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    Pool cover question...

    We have a 24' AGP that has around 13,000 gallons. Have had good luck with doing it as your directions state, with one exception. We add an air pillow inflated about 75% to allow the forming ice to push on the pillow instead of the sides of the pool. Sometimes the pillow breaks, other times it...
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    Conversion Factor to convert 20% MA to 31.45% MA

    Thanks to all. Yes, it is definitely 20%, and not 20 Baume. Supposedly 90% less fumes, while not watered all the way down to 15%. About the same price as the high test, though (must be a lot of work getting that water in there!) I looked up the MDS on the manufacturer's web site. It is...
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    Conversion Factor to convert 20% MA to 31.45% MA

    I need to add MA to my pool. I can only find the 20% stuff locally right now. Does anyone know the conversion factor between the 20% stuff and the 31.45%? I thought I remembered seeing it discussed on the forum in the past, but can't locate it now (as in: Anybody seen my keys, glasses, etc.)...
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    Sudden Spike in pH, TA, and CYA

    That is my plan... now. LOL Then the drop in temp has no discernible effect on pH/TA nor CYA?
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    Sudden Spike in pH, TA, and CYA

    6.0 FC. Pool Math says to run my FC at 4 ppm. I usually run it closer to 5-5.5 ppm in case I miss a day or forget until after dark. I make my target in Pool Math 7.0 and let it drift down to 5.5 by the next day. Too high???
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    Sudden Spike in pH, TA, and CYA

    Thanks for your quick response. This is my first year on bleach after a spring Baquacil conversion. All has gone swimmingly :confused: until now. I actually did not let the water warm to room temp for the CYA test. Didn't remember reading that. I'll give it a shot. What about the pH spike...
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    Sudden Spike in pH, TA, and CYA

    I have been preparing my pool for closing over the past 10 days. I have monitored chlorine and pH every day. I am filtering 12 hours a day, as normal. My pool temp has gone from 85 degrees down to 53 degrees today. Several nights with temps in the high 20's to low 30's have helped. Today, I...
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    Pool closing in Northeast

    MommaHuffman, I used to worry about that as well. Actually, you would probably never have to change the sand. I would do it if I ever replaced the filter, but only then. Think about it...the ocean pounds this sand for millions of years, then we harvest it, bag it, and sell it to pool owners...
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    What’s the best way to lower alkalinity without lowering pH?

    Bradleyofkansas and mknauss, I was going to start a thread to ask why my pH is drifting downward from 7.6 to 7.2, while my TA is stable at 110, where it's always been. Due to the grandkids going back in school, cool nights down to 45-50 degrees, and somewhat rainy weather, our pool has...
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    Winterizing Above Ground Pool in PA

    Hi Kelli2, I'm also in PA, so I can relate. I normally wait until my water temp gets down to 50 degrees before closing. Algae can't grow at that temp. I then lower my water from normal to about 4" below the skimmer, a total of 7", and I use a pillow. If your pool doesn't use a skimmer...
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    A few questions about converting

    Anthony, that diagnosis sucks. You don't need more to deal with. Now the pump! I admire your stick-to-it no-matter-what attitude. Keep your head up; things HAVE to begin to go your way. You're waaaay overdue! Wishin' you all the best, man! Hang in there. :paddle:
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    A few questions about converting

    Anthony, great news on your water quality improvement. I don't blame you for not jumping into a conversion right now. You've apparently been living with a pool war for practically the entire summer. Pools stop being fun at that point. As long as there is only a month-and-a-half of swim...
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    Backswimmers

    I'm not a DR., but I play one on the internet. No, SERIOUSLY, if you feel a chlorine reaction is a real possibility, talk to a medical professional, as Leebo advised. (Just remember to check first if anyone in their family owns a pool store.) JUST KIDDING! (sorta)
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    A few questions about converting

    Anthony, sorry it took so long to respond. Yes, I do have a solid cover. I have never opened to a swamp, but I always prepare myself mentally for it, because I'm sure it will happen. Having TFP experts ready to help blunts the panic a lot! In the past, when closing, I never finalized the...
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    A few questions about converting

    Anthony, I feel your pain. We installed a 24' X 52" AGP in May of 2016. The installer sold me on Baquacil. Worked great for the 1st year and a half...then the dreaded white water mold appeared. Except, I didn't recognize it for that at the time. I found TFP and began reading and asking...
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    Advice on how to keep garter snakes out of our heat pump?

    The open cell foam seems to have done the trick! I simply rolled it up to a little bigger than the diameter of the weep holes and left it in the half-in/half out mode. Also sprayed a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water in a 6' perimeter around the heat pump (I read that they don't like to...
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    Advice on how to keep garter snakes out of our heat pump?

    Thanks for the idea. I was trying to think of what to use to cut them off from the drain holes, and how to fasten it. I don't want to screw anything to the heater, but never even gave tape a thought. I've got some screening on hand; I'll give it a try. (BTW, the "little" snakes are over two...
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    Advice on how to keep garter snakes out of our heat pump?

    This summer we have a few garter snakes that have taken up residence inside the cabinet of our Hayward heat pump. They are almost always there whenever the pump isn't running becuase the cabinet is black and holds heat. There are drain holes in the base of the cabinet that allow for drainage...
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    HELP! New pool, just tested my water!

    Your pictured Pool Shock is just 12.75% liquid chlorine. It is not stabilizer. You may also find stabilizer labeled as "conditioner" at the Pool Store. Incidentally, that is now the only chemical I buy from a "pool store." Everything else from the local hardware store, grocery store, etc...
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    A Request from TFP, and a few updates

    Hi Lee, Did not receive the email, but my donation is done and on the way. Thanks for posting the reminder, and thank you and your team for running the best site on the internet. As someone who, just this spring, converted from Baquacil to chlorine, I can't say enough about the great folks who...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    Thanks, Felipe. I lowered my PH from 7.6 to 7.2 to start the conversion. It has now crept up to 7.5. No adjustments planned until after FC settles in around the 5-7 mark. But thanks for the reminder; just because I knew, doesn't mean I'd remember! LOL
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    Baquacil Conversion

    I have now hit my goal of less than 1 ppm of chlorine loss on my OCLT for three straight days (got much easier after addition of CYA!) Also, my CC is less than 0.5 for the second straight day. Thus, my conversion is now pretty much complete. Total chlorine used: 34 gallons. Not too bad, but...
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    Dropping 4-5 FC a day

    This brings up a sorta different question for me. Like those above, my pool also gets continuous sun from 7:30 a.m. until around 8:30 p.m. I'm new to chlorine-just completed my Baquacil conversion this week :giggle:. I have been adding my chlorine in the evening after the sun goes down, then...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    Ready to add my CYA. I am going to run it at 40ppm. Pool math tells me I need to add 4.5 pounds. My wife has "gladly" donated a pair of pantyhose for the project. My question is this. Four and a half pounds seems like an awful lot to suspend on a nylon stocking in front the return jet. I...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    One more question. I only lost 3ppm of FC overnight, my best yet. I added enough this morning to bring me back to 15. Should I continue to add chlorine to bring me back to full SLAM level throughout the day? Seems like the sun will burn off a lot of FC with no CYA in the water. Will I just...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    Hi, It's been a couple days since I checked in. I could see all of the bottom of my pool yesterday morning. I saw several areas where the Baqucil had pooled up on the bottom. Things were still far from clear, but much better. I turned off the circulation and brushed down the walls, then let...
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    Slam liquid or non liquid bleach

    I saw some "concentrated" off-brand bleach today at the supermarket. Label said it contains sodium hypochlorate and sodium hydroxide. Didn't mention any scents, splashless, softeners, etc. Safe to use as a replacement until my supply arrives?
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    Baquacil Conversion

    We have no light, thank God! I have power washed our ladder and have not put it back in. I drilled a couple extra 1/4" holes in the front and back of each step to allow the chlorinated water better access. There appear to be no holes in the ladder's uprights, so hopefully no Baqua or algae...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    Sounds good. I just lowered my water. I'll let the rain do it's thing to replenish the water. In the meantime, I can now make out the pattern on the floor of my pool for about 10 feet. Not clearly, but it is becoming more visible. I can see a faint yellow deposit on parts of my wall...
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    Baquacil Conversion

    Did the vacuum to waste last night and it seemed to go well (could not see the bottom to verify I was successful.) I then added 400 gallons of water to replace what was lost. My FC was then down to 4. Today, I am back up to 15 quite quickly, and I can now see down the sides to the bottom, as...