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  1. jccams

    New Iron problem suspected

    Well I had it up to slam levels for 48 hours and the water was crystal clear the whole time so that doesn't work. It is a vinyl liner pool so I cannot drain and refill, it would be multiple partial drains and refills. Sounds like what I'm hearing is there is really no way to get the iron out...
  2. jccams

    New Iron problem suspected

    I think I am bad at conveying what is going on. I had this pool built 17 years ago, at that time water was also trucked in and I added fill water from my well for 16 years and never had an issue. I have next to no iron in my well water as confirmed more than once by people trying to sell me...
  3. jccams

    New Iron problem suspected

    Seems to be some confusion here, maybe I was not clear. The water in the pool is NOT from my well, it was trucked in. I did however use fill water from my well for 16 years and never had this issue. I would like to not have to clean the steps and swim out weekly and get back to the way it...
  4. jccams

    New Iron problem suspected

    I only have one skimmer, If I am understanding correctly you put the polyfill in the skimmer. How tight do you pack it? Obviously my first choice is to remove the iron.
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    New Iron problem suspected

    I hope you folks can help me again. Here is the story. I replaced a 16 year old liner in my inground pool end of June 2019. About 2 or 3 weeks after the 24,000 gallons of new water was put in I noticed the steps and swim out were turning brown. Against my better judgment and probably most of...
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    Brown swim out and steps

    The water is brought in dedicated tanker trucks and was brought from two different locations. My pool guy uses him exclusively and claims no other problems. Yes when I backwash I have to replenish with fresh DE, but I did not immediately after the pool was filled because I did it the day...
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    Brown swim out and steps

    The water was brought in on tanker trucks so the water in the pool is the fill water, as said pool store saw no metals on test results.
  8. jccams

    Brown swim out and steps

    I had my liner replaced end of June and obviously had all new water trucked in. About 3 weeks later I noticed my steps and swim out were turning brown. Using a magic eraser I was able to clean them with the exception of right at the water line. I added a small amount of ascorbic acid to the...
  9. jccams

    Question on closing

    I'm also in Mi and we tend to close about mid September and open mid May. I bring the pool to shock level add a bottle of algaecide and put the cover on. I've done it this way even with the water in the mid 60's and always open up to a perfectly clear pool. I agree though the colder you can...
  10. jccams

    week and a half of shocking and no improvement

    Remember that the PH test is not accurate when FC is over 10.
  11. jccams

    There's a dead animal in my pool

    Got 3 chipmunks so far this year. I would recommend checking the skimmer more than once a week though.
  12. jccams

    What do you pay for closing?

    I pay $275 which includes installation of my loop-loc cover in SE MI. I take care of balancing the chemicals myself.
  13. jccams

    loop loc safety cover repair

    Not sure this is in the right forum but here goes. I have a 12 year old loop loc safety cover and some of the stitching is coming out of the straps so they are no longer attached to the cover in spots. There is also about a dime sized hole in one spot. I would like to get this repaired and am...
  14. jccams

    Unstable PH

    What I found with my PH drift was that my pool likes the TA down around 60, once that happened I never had any PH drift, rock solid. So I guess what I'm saying is a fine TA # for my pool that keeps PH stable may not be appropriate in yours. My experience tells me that once the TA is right for...
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    Managing that just the way it is for me? And other less important questions.

    I too use to fight the constant PH rise. This year when I opened my TA was 60, lower than years past. I didn't adjust TA and to my surprise PH started at 7.6 and hasn't moved in 6 weeks. I'm leaving TA alone.
  16. jccams

    How much chlorine do you add each day?

    My CYA is 60 and I average about 60oz of 12.5% a day. In my pool that is about 2.5 FC.
  17. jccams

    TA level importance

    Thank-you. My numbers of 100-120 came from the laminated card in my TF test kit. Should have looked on here for the chart.
  18. jccams

    TA level importance

    I have a manually chlorinated pool and TA -70, PH -7.5 and has been for a week. Question is since it is much easier to raise TA than lower it is there any reason other than PH buffering for me to raise it to the 100-120 recommended range. My PH seems to be holding fine with TA at 70.
  19. jccams

    Check valve required?

    Just a good ole gas heater, thanks Jason that's what I thought.
  20. jccams

    Check valve required?

    I am going to remove a leaking tablet feeder from my pool plumbing (don't use it anyway). Currently there is a check valve between the feeder and the heater I assume to prevent high concentrations of chlorine from reaching the heater. My question is whether or not I need the check valve in...
  21. jccams

    How Much Chlorine to Buy/Store

    Not sure if this helps or not but I also get a Wednesday deal on 12.5% at a local pool store. I usually will buy 4-5 cases of 4 gallons each. I store it inside in a cool environment and have never noticed any major degradation in strength,
  22. jccams

    What value do YOU keep your FC level at?

    My CYA is about 40, I target FC at 7 every evening and have never seen it below 4.
  23. jccams

    What is it?

    Yes as long as chlorine levels are at or below shock level that corresponds to your CYA.
  24. jccams

    So far so good!

    If this chlorinator is anything like mine you would have to cut the plastic cartridge open in order to remove a puck.
  25. jccams

    New pool, good water test, do I really need to shock?

    The recommendation for CYA is 30-50 for non-salt water pools which it appears is what you have. With that said and the lack in faith of pool store CYA testing accuracy I would not add any chlorine but bleach until you do your own CYA test and verify what it really is. Also, the only way to...
  26. jccams

    Trying to convince others...Its tough

    As you have discovered the skimmer is useless when the water level is higher than the opening. 1/2 to 2/3 of the skimmer opening is good for me.
  27. jccams

    So far so good!

    Think of a plastic housing full of small pucks, like 3/4" dia x 1/4" thick. I had one in my pool, I believe it was swimway?
  28. jccams

    First numbers

    Be careful with the MA and lowering the TA. You will need to aerate to get the PH up to 7.8 or so then add acid to lower it back to 7.2 and repeat until TA is where you want it. You don't want to be lowering your ph below where it is now and yes lowering the TA can be a slow process depending...
  29. jccams

    How many is too many?

    My pool is 11 years old, original liner, never have had any leaks. Does it look new, no, it has faded and has some staining up near the coping but still holds water and doesn't look terrible. Part of the liners life span depends on how you want it to look. I also do not have a liner on my...
  30. jccams

    Test and algae help

    The smell is because the chlorine is oxidizing something in the water. A pool with no organics in the water (properly balanced) won't give off any odor.