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    New Heater Smell

    New pool, wanted to test out heater for first time tonight and noticed a smell. It wasn’t gas. I recently replaced my house furnace and the hvac guy warned me there would be a smell for a day or two for “burn in”. I figure that’s all this is however nobody warned me about this for the pool...
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    Hayward VS950 Omni Pump - o-ring

    New pool owner, I'm noticing some bubbles on one of my returns and saw another post recommending to check the pump o-ring. Is there supposed to be an o-ring on top of the strainer basket? I have one recessed in the pump lid, but looking at the pump manual it looks like I should have another...
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    New user first opening of pool

    First pool opening and did a water test. I plugged it all into the pool math app so I was planning on just following those directions but thought I would post here as well in case there are any other suggestions. I have a fiberglass pool about 17500 gallons including spa. FYI pool company...
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    Safety Covers - Merlin vs Looploc vs GLI

    I'm shopping for my first pool cover and can't seem to figure out if there is really any difference in quality or materials between Merlin, Looploc or GLI. Most of the installers I've spoken to swear that they are all the same material. I feel I am leaning towards the thicker mesh option...
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    Backyard heaters

    Looking for feedback on backyard heaters. I'm adding a covered pavilion (20x14) to backyard with TV / Bar and wondering how practical these are. Would love to get as much use out of the pavilion. Are they useless once temps are below 40? I think I would have to go electric if I wanted...
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    South Jersey Fiberglass Install

    Been thinking about a pool for a couple years and finally got serious in April (admittedly late), met with some pool builders, decided we wanted fiberglass, narrowed it down and signed in June. Engineering, permits, and some other BS dragged this out and here we are finally in Oct with a...
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    Techo-bloc Aberdeen Patio

    Anyone use techo-bloc Aberdeen pavers for their patio? We are leaning towards their rock garden brown color and am looking for some inspiration for bring it all together with walls, wall caps, steps, etc. If anyone has used this would love to see pics of the colors and materials. Thanks in...
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    Blue Hawaiian Fiberglass Pools Compared to Leisure Pools

    We are in the process of deciding on a new pool and know that we want fiberglass. We were almost set on a Leisure Pool (Ultimate) however the Blue Hawaiian Nautilus pool was recently recommended. The same builder offers both, the pricing would be the same, and they are essentially the same...