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    Trim Tile and Pebble Finish

    I am trying to make decisions on pool resurfacing. Currently have a 13 year old pool with white plaster, plan is to replace with a pebble finish. We really like the white pool and the water color from the white plaster, so not looking to actually change that. Therefore, we are going with a...
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    Equipment in direct sun increase water temperature?

    Yes, pump starts running about 11:00 am, which is before sun hits equipment. That's also when ambient temperature is still near or below water temp.. So that's not an issue for me.
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    Equipment in direct sun increase water temperature?

    I'm in Houston and have tried throughout the years to cool my pool with evaporative cooling fountains and such.. It's too humid here and just doesn't work... Doesn't matter time of day. This past weekend, I decided to build a frame from PVC and use a tarp to shade my pool equipment. My...
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    Glacier pool cooler question

    I purchased and am trying out the sprayers at arcticraincoolers.com. I can't tell yet if they are effective, and some say in humid environments, run them during the day...others say run them at night regardless. I haven't found the answer yet. I was close to convincing myself to spend the...
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    Glacier pool cooler question

    I am in Houston, TX and have the same problem with summer water temperature as many on here have discussed. I am very close to pulling the trigger on a glacier cooler. I know it's expensive, and I've read about and tried the pvc fountain method. I just can't get the results I want and I don't...
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    Help....down to the wire on Salt vs Chlorine

    Nothing like resurrecting a 2 year old post, but.... I have a pool that is not salt water, and otherwise matches up with the OP information in terms of coping/stone work and sun exposure. Furthermore, I also live in Cypress, TX. If the OP is still around, I'd like to know how he feels about...
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    Goldline controls aqua pod charging station

    Mine is 4 years old and its been fine until recently.
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    Goldline controls aqua pod charging station

    When I place the aquapod on the charger, it doesn't always charge the unit. The remote always turns on when I place it in the cradle, so the remote knows the charger is there, but I have to work to get it to show the battery charge indicator. If I don't, the remote shuts down as normal when...
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    pH and TA Suddenly very low

    OK...I could leave this open and see if the brains on this board would come up with the solution....but I figured it out! See, I have 2 bottles that are similar (the ones you get from the pool store for water samples). I use one for samples...and recently, I've been using the other 18 oz...
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    pH and TA Suddenly very low

    I added Borates to my pool about 3 weeks ago, and now sit at give or take 50 ppm. I have always had a problem managing the TA in my pool because the fill water has TA in excess of 300. So, for the past year or so, I have always added muriatic acid whenever I top off my pool to first bring pH...
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    Yep...just ordered some. Also, I just finished putting in the borax. No one ever suggested this, but I highly recommend pouring the fine powder with your back to the wind! Live and learn. One more question, any waiting period before swimming after adding borates?
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    It's definitely borates. Your response suggests my suspicion that it's a way to sell more! They sell the pro team line of products. I'll stick with the 30-50 recommended here. The pet issue was mandating that anyway. One other thing...no one sells borate test strips...the only store that...
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    Suggested Borate Levels

    There is one pool store in my area that promotes Borates in your pool. They even have a program where they guaranty no algae if you follow their program. If you get algae, they will personally maintain your pool at their expense to get the problem resolved. Pretty good endorsement for Borates...
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    High TA Fill water, constant Aeration, and Borates

    I am planning to add Borates in the very near future. My fill water has TA=300, so I am constantly working to keep that down, only to be set back as I top off my pool. Will adding Borates help keep TA down, or just keep pH in check? If I have Borates... 1) and high TA fill, will it be more...
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    Good news...I think

    The down side of waiting until October to do this is that the water is too cold for me to get in. So, I can't remove the lights and clean out behind them. What's the chance I've still gotten rid of this? I'm hanging my hat on the idea that I had a very minimal algae problem to begin with...
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    Good news...I think

    OK...Overnight FC Loss test was successful. 8:30 PM last night: FC = 28 C=0 6:45 AM today..same results. 0 FC loss overnight. :party: Now to verify the next steps. I believe for MA, I should now let the FC drift down to the normal shock level, which should be about 22 for me, and then...
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    Good news...I think

    I started the Mustard Algae shock process on Sunday morning. It's now 8:30 PM Monday Night, here are my readings: FC = 28 CC = 0 TC = 28 CYA = 50-55 CH = 260 (last time I checked) I don't think the following are accurate since I am testing with high FC levels, but since you asked: TA Would...
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    Good news...I think

    I learned about and started using BBB early summer 2009 when my CYA was high and I started to get a little algae here and there. It wasn't much, and very managable, so I never really took care of it. Now I'm in the middle of the shock-and-brush routine to get rid of it. The good news, I...
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    Mustard Algae Questions and FC Dissipation w/o heavy sun

    Waterfall clarification. I have both a spillover and weeping wall. The waterfall is off 95% of the time. Generally speaking though, why did you say to turn that off? Does that increase FC loss or something?
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    Mustard Algae Questions and FC Dissipation w/o heavy sun

    Cya 50 Fc 5 Tc 5 Ph 7.5 Ta 80 6% bleach to chlorinate. I don't have borax in the pool because of pet concerns. I found TFP when I first had a MA problem. I had high cya and didn't maintain he proper levels. That was all resolved long ago, I've just never taken the step to fully shock away...
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    Mustard Algae Questions and FC Dissipation w/o heavy sun

    Also...why turn off the spillover? If I do that, there will be no circulation in the spa.
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    Mustard Algae Questions and FC Dissipation w/o heavy sun

    My pool specs are in my signature. As for high fc loss...welcome to pool maintenance in south Texas in August! My over night tests are fine. I do use bleach, my levels are maintained per the pool calculator. My questions are: can you ever completely get rid of algae and how long does it...
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    Mustard Algae Questions and FC Dissipation w/o heavy sun

    I have a very minor mustard algae presence in my pool. What I mean by this is that it is mostly clear, but there are a few spots, namely on the plaster right under the rock water fall, on tile inside skimmer gutters, along some grout corners on the water line tile, and in the spa which has a...
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    Hello, my name is Dave B. ...

    Beez, I recently took my filter apart and cleaned it because I was getting DE in my pool. I was surprised how easy it was. First, the powder leak was caused by a hole in the air bleed valve. Anyway, my thought is that by taking everything apart, if not careful, I think you can easily break a...
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    Managing TA with high levels in fill water

    Here are my current pool readings: FC 6 CC 0 TC 6 CH 300 TA 70 pH 7.2 (just lowered pH and TA to this level, aerating now back up to 7.6 CYA 60 (recently stopped using trichlor, bringing this down over time with rain and backwash) I have been working for a while to get my TA down, and it's not...
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    Any Concerns Going to SWG W/ Unsealed Flagstone Coping?

    When I was doing my research a year and a half ago, one thing I came across talked about how the problem was occurring in Texas/Louisiana areas, but not really in other parts. Theories of rainfall issues and other weather patterns were speculated to be the reason for that...but nothing...
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    Any Concerns Going to SWG W/ Unsealed Flagstone Coping?

    I recently visited a family member who built a pool around the same time as me. He went salt, and I did not. I told him of problems I've read about with natural stone. He was giving me a hard time because of how easy his pool is to maintain. I said.."Yeah, but look at your stone...it feels...
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    Tips on Daily FC testing

    We had the pool built in October, 2007. This is the second summer I've had it. Up until May of this year, I just kept the chlorine feeder full once a week, tested for pH, TA, and Chlorine with the OTO kit. I did not know of the relationship between CYA and the amount of FC needed. Every once...
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    Tips on Daily FC testing

    Once you get to know your pool you will take care of it like Duraleigh does and have NO problems. Heck, compared to how I take care of MY pool Duraleigh is very OCD! :shock: :shock: :hammer: :rockon: ::epds:: (I like smilies too!)
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    Tips on Daily FC testing

    I have the TF100 test kit. My CYA is 60-70, so my target FC is 7-8 ppm. The Taylor Chlorine/pH test kit only reads to 5 ppm. Question, daily usage with the FAS DPD test kit can get expensive when I have to order the refills every couple of months. Is there any other option to verify the FC...