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    Bullfrog spas and hot tub location - comments?

    I'm no stranger to ABG pool care - been using TFP methods on mine for 8 seasons now. However, hot tubs are a different story. We are now starting the process of buying one. Question 1 - We are leaning to a Bullfrog spa. I know they are pricey, but I don't mind paying if the quality is there...
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    Alternative to Zip Ties for stairs

    I have a set of stairs in my ABG. Splash Easy Above Ground Pool Step - NE113 Not promoting that site, I forget where I bought them. They have bases or skids that go on the bottom. Basically, the edge of the stairs are about two inches wide and the skids are about 4" and go under the...
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    Not new to TFP, new to salt

    I have been using TFP methods on my pool for a number of seasons now. I have decided to go to salt and a SWG this year. I am using an Hayward AquaTrol (return jet model if that makes any difference) I just opened on Sat (to clear water with a FC of 1.5 and a CC of 0.5 or less) The pool was...
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    Ideas for a phone app controlled tuner / amp

    I have an outside audio set up. Wired speakers to a tuner/amp that is inside the house. I feed multiple sources through that tuner/amp - FM Stations, DVD player, FiOS music channels, and audio off of an old PC (iTunes, RadioParadise, local stations feeds etc). Right now everthing is manual. If...
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    Can somone recommend a good ABG cover that lasts.

    Once again I bought the expensive, "super tough" cover for my pool (27' ABG) Once again, 2 season later it turns to swiss cheese. (and let a load of debris into my pool at opening) So, I will have to buy a new cover once again, for this years closing. Does anybody have any luck with a solid...
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    Pool Closing - Birds, Liner Fade, and other stuff

    So, I closed my pool this weekend. I had mentioned before that birds like to live in one of my uprights. They do pack a pretty good nest in there. This is the third season they have done so People have been asking how to take care of hard plumbed pipes. This is what I do, they are self...
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    My pool is a bird house

    I searched, and found many threads where people complain of birds using their pool as a toilet. I don't have that problem. The birds instead live in my pool. Specifically they build nests under the caps on the uprights. For the last two years there has been a bird that builds a nest under...
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    Heat your pool with your AC unit

    Does anybody have any experience with this thing Heat Recovery Pool Heater | Compare To Solar Pool Heater | HotSpot Energy LLC Essentially it hooks up to your AC compressor, and instead of your AC using a fan to dump waste heat to the air, the unit circulates your pool water. So, the waste...
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    How long can an AGP go without water

    I am doing some work on my 27' round AGP this spring. I will be draining, removing the liner, leveling some of the uprights, applying wall foam, compacting the sand base, adding foam cove, and installing a new liner. Clearly that is a bit of work to do. I am thinking of draining the pool down...
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    What is the "best" base for an AGP (plus other advice)?

    Best is in quotes, because I know there is no "best" - it is all trade offs. Anyway I would like to get some opinions from the people here. My 27' AGP is going to get a fairly large facelift this spring. It needs a new liner - that's a given. The current bottom is - I assume - sand. It is...
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    What to do about stairs and algae.

    What does everyone who has stairs in an above ground pool do to prevent algae - specifically under the stairs. I have stairs in my above ground pool, and I use a mat underneath them. Last season I had no problems. However this year, when I pulled the stairs when I closed the pool I found algae...
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    Deck jets on an ABG

    Just throwing this out there. Clearly I have too much free time and money to burn (not really on both counts), but there is a online company that is selling deck jets at a pretty decent price. I have a deck that goes over a 1/4 of the way around my 27' ABG. I was thinking, why can't I mount...
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    Advice on pool re-line and other stuff.

    Next season we will be putting a new liner in our 27' ABG. The current one is dirty, not to mention my cove runs from about 4" in one spot to about 14" in another, and the bottom has all kinds of footprints in it. I am looking for advice on a couple of topics 1) I am already planning on...
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    How much CYA in Stabilized Chlorine ?

    Over the winter my pool ended up leaking (we had a bad winter, and it froze deep enough to pull the plug out of my return). I ended up having to add much more water than I had to in previous years. Amyway, my CYA is now below 30. My pool is now burning through belach like it's going out of...
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    Wedding Cake Stairs

    My wife is no longer happy with the pool ladder - she wants wedding cake type steps. These things range wildly in price and style. Any general recommendations? Styles or brands I should look for or stay away from? Any particulary good places to order from? Thanks
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    Fountain for Aqualiminator

    I have a Pentair Aqualuminator - which will shortly be hard plumbed. I just hard plumbed the skimmer line and half the return but I did not realize I needed a special adaptor to hard plumb the Aqualuminator, so that is on order. However the increase in flow from just hard plumbing what I did so...
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    Awesome Opening

    Opened the pool this past weekend Last year when I closed it I ran the CL up to 13.5 ppm Opened it 8 months later, at it was at 11.00 ppm! Clear and sparkly. Of course then it rained buckets and that threw any kind of chemistry off. It's sitting at shock levels right now - passed the OCLT...
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    Pressure Gauge Plugged with DE

    I have a Haward Perflex EC-40 that came with this house. This is the first year having to witerize this pool. All season the pressure gage was acting up (you had to tap it to get it to read) so I knew I would be changing it. I broke down and cleaned out the filter yesterday, and took out the...
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    ABG pool closing - question about return

    My ABG has a Pentair Aqualuminator on the return. What this means is that I cannot put a plug in the return (the return water comes out around the light) Here is what I did when closing. I removed the working bulb that is in there and replaced it with the dead one I saved for just such an...
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    Vacation pool

    We just got back from a vacation at Sandals Resort in St Lucia. After watching the maintainence staff do their job down there, it is clear they work on island time/attitude. I could tell stories of them getting a pargo dump stuck in the surf while trying to dump rock to build up the jetty, or...
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    Why does my Zodiac Wahoo "die"?

    I have a Zodiac Dolphin Wahoo in my 27' round ABG Everything on it is "correct" as per the instructions (hose lenght, not coiled, flow direction, etc) It used to work great. Throw it in there every other day or so, and 4 hours later, the pool bottom is clean. Now it is beginning to "stall"...
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    "Ramp" on bottom of ABG pool

    This is our first year in this house, with this pool (27' ABG). Just opened it 2 weeks ago and using BBB it looks great. However, there is a "ramp" in the liner along one of the edges where the side meets the bottom. A serous ramp, as in about a foot. Instead of a roughly 90 degree corner...
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    New to this all

    Hi all This new house came with a new pool and I just want to make sure I am on the right path 27' round above ground pool 47" deep - about 17,000 gal Hayward DE fileter - model EC-40 with a 1 HP pump (supposedly 40 GPM) I opened the pool and the water was not too bad. Hazy, some leaves, but...
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    New to pool - do I have this right

    Hi all, thanks for the help This house came with a pool. The last time I had anything to do with a pool was when I used to take care of my neighbors gunnite inground when the went on vacation - I was about 15. That amounted to cleaning the skimmers, breaking down the filter and pressure...