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    It’s happening...Tile and coping

    Again, I don\t (and never did) build pools for a living. But, in a vertically loaded beam, rebar is not even needed in the top - it does not provide any additional strength. If there are horizontal loadings, or torsional loads, then it does help. It should not be left exposed when all is said...
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    Is it just me or are pool wands the biggest racket in all of pool ownership?

    I have an aluminum one. It does not have that sort of locking mechanism. There is an eccentric cam on the end of the inside pole. When you screw down the collar it locks. It came with the house 8 years ago and is still going strong.
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    It’s happening...Tile and coping

    Most of the time we brought our own lunch - you never knew what was around, your vehicles were not readily available, and frankly it is a lot cheaper. Normally I ate lunch while working. The drillers would actually sit down, stop working, and eat. I would go to my truck, work on paperwork...
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    It’s happening...Tile and coping

    Steel in concrete is there to provide tensile strength. Concrete has plenty of compressive strength all by itself (that is what they test when they take samples). The top of a typical beam is in compression, while the bottom is in tension. Think of bending something to look like a smile. The...
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    It’s happening...Tile and coping

    I used to work as a soils engineer, and we would contract drillers for soil sampling - think well drilling rigs, but not for water, Auger down a stick, drive a rod with a split spoon sampler, retrieve the sample, wash rinse and repeat. Lots of heavy, turning equipment, with lots of mud...
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    Harbor Freight has cheap tarps and eyelet kits - especially if you only plan on using them for a few seasons. You get what you pay for. They don't last as long as some of the higher quality stuff, but they are dirt cheap. I have a 27' solar cover on a reel that i keep outside all winter...
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    Glass Tile Spa

    If you want to see some amazing glass tile work, look up Jimmy Reed at Rock Solid Tile. That is all he does. Glass mosaic tile installs in pools, spas, and water features. He does a LOT of high end stuff and is a stickler for details. I forget exactly what product he uses, but I know it is...
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    Who can taste the salt?

    3000 is about the threshold for me to notice it easily.
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    Constant adjustments or let it ride through?

    The FC is going to vary based sun, volume of water in the pool (evaporation and rain), organic load, and a bunch of other factors Unless there is some sort of major change (like you normally have your family of 4 swimming for 2 hours a day, and now you are planning a 20 person pool party on a...
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    Slats are not going to keep much of a PA winter out.
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    I would reach out to a boat top maker, a sail maker, or perhaps a convertible car top maker. They have the tools and skill to work with large, heavy, waterproof fabric. I would have them make custom sized panels, hemmed, with grommets, and would install them on hook on the inside of the...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    Yes, Cal hypo is essentially the exception, because I don't even think you can get lithium hypo anywhere anymore (or at least in packaging designed for pools). As you said, Cal Hypo brings its own set of issues. I just find it easier to tell people who are unfamiliar with any form of pool care...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    You get a slime bag from ... Slime Bag Home - The Slime Bag It is a filter fabric bag that attaches to the return on your pool. As far as learning about TFP techniques, I think the biggest take away lesson is understanding CYA and Chlorine. Chlorine in your pool water is "eaten up" by two...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    Once you kill all that algae, if you still have problems with the filter removing the fines, try a slime bag. I get pollen in my pool every summer, I vacuum it up, and it's gone for a day or so, and then its back on the bottom. I started using a slime bag when I vacuum, and leave it on for an...
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    Thank you. THANK YOU.

    Great news to hear. Earthwork by hand is hard. I think a lot of people don't realize just how heavy and how much volume a small project takes, let alone a pool. Just removing grass and topsoil is a pain by hand. .
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    Does anyone vacuum their pool while INSIDE the pool?

    I do it all the time. As long as you go slow and don't thrash about you don't kick anything up.
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    Any idea what this junk is? (SoCal area)

    I would get that sort of stuff every so often. I believe ti is either dead algae or pollen (or both). The reason I think it may no be algae is because my chlorine consumption does not changed, and my CC never went above 0. It also only appears early in the season (when the trees are blooming...
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    Moving to salt?

    I just dump it in, and then brush it around with my pool brush to get it dissolved. Takes less than 5 minutes of brushing the pile back and forth to get a 40lb bag dissolved (depending on water temp)
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    New In Ground Pool - NJ

    Anytime I hear something like this I get all twitchy. Maybe it's my background (BS in Civil Engineering - concentrating in soils, MS in Civil Engineering concentration in construction engineering management) but "let it settle and water around it" is like a doctor saying "I don't know what is...
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    New In Ground Pool - NJ

    DE is Diatomaceous Earth - It is made of the fossilized skeletons of diatoms. If you inhale large amount of the right (or wrong) kind of DE it can cause silicosis of the lungs. Unfortunately, the pool kind is the "wrong" kind. That is why it works so well in the pool filter. The sharp edges of...
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    Moving to salt?

    Not at all. It's just salt. I mean if you went crazy and ran it up to ocean levels, then sure it might have some impact, but at regular salt pool levels of 3,000 ppm give or take, it does not do anything. As was said, a salt pool IS a chlorine pool. If you add X amount of bleach a day to...
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    Weighing water samples

    If you already have the scale, then by all means go for it. But I would not suggest somebody buy a scale for the sole purpose of weighing the samples in an attempt to improve the accuracy of their results. Nor would I "use an eye dropper for fine adjustment" in my sample as you stated in your...
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    DIY Exposed Pipe Outdoor Shower Plans?

    You could also go with threaded black pipe or galvanized pipe if sharkbites are to pricey and your skills at sweating pipes are sketchy. You can get sections of pipe cut to length and threaded for you at the big box store. As long as you measure accurately, and plan assembly ahead (so you are...
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    Help with steps decision

    Mine are similar (white and not curved, but similar) Get the weights - especially if you are in Toronto and are going to take them out in the winter. It is a lot easier to detach the weights and take them out, and then take out unweighted step than it is to take out steps full of sand. On the...
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    Pool is always cloudy after vacuuming!

    I get pollen in my pool, and it looks a lot like an algae growth, but it's not (OLCT holds, no CC, SLAMing does nothing to help it) Vacuuming helps a bit, but most of it passes through the filter. Then I started using a slime bag. Now, I no longer have the issue. I vacuum with the slime bag...
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    Weighing water samples

    Because in metrology (the science of measuring, what a fun class that was) you learn that the outcome of an experiment is only as accurate as the least significant figure of its components. So if you have water volume to 0.1 and your drop test measures to 0.5, increasing the accuracy of the...
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    New pool placement

    I'll take over verification of income over the "Give anybody an everybody a NINJA loan" mentality that got us into the last collapse of the housing / mortgage industry.
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    New pool placement

    Ugh, I though it was bad when I had to wait 8 hours for them to clear out of mine. I bought this house short sale as a result of a messy divorce (husband would not sign anything, wife had to get power of attorney, documents went missing, both decided that since they were getting divorced why...
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    Solar heat on an aboveground pool - worth it?

    I am around the same area as you (Northern NJ). As others have said, solar cover. Mine is on the pool almost all of the time unless somebody is using it. It is amazing how fast the temp can drop overnight if I don't put the cover on. My wife is the same way - to her 90 F is where it starts to...
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    Weighing water samples

    I am an engineer by training, a project manager by trade, and type A by nature. There are times when I get a little overboard with how exact I like things. However, when it comes to the pool, I am in the same meh stage as you. I don't know the exact strength of my chemicals - they have been...