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    See-sawing FCl in bromine tub

    I posted a while back that I bought a house that came with a hot tub, and knew nothing about it. Eventually I ended up hiring a local hot tub company to come out and do an Ahh-Some purge, clean it, refill it, and get it started right. It seemed ok at first, but now I'm having a problem where I...
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    Bought house with hot tub, know nothing

    I don't know if this is a taboo question in these parts, but would I be making a mistake to call the company who installed it (I have the original invoice) and have them come do a service and teach me how to do it? I definitely prefer to DIY things in general, but I'm feeling a little...
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    Bought house with hot tub, know nothing

    I got a bunch of manuals and stuff from the prior owners, but I haven't found one for the hot tub yet. I haven't even found the make and model yet, but I assume it's printed somewhere on the tub...
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    Bought house with hot tub, know nothing

    Thanks for the feedback so far! I haven't been ignoring it, I have just been busy with other "new house" projects, and also the weather has been bad. I ordered some Ahh-some and will try it out as soon as I can. I will also report back with more information about the tub as soon as I have a...
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    Bought house with hot tub, know nothing

    Hi. We bought a house that has an existing freestanding hot tub. This was not necessarily a feature we were looking for, but since we have it, I thought we might as well try to enjoy it (if we fail to enjoy it, or it ends up being too much trouble, I suppose we'll get rid of it)...
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    This one is for me....

    I have a BGE and a standard gas grill built-in. While the BGE is not the best at everything, the versatility works well for us. And the gas grill is nice for quick weeknight meals, or when we have a lot of people over and I need more grill real estate. I'm fine with the appearance of the BGE...
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    Super long lighter for fire pit?

    Thanks. I ended up ordering this one, which I’ve only had a chance to try once, but so far seems to do the job (despite awkward lighting mechanism, as @Bama Rambler warned). As much as all of the torch ideas excite me, somehow I doubt my wife would enjoy them :LOL:
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    Super long lighter for fire pit?

    Thank looks perfect, thank you!
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    Super long lighter for fire pit?

    Haha, we have some of those long wooden matches. I was worried that they wouldn't actually end up burning completely if they fall to the bottom of the fire pit (below the burner) and then we'd end up gradually accumulating half-burned match garbage (or at least ash) in there. Which sounds like a...
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    Someone must make this?

    I’m using the new Sonos Amp (not the older Connect Amp) for my outdoor speakers and it’s great. But as Brian said, it’s not cheap, and just about any modern receiver will feed 5 channels and handle streaming sources (though I don’t know off the top of my head if they will play from a local media...
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    Super long lighter for fire pit?

    This is kind of random, but does anyone have a really long (longer than the normal “long” candle lighters) lighter for lighting their fire pit? My wife gets skittish having to basically put her hand down into the fire pit to light it with a standard candle lighter, so I thought something longer...
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    Wet-rated ceiling fans

    Do any of you have wet-rated ceiling fans you like, and that have been holding up for a while? I’m having a hard time narrowing down what I want, so photos would also be really helpful. Ours will be going in a white pergola, and most likely I’m going for fans without lights. Thanks!
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    New East Texas Pool Build- Part 2

    That looks pretty cool. We have a Control4 system in our house, which controls (almost) all the lights as well as audio and video (it can do locks, hvac and other stuff too, but we don't have that integrated right now -- we do have Nest thermostats which we love). We're pretty happy with it. The...
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    New East Texas Pool Build

    Yes, it's the other way around. LCD is better for bright areas. I have a Plasma in my theater room and it's fantastic -- I wouldn't want to swap it for an LCD (which all my other TVs are). But in a bright area, you need an LCD.
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    New East Texas Pool Build

    Backblaze is $50 per year per computer, I think, for unlimited storage. For Crashplan, we're on a business plan, so the costs probably aren't comparable to what you'd have. But be sure to look at all of the options before giving up.
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    New East Texas Pool Build

    Yeah, I use Backblaze on my home machines and Crashplan on the machines at work. The cost isn't too bad (I don't remember the exact amount off the top of my head). Some of them (not sure about all) will also back up external drives. I'm a little bit paranoid about security too, but at some point...
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    New East Texas Pool Build

    With spray foam insulation, if you ever have to pull more wires through the wall (e.g. to add a new receptacle or network jack), how do you do it? Or is that just something you have to be careful to plan to never have to do?
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    Non-permanent AC-powered grill light

    Ok, here we go. Sorry for the poor lighting, but it's the only time I had a chance to snap a photo today.
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    Non-permanent AC-powered grill light

    I don't have one handy, but I'll try to get one later today. It's pretty basic, though. Really just a small tiled counter with a built-in gas grill in it. No other appliances or anything, and it's out in the open.
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    Non-permanent AC-powered grill light

    This might be a weird question for this forum, but you folks seem pretty resourceful, so I'm hoping someone here can point me in the right direction... I actually stumbled across this site because I'm beginning to think (my wife might say "fantasize") about completely re-doing our back yard...