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  1. dntboles

    Howdy from Texas

    Fly, Fight, Win!
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    How much does it cost you for pool fill in your area

    Rate here would depend on if you're inside/outside city limits. Numbers below are for single-family homes. Since it's based on total water used and the rate increases as you use more, your baseline usage would influence the cost. Since we filled the pool in the same month as laying new sod...
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    Concrete issues with SWG

    Can't speak to the SWG part, but we got color added to our concrete. They gave us a chart that showed the colors we could pick from. Only advice I would give on coloring is to know that (at least in our case) the chart color was the color it would be IF it were sealed. Since we were just...
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    Great Value 7.5% bleach ok to use?

    @Texas Splash - maybe your Walmart has chlorine because you live "way down south." WAY up here in Boerne, our Walmart is all out and we have Christmas stuff. (Ha ha) @Sandi DC These are all Home Depots with the HDX Chlorine in stock around SA. It's $12.98/3-pack, 10%.
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    What is causing this sound?

    It was hard to ID from the clip. I had a noise that I worried could be bearings early on. Called PB who had me turn it off, just in case. When he showed up, he turned off the power at the breaker, took off the lid, pulled out the basket, reached in and cleared a little twig from between the...
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    Chlorine level "bounce?"

    @mgtfp the percentage part makes sense. X% of a small number is a smaller number than X% of the larger number.
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    Chlorine level "bounce?"

    Thanks, y'all! We're pretty shaded, which is nice in the summer when everyone else's water temp is getting too hot in the sun. But those same trees that provide shade in the summer have spent the last month or so dumping their leaves into the pool. I'm emptying skimmers and the Polaris once...
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    Chlorine level "bounce?"

    When we opened the pool initially the PB used tri-chlor tabs and that's what established our CYA of 30. We've just kept it there, knowing it could creep up (if we ever used tabs again temporarily) but not down. At CYA = 30, Pool Math suggests target FC or 2.0 - 6.0 Pool Math also suggests CYA...
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    Chlorine level "bounce?"

    I'm trying to understand chlorine consumption better. Does FC drop more quickly if it's a higher level than target, or is it more of a constant drop, based on UV, organics, etc? Hypothetical example (assuming constant level of UV, organics, etc): Assumption: Add chlorine to bring FC to 6,0...
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    Making life simpler - a superfast way to always get exact 25 & 44 ml water samples?

    @Newdude... brilliant! CYA bottle is already in the kit, holds enough water for my FC test + a few more... I don't test CYA often, so not using it for anything else.
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    Pool care in winter in Texas

    We have hackberry trees hanging over our pool and I've spent more time caring for the pool lately than I do in the summer. I empty skimmers and Polaris twice per day and have had hazy water for a while.
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    Making life simpler - a superfast way to always get exact 25 & 44 ml water samples?

    I use a small plastic bottle with squirt top, similar to a sample size shampoo bottle. I fill it from the pool then can squirt out the amount needed for each test as I go. Price was right (free) as I already had one. It also fits well into my TF-100 kit.
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    PVC Fitting Leak

    I used JB Weld WaterWeld Epoxy Putty as a temp fix on PVC for an irrigation system. I knew I had a break and wanted to test it before making the permanent repair. I only tested it for a few days and it worked.
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    Deciding on a Builder for new Construction

    Search for the companies on Reddit, here, Yelp and a few pages deep on Google. Wish Yelp reviews had been posted on Cantera Pools before we signed the contract. Turns out the small local company that's been in business for years is really a full-time firefighter who builds pools as a hobby...
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    Pool smells like chlorine

    There are far wiser folks who will advise on chemistry, but I thought you might find this video about chlorine smell entertaining.
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    Hello from a Texas

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    Whose pool took the longest to build? -- day 406 and still waiting on Cantera Pools

    I've heard some Aggie jokes, but never really understand them. ;) Yes, we've been able to swim in the pool since a little after it was filled back in May, on day 334 of construction. And yes, we will owe them a final payment, once they eventually finish and no matters are pending. By the...
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    Whose pool took the longest to build? -- day 406 and still waiting on Cantera Pools

    Today marks day 406 since the hole was dug and it's been 4 weeks since Cantera Pools has been out here to finish up the final things. The concrete guy did come out to fill some decking cracks, but I contacted him and set up the repair. We're still waiting on: - ScreenLogic 2 -- to replace a...
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    Rain water to lower CH -- pros and cons

    JUST after I clicked to post, it started raining. It started light, then picked up. Right now it's medium-heavy and it's easily coming out at 5 gallons per minute x 2 pipes. And we didn't have rain in the forecast and already have 1/2" of rainfall. Tomorrow, it is supposed to rain, so I'll...
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    Rain water to lower CH -- pros and cons

    Here's my connector. It's a short flex-a-spout to easily put on the gutter, a PVC connector and a hose clamp. We have PVC left over from fixing the irrigation system after the pool dig. I thought I had replied before, but must have stopped before posting. We have an overflow pipe, so the...
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    Rain water to lower CH -- pros and cons

    I'm considering using rain water to lower our CH and I'm looking for pros/cons. Our pool CH is 375 and fill water is 150. I'm watching pH closely to prevent scaling but would like to keep the CH nice and low. As I drank coffee and watched the water flow out the downspouts this morning, I...
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    I think I need a manual spa vacuum cleaner, any recommendations?

    Howdy! Is your shop vac a wet/dry vac? Could you use it in wet vac mode and suck up the dirt, without draining the fountain? Then let the debris settle and just pour the clean(ish) water back into the fountain. Not sure this method would be much faster, but it might save the water.
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    Help Scheduling Spillway on Easytouch

    My 5 PM test worked... the valve switched to spa, the pump started and water is spilling over. Initially, I thought "Spillway" would run the valves and the pump, and it kind of does, but I had to go into the pump settings and create a new pump speed, named Spillway. --------------- I'm...
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    Help Scheduling Spillway on Easytouch

    My pump was programmed with speeds for Pool and Spa mode. I created a speed for Spillway. I'll find out at 5 PM (next scheduled time) if that worked, or if someone replies sooner and tells me a different way.
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    Help Scheduling Spillway on Easytouch

    Please help me schedule my Easytouch 8 with Pentair variable speed pump and spa spillway. I want to run the pump every few hours for an hour at a time, rather than continually for a block of time. For example, 1 AM, 5 AM, 9 AM, 1 PM, 5 PM, 9 PM. I know how to do that. Then I will add the...
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    Keeping Pool Cool?

    Our water up in Boerne is about 83 degrees. I'll put some in some milk jugs and drive them down to you and trade you for some 90 degree water. :cool:
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    Howdy from Boerne, Texas

    Polaris Black Max, with 3/4 hp booster pump for a few hours every AM, if it's a "normal" day, although we just plastered 32 days ago, so I've only used it for a few days. It picks up leaves and dirt (little flagstone pieces that are still breaking off) from the bottom. We've had a night or two...
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    Howdy from Boerne, Texas

    Yes, we're pretty shady. That photo is mid-morning, facing due south, so trees are on the west side. We trimmed back some of the hackberry trees before filling the pool, but left most. Then a storm took out the best shade tree. I bought a Poolmaster Big Sucker to get the leaves up after storms.
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    Howdy from Boerne, Texas

    Yes, to completed build and yes, to starting to appreciate, with the heat on the way. And for anyone in the family who says the water's chilly (78), I invite them to come out and do a little yard work with me... once you're burning up, it feels nice to jump in. Yesterday water was up to 83 and...