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    Purchase options new pump

    Pool pop ups is a new one to me also. Checked with Dr. Google. Now I get the stripe problem.
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    Purchase options new pump

    "you will always have a center stripe of dirt". - ??? Love the look on your best friend’s face.
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    Purchase options new pump

    The pump was installed prior to buying the house. The former owner was some kind of engineer plus i seem to recall calculations on some pool records left behind. Ill see if i can dig it up. Anyway, it’s about 50 feet to a pool jet and 15-20 to the skimmer. The polaris runs off the same pump.
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    Considering a pool shed for pump/filter/etc

    To shed or not to shed? my pool equipment as well as the sprinkler pump are in the shed which by the way is being rebuilt thanks to ravenous bugs. Can’t say for sure whether the shed had anything to do with it but my pump is over 16 years old which is also being replaced now for internal...
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    Purchase options new pump

    After at least 16 years the time has come to replace the pump. I found the best price on amazon - about $60 less than lowest online pool supply superstore. Amazon reviewers with early pump failures report frustration with warranty and customer service. I’m a bargain buyer but would rather...
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    Free TF 100 kit - BLythewood, SC

    The kit was purchased around October 2019. It was used only 3 times to test chlorine and pH. If interested please contact me. For those curious why - it is simply that my pool is trying to kill me. 2018 - Broke ankle by stepping through the leaf cover and smashing into the shallow step while...
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    Sodium bisulfate question

    Thanks Allen. Those are convincing reasons to avoid.
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    Sodium bisulfate question

    I’ve read many posts that say do not use sodium bisulfate in swcg pools. I can’t find a similar warning for non swcg pools. Any reasons why muriatic acid is preferable from a pool integrity point of view? Thanks!
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    Test all parameters or what

    It’s been about 1 month since replastered pool was filled with 20,000 gallons of water - water bill $140 vs 21. PB used some calculation and came up with 30,000 gallons before refill but the bill proved his math incorrect. Anyway he’s been doing the testing. I have the tf-100 test kit ready to...
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    Squirrels chewing through screen enclosure :-(

    Need to think like Rocky! look for food left out there. Maybe installer forgot his lunch bag somewhere inside the enclosure
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Plaster is progressing nicely. The acid wash has exposed the blue freckles. I am now convinced it’s looking pretty good. Heavy winds today dumped tons of leaves into pool. The skimmer wizard was not reinstalled yet. I went out to trim my beautiful hibiscus because it’s dropping big bud...
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    Lazy, so I need a once-a-week thing to maintain a pool.

    In defense of lazy I prefer to call it personal efficiency. Not judging others who do more or less than me. one more idea that could help reduce trips back and forth to start and stop pump when emptying skimmer basket is installing a skimmer wizard. wizardry is different than as seen on tv. my...
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    Lazy, so I need a once-a-week thing to maintain a pool.

    Cut out the schlepping to the store and order chlorine online delivered to your door. No comment on the rest of the stuff?
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    New Pool Build in MD!

    Very nice. Just a word of caution about letting the munchkins and dog into the excavation. The sides don’t look shored up and it is possible for them to fail. I’m not speaking from experience with pool digs but trench digs. If the pool was excavated from bedrock then the hazard would be...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Mguzzy. Thanks for your coaching. I hope you and all other TFPers are safe from the fires.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Pump on, acid bath to expose plaster specks and scrubbing started. Deck gets another treatment before final coating. Wind blowing, leaves falling, still 80 degrees. Trusting PB again.communication helps rather than texting...after shut off water fill it poured from the night sky. Can I get a...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I appreciate the enthusiastic positive response. I’m still too worried to party! Probably due to thinking that’s 20 grand. Really. Water filling stopped after 46 hours. Still playing with the deck color. Not the best for visualizing but using glidden website paint your picture and a...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    29,000 gallons of water to fill, 29,000 to go, if 1000 of those gallons happens to flow, 28,000 gallons to go??? plaster went on yesterday from 8 am till after 1230 when I had to leave. Water filling started around 6 pm and still going. I think I have decided on a deck color but asked PB to...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Sorry for delay. I needed a break from my pool agonizing. Yes the paint was gone. Plastered (pool not me) yesterday. Water filling now. Updates on pool marriage thread. l will admit to feeling taken advantage of or should I say flogging self for falling for the trust me from the contractor and...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Update: I stand corrected on the extent of plaster work. Just a partial chip out but a full replaster. They pressure washed the existing paint off the old plaster, then acid washed and put the barrier coat on today. When/if the plaster starts failing and I’m still living here I’ll put the...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Real work started today. I stand corrected. Not a complete chip out. Just partial. Now I can’t imagine what a complete would have cost seeing what a partial looks like. the first sign of failure I move out if I hadn’t already.
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Hi Stic2it, Yes the 19.6 is for a rescue. I’m chronicling the work in this thread. After a few rain delays the pool was drained dry yesterday and real work is starting today. I’ll post pics later. It’s dusty and noisy! It better be for that much. The 19.6 includes 2,600 for a salt system...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Great idea about the insurance. Thanks. No rocks, no nothing - just plain old human propulsion. Work done for today. Tomorrow draining starts. I kind of like the dark deck look.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I’m from NY and my sweetie was from CA. Our property taxes in those locations would have been enough for down payment!! It’s that backdrop that’s keeping me from cutting and running. I’m not reinstalling the diving board. The pool is not properly designed for diving. Deep below board but...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Can’t turn back now! It hasn’t rained all summer except for yesterday. Good for compacting the base but not good for the concrete truck to get close to the pool. The guys wheelbarrowed it in. Smoothing and waiting for next step. PB did a nice favor and patched a small driveway problem. Yay!
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    Can I leave Polaris 280 in pool all winter?

    At first thought it seemed to me not to be a problem however if the water temp goes below 70 the hose stiffens and the robot effectiveness is decreased. There is an older thread on this but here is a succinct blurb on it: If you run your pool cleaner when the weather is cooler, you’ll lose...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I guess he’ll do the blaster first then chip. Previous owner painted the pool no doubt to hide the “imperfections”. I think once paint is removed it will be easier to chip. The deck is 4” thick poured concrete and painted over. Since damaged section removed and new concrete have to paint to...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Sand down. Lunch break. Concrete tomorrow. Need to decide on paint color. Suggestions. PB said will use high pressure water blaster to remove paint and plaster from pool.
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Hi again, I asked PB1 for an estimate for pebble sheen upgrade. He sent that but changed the pool dimensions to 20x35 (15x35 in crumpled estimate). Quartz with blue - 7991.82 (I‘ll save up 82 cents this week!) Pebble sheen upgrade - $12,407.00. (No cents!) I decided to go with PB3 for...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Yes - the entire pool will be chipped out and replastered. SWGS installed too. All for a mere $19.6K + water bill +, +, +. I still have to deal with the failed low maintenance pebble weeds. Fake grass is growing on me more and more. Pv2 - PB mentioned that thinks plumbing leak and will...