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  1. dw9000

    Concrete floor, block wall, rectangle pool?

    I think I did 2 to 1 mix (2 bags verm to 1 bag portland. I bought a used mortar mixer for about $1600 then sold it after i did my pool for the same amount. It made the job so much easier. I built a shoot, from the mixer to the pool floor. Below the vermiculite, I put about 6 inches of stone...
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    Newbie : diy cinder block inground bath/basin help

    Photos below (out of sequence) footers with the first row or two of block,, muddy bottom -- blockwork in progress. Photo of walls complete, stone in bottom & pool equip pad. I ran treated 2x6 along edge, which is where I screwed aluminum pool coping to. Truck with vermiculite floor supplies...
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    Newbie : diy cinder block inground bath/basin help

    I built my pool myself, and used cinder block. I had a guy dig it with an excavator, because we went down about 8 foot. I formed the footers using 3/4 plywood cut in thirds, so 16" inch x 84" pieces, I had concrete deliveried, but if yours is small you could probably do it by hand. I then put...
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    Winter cover? Wich is best?

    My looploc mesh cover dips into the water almost the entire offseason, I don't drain any water when winterizing. I've had the cover now for 5 years and I have noticed nothing wrong with the mesh cover, especially nothing wrong with the mid section that sits in water during the winter.
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    Filling pool with iron laden well water

    I have high iron, and took a whole house water filter and put it on a 2 wheel dolly, with hose connectors on both side and run it straight from the well head to the filter, out to the pool. Works well for me..
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    Bird Poop in pool

    This time of year the birds, especially the robins are 100% focused on 3 things 1) Eating 2) ******** 3) Reproducing
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    Yes, I was wrong and I apologize. Up next, I a predicting a 70-% chance of an upcoming 4th of July sale, featuring B1G1 Pool Shock..
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    Well that isn't encouraging, maybe John will get a win in Charlotte and be in a giving mood. I am holding out for the sale and remember the date code on the box, something like 20100 would be produced on the 100th day of 2020,, and the fresher the better with this higher octane bleach.
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    They had a big Isle stack in the main isle when I was there last Sunday, I really think this Sunday is the day..
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    The stock pile of gals at my local Menards went from 300 to 1400. Memorial day is next Monday, I am 'predicting' a B1G1 on the pool shock starting May 25th. I did pick up 3 cases to get my pool open last Sunday, paid $3.55gal. They can't just keep running the 11% sale, week after week even in...
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    Sorry, I was wrong on this, the B1G1 on the pool shock doesn't start until next week (I think - their Memorial day ad)
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    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow

    Menards pool shock B1G1 starting tomorrow May 17 12.5% strength No settling on the bottom of the pool which creates stains Liquid pool chlorinator is one of the best options to reduce cyanuric acid levels For above or inground swimming pools 1 gallon Made in USA
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    Bleach shortage

    Yep, the virus is going to put us pool owners in a pinch I can guarantee it.
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    Chemicals for closing

    So I ordered up two quarts of polyquat from,, wow was that a mistake. Its been 3 weeks and no shipment. They had no problem charging my CC 3 weeks ago and now they won't even respond to my inquiries. I am going to have my CC refund the money and I will buy it elsewhere.
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    Old School Closing

    I'd blow out the lines but sure that sounds reasonable
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    2018 Bleach Prices

    Menards has gal jug of Muratic Acid for $3
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    First easy opening for me

    Well this is my 3rd year opening. First two weren't so good, this one was smooth sailing. I think the key for me was two things, one I let the pool water stay normal. I used the skimmer plastic lids & gizmo. Previous years I drained a foot or two and by the time I opened the liner was...
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    Do I have a leak?

    Make sure both skimmers are taking in full water and there isn't any issue there. One of my skimmers, the little gate stuck and restricted water flow into the skimmer basket. If the skimmers are totally filled and you still see air in the pump, its coming from somewhere.
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    2018 Bleach Prices

    Menards - 12.5% chlorine $3.99 / B1G1F For those of you close to Menards, they are running their yearly buy 1 get 1 free on 12.5% chlorine .. so $3.99 for 2 gals
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    Stainless steel SR Smith pool ladders

    No, it wasn't just at the water line. Even my smooth vinyl liner has a rougher feel to it. Its not noticeable by eye, but you can feel it. I was thinking about the ladder, its only 3 seasons old and I bought one of the commercial heavy duty ones. I think I might first try to blast off the...
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    Stainless steel SR Smith pool ladders

    I have two SR Smith pool ladders. Last year when I pulled the ladders out, I noticed a rough sort of calcium coating on the ladders. I pulled them out of the pool and laid them along the side. I was out and about this afternoon and I noticed the outer coating, is now a crisp flaking type...
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    Antifreeze, yes or no, how much?

    Don't use the automotive, (i.e Prestone) anti-freeze
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    Cover anchors in old concrete

    I installed my loop loc and over drilled 2 holes. Bought some of that gorilla construction adhesive and it is holding fine
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    I can't unscrew my eyeball return

    I had the same problem a few years back. I ended up getting the channel locks out and twisting it off. I have no idea how it got so tight. The past few springs, I applied a little anti seeze before installing and I haven't had issues.
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    Installed my Loop Loc today

    Well I got the pool winterized and installed a new safety cover. Boy, drilling those 3/4" holes in cement deck was a pain. Took me almost the whole day but it looks good.
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    Blowing the lines using an Inflator

    Take some really deep breaths, and try blowing into it
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    putting on safety cover becomes a heavy load

    Stretch a rope across the pool, both directions, maybe 4 ropes in total (2 across width & 2 across the length). Hopefully you have something to anchor them to,, that should make it easier to pull the cover across the pool. The loop loc install instructions have you do this for the initial...
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    Heat wave

    I bought a loop loc, haven't got it yet, but hopefully that will last me 5+ years. But I will be getting some good pool time this weekend, suppose to be in the 90s
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    Heat wave

    Well its 90 degrees here in the northern ohio area,, suppose to be like this for another 5-7 days. Sure am glad i didn't close her up yet.
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    Algae or something else?

    Just SLAM that puppy