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  1. derek533

    SWG Installation Help

    Long story short, I bought a complete Aquarite Gold system and T-15 cell at a garage sale for $40 a few years back! The guy's story was that he had it installed but could never get it the way he wanted and was selling the home. He didn't like the buyers of his home so he pulled it off and...
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    So... there is no bleach in this town. Should I use pucks for a while...?

    Home Depot sells liquid chlorine for pools but beware that around here, it's always stored outside in lawn/garden where there is so much temperature fluctuation that any benefit of getting the higher percentage bleach is negated. It's usually also much older and will have lost 50% of its...
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    Drained pool, SLAM'ed, and now CYA too low?

    Welcome to the forums kind southerly neighbor! I recommend this CYA kit as it includes much more reagent and to me, is much easier to use than the portion of the Taylor kit for CYA. Amazon.com : Blue Devil Cyanuric Acid Test Kit for Swimming Pools, 4 oz. : Garden & Outdoor I used to get...
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    Chlorine deal

    You're lucky. Around here, as soon as the 4th of July is over, the Walmart locations around here all believe that no one swims after the 4th and they start to deplete their inventory without re-ordering it. By the end of July and first of August, it becomes an exercise in frustration even...
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    Walmart Pool Essentials - Stock Up?

    Both Lowes and Home Depot carry liquid chlorine but the problem is, they stock it outdoors and don't seem to ever get rid of old inventory so you could effectively be buying chlorine from the previous season if you're not careful. Even here in Oklahoma where it's not uncommon to go for a dip in...
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    CC rising, very windy and tons of pollen and organic debris being blown in

    It came back down after about 24hrs to .5 at best (very, very slightly pinkish hue to the clear water). So it most likely was the pollen and Crud blowing around.
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    CC rising, very windy and tons of pollen and organic debris being blown in

    Could this be the cause? FInished a SLAM and passed the OCLT test last week. Numbers are near perfect, yet CC started off at 0 after the SLAM, stayed that way for a couple of days, then rose to .5ppm. As of yesterday, it's now at 1.0ppm. Here in Oklahoma, everything is off the charts...
  8. derek533

    Anyone have experience with Tiger Shark In-ground Pool Cleaner?

    I have a Hayward Sharkvac which is a lower tiered cleaner than the one you posted. It's pretty simplistic in that it doesn't have a caddy, remote, or any of the bells and whistles of more expensive cleaners and isn't designed to climb walls (it sometimes does until it realizes it shouldn't...
  9. derek533

    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    PIcked up some Pool Essentials at the local Walmart. Date was 22nd day of 2019 so fairly fresh.
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    New re-plaster in the fall, rough finish / scaling on first spring opening.

    Wow, 20x40, the photo really obfiscates the width of it and makes it look much more narrow. As long as you know what it is, that's all that matters!
  11. derek533

    New re-plaster in the fall, rough finish / scaling on first spring opening.

    Just looking at your picture, you sure that's 36K gallons? Looks more like about the mid 20's to me judging by your fence, post spacing, and pavers measuring it out in my head. Just something to keep in mind when figuring your pool math.
  12. derek533

    Changes in Kroger Bleach

    Aldi has done the same thing as well. 8.25% last year, now 6%.
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    A Huge Thank You to TFP and Pool Math!

    Hey all, I've been using the TFP method now going on my 3rd season. This season however, was the first time I followed the method for my opening whereas last year, I used shock and jacked my CYA too high resulting in several partial drain/refills. My pool stays uncovered for the winter as the...
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    2019 Bleach Prices

    Aldi has since dropped their concentration as well from 8.25% down to 6%. Same price as always though at about $2.59/gallon. Problem I ran into with Aldi however is that sometimes I swear the bleach I got had sat somewhere in a warehouse or stockroom for eons as the color was all but gone when...
  15. derek533

    1 1/2" to 2" Question

    Ok, by luck about 3 seasons ago, I found a complete Goldline (Hayward) Aqua Rite swcg system a guy had used for a year and then switched back to chlorine. He sold it to me for an obscenely low amount of money so my suspicions were always there. However, the cell tested good today and the...
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    Automatic Pool Cleaner Under $550

    I'm on my third year for Hayward Sharkvac...https://www.amazon.com/Hayward-RC9740CUB-SharkVac-Robotic-Automatic/dp/B019C98ALA/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1526408648&sr=1-1&keywords=hayward+sharkvac No complaints at all. It does not climb walls regularly. Sometimes it does and it...
  17. derek533

    3 week old Hayward Super Pump 3/4hp...What the Heck!!

    Bearing noise just started this morning when I turned on the pump. Pump ran perfectly quiet the last 3 weeks since installing it. Now, it's making a noise like bearing noise when I started it this morning. What to do? So infuriating!!
  18. derek533

    Five Way Multiport Handle Troubleshooting

    Hey guys, my Pentair FNS five way multiport handle is wonky. I can rotate the handle fairly easily, but once I select something, the handle is just loose and it doesn't lock down into the notch for whatever I selected. Any ideas?
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    Hayward SuperPump Leaking At Joint of Motor and Pump

    Is this an easy thing to service or do I need to call a pro in is my question. I'm assuming there's some seal in there that is causing this that's gone bad. Looks like I've got unions on both in and out flows so I should be able to disconnect and troubleshoot. TIA
  20. derek533

    Tri-Chlor pucks and CYA

    Just a question, but what is it about the pucks that make the CYA raise with constant usage? Is there actually cyanuric acid added to the pucks, is it a byproduct of the chemical reaction of the pucks or what? In other words, what is the mechanism that makes the CYA in your pool rise when...
  21. derek533

    Brand New to this - Yellow Substance

    ^^I agree. Looks like pollen. That time of year.
  22. derek533

    7 inches of rain in Tulsa, OK - what do i do

    Here in Edmond, we got about 6". Pool was sparkling yesterday with FC around 6 and today after draining twice which is always fun in the pouring rain, I was down to about 1.5. I had a bag of shock I threw in to get the chlorine back up and I also added about a 1/2 gallon of bleach. Now, I'm...
  23. derek533

    Everything else good, TA high though

    Hey all, Current numbers: FC 6.0 PH 7.5 TA 200 CH 350 CYA 55 What do you guys think? Pool is sparkling clean right now and my kids went for a cold dip today. Pool gets mostly sun during the days and right now in OKC, we average about 75 during the day and drop into the mid 50's at...
  24. derek533

    Best practices when using a Chlorinator?

    Welcome to the wonderful world of pool ownership! While I'm new here on this site as well, this is my 5th year of taking care of my pool. I too have a Rainbow auto chlorinator the only difference being mine is plumbed in-line with the output of the filter. I am switching this year to the TFP...
  25. derek533

    My Numbers

    Thanks a heap!
  26. derek533

    My Numbers

    After about a 50% pool drain and refill due to high CYA, here are my numbers: FC: 0 CC: 0 PH: 7.4 TA: 220 CH: 480 CYA: 80% (as best as I can tell, it's cloudy outside) The CH and CYA both came down as the CH was at about 880 and the CYA was well over 100% (I'm guessing about in the 140...
  27. derek533

    CYA very high?

    I've got a Taylor K-2006. That will suffice won't it?
  28. derek533

    CYA very high?

    Crud, knew you were going to say that. I'm going to test again tomorrow when we have some sun as it appears that can affect the reading as well.
  29. derek533

    CYA very high?

    Hi all, just opened pool to a green swamp. Have gotten water clear through use of chlorine tabs and shock (HTH 3 in 1). Last time I tested was at the pool store (I know, before I stumbled upon you guys), and it was I think 90 which was last week. We just had 3" of rain last night too and...