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    Heat Pump vs. Gas Heater

    Hello there - We are thinking of adding a heater. Mainly to extend the season but will probably occasionally heat the pool on a random warm winter day. We live in Austin, TX. Our pool is 14 x32 and 5 feet at the deepest. Stays nice and warm in the summer months but I think would be swimmable in...
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    NPT Arctic Lagoon tile discontinued! (cracks/breaks)

    I see this is an old thread, but we have NPT Arctic Lagoon (3 years old) and it is starting to chip off in our pool. Not entire tiles, just shards, which is worse. My kid got a piece stuck in his foot a few weeks ago. Happening to anyone else?
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    Got new modem/router and now ScreenLogic doesn't connect - how to set up again?

    Thanks for the tips - Resetting didn't work and although I have screenlogic on my macbook, when I launch nothing ever happens. Ended up plugging in my old wifi router to the new one and ScreenLogic works for now. I'll wait for the hubby to get back in town and pass the job to him with the above...
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    Got new modem/router and now ScreenLogic doesn't connect - how to set up again?

    Hi there - We just got a new modem and router and internet is working just fine. The ScreenLogic interface inside the house that was plugged into the previous router is now plugged in the new one. The network is slightly different name (lowercase instead of upper), but I can't log in via the...
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    How to vacuum a pool?

    Thanks!! I do have a filter with a Waste Mode (DE Pentair filter). Should I turn it to that when vacuuming? If I do, what happens? Will the water I'm vacuuming come out of the pipe that can drain the pool (the same pipe when I backwash)?
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    How to vacuum a pool?

    We've had our in ground pool for just one season. We've kept it clean just using the kreepy krawler and brushing, but i wanted to use a skimmer/hose/vacuum head to manually vacuum some of the dirt and spot clean the shelf here and there. We had an old vacuum head from an old above ground pool...
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    Interesting you ask, b/c I was going to post some questions about it soon. It is precast coping. I love the way it looked brand new (and in pool terms, it is still brand new), but it seems like there has been some discoloration in parts, probably due to the salt. It is along the busier side of...
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    I believe it was something like natural grey and my thinking is it varied hues depending on how much water they add but I'm not sure. Not anything I would change with the color necessarily but I would ensure that they don't mix a new batch of grout in the middle of a wall. We had one place where...
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    And we did use white thin set and grey grout.
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    We don't have any raised walls so you can't see it in all its glory. I believe there were some really good pics from a cypress Texas build. I would say from a distance, the tiles blend with the aqua white but up close there is quite a contrast. Looking at it straight on in the sun, it looks...
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    If you do go with glass, we did NPT Arctic Lagoon with our Aqua White mini and it is so very perfect.
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    Best pebble finish for turquoise/teal blue water?

    I think I wanted a similar color, but probably more blue than green than you do (I wanted Windex). I liked the water color of Aqua Blue better, but we went with Aqua White b/c I liked the way the aggregate looked better (wanted less pebble look) and a lot of what you see is our shelf and steps...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Well the drops just arrived. I probably jinxing myself, but I think we are good for now. The last time I tested on Friday (around noon), we were at 12 or 13 (ran out right as it was turning clear). We used the regular chlorine test right away to get a baseline color and it was dark yellow. We...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Only took me an hour, but I figured out how to post a picture :-).
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Not sure how much acid my husband was adding bc we only handled the pool for a short time before this happened. He said it didn't seem like an unusual amount (whatever that means), but he was testing and adjusting daily. Here is a picture. Pretty much looks the same as it always has (good to us)...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    We both did the CYA test and agreed it is 60, so we adjusted our target from 28 to 24, but would aim for 26 when adjusting levels. Maybe we should target 28 and not let fall below 24? It would fall below 24 periodically, but not for long and not very far. We assume our pH is sky high right now...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Also, do we need to be concerned with salt rising due to so much chlorine addition? We are at 4050 (recommended level is 3600).
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Well, combined chlorine was zero this morning, but we went from 17.5 to 14.5 (couldn't adjust last night b/c we wouldn't have been able to test this morning) and are now out of drops again and won't be able to test until Monday (we can do the standard chlorine test, just not the one that goes...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Running out of drops again (2 oz bottle on its way), so I only tested once during the day and tried to bring it up to about 28. Tested tonight and it is 17.5. I am sure hoping and praying it is 17 tomorrow morning with no CCs. If not, my husband wants to call someone in (who, I have no idea). So...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Don't know if it was backwashing the filter, uncapping the nasty umbrella holder or just timing, but we FINALLY passed the chlorine overnight test!!! However, CC was 1 this morning :-(. Does that mean we keep SLAMming?
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Looked at skimmers and every inch of pool surface yesterday and saw nothing, but didn't inspect the lights. I'll put on goggles and do so a bit later. We do have an umbrella holder on our shelf that has a cap on it, so I just removed the cap. I can't really see down there, but I do know they...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Day 7 and still failing the overnight test. Can anything other than algae cause this? I know this is probably crazy, but the African/Saharan dust has been present in Texas the last few weeks and allergy sufferers are dying. I'm guessing there is no way that is what is causing my overnight test...
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    Day 5 of SLAM - CC fluctuating from 0 back up- why? Losing steam here....

    Hello everyone - Our pool was just filled over a month ago. Pool company did crappy job of maintaining the pool during the chlorine phase (FC dropped to 0 several times and pH above 8). We took over when they added salt and were able to keep the numbers good, but were running our SWG (IC40) at...
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    Sudden FC drop and CC spike; can installing pool sweep cause this?

    Do you need higher levels of CYA to maintain higher levels of FC? We think our CYA is 60 or 70 (hard to tell when the black dot disappears), but are using the target shock level of 28 (the level for 70) instead of 24 (the level for 60). Should that make any difference in our overnight test?
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    Sudden FC drop and CC spike; can installing pool sweep cause this?

    Thanks, Jim. Last night it went from 28 to 23, but the CC is back down to zero, so I guess that is good news. The water has always looked great, so we were very surprised when we had 0 chlorine suddenly. Since we are new to this, we don't know our pool yet... Guess we will continue to SLAM.
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    Sudden FC drop and CC spike; can installing pool sweep cause this?

    Hi there! New in-ground pool in and running ~1 month. We had 1 month of a pool company service included with our build. Turns out they were only coming once a week and by the time we got our TF-100 and realized what was going on, the pool had been at 0 FC and +8 ph several times between their...
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    Unhappy with gunite shoot - assumed slope of social/play/sport pool?

    Took awhile, but they raised the floor! The depths on the ends and middle didn't really change, but the slopes are better. Only 2-4" added in most areas but it makes a huge difference. On my next pool (which will likely never happen), I will know to request a cross section. Oh well, all's well...
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    Ready for Pebble, but leaving town - delay?

    Hi there - We are finally ready for plaster/pebble. Doubt they can get to us before next week, and we leave town for a week a few days after they would be done. The pebble needs brushing, right? I'm so anxious to be done with the pool, but am guessing it is in our best interest to wait until we...
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    Difference between Touch of Glass and Puerto Rican Blend?

    Hi there - Is there a difference between Stonescapes Touch of Glass and Puerto Rican Blend? The website makes it seem like there is a difference (Puerto Rican blend has maybe smaller glass beads?), but I have a sample that says "Aqua Blue with Touch of Glass, Puerto Rican Blend", which makes it...
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    Stonescapes Mini Pebble - Ahhh! What color should we choose?

    Finally a picture of Aqua White! Thanks! I have been looking for a non stock photo of it (currently agnozing between Aqua White, Cool, and Blue). I like it!