look at any picture of a tropical resort. This is how they do shade: And if your husband can build something, surely he can put up and take down a few umbrellas. Leave the...
  19. J

    Hotspot FPH questions

    We're having awesome weather in the northeast right now. 90s every day. I came home from a vacation after having AC off for a week: pool at 81. Within 2 days of running AC, pool is at 88.
  20. J

    Pool lights

    bump for visibility
  21. J

    Hotspot FPH questions

    Thanks for the update. Let us know!
  22. J

    Gas heater vs heat pump--which one do I pick????

    Same. Gas will be more effective, smaller, and quieter than a heat pump. It will also be using your fuel on the opposite season - a heat pump would use a lot of electricity in a season that already uses a lot of electricity. Probably not a problem with if your house has 200 amp service, but...
  23. J

    What's your favorite pool gadget?

    I have the same robot. It is awesome. Note that this model goes by many different names, depending on WHERE it is sold: online, stores, etc. It is very confusing.
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    What's your favorite pool gadget?

    This is mine: The skimmer angel. Attaches to your skimmer basket. Makes it super easy to pull out without ever touching the muck inside.
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    Can't get the water clear

    Why are you pausing for 15 minutes every hour? That's 25% of the time. Also, have you scrubbed the walls and floor with a brush? Are you SURE there's no more debris in the pool? No dust, dirt, leaves, etc, on the sides or bottom?
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    Can't get the water clear

    You always need to maintain the CL and PH values, whether the pump is on or not. But for now, you should monitor your CL hourly and make sure it isn't going down. If it is, you are still fighting off junk. If it isn't, that means your water is "clean" but it isn't clear. Once you get it so that...
  27. J

    Can't get the water clear

    Oh! Also, is the bottom of your pool dirty? The water could be clear, but if the bottom is dirty, it will make all the water look murky. Your pump and filter will NOT get the bottom of your pool clean.
  28. J

    Can't get the water clear

    You need to run your pump 24 hours per day until the water is clear.
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    Can't get the water clear

    Tell us more about your filter equipment. Do you have a 3-way valve and are you bypassing your filter? Is the water coming out of the jets nice and strong? Tell us your pump, filter, and cleaning routine.
  30. J

    Green, Green, and still green

    I'm going to get Crud for this but I would suggest that you flock and vacuum to waste. You should hopefully see a huge difference in your pool clarity. then I would run your filter with the old grids for a few days. If it were me I would only put in the new grids after everything is stable and...