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  1. Deb04

    Pool slope and size

    We have an 18 x 36. It’s big enough for the 2 of us, and when our daughter, SIL, and granddaughter come over. We’ve had a few pool parties with as many as 20-30 ppl and it works then too. BUT, if we had it to do over, we’d go with 20x40.
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    High Chlorine Usage in small pool

    Since you’re in MA, good chance you have an Ocean State Job Lot near by. Their 12.5% liquid chlorine is $2,99 for a full gallon.
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    Water Chemistry levels

    Glad you have an Ocean State near you. Best value of Chorine I’ve seen. That stuff is 12.5% so make sure you have the % right in your calculator.
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    SWG & Lo n Slo

    Muriatic Acid freaks me out too, but sometimes I need it. I use the “green“ formula which is half strength. It is much easier to work with. It is, from what I can tell, in no way green, in the environmental sense. In fact, it is likely the opposite. We do our best to be actually green, but...
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    TF-100 Results and Cloudy Water

    I usually by it at Walmart or Amazon. There is a brand, AquaMate, that raises CYA only about 25% of what it should. It’s cheaper, but you end up spending more. I can say HTH brand works as expected.
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    User Survey of SWCGs or Heaters or other stuff?

    IC-40 here. Installed summer 2008, died summer 2018. 5 mos of use/yr. replaced it with another IC-40.
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    Stained Steps

    I’ve had the exact same experience. I don’t have a solution, but following to see if the experts have one.
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    New pool owner, hello!

    Regarding cal-hypo, it’s fine to use IF You don’t already have to much calcium in your water. I bought 24 lbs on Amazon too This spring because 1. Great price and 2. I knew finding liquid bleach would be a challenge right now. My fill water calcium is 50 and I knew my pool would open at a silly...
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    New pool owner, hello!

    Pour the bleach in slowly, about a pencil size stream, in the deep in in front of a return. I like to brush the area after I pour it just to be sure it’s mixed. You may have an Ocean State Job Lot in your area. Worth a bit of a drive if you do. Their 12.5% jugs are full gallons and are $2.99...
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    New in Texas - What the heck is a vinyl pool anyway?

    Love me my vinyl pool.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Regarding your trepidation at maintaining your own doesn’t have to be a 100% DIY thing. I maintain our water entirely. However, we have the PB open and close (with no chemicals added by them.). Also, PB is on my speed dial for when something breaks. If it’s minor, I deal with it...
  12. Deb04

    How much chlorine do I need to kill algae, given these parameters?

    You need your chlorine at 39 to do the SLAM. Raise it and keep it there until you pass the 3 criteria.
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    How did you decide what kind of pool and what size of pool?

    We have vinyl. We’re in NH, so closed 7 months of the year. We went with vinyl bc of the lower cost. This is the liner’s 12 summer and it’s showing no signs of wearing out, which I credit to being a TFP from day one. I am happy with the vinyl and, if we were to do it over again, I’d do vinyl...
  14. Deb04

    Running pool equipment year round in winter / keeping small in ground pool open all year in Ohio

    Do you have a gas line, or a propane tank? If a tank, you’d also be relying on the gas being delivered every time before you run out.
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    Are 70-80 CYA Levels for SWG Pools Safe?

    Why would there be a sanitation problem if he does asi do? I keep my CYA at 50 and CL at 6.
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    Are 70-80 CYA Levels for SWG Pools Safe?

    Sagosto, If your household will be happy with 40-50, that really shouldn't be a problem. You may find that your SWG can't keep up with the demand and then you and your wife may have to discuss and maybe going to 60 or supplementing with bleach. I live in NH and the sweet spot for my pool is a...
  17. Deb04

    HTH PODS Stabilizer

    I've been putting them in the skimmer that has a hair net. My experience with the pods is that they're gone within an hour. I assume they're dissolved and not just sitting in the skimmer since I don't think the granules will fit through the hairnet.
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    Advice required (lots to cover)

    I can help you some. I’m close to you. Get your chlorine at Ocean State Job Lot. $2.99/gallon for 12.5%. (Stay away from their CYA though.) I think there’s one on route one closer to you, but I know that there’s one in Newington in sales tax-free New Hampshire. There’s a great pool shop in...
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    Testing water out of SWG

    My Chlorine consumption is higher than I’ve experienced before. It may be that its just pretty darn hot for NH, but I have a new SWG this year and I want to ensure that it’s generating Chorine. (Lights are lit properly.) Any suggestions on how to do this. Only idea I have is to put SWG on 100%...
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    HTH PODS Stabilizer

    Oooo...I gotta get me some of those.
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    HTH PODS Stabilizer

    Would someone share the price of the pods?
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    A renter with a pool!

    Yeah, the fumes are pretty bad. I've switched to the "green" version which is 1/2 strength and costs more for the same amount of liquid. (I'm sure it's not green in the sense of any more environmentally friendly as you have to use twice as much so twice as much plastic, energy to transport...
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    Maintaining someone else's pool

    Very kind of you to help her out. When she’s sufficiently through the grieving process and has a little more time, teach her how to do the testing herself so she can determine how much liquid chlorine, etc to add. I’m sure she’s overwhelmed right now, and family helping is great.
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    Trying to SLAM - bleach not responding as thought

    Since you’re in NJ, you may have an Ocean State Job Lot nearby. 12.5% liquid chlorine is $2.99 for 128 oz.
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    Does anyone make an instant pool warmer? (If not...million dollar idea...)

    Our heater is broken at the moment. For a bit I was filling plastic bottles with pool water and putting them in the sun. After 2-3 hours the temp in the bottles was up 15 degrees. Then dump back in the pool and repeat. Then I calculated I’d have to do this 600 times to move the pool 1 degree...
  26. Deb04

    Cannot find obvi leak, lose 1-2" water over nite

    Do you have a light housing in your pool? We’ve had to have ours repaired several times over years because it leaks.
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    Does anyone make an instant pool warmer? (If not...million dollar idea...)

    Ppl with off the charts CYA will glow from all the plutonium.
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    A renter with a pool!

    Welcome! The first thing you should do is order a good test kit, either TF-100 or Taylor-2006(c). That will be your primary toll in maintaining an sparkly clean pool.
  29. Deb04

    Question on Pool app

    The pool calculator had those very useful suggested levels of Chlorine with a given CYA. I can’t find that on the app. Am I just missing it?
  30. Deb04


    Welcome. What’s your goal? More time for what? Your pH is high enough. You don’t want it any higher. Sounds like you’re having an issue of some sort. Let us know what it is and we’ll try to help. BTW, Your Chlorine is very low given your stabilizer (CYA) level and your CYA is way too...