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  1. JoyfulNoise

    My pool is burning

    FYI - low-e (low emissivity) glass reflects the INFRA RED (IR) portion of sunlight, not UV. That’s where all the thermal heating comes from.
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    My pool is burning

    That’s pretty cool ... well ... hot I guess. If you had installed the pool a few closer to the house you’d have your own solar powered pool heater....
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    New Project - Cherry and Walnut Chest with Remote Activated Hidden Drawer

    What’s weird is that it worked for me yesterday but now I’m getting the same error as @Arizonarob .... time to call in the expert @Leebo
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    Recommended to disable uv system?

    Bottom line - leave the UV bulb in place as long as it doesn’t run 24/7. I’m assuming it only comes on intermittently or has some on/off feature on the controls. UV in a hot tub is useful as long as the bulb has good wattage and the quartz sleeve it is sit in is clean and clear. It is true...
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    Don't Forget About Amazon Smile and TFP...

    🤛🤜🤛🤜🤛🤜 A couple of more bumps!! Definitely lots of pricey items on everyone’s Santa List this year ... I’ll be shopping on Amazon Smile with TFP as the designated recipient. And also, you can now setup the Amazon App to use Amazon Smile in case mobile web surfing is a pain.
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    Red/copper Stain

    Try using some dry acid in a sock to rub the stain with. Be careful though as you don’t want to over etch the plaster.
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    New Project - Cherry and Walnut Chest with Remote Activated Hidden Drawer

    That’s AWESOME. Love your work. Your friends and family are blessed to have such great craftsmanship available to them. That would be great if it held a TV. What a perfect way to get a TV in a room without taking up wall space. Or, a white screen and a projector. UHD WiFi video...
  8. JoyfulNoise

    Will saltron mini or SWGs damage hot tub?

    Most equipment damage, whether pool or hot tub, is typically caused by pool owner negligence or ignorance. TFP users don’t generally fall into either category.... I think your hot tub will be just fine ...
  9. JoyfulNoise

    Irritated eyes with FC at 7.5, all other params normal

    Or you rub your eyes too much when swimming - https://www.swimteaching.com/2008/05/bloodshot-eyes-after-swimming-or-sore.html Most people don’t believe this, but rubbing your eyes when you come up from underwater is the most common thing people do and all it does is force chlorinated water...
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    Unusual issue with Pebbletec finish

    I would suggest you ask your pool company to send you all of their logs from after the initial pool startup until you drained it. You are going to need a record of what they were doing. I clearly think this is a botched install but the PB/Plaster sub, and even a PebbleTec rep, will try to...
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    Unusual issue with Pebbletec finish

    Who has been managing the chemistry of that pool and what were the chemical levels prior to draining?? Honestly at first glance, that PebbleFina finish looks terribly over-etched. The aggregate is severely exposed with very little plaster cream in between. If those images are representative...
  12. JoyfulNoise

    PH stuck

    You should avoid pHDown dry acid. It’s sodium bisulfate. In the short term it presents no problems but it adds sulfates to the water which can cause certain kinds of corrosion to be accelerated, especially attacking the heater element. It is better to use muriatic acid and you can purchase a...
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    Gray Plaster issue? - 12 days ago on a new pool

    Either too much calcium chloride accelerant was used or the troweling was sloppy (wet troweling or late hard troweling). See this - https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/how-white-pool-plaster-turns-blotchy.79558/ There’s not much you can do about. DON’T let them acid wash the pool. It...
  14. JoyfulNoise

    Ever wonder what biofilm looks like?

    TFP always recommends that new tubs be purged. They use a lot of glues and greases in the assembly process and then the plumbing is pressure tested. The water is never fully drained but left to sit in the plumbing while the tub waits to be sold. Bacteria can easily grow in these dark and...
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    Ever wonder what biofilm looks like?

    The fixtures look brand new, white & clean. Would not have expected that on a used tub. Did you replace them?
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    Solar Breeze has a new robot

    .... OR you could send a picture of your grass covered pool and tell the landscaper to be more careful next time .... I dunno, just thinking outside the box on that one 🤷‍♂️ We will all be very interested to hear how your new $450 “pool boy” works out ...
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    Black Algae and Skin Infections

    If the pool had black algae in it, then the sanitation was compromised which means the water could have been host to any number of bacterial pathogens. Although I’m not an MD (I just play one on TV), You should probably treat with a broad spectrum antibiotic to cover all your bases. Lab...
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    Solar Breeze has a new robot

    I’d say if you’re trying to decide between spending $600 on a robot versus $600 on an unnecessary, additional skimmer .... go for the robot first. You will get far greater use and lifetime out of a robot cleanser. I’ve been watching these solar powered robot skimmers for a while now but I have...
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    ORP system help needed.

    Yes, I’ve seen all that before and the conclusions he draws miss the point or, at the very least, are wildly overstated (and he’s very much cherry-picking what Richard has said and what Richard thinks based on my conversations with Richard). I’m mobile now and can’t fully respond. I’ll get to...
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    ORP system help needed.

    This is not true. TFP has lots of user “data” over the years that shows quite clearly that CYA above 30ppm continues to add a protective effect all the way up to 100ppm or more. Richard Falk has even postulated several theories as to why that would be the case and has shown from data in peer...
  21. JoyfulNoise

    How interchangeable are pool lights?

    I don’t recommend LED lights anymore whenever people ask me about pools. An old school halogen will work flawlessly for a decade. LEDs can’t seem to go for more than 2 years (and that’s being generous) before the driver board fails (it’s almost always the driver board). With some...
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    I Won the [Case], By a Lot!

    My neighbor would LOVE that right now!! Because of the COVID craziness, you can’t find a contractor here in Tucson to do any kind of work ... they are booked out by months and few, if any, will return calls let alone give you a quote. She wanted to do a simple jack & jill bathroom remodel...
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    Ever wonder what biofilm looks like?

    I have a large top loader. I use about 1/2 tsp along with a half full bleach dispenser on the “Affresh Clean” cycle (it has a dedicated clean cycle). No major foam. When it’s done, my washer smells squeaky clean. The majority of the foam in a spa comes from aeration by the jets. A washing...
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    I Won the [Case], By a Lot!

    I’ve completely lost faith in the home building industry; it should just be taken as a given that any home you purchase nowadays from a large builder will be riddled with defects and cut-corners. County inspectors are useless for the most part and building codes will be violated as much as...
  25. JoyfulNoise

    heater plotting and planning

    On page 15 of the Pentair Mastertemp 400 manual - https://www.pentairpoolme.com/uploads/document/file/554/Manual_MasterTemp.pdf You will need a minimum 2” pipe for 400’ of flexible PVC gas line (the thick yellow pipe) to run a gas heater. I’d go 2-1/2” just to be safe. You will need to add on...
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    heater plotting and planning

    Southwest gas can tell you what pressure your current line is running at and how much a new meter will cost. If your pool builder is willing to help you then maybe he can get you in contact with a plumber to do the installation. NPL may or may not want to do your job, they usually do larger...
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    Ever wonder what biofilm looks like?

    Now if I could only get my kitchen sink drain line to look that good ...
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    heater plotting and planning

    Most heater manuals will call out the pipe diameter needed for a given run length and BTU heater rating. With 400’ of run, your minimum pipe diameter is going to be 2” but you’d probably want slightly more if you plan to tap that run for anything else. You may want to run a smaller diameter...
  29. JoyfulNoise

    Question re Removing Metals from Filter Using Acid

    Have you identified the metal stain? Is it iron or copper or ... ? Can you post up the names and manufacturers of all the chemicals they are requesting you add to the pool...I have not heard of a gel clarifier block so it would be good to see what that is.
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    Ever wonder what biofilm looks like?

    So cross Hot Springs Spas off your list of recommended hot tubs, eh? 😂 Definitely looks like a terrible way to design a shell. Easy for them to manufacture but terrible for the owner.