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    Indoor vinyl pool renovation LED lighting?

    Thanks Matt, it does give me something to think about. Ike
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    Indoor vinyl pool renovation LED lighting?

    Well it is finally time (past time) for a new liner in my indoor pool, and while I am at it this winter I plan to likely do some other renovation. Which leads to my specific question, what are your thoughts on the current state of LED pool lights, I have not had much time to spend on pool...
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    Advice on Comparing

    It depends on why you want a hot tub, and how you plan to use it, I am perfectly happy with my 19 year old Hot Spring Jetsetter that I bought used a few years ago, it does almost everything the current Jetsetter does (has the original style moto-massage, not the DX), just lacks the bells and...
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    Test Kit Comparison

    One thing that is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, don't obsess over TA, if your pH is stable and in acceptable range and you are not flirting with Calcium saturation issues there really is no reason to obsess on TA.
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    What do you get when pool nerd meets solar nerd?

    Looks good, If they are facing south I suspect they are near optimal tilt solar angle for the spring / summer swim season see Optimum Tilt of Solar Panels Another thing to remember is optimal average annual solar tilt is not always the best solution for a given problem, for example I have...
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    Solar Heater Addition in Baton Rouge, LA (DIY)

    Ok, just my few thoughts: 1 slope the panels, this will prevent air getting trapped in them and causing uneven flow, it will also allow them to drain better during a potential freeze, sure freeze recirculation is good, but I prefer a belt and suspenders approach. I live in western Louisiana...
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    Used Calspas Hot Tub

    Moving it will depend on how accessible it is where it is and where you want it to go, typically this seems to cost a few hundred dollars.
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    Started on Solar Heat Project

    Sorry about being late to the party, have not had much time to spend on here the last couple of months. I bought my Techno-Solis panels with 2 inch headers from Pool Heat Pumps, Pool Heating Systems, Pool Heaters As to installing at below pool level on a hill, you may want to read Hot Sun...
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    Uses for an ORP meter?

    That was basically my thoughts, of course if you google uses of this model ORP meter it seems they are popular with people that grow certain high value hydroponic crops, which circles up back around to people hiding contraband. Until now the most interesting find was a work glove under the...
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    Uses for an ORP meter?

    Ok guys, I have a question for the pool chemistry experts out there, I have unexpectedly acquired a handheld ORP meter Specifically a Myron L company Ultrameter II model 6p and I am wondering if I should sell it on ebay or would it be handy to have around / worth investing in a new sensor for...
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    Help finishing pool

    Re: Commerical pool in a Residence. Go big or Go Home, we are in TX! Don't worry I am sure we have members here from the Austin area that can point you to someone that can help. The mods will probably split your question off into its own thread so it will get more views and so topics will not...
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    Anyone Have a Winter Pool Dome - Ameridome or Others?

    It looks like you need a leaf blower with an extra long extension like they make for cleaning out gutters. Ike
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    Highly dissolved oxygenated water?

    I think that is a typo and should be UV not US
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    Proper pool shed foundation

    The correct answer will probably depend on your local soil conditions, issues with freeze and ground heave, etc.
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    Pool girl

    At least you did not have a problem with reptiles like:
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    Soon to be pool owner - is there any such thing as automated BBB?

    I don't think you should have much issue with backwashing a sand filter and discharging salt water in Austin most of the time. In typical years you get more than enough rainfall to flush out any salt build up that the vegetation sees from the pool. This assumes typical grass and other non-salt...
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    Extra 3/4" pipe

    2 things come to mind, a pressure side cleaner, or a conduit for the pool light power cable.
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    Advice Please: Pool Store $$$ vs REAL people... lol

    It looks like one of the mods has moved it for you
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    At last, my pool is complete!!

    Congrats, now its time to make sure you have your chemicals balanced, better to start off right than try to fix stuff later. Ike
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    New Pool w/ Falls & Slide in Baton Rouge, LA

    I love how it turned out, makes it worth all those issues that came up during construction
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    Changing water in Spa?

    Personally I change the water in my hot tub about 3 times per year, and use Ahh-Some jetted tub cleaner with each water change. Ike p.s. there are a number of Ahh-Some products now, so don't confuse jetted tub cleaner with filter cartridge cleaner, etc.
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    Rubber ducky says time is running out!

    The pool is still at 84 thanks to the solar heat panels, the daytime highs have been in the upper 80's to low 90's with night time lows dipping into the 50's some nights, but still mostly in the 60's so warmer than average for this time of year, with no sign of the swim season coming to a close...
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    What to do temporarily?

    TA is in the acceptable range although at the lower end, so I would suggest leaving it for now, TA should generally be the last thing you adjust after you have everything else dialed in. You should also adjust TA to aim for pH stability (after you have your SWG running) not to target for some...
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    Hurricane Matthew Help for New Pool Owner

    You have to love creative solutions, here is a thread on my creative solution to a lightning strike a few years ago Keeping the water moving Ike
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    My new pool close guy says he can't lower the pool level unless the chlorine is zero?

    I just googled it and it seems that Md does have a regulation that says discharge water can not have chlorine levels higher than the safe chlorine level for aquatic life (.013 ppm). They don't take into account dilution when it is mixed with stream water or dissipation when in contact with...
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    Advice Please: Pool Store $$$ vs REAL people... lol

    2 ppm FC is a good starting point if you don't have any CYA in the water yet, however without CYA it will quickly burn off under sunlight. See the CYA/FC chart for appropriate FC for a give CYA level. Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
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    Believe the SWG or test kit?

    The water balance for SWG article was written assuming you live in a location where there is significant rainfall which will dilute the pool water with salt free water. If you live in an arid location you should not over shoot salt levels as they will likely naturally build up if you have...
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    Hurricane Matthew

    It is good to hear that your CH is down a bit, at least that is one positive thing out of all this
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    Pool depth

    One other thing to keep in mind if this is a Shotcrete pool then where pool builders end up ordering too much Shotcrete (wet mix) in the concrete truck they often put it on too thick making the pool shallower than planned. Also make sure you agree with your pool building depth measured to the...
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    Deliberating a VSP, does this idea make sense?

    I think your idea would likely work, but it is hard to visualize your exact setup as to choices, I would think Pentair Intelliflo VS but one of the models without SVRS. Ike p.s. I have to ask, what sort of less than flattering reviews have you found?