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  1. AndyTN

    Different return eyeball types - explanation needed

    Is anyone able to educate me on the functional differences of the different types of return eyeballs? I currently have inconsistent flow among my 3 returns with the middle being the strongest, shallow end closest to the pump 2nd, and the deep end furthest from the pump is the weakest flow. I...
  2. AndyTN

    Estimating FC demand due to extra sunlight hours

    I just had a large tree over my pool get some major trimming which is yielding approx 3 hours additional sunlight per day in the morning. These 3 hours are from 9-12 so it isn't going to be solar noon but still much more direct sunlight. If I used to have FC loss of 1-1.5 each day based on 5-6...
  3. AndyTN

    Towel storage ideas for outside

    Anyone have any creative ideas for storing your pool towels outside near the pool? I don't have a screened in porch or anything and we have tried one of those plastic storage boxes/benches but ants got into it. We have and use a ton of towels during the week and lugging them up/down stairs all...
  4. AndyTN

    Leak detection strategy

    I have a leak which I lost about an inch of water over night without the pump running and solar cover on so I know it is not in the plumbing or evaporation. With the 7 day supposed to be a cold snap, I am not going to want to be swimming around with a snorkel looking for a hole in the liner...
  5. AndyTN

    FC amount for inflatable water slide

    I have one of the water slide inflatables with the big blower which is always difficult to get completely dry before storing. We have been using it 5 days in a row and have left it in the yard so dew/rain have kept it pretty wet even when not in use. I am going to use my pump sprayer to...
  6. AndyTN

    Retaining heat during cold snap - in addition to solar cover

    First, I don't have a heater and my wife won't let me invest in one right now since we just paid off our new liner. I also don't have enough room near my pool to set up enough solar panels to make any difference. With schools being shut down, I am desperate to entertain my 5 year old son and I...
  7. AndyTN

    Why are pool products so wrong about FC?

    Why are instructions on pool chlorine products always so wrong when it comes to the amount of chlorine? I have no doubts in the quality of the bleach from Home Depot but why would they say to use 1 to 1.5 for FC in stabilized pools? If they are saying up to 3 with no cya then why wouldn't they...
  8. AndyTN

    Tannin stains - FC and CC levels

    Due to having so many oak trees in my back yard, I deal with tannin stains in the Spring and Fall. In Spring, I normally balance the chemicals and get everything cleaned out at open but leave on the winter tarp until the trees stop vomiting into the pool. Since the kids are out of school and I...
  9. AndyTN

    Polyfill use during AA treatment

    I have had staining issues pretty much every year of the 5 years I have owned the pool. These stains are tannins from all my oak trees, iron, and copper stains. I normally start off the season when water is still cold with an ascorbic acid treatment and I am about to do it again. This will be my...
  10. AndyTN

    Hosting ISR classes (toddlers) at your home pool

    Has anyone ever hosted ISR (Infant Survival Resource) classes at their own pool? It would be 10-15 kids under the age of 5 coming every weekday for 6 weeks with their lessons in 10 minute sessions. We are likely going to host starting in June and we are supposedly released of any liability since...
  11. AndyTN

    Any way to quickly reduce chlorine level?

    I must have mixed up the dropper bottles in a hurry and measured incorrectly that I had almost no chlorine in my pool. I added 2.5 gallons of bleach just in case there were any algae spores and now I am measuring FC of 20 with my CYA at 40 which is above SLAM level. Besides intentionally...
  12. AndyTN

    Pool-side projector setups

    Does anyone else who has set up a tv projector for pool-side movies and sports mind sharing some pictures? I have a projector mounted in my bonus room which I take down a couple times during the year to set up on my porch and project on the side of the house. The attached picture was from this...
  13. AndyTN

    Swim goggles/gear for youth swim team

    My 5 year old son starts swim team tomorrow and having a pool in our back yard is getting his skills an early kick-start. He had a pair of TYR Magna mask goggles which worked great but the strap recently broke and I made the mistake of getting him the same pair in small (not youth) so they don't...
  14. AndyTN

    Toxic blue-green algae killing dogs after swimming

    Has anyone been following the recent stories about dogs dying after swimming in ponds a dog parks? News stories are pointing at a blue-green algae which the dogs are drinking while swimming and they get sick or even die within a couple hours. They just closed down the ponds at the huge dog park...
  15. AndyTN

    Will black winter cover/tarp keep water warmer for spring opening?

    I would like to get some comments on something I tried last year and felt it helped but could have all been in my head. If my winter tarp is flipped from silver to the black side up, will this act like a solar heater to warm up my water 10 degrees or so? Assume my water level is near the bottom...
  16. AndyTN

    Winter tarp size and mil recommendations

    I need to get a new tarp (with water bags) to cover my pool this winter as my previous one only lasted 3 years before getting many holes in it. I don't know the mil thickness of the old tarp but I obviously want the new tarp to last longer. I have many trees around/above my pool and in the...
  17. AndyTN

    Bathroom accident - SLAM only if CC up

    My 5 year old had a poop accident in the pool last night. All of it stayed in the netting of his swim trunks and I couldn't see any actually in the pool after he got out. My wife insists I shock the pool but I added a gallon of 10% bleach an hour before the incident so FC should have been approx...
  18. AndyTN

    Text test strip picture to get chemicals to add

    Since I have learned so much from TFP, I try to pass along knowledge whenever I can and refer people to TFP the majority of the time. Some on Facebook was asking about their test results posting a picture of their strips which I replied to download the PoolMath app, get baking soda for...
  19. AndyTN

    Daily water test in evening or morning?

    I just tested my water when I got home from work which I do almost everyday. I was wondering if it is better to test in the morning before the sun has hit or in the evening so you know how much bleach to add. Testing in the morning could give you more consistent numbers for the past 12 hours...
  20. AndyTN

    Top Gun - movie remake trailer

    While being a pool owner will get you a lot more street cred than being a fighter pilot, who else is super excited about the trailer for the new Top Gun remake next year? Tom Cruise looks ridiculously old but I still got chills watching the trailer. I made my wife watch Top Gun in its entirety...
  21. AndyTN

    Pool water for dog's normal drinking water

    So I may get some comments for being lazy but is there any concern using pool water as the main source of water for my dog? I don’t mean telling the dog to drink from the pool but I use those automatic water bowls with the clear 3-5 gal jugs sitting on top. When I fill it up with normal tap...
  22. AndyTN

    CYA of "35" - round up?

    I drained several inches in preparation for the rain we're supposed to get from the remnants of Barry. Not quite the 6 to 8 inches yet as they were predicting but I tested my cya due to the small water exchange. I tested the water twice with the cya kit and the black dot is disappearing right in...
  23. AndyTN

    Copy thread link from phone

    I am frequently viewing TFP from my phone using Chrome. It appears to me just like an app instead of a website which is a nice clean look but I can't figure out how to copy the link to a thread to copy into another response.
  24. AndyTN

    Patrolling the waters ....

    Merica, enough said
  25. AndyTN

    Higher CYA = less frequent chlorine adds??

    Something which is making me curious since I use liquid chlorine as my main source but still run my Rainbow feeder on the lowest setting for the triclor to supplement as a buffer. If low CYA below 20 is going to burn off FC quickly and high CYA above 70 will lock it up, I am understanding the...
  26. AndyTN

    Algae on solar cover from rain water

    The only time I have ever had algae in my pool has been while I was on vacation with the with my solar cover on the pool. It rained an inch and after the rain water sat on top of the cover for a week, green algae started to form. With a decent amount of water on top of the cover, there's no way...
  27. AndyTN

    Hair highlights turned green by chlorine??

    My wife gets her hair highlighted blond and her hair dresser was warning her about chlorine in our pool turning her hair green after too much exposure soon after getting the highlights put in. Now my wife is constantly asking me pesky questions about the chlorine level in the pool before she...
  28. AndyTN

    Concrete help - driveway drooping and flooded

    Not a pool topic but looking for someone who knows a lot about concrete. I bought this house a few years ago which is older than I am with an original driveway. Overtime the driveway has drooped slightly with cracks in it and now it floods every time there is a decent shower. Anyone have any...
  29. AndyTN

    Oak tree leaves and "copper" staining

    I started to get a few TFP Experts off topic from another post I started and it is a long-time issue which I would like to get some opinions. Matt (JoyfulNoise) made some good comments in my other thread and it isn't that I don't trust him but I'm just looking for some additional info so I...
  30. AndyTN

    Concrete pavers and cinderblocks are bad news bears

    I'm sure the TFP veterans will say "well yeah, no duh" but I had to explain this to someone else tonight and thought I would post to warn others. Don't use concrete pavers or cinderblocks anywhere around your pool. I made a bad mistake last summer of using a concrete paver to hold a tarp in...