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  1. frustratedpoolmom

    Remove gummy lube residue

    Okay, I'll give that a try! Thank you!
  2. frustratedpoolmom

    Remove gummy lube residue

    Hey Everybody! Worst opening season in 10 years for me, the rain has just been ridiculous. Anyway, I have accepted a new client and their Hayward offline chlorinator has a really gummy resident of lube built up that makes the lid impossible to open and close. Anyone have any tricks or can...
  3. frustratedpoolmom

    SWG first 30 days

    As the plaster cures for the first year, you will experience an increase of pH levels (can last up to a year). You need to be diligent about keeping the pH in check so that you don't develop scale on your new finish. You also want to use a nylon brush on the surface when brushing, there's an...
  4. frustratedpoolmom

    DE filter constantly at max pressure?

    50,000 gallons of Bromine? ugh. I would perhaps try use a good size submersible pump to continue circulation and clear the algae (or drain and refill with fresh water and switch to chlorine). Use the sub-pump to circulate and SLAM, while you are breaking down the filter and following the steps...
  5. frustratedpoolmom

    First Opening - Help me open my pool please

    UGH! lol - - - Updated - - - All I gotta say is at least the water was clear. Nothing worse then removing the plugs from a swamp....
  6. frustratedpoolmom

    First Opening - Help me open my pool please

    Are the pics where the plugs in from before startup?
  7. frustratedpoolmom

    First Opening - Help me open my pool please

    I've not seen that type of filter system. facsinating. Try the laundry aisle at Walmart for the Borax. If you are gonna use bleach/liquid chlorine you don't need to lower your CYA its just fine.
  8. frustratedpoolmom

    First opening

    Its fine. Takes 5-7 days to register so save your reagents.
  9. frustratedpoolmom

    Opening Questions

    I recommend telling him not to add anything. I usually let the filter run for a day and then test the water, then adjust the chemicals. So just to clarify, shock is something you do, not something you buy. Despite how the pool store sells it and it's labeled. And there are alot of yucky...
  10. frustratedpoolmom

    When to open above ground pool in Illinois

    I don't recommend testing after the water has been sitting all winter. Leave it covered and deal with it after you return. It won't get much worse covered, over a week, and the forecast till then still has us in Seattle type weather. I think you'll be fine. :)
  11. frustratedpoolmom

    HELP!!!!! Pool flooded :(

    Wont hurt anything, will filter out some of the dirt so monitor the pressure and backwash as needed.
  12. frustratedpoolmom

    High CC. SLAMing yielding no results.

    Donaldson was right, you had ammonia. Sounds like you're well on your way to a trouble-free summer :)
  13. frustratedpoolmom

    SLAM - Getting the CYA right

    Not trying to scare anyone with my advice. You can do it every 10 minutes if your more comfortable with that. The ammonia is consumed virtually instantly....
  14. frustratedpoolmom

    SLAM - Getting the CYA right

    5 days. Up here the local chains offering that price are American Sale and Great Escape. I buy 10% now for $8 a case from Big R, down the street from me, instead of a 15 minute drive and the sales tax goes to my village :). Big R is like a Farm and Fleet - not sure what they have in PA? They...
  15. frustratedpoolmom

    SLAM - Getting the CYA right

    Up here those shock cases are $10 a piece plus tax. 12.5% concentration. I generally don't use anything but liquid. 1 jug of acid, about $4. 2 jugs of CYA, $15 each. So $115 plus tax? - - - Updated - - - Maybe a garden center by you has the 5 gallon carbouys for a decent price? 12.5% for...
  16. frustratedpoolmom

    SLAM - Getting the CYA right

    YES! - - - Updated - - - Ammonia shows up as very high CC on the test. Find an ammonia test kit at a local pet shop. Use the 10ml sample to save reagents for the FC/CC test. It's a 10 to 1 ratio to oxidize the ammonia - once you know your ammonia level you will have won half the battle.
  17. frustratedpoolmom


    What I typically do for pools with any of the finger-type filters - is use a submersible pump to circulate the water while slamming. Once the algae is dead, the EC's don't clog as fast as they do with live algae. It sure would be nice if they all came with filter bypass valves or multiports to...
  18. frustratedpoolmom

    Pool Pump question. (opening)

    I can go a couple days with my cover on if no one is using the pool. Hardly lose any when it's covered.
  19. frustratedpoolmom

    Pool Pump question. (opening)

    Sounds to me like the fingers are clogged. Is it possible you have organics in the water and don't realize it (have you done an OCLT?). When you say the fingers were cleaned at closing, cleaned how?
  20. frustratedpoolmom

    black ring vinyl liner

    I'm guessing it's some kind of staining from environmental factors like pollution. Here around Chicago we get it too, but the Eraser usually takes care of it... I asked about the ionizer systems because the copper can leave a ring too.
  21. frustratedpoolmom

    Brand new pool owner of gunite a question (with pic)!

    Let it fill. Pump won't run until it can prime (water needed) if you can isolate the main drain by closing off any skimmer valves you can run the pump on the main drain, but I'm not sure that's necessary at this point. Have you read Pool School? Do you know our recommended chemicals? And how...
  22. frustratedpoolmom

    black ring vinyl liner

    Do you have a Pool Frog or a Nature 2?
  23. frustratedpoolmom

    Ring around the collar

    Determine if they are organic or metal. In Pool School there is an Index - go to that and find the article about metals and metal stains. A vitamin C tablet will determine metal - an chlorine tablet will determine organic. Once you confirm what they are - then you can formulate a better plan.
  24. frustratedpoolmom

    Help? Pool stops circulating after awhile

    Is the pump basket filling with air? Could you have a suction side air leak?
  25. frustratedpoolmom

    About to open in central Illinois

    No, don't worry about either. Just monitor your PH, keep it below 7.8. Every time it hits 7.8, use Muratic Acid to lower it to 7.2. Use PoolMath to calculate how much acid that is. Eventually the TA level will come down. Don't worry about the CH, it's fine. You're doing great!