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    Test Kits

    If you don't have a speed-stir, you need to swirl the mixture after each drop, so you know which drop caused the change.
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    Help with heating our pool...

    Our rule of thumb for our 400k btu heater is 1 degree and hour for the pool and 1 degree a minute for the hot tub.
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    Chlorine chart

    there's a chart in pool school, print it out for him. pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock
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    pool guy method

    You should keep a record of everything that gets added and the amount and the date/time so you have documentation to help address the problems.
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    New Build Setup

    Why 8' deep? Our pool is 6.5' deep in the middle (slopes down from both ends) and it's deep enough that you can't stand in the middle.
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    Repair ropes on Coverstar autocover

    if some one wants to mail me the pictures, I'll post them in this forum. fred.hillen "at sign" gmail.com
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    Trying to get the most out of my small yard

    Go get a couple of survey flagging tapes at the local hardware store. Put corner stakes for the pool and run tape between the stakes giving you an outline of the pool. Now mark the outline of your deck the same way with a different color tape. You can mark off the equipment pad as well. Now...
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    Should I fire my Pool Service?

    Make sure you check the CH of your fill water before you start draining. You don't want to discover you fill water has a high CH content after you've drained 7000 gallons.
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    Adding borates to an indoor pool?

    After reading the tome on "So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How", it seemed that it would make the water softer improving the "feel". I'm not sure if it will help with my pH control. As I have an attached spa, the pH does tend to rise, so I'm adding muriatic acid every week...
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    Adding borates to an indoor pool?

    Is there any advantage / disadvantage with adding borates to an indoor pool that doesn't apply to an outdoor pool - ordor, cover issues, percipating out on the ground, etc. I finally have my CYA down to 25, the temp up to 84, and everything perfect but the CH - around 185 rather than 250. So...
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    Do I really need the testing kit?

    If you spent $90 on a good test kit, you could probably have cleared your pool up following the recommendations here for a lot less the $120 and the test kit provides chemicals for lots of tests. I have found the test kits much more reliable then my local pool stores, which rely on strips and...
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    OIL in pool

    We had a similar problem about 10 years ago when a hydraulic line broke on a trackhoe and sent about 5 gallons of oil into our storm water retention pond. Needless to say, cleaning this up took a bit of time and $. They first put straw/hay in the pond to start absorbing the oil, then a few...
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    I'm shooting for a CYA of 25 for now, this winter, if we stop using the pool for a while, I'll drain some more water and try to get it down to 20 which seems to be the recommended level.
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    Test result form?

    This post has a few charts and stuff: http://www.troublefreepool.com/looking-for-a-nice-little-form-log-to-record-my-test-results-t7504.html
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    Not done replacing yet, two more weeks at 700 gallons per day. My well pump runs as much as my pool pump.
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    Thanks, I'll bring it up to 200+. I'm trying not to add too much that I'm going to drain away anyway over the next 2 weeks, but now that we have a working heater, and it's going to be 90 degrees for the next 4 days, we'll be using the pool a lot. :-D
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    Last question: I plugged in the desired pH level into the pool calc and with FC 4, pH 7.5, TA 60, CH 150 and CYA 35, the CSI is -0.46 which says "Potential to become corrosive to plaster". Do I have to correct this by raising CH?
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    Water is perfect, my wife commented last night on how there was no chlorine smell whatsoever. I think the pH is up because we've been using the spa, the well water pH is around 7.5.
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    Need advice on what to add as I slowly reduce my CYA

    Ok, so for the past 4 weeks I've been draining water to reduce my CYA (indoor pool, and I've been listening to the pool store guys and letting them do my testing). when I started draining my levels were (from my TF-100): pH - 7.5 FC - 16.5 CC - 0.5 TA - 175 CH - 300 CYA - 60 I'm draining...
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    Better Test for CYA?

    Indoor pool so no real sun on the water, just filtered sunlight.
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    Better Test for CYA?

    Can you dillute the standard solution with 50% distilled water to measure 25? I'm trying to get my CYA down to 20 to 25 and my readings are bouncing rather than lowering as I slowly replace water - but I'm also raising the temperature of my pool from 64 (last week) to 80 (today). I warmed up...
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    What's my Cl and pH - color test included.

    Thanks for all the replies. I have a TF-100 and a speedstir, here's my numbers from a few days ago and 2100 gallons have been drained since then - I'm in the process or lowering my CYA by draining 700 gallons per day - we're on a well that does 3 gallons per minute with a whole house water...
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    What's my Cl and pH - color test included.

    Hopefully a decent picture, white background, sun at my back. Two pictures of same sample. I took 8 pictures, half were out of focus and the ones with the sun shaded had reflections. Any ideas for getting decent pictures as well? Cl 5? pH 7.5?
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    CA owner builder

    You should look at adding the plumbing for solar, so if in the future you want to put in a solar array, it won't be a big deal. A friend who moved to the San Deigo area has one that runs off it's own small pump that kicks on automaticly when the temperature reaches a certain point in the array.
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    Flat screen TV opinions

    These guys have some good reviews: http://www.hometheatermag.com/ Remember, the ones you see if stores are going to have the brightness cranked way up and probably be under florescent lighting, which is much harsher than home lighting. It seems that all the kinks have been worked out of the...
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    Wiring up a new gas heater.

    Thanks. All complete and running - or it would be running, but we're still slowly draining the pool, but hopefully this weekend it will be all ready to swim in.
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    Tecniques for remove a large, but measured amount of water

    AT 802 square foot, if you lower the water 1 inch, you remove 500 gallons. Lowering the water 2 feet will remove 12,000 gallons. So, if you pump, you can measure the rate from the pump, or just watch the water level and when you reach the down 2 foot mark, start filling.
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    So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    Ignoring cost, is it better to use boric acid or borax + muriatic acid? I guess what I'm curious about is does the reaction between the borax and muriatic acid to lower the pH add other chemicals to the pool water?
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    New to forum

    How badly do you want to know how much engery your equipment uses? Here's 2 energy monitors that attach to your load center and monitor whole house power usage as well as individual circuits - like a pool pump. Cost about $200 plus installation...
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    Wiring up a new gas heater.

    Looks like the answer is pool pump wires so the heater can never come on if the pump is not on.