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    SWG with fountain

    My SWG is quite oversized and I’ve managed to compensate in the past. But with this ordeal I’m definitely onboard with holding some bleach to keep up. Gonna continue to monitor the SWG performance running it overnight to try to learn a bit more about its performance. I only got the pool last...
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    SWG with fountain

    Came home after SWG ran at 100% for 8hrs to find FC at 4. The wife got me some liquid bleach so I added enough to bring that to about 6 and shut off the SWG to let it cool off AND Added 1.5lbs of cya. Reset my SWG timer to run during the night enough to provide 2ppm and will monitor time see...
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    SWG with fountain

    I didn’t realize CYA could degrade, but that would explain the constant low levels I see when I do the full gambit of testing. I did run a full test last week and found CYA at 40 and added 2lbs to bring it up and haven’t done a recheck. I have been adding CYA after every test because I tend to...
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    SWG with fountain

    The results are in. Measured FC at 2.0 this morning so passed the overnight test. I pulled my SWG and cleaned with acid solution and got no bubbles, suggesting it’s clean. Also cleaned my filter while the system was empty. Turned it on superchlor and will let it run while I’m at work and see...
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    SWG with fountain

    FC 2.5 after dusk and 30min after Swg was turned off. Have a bad feeling about this because it’s been running wide open almost all day 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ Either it has scale and isn’t working (seems unlikely with the amount of gas I see coming from my return, or I’ve got some algae brewing. This will be...
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    SWG with fountain

    Just an update...ran my SWG until dark last night and then turned on the fountain to run overnight. Been running the SWG all day and am up to about 2-3 FC. Should be able to get it up high enough to run the overnight test tonight. Didn’t have any liquid chlorine to get it up to normal...
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    SWG with fountain

    It’s super hot in central NC so I’ve been running a small fountain 24/7 to help cool the pool off. I’m noticing my chlorine level drop pretty low on a setting that typically keeps everything steady. It seems to me that running the SWG with the fountain attached is somehow severely reducing the...
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    870 powder bricked

    Sorry I missed this reply. It’s grayish. I can take a picture when I get home
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    870 powder bricked

    Hey guys. Just got my TF100 kit and the 0870 powder is all clumped together and pretty hard. Is it ok to put t in a glass bowl and grind it back up? Just want to make sure this is normal
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    pH up on covered pool

    The trip was friggin amazing!! Spain was the most amazing place ive ever been! Pool was zero maintenance. Had a friend check to make sure pump was good and water level didn’t drop for some reason, but all was perfect...just this small pH drop.
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    pH up on covered pool

    TA is 90. And yep, pump still runs about 6hrs per day with the cover on. Waiting until the water drops below 60 degrees to fully close, per the pool school recommendation.
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    pH up on covered pool

    So my pool is covered for the winter but not closed because it’s too warm outside. Chlorine level is solid but pH is down to 7.2 and the calculator says to add about 2lbs of borax. Can I just slowly add this to the slimmer since the pool is covered?
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    What to do with torrential rain

    I’m just assuming on the CYA since I don’t have the proper test kit yet. The assumption is based on the setting of my SWG and run time needed to maintain the proper FC level when my pool is in full sun all day. If my CYA wasn’t close, I wouldn’t be running the SWG on such a low setting for 12hrs...
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    What to do with torrential rain

    Also, regarding CYA, I haven’t been able to test myself but a pool store reading said 30ppm a couple weeks ago and I added my last 2lbs at the time after that sample was taken. Even without the SWG running I drop less than 2ppm per day in 12ish hours of full sun which makes me question the 70ppm...
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    What to do with torrential rain

    I was able to at least check FC, ph, and alkalinity today with my 5-way kit (don’t have the tf-100 yet) and the levels were all solid. I did bump my SWG up yesterday knowing the rain was coming and it was between 3 and 5 this AM which is as close as this kit can measure. I figured I’d need to...
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    What to do with torrential rain

    I’m a 24/7 low speed guy also. Should’ve mentioned that in the post
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    What to do with torrential rain

    Well the pool level gained at least 2” in a couple hours today and I kept the pump running and turned up the SWG when I got home from work to stay on top of chlorine. It’s raining much slower now and the overflow from the skimmer is doing the work for now. Will drain a couple inches tomorrow...
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    What to do with torrential rain

    For pool chemistry, is there an ideal practice for pump running when you get a TON of rain? Is it best to kill the pump so the overflow drains off the top rather than mixing in the rain water and having well-mixed water drain out? Trying to minimize my water balance effects if that’s even...
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    CYA Storage

    So I found a good price on bulk CYA but it comes in a bag...no biggie. Gonna put it in a lowes bucket but is it ok to store long term in a shed that likely hits over 100 degrees regularly?
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    SWG Settings for Longevity

    Wow!! Be safe man!! I keep hoping for rain to help cool my water a bit because we,be been on a streak of mid-high 90s and full sun since the pool was setup so water already hit 94ish. I got a fountain Monday and ran it full-on last night and today the water maxed out at 90 so I’m headed in the...
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    SWG Settings for Longevity

    Yep, that’s kinda the game plan. It’s made much easier now that I’ve found this site and really know what to look for and how often to test ?. I really need to order that tf-100 kit (or whatever the correct name is) because the 5-way kit I bought only goes to 5ppm FC so once I get to that mark I...
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    SWG Settings for Longevity

    I've been trying to dial in to see if I can run 24/7 without getting FC too high. I turned it on the next-to-lowest setting last night and will test chlorine when I get home today. If I can work that out it would be ideal obviously so I don't have to keep turning it on and off (although it...
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    SWG Settings for Longevity

    General question about running SWG...I run my pump on low 24/7 at the moment because it's so stinkin hot and obviously I don't run the SWG all the time, only run it based on chlorine level. Question is, is there any affect on SWG life if I run it at 100% for shorter periods of time compared to...
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    Vinyl liner and CH

    Thanks!! I'm definitely excited about this forum as I'm VERY interested in maintaining my own pool. I've read through the Pool School basics as well as some of the more in-depth stuff about the chemistry link between CYA and FC. Looking forward to learning all this stuff in the future!!
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    Vinyl liner and CH

    Yeah I'll definitely commit to it because I don't want to have to rely on the pool store either. I made a spreadsheet of the various balance and chemical level recommendations and my pool store has the broadest range of everything I've found which makes me believe they'll just always want to...
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    Vinyl liner and CH

    Thanks for that. I have purchased a Poolmaster 5-way test kit and have been looking at the TF-100 kit that I've seen recommended here a few times already. I'm getting pH reading at 7.2-7.3 or so and have a fountain coming in the mail tonight that I ordered to help lower water temperature and...
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    Vinyl liner and CH

    I took a water sample from my newly setup pool to the local shop and they measured the CH at 0 and recommended I add something like 33lbs of calcium chloride. I did lots of reading and found one website (besides here) that says CH doesn’t matter in a vinyl pool and many others mentioned that...