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    New vinyl liner... fresh water.... pH issue....

    We got a new liner installed this week and have finished filling the pool with water from our hose (so "tap water"). I checked chemicals and pH is way above 8.2 , Alk is 50 and chlorine( with just the little tester that you do with the pH) is about 4. I know I should fix my pH and alk but...
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    Ugh! Help!

    So, we had a tear in the liner/leak at return jet. We hoped we could make it through this season but found another leak around the light. We have a new liner and skimmer/ports ready to install and are having new sheet metal put over the rusted old areas... but the guy we've hired to do it had...
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    Help please!

    We have to have are liner replaced. We have someone coming to do it, but a friend of ours mentioned that we should also replace the cove molding when we replaced the liner. Is this always necessary? Also we have foam underneath the liner on the walls. Will this need to be replaced or removed a...
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    Guidance please...

    My husband (who doesn't usually do the pool stuff) decided to start our "SLAM" by adding 2 bags of 4-in-1 pool shock Saturday early afternoon. When it didn't look better (we were starting with a 'pond') by 7pm he added 6 gallons of bleach. By the time I got home around 9pm it was visibly...
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    Question about my testing kit...

    This is our third year with our pool and each year has been a better start up (when we bought the house it had not been opened in 2yrs!). It was pretty clear when we opened but a lot of debris. Within a day we of course had green/cloudy water. I started the SLAM process but forgot to balance...
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    Help please

    We were first time pool owners last year (new to us house that came with older pool). I tried the TFP methods and found it overwhelming. We did use the slam method to get the pool open this summer and then switched to using trichlor tabs in a chlorinator for maintenance. We had an issue...
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    First time closing questions...

    So, we went on our honeymoon last week and I forgot to tell my parents how to care for the pool (did remember to give them instructions for kids and pets though! :) ) so when we came back it was a bit of a swamp. I dumped a couple gallons of bleach in and it's now improved to just hazy and a...
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    Black stuff in skimmer and on floating lights?

    We've noticed some black 'thick, sticky' stuff at the water line in the skimmer and also on the edges of our floating pool lights. We bought a new light yesterday and today there is even some on the NEW one. What can this be? And how do I get rid of it?
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    Best place to buy a hayward 1.5hp pump?

    Ours seems to have bitten the dust... where is best price?
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    Done with SLAM now need some help with maintenance....

    We got the pool done with the SLAM process last week but not exactly sure what we need to do for maintaining levels. So far, CYA and alkalinity and pH seem pretty stable but chlorine is still needing daily additions of bleach. Last evening my FC was 2 and CC was 0. Added recommended amount...
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    Need newbie help again...

    Ok... we started with a swamp and were making some progress (nice blue but very cloudy by last Friday)when we had to leave for the weekend etc... I ordered my test kit TF-100 and have it in hand now (instructions would have been nice though... I found them here but IN the kit would be handy)...
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    Help... NEW pool owner of an old pool/swamp!

    I know there are multiple threads and I've read quite a few but I need to know what WE need to do NOW... and having trouble piecing it together from others' threads. So... We bought house last winter with existing pool. 27ft (or 28?)x4ft round above ground with sand filter (bought new one...