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  1. zea3

    Is SLAM inevitable? ( was...Day 3 still need help)

    Good job on cleaning those cartridges. From what you described this should speed things up!
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    Pool plumbing- 90 degrees angles

    What kind of filter do you have? Is your pad plumbing complete or do they intend to put some sort of valve on the filter?
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    Well, now what?

    Well if anyone has a right to say it, its you. But please keep the colorful language off the forum! Vacuum out as much to waste as you can. Don't try and let the Quattro do the heavy lifting on this one. Is there a lot of mulch washed in too? You may have to net that stuff out. What kind...
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    SIlt (?) Collecting on Pool Bottom Every Morning

    It looks like corse sand to me. It looks like you have rocks behind the pool in your avatar. Could be that the corse sand is coming from the rock landscaping. How has the wind been in your area lately?
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    Slowly progressing...

    I had a pump I was trying to fix once and the heads of the long bolts sheared right off! I was so mad!
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    Removal of Baby Powder from Outside of Pool

    Hi, welcome to TFP! This is a problem I haven't see yet! Try a nylon pot scrubber and some soapy water, and just rinse the soap off with the water hose.
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    No suction in skimmers

    Just out of curiosity how much DE do you put in your filter? When you clean it do you do a backwash and recharge, or do you open it up and pull out the grids?
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    Bestway Pool - need advice on first chemical/salt treatment

    Assume that your pool has the correct level for the amount of CYA added. Just pretend its already present in the water and base your FC off of that. Your real test result should be pretty close and it won't hurt to dose the pool this way for a day or two.
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    Costco above ground pool set up question. (First timer)

    Use an all weather extension cord rated for higher amperage than the pump. ALWAYS unplug it while swimming or cleaning the pool. In fact, it would be best to dose the pool in the evening and let the pump run over night, and unplug it in the morning. If the cord will be in a high traffic area...
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    Sides higher than middle

    You should remove the grass and level the ground to set up the pool.
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    I have 2 filter pumps, which should I use?

    I would give the old one a try. Bigger is better when it comes to these pump/filter combos.
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    My pool won't hold ANY chemicals! NONE! HELP!

    In tab form? 0. Use liquid chlorine until you know what’s in your water. We have a pool math app and an old school pool math web page that will help you calculate how much chlorine to add.
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    New seals, still leaking at motor!

    Can you post a picture of the filter?
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    Above ground pool leak.....

    Water will leak down to the level of the lowest hole and stop. I would check around the skimmer and return for leaks. Visually inspect the liner at the current water level, looking for any small openings in the liner. Check any seams in the liner as well. If no openings are found fill the...
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    New seals, still leaking at motor!

    You may have ruined the seal. I don't know why but if you touch the ceramic surface of the seal it will leak. I wouldn't put any lube on it either. Also make sure you have the right seal for your pump, and be careful you don't crack the ceramic seal when you install it. Here is a video on...
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    New seals, still leaking at motor!

    Which pump do you have? Did you wear gloves or use a rag to press the seal into place? The half of the seal with the spring goes on the impeller, and the flat ceramic seal sits in the recessed area of the seal plate on the shaft. Which seal did you buy? Did you have to use force to get it in...
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    No suction in skimmers

    Water will flow it just won't have a strong flow. Its not going to blow anything loose if you have a clog. Its just something you can try while you have the valve open.
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    Where To Begin🤦🏻‍♀️

    I like bleach simply because I am lazy and live 2 blocks from the grocery store! Go with whatever is easier to find and makes financial sense. Where I live Walmart is the only place to get fresh liquid pool chlorine at a decent price. Leslie's has taken over all the major pool stores in my...
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    No suction in skimmers

    You could try inserting a water hose into each pipe opening you can reach in the multiport and turn on the water. When you put it in the line coming from the pump you should see water bubbling through the skimmer and/or main drain. When you put it in the line that goes to the filter you should...
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    Where To Begin🤦🏻‍♀️

    You won't be able to do a proper slam without the test kit. Even if it takes til the 29th to get your kit, your pool will not get any worse if you add 10 ppm of chlorine daily and run the pump and filter. Keep an eye on filter pressure and back wash when pressure rises 25% above clean pressure.
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    Where To Begin🤦🏻‍♀️

    If you order from tf testkits they have a pretty quick turn around time. Until your kit arrives add enough chlorine to hit 10 ppm per day and keep working on cleaning out the pool. Check the Where to find Liquid Chlorine - Trouble Free Pool to see if anyone has reported availability in your...
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    patch pentair grid?

    I have seen posts a few years back where someone used a piece of fabric and superglue to make a small patch. I don't think sewing would hold under pressure.
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    Pool leaking after opening

    Could you post a picture of your equipment pad, pool, and the wet area of the yard? Probably the best you can do at this point is to dig where it is wet and see if you find the broken line.
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    New pool owner - Pump loses prime and <1 psi

    How long is the pipe run from pump to skimmer? Maybe rent a camera and run it through and see if you can find the clog?
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    Costco above ground pool set up question. (First timer)

    Hi, welcome to TFP! You don't use sand as a base for pole frame pools. So people do, but you shouldn't. You can use a Gorilla pad, or you can use sheets of pink insulating foam board taped together and cut to fit under the pool We recommend using an FAS/DPD based test kit such as the TF 100...
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    Where To Begin🤦🏻‍♀️

    When you think you have all the big stuff out, get a leaf bagger for your pool. It hooks up to your water hose so you can fill the pool and catch debris at the same time!
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    Through Wall Skimmer on New Intex Style (Coleman) Pool

    Hi, welcome to TFP! The pool will be kind of rickety without water in it. Fill the pool at least 1/2 way to give it some stability before installing the skimmer.
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    Air between liner and the wall of the above ground pool.

    I think in your case it may be because you didn't set the liner with a vacuum before the water went back in. Its not a super big deal as long as the pool is full.
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    CYA Dilemmas

    Oooh! A nice little chlorine string to keep the algae vampires away! Great work with your pool! Feel free to post pictures of your success!
  30. zea3

    Is SLAM inevitable? ( was...Day 3 still need help)

    Check to make sure you are hitting your target FC. Test FC, add enough according to poolmath to hit target FC and let it circulate for 15 minutes then test FC again. You should be very close to your target. If FC is lower than expected, check the age of your liquid chlorine. There should be...