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    discolored spot in pool

    Why aren't you running the filter while adding chlorine & why are you only adding twice a week? Most of us add daily.
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    Store bleach doesn’t exist anymore

    They sell them where I get the chlorine. I also got the wrench. The spout has an on/off valve. I set the container on a five gallon bucket & transfer it to one gallon jugs so I don't have lug around all five gallons. It works well for me.
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    Store bleach doesn’t exist anymore

    Riverside Chemical in North Tonawanda sells a 5 gallon container of chlorine for $16.95 including tax. $10.00 deposit on container & you'll want to purchase a spout. I believe the strength is 12%.
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    Brand new pool

    What strength is your chlorine? Bleach is usually around 5 or 6 percent. Liquid chlorine for pools is usually 10 or 12 percent. Did you get the PH down?
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    Can I replace electric cord of Hayward H100ID1 heater?

    You could mount an electrical box inside the heater and join the ends with twist connectors.
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    New to TFP and having a pool!

    You'll want to get out as much as you can with a leaf net. Get your chlorine level up & run the filter 24/7 until the water clears. Once you can see the bottom use the leaf rake again then vacuum. Draining could be the easiest option but may not be a good idea if the liner is more than a few...
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    Just opened our pool and it looks like this

    What type of filter do you have? Chances are you will need to clean the filter often until it starts to clear. You could also have a clogged impeller.
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    Be careful!

    Wild Wings Accident Posting this as a reminder for all of us to be careful when using chlorine.
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    Pool newbie just moved into FL house pre-hurricane

    Which Taylor kit are you using?
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    New homeowner, first pool, test results are bad

    Liners get brittle with age & could tear if drained too much. At 7 years old (at the most) I wouldn't drain it all but think you'll be safe taking out 75-80%.
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    New homeowner, first pool, test results are bad

    You need to drain 3/4 of the water get CYA down to 40 ppm. Do you know how old the liner is? You can siphon the water out with a garden hose or your vacuum hose.
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    New homeowner, first pool, test results are bad

    Take a cup of pool water & mix it with a cup of tap water. Use the mixed water when you do the CYA test. Report the result & we can tell you how much water to drain. True CYA level will be 2 times the result.
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    Filter becomes clogged after an hour

    Nice. Bring the PH down. Its a great day for a swim!
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    Filter becomes clogged after an hour

    I was hoping you'd be closer & I could try to give you some help. We're leaving for vacation Friday & just don't think I'll have the time this week. You could start a siphon with your vacuum hose & get most of the remaining debris out without using the filter. Not sure how much water you would...
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    Hoping to improve filtration at new-to-us in-ground pool.

    x2 on the test results. Can you also post a picture of the water? My pool is around 17,000 gals. Crystal clear running a 3/4 hp pump six hours a day. Seems like a 1 hp pump should have the water sparkling without running it 24 hrs/day. How's the flow out the returns?
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    Hoping to improve filtration at new-to-us in-ground pool.

    If the water is clear then I'd consider a robotic cleaner.
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    Hoping to improve filtration at new-to-us in-ground pool.

    I'd start by investing in a test kit. Getting the chemistry correct will most likely cure your problems with filtration. I'd recommend the TF-100XL with speed stir. This kit should last you for two seasons.
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    Filter becomes clogged after an hour

    I'm in North Tonawanda. How far do you think you are from me?
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    Newbie with stains in pool

    Vitamin C dissolves some metal stains. Even though we don't trust pool store testing please post the results. I'm curious what they saw that makes them think you should reduce the chlorine levels. I hate to beat the drum on getting your own test kit but I'd be willing to bet it'll save you lots...
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    Newbie with stains in pool

    I seem to have missed where you tried the vitamin C.
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    Newbie with stains in pool

    Yes, actually you can just set it on the stain. Try it & see what happens. Also post a picture so we can see the stains.
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    Newbie with stains in pool

    Have you tried rubbing a vitamin C tablet on the stains?
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    Help! I've spent over 900$ in three weeks and still can't swim!

    How about posting a picture of the water.
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    Test kit source

    Here's four stores that are all close to where you're going. I don't know if any of them have the Taylor kit, you'll have to call. Sounds like you'll be going down NFB to get from the Falls to Buffalo. I live & work in North Tonawanda about 5 minutes from NFB you could have the TF-100 sent to my...
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    Now what?

    Most likely the Overnight Night Chlorine Loss test will show that you need to slam. Here's the link so you can read up. You might want to stock up on liquid chlorine aka bleach. SLAM - Shock Level and Maintain - Trouble Free Pool DE filters clog quickly when clearing neglected pools. Have you...
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    Pump motor wiring.

    Local pool store had the plug I needed. $50.32 with sales tax. Home depot had the outlet. $14.10 with tax. The receptacle is a Nema L5-20R The plug style is Nema L5-20P The Hayward number is SPX1550WA1. They're also available with the standard 120 volt plug (SPX1250WA) if the wiring & circuit...
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    Pump motor wiring.

    The circuit breaker is 20 amp GFI. IIRC correctly 12 gauge wiring was used. Could the 30 amp have been used just for the locking feature? Maybe I'm wrong about it being 30 amps. Is there a 20 amp that twists to lock? I'll go get some pics.
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    Pump motor wiring.

    What type of plug & outlet should be used for a pump motor? I believe the original motor was 1 hp but I'm currently using a 3/4 hp. I'm pretty certain the pool builder used an L5-30P plug. It's a 3 prong that you twist to lock in place, rated for 120V & 30 amps. The original plug & outlet show...
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    Backwashing filter every 30-60 mins

    Since you are new I have to ask, what kind of sand did you use?