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    Integrity of the pool stores

    I use the K2006c test kit and the bioguard test (It's called "ALEX") is pretty close, but they usually underestimate calcium. The big problem is they want you to overdose on chems.
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    Random Algae

    Okay, thank you. Is maintaining 3ppm (in the future) pushing it, or is that fine as a minimum?
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    Random Algae

    Hello, Starting a couple days ago, green algae has started appearing in the deep end (shaded). They brush off easy but come back in different spots. It is only a few square inches at a time. Any ideas what may be the cause? Pump runs 8 hrs a day, and I use 8 oz daily of 73% cal hypo as the...
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    What's your current pool temp?

    64°F. Might jump in just for NYE/NYD.
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    Pool water replacement as a scheduled maintenance item?

    I live on the gulf coast and every year since 2015 has had at least 58 inches of rainfall. When I switched from tabs to primairly bleach, CYA dropped from 100 to 40 in about 1 1/2 months. I would have to guess that 90% of my pool water originated as rainfall. I have to add quite a bit of deicer...
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    Polaris 380 Sluggishness

    The wheels actually spin much faster than that, but I will have to check the treads. I appreciate your help.
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    Polaris 380 Sluggishness

    So I am the only pool owner who has experienced this problem? None of the gears are stripped and belts are fine.
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    Pump Replacement

    Gosh, in Michigan it was $0.09/KwH. The weather and car insurance aren't great there but everything else is.
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    Pump Replacement

    I was running it for 8 hrs a day in the summer. I have reduced it to 5 as of now. Electricity is super expensive here ($0.12/kWh) because of Entergy (they are an investor-owned utility).
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    Polaris 380 Sluggishness

    Hello, This is more of a general question and any additional help would be much appreciated. I have a polaris 380 that I run for ~2-3 hours a day. Lately, the tail has not been sweeping, hampering the cleaner's performance. It also does circles for what seems like most of the run time. Could...
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    Pump Replacement

    Hello, I have a 2 hp ao smith centurion pump and would like to replace with vs as it currently uses about $100 worth of electricity every month. How do I go about doing this? I don't want the warranty cut short by purchasing it online, but would rather not have a pool store do it, seems...
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    Tannic acid stains from waterlogged leaves on the bottom of the pool

    I have the same problem, they go away in about a week with proper free chlorine levels. They will go away instantly if you use cal-hypo shock, in my experience.
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    Staining From Low CH?

    Two cents are not, I still appreciate feedback. What helped sell me on a test kit due to store inaccuracy is watching an employee at a local pool store sell someone a bottle of liquid stabilizer. Blazer58-did you need to add chlorine more frequently back when you ran the YMCA pools? I did not...
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    Conjunctive Use of Trichlor and Bleach

    I agree, a pool is not cheap. I just try to do my best to minimize operating costs. I did not have an idea that trichlor and bleach would fix my problems, I just wanted to ask. I have very soft fill water and find my calcium tends to stay low, are there tablet out there that are made with...
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    Staining From Low CH?

    Okay, thank you. Do you have an idea as to how how long I can safely wait to add the calcium chloride? The rain here has just been nonstop every other day and I am having to constantly drain good balanced water from the pool. I do not wish to add any chemical if I am going to have to do it again...
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    Conjunctive Use of Trichlor and Bleach

    I actually have decided to go with the 2006C. I just hope that I will save $100 in a year or two to pay for it. Thanks for your help.
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    Staining From Low CH?

    Hello, Can low calcium make staining easier? My neighbor has a oak tree and sometimes acorns drop into the bottom and leave small brown stains. These esaily come out over a week or with calhypo. Anyways, will a CH of 150 or less cause this? FC 3.5 CC 3.5 TA 90 CH 132 (I am going to add 10 lbs...
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    Conjunctive Use of Trichlor and Bleach

    Thank you HiddenRiver. Donaldson, as for your response, that was rather off-topic. I am not having any issues as of now, water is great aesthetically and chemically. I just wanted input as to whether anyone has used both disinfectants together. The general consensus on TFP shows that a good...
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    Conjunctive Use of Trichlor and Bleach

    Does or has anyone here use(d) bleach and trichlor tabs together instead of one or the other? Jay
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    The only thing I have gotten from a pool store was a free bag of DE that they gave me a coupon for. I have brought samples from the same time and day to different pool stores and they were very close. I appreciate everyone's input, but I cannot justify that kind of money for a test kit...
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    I fixed the problem for the most part. I use 8.25% bleach from HEB. I test the water for FC daily with the home depot kit and digital pH meter(God forbid I bring it to a store to test). Why do I need to drop $50-100 on a test kit when I can just go there for free? How can a store possibly be...
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    Yes it does go up to 5 but I can't get it there in the first place. I bring water to a local pool store weekly (NOT Leslie's, it is a local chain that does not up-sell, I do not buy anything except shock there)
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    Question about off brand bleach

    Does anyone know the chlorine % of Walmart "top job" and/or HEB Hill Country Fare bleach? This is the $1/96 oz jugs. I think it is 2.5 or lower because I have been using 1 container a day in my pool and I am having trouble maintaining free chlorine. HEB sells 8.25% for $2.64/1gal and I plan on...
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    I am following it but I can't maintain it between 5-7 in the first place and that is why I made this thread.
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    Will do, thank you for the responses. This is in Spring TX and I have to change the profile to reflect this.No, I have not replaced any water, rain is jusnt frequent.
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    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    Hello, I have had nothing but endless problems after switching to bleach from trichlor. About 2 days after switching, I started to have trouble maintaining chlorine. Everythung else is fine, but my stabilizer has gone from 96 down to 40 in the past 2 months. Last week, it rained and flooded the...
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    Automatic Chlorinator: What type and where to install?

    Hello, I was considering an automatic chlorinator(inline), the kind you put the tricolor tabs into. Anyways, based on my setup, where should I put it? In the picture to the right, there was a heater there at one time, but it was removed. There is two pipes (not shown), coming out of the ground...
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    Polaris p380 Problems

    The head float does not have water in it. I took it apart and replaced the bearings, supply tube o ring, gear drive kit, and belts and it all works fine now.
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    Polaris p380 Problems

    Would adjusting the hose that supplies water at the top of the polaris help?(I moved it back and I think it was bent over time to where it was)