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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?

    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 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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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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    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...
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    Should I reduce CYA?

    My current CYA reading is 60-70. I've started using bleach to chlorinate, but I am also still using tablets at a reduced level. Not yet ready to commit to full manual mode at this time. Here are my questions... Part 1: It looks like manually adding bleach, plus general health issues because...
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    Algae battle and pool shock question

    Good morning....I've been monitoring this site for a while, but this is my first post... A little history: I've recently been victimized by crazy pool store test results. My pool is a year and a half old, and I use chlorine tablets. 1 year ago, CYA was at 50...now one pool store was telling...