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  1. umpalumpajay

    How much Muriatic Acid do you keep on hand?

    Bout the same for me in L.A. I dose maybe a couple cups 1-2x per week at most. Two gallons lasts a few weeks.
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    Hi I just joined TFP to get some advice. I like to try and fix my own stuff before I call service.

    Same problem here on my Jandy system. Gonna raise my water level a tad and see if it helps. Works fine and get good pressure/no air bubbles in spa mode but pool mode is really weak flow. Plus get a lot of air bubbles out of my return nozzles. Thanks for the tips and the post.
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    Brown spots on Pebble Tec

    I have this exact problem as well, 3 years in using TFP the whole time, brown stains on pebble. I need to try the vitamin c thing. Mine looks like rust almost. I’m guessing I wasn’t keeping my ph low enough. I’d let it rise up to high 7s and 8 before knocking it down. Trying to stay closer to...
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    First for me...Dead mouse!

    i had a BAT in mine a few days ago....weird, but kinda cool. don't worry about it. hahhahaah!
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    Digging This Week - How Deep Should Sunshelf Be & Where to Find Best Loungers?

    Re: Digging This Week - How Deep Should Sunshelf Be & Where to Find Best Loungers? Mine is 9". Covers you 3/4 deep when laying on it directly. Good for little kids that come over since they can walk around on it easily and sit in a nice pool of water. Nice to sit on the edge of it and dangle...
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    Jandy Cartridge Filter Leaking At Base

    There is no O ring, it's a plastic screw on cap, I ended up looking for and finding a non hardening Teflon sealant I brushed on. Last nght it didn't stop the leak once it pressurized....I still had a slow drip. Didnt drip when punp wasnt on. This afternoon it stopped leaking though. Maybe it...
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    Jandy Cartridge Filter Leaking At Base

    im going to bump this thread as i have the same problem. i just cleaned out my whole cartridge assembly, reassembled it - turned the pump on with the air valve opened and the canister was solid, but i have a SLOW leak on the drain. could i have overtightened it? i really didn't go crazy on it...
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    Gunite pool

    that price is crazy especially if its holding water. pictures?
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    Trouble getting the right balance

    i have the same chlorinator and notice that at 80-83 degrees, i need to run my chlorinator a lot more (same one as yours) or supplement with liquid chlorine. CA weather has been a real roller coaster so now im down to 70-75 degrees and SWG is making WAY more than i needed at 80-83. this is, of...
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    odd Bubbles in Spa and Pool

    the only time i've seen that in my spa is when my wife bought splashless bleach by accident. defnitely need more info.
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    Pebble Sheen and LED Lights

    i chose to get 2 smaller led fixtures as opposed to one big one. i kind of wish i'd gotten 3 small ones for the pool, or 1 big and 1 small. its pretty bright and looks cool, but its nowhere near as bright as a regular incandescent bulb. the brightest color is light blue because that is an...
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    A Few New Questions!!

    you have an attached spa? one of my valves i manually throw adjusts water flow either from the main drain to the spa (more overflow water into pool) or into the pool.
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    Test Results look ok but water is cloudy

    why would CH be high in a new pool? is the water you added high?
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    FAS-DPD Chlorine Test at high levels

    you could always use distilled or bottled water. you'd be saving drops, but not really on the powder, but of course, youre BLOWING through drops at slam levels.
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    A way to check output of SWG?

    i HAVE NOT passed on OCLT in that manner. I'll give that a shot - i was using target levels. cell looks great. never get "No Flow". i'll try to make that test happen this weekend and try to pump up the CYA to at least 70. thanks guys.
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    A way to check output of SWG?

    the swg says its 3.6 or 3.7 and it seems to like it there. I was getting some 3.8 readings early in the summer and it warned me...didn't shut down, just warned me. I haven't checked it with a tester.
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    A way to check output of SWG?

    so I've had a problem with the chlorinator not producing enough chlorine pretty much since summer started. I cranked it up from 40% for 6 hours in the beginning of the summer to 80% for 12 hours and it still didn't keep up. called jandy and they said it should be doing fine in that its rated...
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    Skimmer question

    you sure that's not your auto water refill box? that kinda looks like mine does, dirty and unfinished - just has the little sensor balloon you can adjust to set the water level. although, it does have that hose that sticks out. just looks strange.
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    always high PH after bleach

    id have to agree, my fill water is like 110 TA, so I notice when I get around 90, my ph rises much faster, its like a trigger point. when I get it to 80 or less - its FAR more stable. no way its your bleach.
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    Chlorine Smell in Salt Water Pool

    I'm going to chime in on the smell question because my water sometimes more or less smells like chlorine as well. I noticed my tap water also kind of has the same smell. I can't tell you the exact conditions that the smell is better or worse but I've never had algae and my numbers rock. I...
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    Radioactive nightmare..

    you know though, if water isnt that expensive in TX, that pool isnt THAT big, so draining it might just be a way faster option than a long slam. btw, that green color was crazy! hopefully you'll modify your technique a bit and get a bit more control in the long run.
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    burning eyes

    I'll just double up on the lack of CYA not buffering the chlorine in the pool.
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    Fiberglass in pool?

    By "Roman" in ground im assuming its a prebuilt inground with a liner and no fiberglass or concrete at all. is that correct?
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    Slamming - FC 22?

    actually, you may have passed the OCLT and not even realized it.
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    New circumstance, new question. Opinion please?

    i always try to test asap the morning after having guests. why wait? of course, im not religious about my testing time (usually try after sunset) but it freaks me out to wonder if i dipped under the minimum with a big swimmer load. one party i jacked up the pool to 7 and had kids swim all day...
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    Why is my TA rising?

    its strange that your TA is rising especially for how much acid you are adding. one thing i notice is your Ph goes up FAST and gets really pretty high. you seem to correct it by adding acid but never enough acid to get it into the 7.2 range that is usually suggested to lower TA and then use...
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    pH minus vs muriatic acid!

    interesting thing i found out the other day....i was getting my MA from Leslies and it was the 38 baum variety. then i was in need and happened to be near a home depot and they carried it as well, juts half strength. the value was with the stronger acid price wise, but i feel safer with the...
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    When to take over

    my guy pretty much told me "you better hire someone to take care of this" - gave me some pointers and left. he DID come back a couple times to answer questions when i had them, so it wasnt TOTAL abandonment, but just about! my parents on the other hand had the PB suggest a friend (optional)...
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    New #9056 Comparator Has Higher FC Range (1-10PPM)

    i agree, i like the higher range for sure.
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    New #9056 Comparator Has Higher FC Range (1-10PPM)

    i have that one, it came with my 2005 (high) kit. it kinda leaves some gray area between 3 and 5 which annoys me, but my guesstimates are always within .5 of the FASDPD test.