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    Suggestions for a robotic cleaner to deal with pine needles

    My dolphin handles pine needles ok but if you have the longer pine straw coming off those trees then good luck.
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    Considering buying a house that I think had a pool at one point...how to approach

    @Newdude I don't think there is anything in the picture making him believe there was a pool, it's just that a permit was pulled at some point and they can't confirm visually.
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    Slam help

    I know thats the part I didn't understand but if you look at the two sets of pics its not just the orientation of the stains. They are next to the exact same liner patterns. Those spots havent moved an inch.
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    Slam help

    @Texas Splash those two sets of pictures are from different days? The orientation of the stains looks identical not just similar.
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    Buying a house - possible pool leak

    It could be a pool leak or something less sinister like drainage outflow from either the deck or the pool. A low spot adjacent to the pool would be a likely spot for those to intentionally drain into. Also around me public parks are typically built on areas that flood since nothing can really...
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    A very naive pool owner here!

    The muriatic acid should have a strength listed on the bottle, those listed as "green" are weaker. If it is 31.45% you would need to add about 40oz. You can measure or eyeball it, about 1/3 of the jug. Do not store that near metal or near chlorine.
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    A very naive pool owner here!

    Post all of your results when you have time like this: FC CC PH 8.0 TA CH CYA Salt level Your salt cell is set to 100% production that just means its running all the time when your pump is on. Your automation can be addressed by people who know more about it. But you should be able to go...
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    Construction Delays? High Demand/Covid Delays = Long Waits

    We use an old friend when buying cars and purchased one a couple months ago. He said new car prices are going to be high for the next few months as their inventories are really low due to production more or less stopping in March/April. GM removed a lot of their incentives in August. Low...
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    First Test and What is Next?

    If you added the 52oz of stabilizer on Sunday and didn't pull it, then it is all in the pool. That puts your CYA at 70 and your slam at level at 28.
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    A very naive pool owner here!

    @Muna Make sure you get the Taylor 2006 not 2005. The TF-100 includes that taylor kit. With a salt pool and a robot you will honestly have very little to do in daily or weekly maintenance. At first you will want to test daily to see what your average chlorine usage is so you can set your SWG...
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    A very naive pool owner here!

    And just so you feel comfortable that you can do this - roughly a year ago I was a first time, extremely naive, pool owner. I still learn a ton here but feel like I have a grasp on most the basics to keep my pool operating at its best!
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    A very naive pool owner here!

    This website, and it's free! Unless you'd like to donate to keep it running. https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/category/pool-school/pool-care-basics/ https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2018/12/12/abcs-of-pool-water-chemistry/ Any specific questions you have ask them in the thread and...
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    Cloudiness help?

    @Lfleming a week is not a terribly long time for the starting conditions of the pool. What type of filter do you have? Could you post some pictures of the current water conditions? Daily pics straight down from the top step are helpful so you (and us) can see if there is actual progress...
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    Need help getting chemicals under control!

    A salt water generator is great. But I have one and still use liquid chlorine to supplement it when necessary. Check out pool math, the link is at the bottom of the page. Input your specs and it will tell you exactly what to add to keep your numbers in range, and it is a range it doesnt have...
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    Need help getting chemicals under control!

    It is your best option if you dont want to do it daily. They are putting in what appears to be 24ish ppm and you are losing at least 4ppm per day. You are spending at least 2 days a week without enough fc to properly sanitize. Its great you are testing but you have to use that info to keep...
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    Need help getting chemicals under control!

    Do you chlorinate the pool or are they just doing it once a week? I dont see an SWG in your signature so just checking.
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    Pool In Font Yard?? Sketch & Pix, Please Advise

    I can take a couple when I get home and post. Ours is surrounded by trees which sucks for 12 months out of the year but honestly I'm ok dealing with the leaves to have the sort of private setting we have on a small .5 acre lot. My only short term change is to tear up the concrete decking and...
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    Green pool.....nothing is working!

    Can you take a picture of your water? The green color could be algae but it sounds more like iron in the water coming from your well. Check out the seasonal pool link listed above. If you treat your pool as a permanent pool you will want one of the better test kits, if you choose to treat it...
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    Pool In Font Yard?? Sketch & Pix, Please Advise

    Just my two cents here but I think for northern pools aesthetics are almost more important than the south because we aren't able to use the pools as much - less a necessity so it can't stick out. Mine is part of my landscaping and an enjoyable place to hang out in the fall and spring, even when...
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    What's pooping in my pool?

    Not 100% sure on size but my guess would be rats over squirrels. Is there poop on the deck and in the pool? I suppose if the pool is downwind it could blow in. Rats would be able to crawl out of the pool. Mice prob not. I'd want to know if they are late night swimming but that seems to be a...
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    UGH!!! My pool is infested ...

    We had an adult specimen suffer an untimely demise.
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Michigan members - Meijer is trying to clear out pool supplies. 4 pack of 10% "pool shock" is on sale for $10.99 currently. Check the dates, some of the stuff on the shelf was 5 months old where I went.
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    OMG my Hubby added Baking POWDER in error

    My guess is its the cornstarch that is clouding the water but cornstarch doesn't stay in suspension, it tends to clump unless heated or mixed vigorously. What type of filter do you have? A cartridge filter will probably clear it out quicker, sand might take a bit.
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    Can it wait until the next spring?

    Keeping pool water balanced in your area will be easier as the weather cools. Personally I would want to get it cleared in September, close it in late October, then open at the end of April. This way you are ahead of the game before swimming weather starts in late May early June. If you...
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    Starting procedures for new pool, new pool owner

    You can also click on the "old pool math" link at the bottom of the page. I actually prefer to use that version.
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    High CYA.

    Best option is "Liquid Pool Shock" which is sold at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes. This is usually 10-12.5% sodium hypochlorite, same thing as bleach but stronger. If you can't find that you want plain generic bleach. Stay away from clorox brand or any types that are scented or say "splashless".
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    Rookie here. All was great until a few days ago.....

    Are you having any issues with water quality? I know you've drained and refilled to lower your CYA but were you having Algae problems before you came here? If not you just need to keep your FC level between 6-8 for a CYA level of 50. It's ok if you overshoot by a bit, I would aim for 10 ppm...
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    Rookie here. All was great until a few days ago.....

    You have your CC(combined chlorine) as 5.5 which hopefully is wrong. Is that supposed to be TC, which we don't really use here. Just list your FC and then CC. Is your CC 5.5 or 1.5?
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    First Day Pool Owner

    Can you run a hose to sewer, a drain for spanish tile system, or anywhere else that's not on the lawn? You're gonna have to drain it in the winter so not a bad thing to have to learn to do now. If its closer you could do a laundry sink or kitchen sink if needed.
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    First Day Pool Owner

    Usually the liquid pool shock is a better buy. Same stuff but stronger and cheaper. WALMART, Lowes, HD all should have a version. Its 10-12.5% chlorine. If you can't find that you can use regular bleach. Stay away from clorox brand or any that say splashless or have additives.