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    Advice for refinishing patio area concrete on older pool

    My pool is probably 10 years old or more, and of course the concrete has cracked in several places (my theory is from the crazy amount of rain and floods we have had in past few years). Also, I have never really been a fan of the boring "concrete mud" color that untinted concrete has. Just...
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    Such a weir name for a kind of door

    Oh my. That explains sooooo much with my pool and skimming in general. Welp, I guess weir never too old to learn (pool owner (but not the original) for 7 years!)? Weir ordered. Thanks to all.
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    Such a weir name for a kind of door

    So I've read a few threads about weir doors here, and more than a few people have said their weir door is missing. 1. HOW?!? It's not like it could get sucked down into the skimmer. Maybe weir door theft is a thing? Or perhaps someone needed an emergency frisbee alternative and plucked it...
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    Thanks again, all. Just carefully wiped the ceramic ring and the metal part that touches it with a pristine moist towel, and it worked fine.
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    Thanks guys, will try it out being EXTREMELY careful.
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    Once installed, can (new) shaft seals be removed and re-used?

    In trying to troubleshoot an angry sounding pump motor, my first instinct was to replace the shaft seal (which helped the same issue several years ago). Paid the highway robbery price of $45 for the seal replacement kit at a local Leslie's (shipping from everywhere else is exceedingly slow...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Picking up the new motor tomorrow. I still might try to see if I can fix the existing one and take it apart again tonight to make sure I put everything back correctly when I installed the new shaft seal. If this was the first time I had replaced a shaft seal, I would just assume I messed up...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Yes, we had epic, historic rains within the past few months. Noticed the weird levels after that. Would the pipe be set IN the concrete patio perhaps? There is a small white (maybe 8" diameter?) cover set into the concrete about 1' away from the pool edge. I will unscrew that and look...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    :( My pump is not running (horrible screeching), thus my interest in fixing the hardware before the water balance. I forgot to add that I opened up the filter and washed all the algae out, and replaced w new DE a few days ago. Have not opened it up since then though, and temps reaching mid to...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    Thanks, ajw - I have read the water chemistry ABC's many times (years ago), and converted a few people myself since that time (from pool store reliant, to using resources here)! :D I have enough experience and confidence (most of it from extensive reading here over the years) to get my pool...
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    Multi-prong issues this year...which to tackle first to avoid $$$?

    I am happy to say that I haven't needed to come here for years, thanks to the amazing initial support I received when I first started with my pool. However, this year...oof. Multiple things happening at once, and I have no idea where to start troubleshooting, and if the order matters. I...
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    Help users find Liquid Chlorine

    Just a general note - someone might have already mentioned this. No bleach at all in local grocery and wholesale clubs in more than a month around here (Columbia, SC), but I did find it in one place - Home Depot. And it wasn't labeled as typical bleach (Germicidal Bleach), nor was it a brand...
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    Ahhh! Thankyouthankyouthankyou. But please explain this in more detail if you don't mind: "if you use a gizmo in the skimmer, you don't need to lower the pool level"
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    Last year's winter was much colder than normal for this area, and I have heard pool owners and pool store guys all say that almost no one closes in this area, but maybe I need to consider it if last year's temps will be the new norm. Way too much manual work and checking of making sure pump was...
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    When does freeze protection trigger?

    But that tarp solution only controls one aspect of the danger of freezing, correct? What about the water in the pool, or pipes underground? I really need to get a better handle on exactly what is and what is not acceptable wrt freezing, as last year I woke up to a skating rink (due to the...
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    Intermatic PF1102 Freeze Protection Failure

    Just read some reviews on Amazon about this unit and many complain that theirs do not come on until well below freezing, due to an internal flaw - that being the way the unit is designed, it's not getting an accurate temp reading and in the box, it's actually quite warm. Not sure if this has...
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    Aluminum Sulfate to help get rid of pollen?

    I live in a high pollen area, and one of the local pool techs that I trust, said the only thing to do is just backwash often during the pollen dump (like weekly or more if necessary). You might want to consider putting a sock on your skimmer basket as well.
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    Which setting to use in Pool Calc if SWCG is barely working?

    Re: Which setting to use in Pool Calc if SWCG is barely work I have it set at max, but the gauge is only showing 35%...production? Interestingly, if I hit, BOOST, and leave it there for several hours, it seems to actually work, and I need to supplement with less bleach than normal, but not...
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    Which setting to use in Pool Calc if SWCG is barely working?

    My SWCG is functioning at around 35%, and I assume it is helping somewhat in terms of reducing the amount of liquid bleach I need to add, but not much. Having said that, which setting in the pool calc would you guys recommend I use? I think it states "what is the PRIMARY source of chlorine...
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    What is HTH Liquid Chlorinator?

    They do not even show that product as being available online. Interesting. I note their DE is quite competitively priced, but like everything else (with mine at least), it must be ordered, which means I can't use Ace Rewards (possibly the worst Rewards program out there outside of CVS) :(
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    SWG/BBB limbo

    Good to know, thanks!
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    SWG/BBB limbo

    Thanks - it's an Aquacomfort Comfort-Chlor model (not the current one on their site though). I will take it to one of the local stores. I do find it slightly amusing that as part of their marketing, AquaComfort on their site says "never deal with dangerous chlorine again!" or something to...
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    SWG/BBB limbo

    I have been happily using the BBB method for a couple of months now on a pool that came with a house we moved into in Jan. We did a pool inspection before buying the house, and the guy noticed that there was a SWCG installed. Of course in January, hard to tell if it was working or not, but I...
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    Cheap Morton Salt Pellets - $3.79/40 lb bag at Sears

    Interestingly, I added Morton Pool Salt to my pool a few days ago, and the next day when I went to clean out the vaccum bag/net of my Polaris robot (Swiper), it had picked up pebbles (or at least they were hard, small objects. Not sure what the material was...perhaps rock)
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    Ground wire disconnected - re-connect?

    Thanks, guys! Very much appreciated.
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    Ground wire disconnected - re-connect?

    I had a pump replaced under a home warranty recently, and I specifically remember what appeared to be a copper ground wire, connected to a ground screw on the motor side of the pump. After the new pump and motor was added, this wire was no longer connected. Any reason an installer would...
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    need help with salt water system

    Not a new pool, nor a new SWG. I did the salt water test using the Taylor kit to check levels before referring to the chart in the SWG manual. I bought this house in Jan with pool, and have been running it (and swimming in it) since then using BBB only, with few problems. Have not turned on...
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    need help with salt water system

    OOoh, not good. Once again, I should have just come here instead of (!) reading the manual for the SWG, which was not clear at all about the startup procedure. Hope I didn't zap something. OTOH, I did only add less than half of what was required (15,700 gal, and I added 120 lbs, asked for...
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    need help with salt water system

    And if *cough* say, a friend, dumped the required amount if salt in the pool with the SWG on, what would that do to m...his pool or generator?
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    Sta-Rite 3 DE Filter Cleaning--Union Collar--Stuck

    But isn't "righty tighty" clockwise? I am having this exact same problem (and have same filter), but to me, if I want to loosen, and most here say clockwise, that's "to the right", no? Pretty sure I am going to have to buy a strap wrench to get the thing off as it is TIGHT.