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    what's more important, CSI or keeping pH in the 7s?

    great! at what point should i add acid to bring it back down?
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    what's more important, CSI or keeping pH in the 7s?

    since taking over my pool in june i've been constantly cognizant of pH, as i have a good deal of scale around the waterline as well as constant buildup in the salt cell...since the water has gotten colder though, with my very high CH (at least for now until we get our rocks repainted and do a...
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    Waterguru support a bit slow, but they did redeem themselves

    while i agree with the premise of this statement, i would also say the same about companies in the year 2020 that do not respond at all to social media messages...and there are tons of them. i'm getting quotes to have my rocks resurfaced over the coming months, and was blown away by the number...
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    Waterguru support a bit slow, but they did redeem themselves

    facebook has been by far the fastest way to contact them in my experience. they usually respond there within a few hours if not sooner.
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    extended period away from home

    no worries. i should be below 10 ppm FC by monday or tuesday, i'll run a full set of tests then and see where i'm at.
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    extended period away from home

    thank you. as for the partial drain, yes indeed. we are having our rocks stripped and repainted and some minor repairs on them done at some point over the next few months (getting the bids as we speak). been holding off on it and planning to do the drain and refill at that time, since we'll...
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    extended period away from home

    FC coming down slowly, taking roughly two days to drop by 1 PPM. i was at 12.5 on thursday afternoon/evening when i tested last. my CYA last i tested before leaving for a month was 80, so it is likely a little higher now after using four pucks while we were gone...so i guess my FC target is in...
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    extended period away from home

    cool. so, basically just leave the SWCG off until the FC comes back down to a normal level and then go back to my normal regimen?
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    extended period away from home

    TA is 80.
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    extended period away from home

    ok, just got home last night ...four full pucks dissolved over almost exactly one month that we were away. tested FC this morning... FC 19.5 CC 0 I assume that testing pH at that FC level is pointless since it'll register high, right? where do I go from here? I turned off the SWG for now to...
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    extended period away from home

    yup, neighbors are coming at least once a week to check the water level and add if needed. auto-fill is on our list for this winter, waiting until we get our rocks repainted before adding the kona labs level smart. i think i've got a pretty good plan of attack now. thank you everyone for all of...
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    extended period away from home

    ok, i think that gives me a pretty good plan then. add acid monday morning right before we leave to get the pH down to 7.0-ish, floater with 3-4 pucks (maybe 4 just in case we are gone a little longer), and leave everything else alone. one last thought that just popped into my head: solar cover...
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    extended period away from home

    fair enough, i'll leave that alone then. thinking i'll probably go with the pucks, unless the friends somehow are ok with messing around with the acid. what about taking the pH way down to 7 or at least 7.2 before we leave? what would you (or anyone else) recommend there?
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    extended period away from home

    according to pool math, i'm adding 1.1 FC per day (8 hours at 20%). the SWG runs for 6 hours in the AM and 2 hours in the late PM. unfortunately i can't take it lower than 20%, so i would need to just lower the run time...if i were to drop that to just 4 hours in the morning (which would put me...
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    extended period away from home

    just ran a full set of tests, here are my current numbers: FC: 9.0 CC: 0 PH: 7.5 (just added acid yesterday) TA: 70 CH: 925 CYA: 80 Temp: 74.5 Salt: 4000 CSI: -0.08 that's an interesting idea. i didn't want to ask the friends who are going to be coming over to make sure the water level is ok...
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    extended period away from home

    definitely thanks and i appreciate the input. this is the first time I'm having to leave it for longer than a day without keeping track and being able to make immediate adjustments, just want to make sure I don't screw up all the hard work I've put in for the past few months...
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    extended period away from home

    unfortunately it's not a vacation, traveling cross-country for a death in the family :( as for adding CYA not hurting during rainy season, unfortunately that's not a given...we've been here 7 years and 5 of the 7 years have been extremely dry. i worry about adding any CYA and then we have a dry...
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    extended period away from home

    i thought about doing that, but my CYA is pretty much where i want it right now and i was heistant to raise it much more. i just added 40 oz of stabilizer about a month ago and i'm somewhere in the 70-80 neighborhood right now. plus, the SWG is pretty well dialed in and generating FC, so i...
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    extended period away from home

    wasn't sure where to put this, so I'll put it here...we are going to be away from home for probably 3 weeks to a month, and after finally taking control of my pool and getting the water perfectly balanced I now have to leave it for an extended period. also a little concerned about the fires in...
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    SpeedStir

    i don't see how wanting to be careful and using a magnet to get the pill out of the vial rather than dumping it all over my hands somehow equates to "i'm afraid of the chemicals and shouldn't have a pool," but thanks for the input. sorry i said anything. should've known better on the internet...
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    SpeedStir

    yeah, it's only three tests a week but still worth it IMO. that's what i was getting at. as far as the pill being stained, mine is a little darker than it was when it arrived but not overly so. also, not sure dumping the solution into your hand is the greatest idea considering the reagents are...
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    SpeedStir

    i love the speedstir...it has made my test results so much more consistent. i only use it once a week when i do my full water test suite, but it's still worth it. my CH and salt numbers dropped by a ton when i started using the speed stir...it's just not possible to get that even complete...
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    Adding Cyanuric to Pool

    seems a lot of people in this thread don't like the sock hanging in pool method, but i'll add myself as a data point... i split my most recent CYA add (which was my first since taking over the pool myself) into two weekends. first weekend started with the sock in skimmer, then moved to sock in...
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    pH testing mistakes?

    are we supposed to shake the bottles before dropping each time? have i been testing wrong this whole time?
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    Leslie’s test confirmation

    this. before i ordered my TF-100 and started doing my own testing, leslie's told me my TA was 20 and that i needed to add a ton of baking soda. my kit came in two days later, my actual TA was 70. if i had listened to them, i would have sent my TA off the charts...which i guess is what they...
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    sudden pH jump followed by way too much acid

    i did a thorough scrubbing of my faux rocks yesterday afternoon, followed by dumping an old gallon of chlorinating liquid into the pool because i needed to just get rid of it (and by old, i mean several years (don't ask, lol)...so not anywhere near full strength). this morning, my pH had jumped...
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    SWG with a Timer

    my only issue here is that i have the pump set to run while electricity is cheaper (i'm on a TOU plan)...in my case, MUCH cheaper. almost cut in half, actually...drops from 56c per kwh to 32c per kwh at 8pm. i have the pump set to come on at 8:05 to make sure i'm fully into the cheaper...
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    SWG with a Timer

    how difficult is it to retrofit that into the box where the intermatic sits? i was looking at the intermatic replacement digital timers solely based on the ease of just removing the old and putting the new in its place...
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    SWG with a Timer

    awesome, thanks!
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    SWG with a Timer

    Moved from here. another question about this: my SWCG is turned on/off by one of those yellow dial intermatic timers, but the pump is wired direct to the breaker because it has its own schedule built in. i always do my best to make sure the times match, but i guess occasionally they can be off...