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    Borax Shortage?

    My TA is 70. How do I aerate?
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    Borax Shortage?

    Is anyone else having trouble finding borax? I’m in western Virginia and every Walmart and grocery store and Target are out and have been out. Is there an alternative? My pool is in need!!!
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    Vacuum to waste?

    Thank you! I’ll try that.
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    Vacuum to waste?

    This is my first time opening on my own. I got the mesh cover off, and there is a layer of debris on the steps and bottom of pool. I know there are leaves in there, too. We’ve had a lot of rain, so there’s more water than needed in the pool. My question is, should I vacuum to waste first or try...
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    Wrinkled liner

    The water level was low when I opened it in April. We had an unusually wet late summer through winter last year with minor flooding off and on. I had put a hose in so the pool wouldn’t overflow (I had a mesh winter blanket on it), and learned the hard way that the mesh isn’t as porous as I...
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    Pool Fence

    It comes with plastic caps to put over the holes for when you decide to remove the fence. I put those in the extra holes that were drilled.
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    Pool Fence

    We drilled and hoped. We hit rebar once or twice I think. We just moved over a bit and drilled again. Left a few holes in the concrete, but it’s right where the fence is, so you don’t notice it. We went through 2 concrete drill bits.
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    Pool Fence

    We installed the Pool Fence DIY around our pool and also bought the drilling brace to make sure the drill went in straight and the right depth. The brace was expensive and pretty much useless once we were done, but it was worth it. It wasn’t hard to install and it’s still in prefect shape after...
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    Wrinkled liner

    Now that my water is clearing up, I can see big wrinkles in the shallow end. Some of the bigger ones flap over about an inch. I went in today with a clean plunger and tried to suction them out like I’ve read in other posts, but nothing moved. The liner is only 3 years old and the water is...
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    Where is the leak and how do I begin to fix it?

    Thanks to both of you! I’m going to check the rubber gasket on the screw-on cap. That’s where it looked to be dripping.
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    Where is the leak and how do I begin to fix it?

    I just opened my pool Sunday, and began to SLAM yesterday. I just noticed there’s water coming out of the pump at the bottom. How do I even begin to figure out where the leak is coming from? It sounds like there’s water swishing around where the dial is (don’t remember if that was normal. Only...
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    Should I add more bleach before OCLT testing?

    I've SLAMmed my pool, and am going to do the OCLT tonight. Here are the numbers I just got from testing: FC=6.5 CC=0 CYA=30 pH=7.2 So my question is, do I need to add more chlorine to get back up to the SLAM level, or do I leave everything as it is since they're at the normal levels?
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    Can I start to SLAM?

    Thank you so much! My pH is 7.5, so thankfully it's still in the range.
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    Can I start to SLAM?

    I was wondering how long after adding the stabilizer you have to wait before SLAMming the pool. The previous owners had the pool refilled last spring, so it's only had one summer of pool store maintenance. I tested the water this past Monday and Tuesday with the TF-100 kit, and both tests came...
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    Opened pool for first time and have SLAM questions

    I'm chlorinating with bleach, and I have the TF-100 kit. The previous owners had a new liner installed last spring, so it's only had one summer (last summer) of traditional pool care. I limped along with what the pool people told me to do, then had the pool drained to about 2" below the skimmer...
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    Opened pool for first time and have SLAM questions

    So I finally got all the gunk and debris vacuumed out of my pool, and then tested the water with the TF-100 test kit. My results were: FC=0 CC=0 TC=0 TA=90...
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    Will this timer work with my pump?

    Thank you everyone for your help! I'll check the electrical panel tomorrow to see what kind of breaker the pump has. That's great to hear I won't have to run my pump so long this year.
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    Will this timer work with my pump?

    First, I'm so glad I found this site! When we bought our house last spring, I was dreading having to learn how to take care of the pool on top of unpacking and taking care of the kids. I muddled through it and quickly learned the importance of staying on top of pool maintaining (and how quickly...