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    safety ladder isn't

    Just as with firearms, the primary safety is between your ears. If left alone long enough, prisoners probably did get out of Alcatraz. I recall a video where a 4 year old boy climbed on top of his 3 year old brother, to get the fridge door open and grab a treat. They teamed up and made it...
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    Can you avoid algae blooms and having to shock your pool?

    Do yourself a favor and forget about algae. MANY years ago, I was gas attendant. I recall a woman, who looked to be in her 90s, bringing her car in because the battery kept dying. The tech spent a fair amount of time checking the battery, alternator, then for electrical draw. I was looking...
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    First time closing with heater and hard plumbing

    Thanks. Critters is why I'm hesitant to leave the drain plugs out. I can just see a load of ants moving into the filter. Fact is, the guys who installed the liner think ants might have caused the tear, but burrowing out the sand underneath the edge of the pool. We're supposed to have a mild...
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    Help a newb to close his pool and save a marriage

    Haha...I just told my wife that next year I want a pool shop to close our pool. I'm sure I'll regain my sanity in the off season and close it next year as well. We just have a lot going on right now..all good stuff, but a lot.
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    First time closing with heater and hard plumbing

    Just a few quick questions: 1 - I drained the pool, removed the hose from the skimmer, then disconnect the return pipe, at the base of the pool where the elbow is. Should I: A- remove the O'ring and store for the winter? B - if I remove the o'ring, or not, should I leave the pipe...
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    Winter pool cover in-pool stand/support

    We inflate nearly every pool float we have and toss them in the pool. Then I pull the mesh cover tight as I can and wait for Spring. I'll blow some leaves off during fall, as necessary, but the water is darn clear when I open in the Spring.
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    Brand new liner pull. Anything I can do?

    That sounds right. But it's only about a foot long.
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    Brand new liner pull. Anything I can do?

    Not really. If you run your foot along he floor, you can feel a raised portion of the liner. If you were to dive down, you could pinch the liner between your fingers and pull it up "theoretically".
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    Brand new liner pull. Anything I can do?

    We just had our liner replaced and I notice the vacuum tips. I only saw it once, but it got my attention. I finally went into the pool and noticed the bottom wasn't as flat as I'd prefer. Turns out, when I went to the exact spot where the vacuum tipped, I notice a pull in the liner. It's...
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    Recommend wrench and lube for the union and rings

    I have the big blues as well and after the pool professionals cranked down on that union, I feel I'll have bigger blues come winterizing time :(
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    Recommend wrench and lube for the union and rings

    I hear you and I won't be using a wrench on those. What about the union on the pipe? My one union rests on the ground, so I don't see hand tightening cutting it there. I'd have to get on that, easy, but still I think I'll have to use a wrench on that.
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    Pool Pump Install - Electrician or Pool Company?

    Gotcha. Do they typically draw more than 12 AMPs? Obviously on low speed, probably not. Just curious.
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    Pool Pump Install - Electrician or Pool Company?

    I'm confused. If he's replacing a pump, isn't it plug n' play? All the wiring is in. I light upgrade to a variable speed pump, does that require additional electric?
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    Recommend wrench and lube for the union and rings

    We had a Raypak heater installed. The return leaked a bit, so the guy came back. He used a metal oil filter wrench on the unions. Scraped them up a bit, which I HATE. Some folks here have suggested strap wrenches and other large channel locks. I have a large set of channel locks, which will...
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    Hayward SP1091WM, did I get the correct basket?

    Thanks Kimkats. I've done a search, but it's so hard to see detail. I use a sock, so that gets in the way if where the gaps might be. I'll have to line it up, without the sock. BTW, I have two, new, spare round baskets that also seem to fit, so I'm good. Just agitated at this point... Side...
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    Liner replacement - questions about results, costs, etc.

    Thanks. The $1000 is the right number. Just to clarify, you feel the dimples in your wall as well?
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    Liner replacement - questions about results, costs, etc.

    I tend to agree that it's not sand, because they vary so much ins size and some I can really feel. The wall dimples run throughout, except just above the water line, possibly because the liner tends to have space between the wall at that point? My biggest fear is that a kid will feel a dimple...
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    Liner replacement - questions about results, costs, etc.

    Agreed. It's just, I specifically asked them to fill and smooth out the sand. So day 1, I expected better. And, to your point, I put eh vacuum in and it flipped after about 10 minutes. Prior to the liner replacement, there was only one or two area where that would happen.
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    Liner replacement - questions about results, costs, etc.

    Thinking about this, it's what can I live with. I'm not sure I can live with the floor of the pool this way. It should be nearly smooth everywhere and it's not.
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    Hayward SP1091WM, did I get the correct basket?

    We had a heater installed and they switched out our skimmer and basket. I believe the skimmer is a Hayward SP1091WM, which is round, but the basket seems oval shaped. The installer wasn't prepared and I believe ran to a local store to get parts (long story). I'm wondering if this basket came...
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    Solar Roller - explain it like I'm a 4 year old

    Thanks. I have used a solar cover before and did cut it in half. Much more manageable, but we still didn't put it on every night. I'm hoping the roller will help with that. My plan then is to cut in half, roll up two pieces, and just hang them on the fence. I saw their fence hangers...
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    Thinking of converting to SWG

    No rush to answer, as I probably wouldn't do it until next year. We just replaced the liner, so yeah, would have been a good time. but we just have way too much going on right now. We had the liner replaced and a gas heater installed. I haven't done much research on salt, so I wasn't ready...
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    Solar Roller - explain it like I'm a 4 year old

    It's been a long week and I'm pretty beat up...and it's only Wednesday. But I've been looking at the Solar Roller website. Man, that site is busy. Geez. What I can't figure out is, I have an 18' AGP, so I need to cut my cover in half or not? The site says they roll up to 20x20, so I'm...
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    Liner replacement - questions about results, costs, etc.

    I paid to have the liner replaced and here's my concerns/questions: - they didn't level out the sand. So as you walk, you feel unevenness throughout. The shop foreman said they would level, but it sure doesn't feel like it. The sand was pretty wet when the installed the replacement liner...
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    What's the ideal position for a return jet?

    We just had our heater installed. The hard pipe into the return is leaking, so I'm letting them fix it. However, I'm not sure I'll be able to adjust the return after they're done. My question is, what position to all prefer for the return jet. Using a clock, 6:00 would be toward the bottom...
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    How should I use my new gas heater?

    Right next door! I'm in PA. We'll use this thing nearly every day. Our pool used to get sun most of the day, but overgrown trees from surrounding properties have put an end to that. Plus, my wife and I like the water warmer than the kids do.
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    How should I use my new gas heater?

    Even with gas? I understand it makes sense to maintain, but I was thinking that could be a lot of gas trying to maintain 85 degrees overnight. I had a solar cover, but I'll have to get a new one tomorrow.
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    How should I use my new gas heater?

    So we have a new gas heater. In 2.5 hours it brought up the temp 6 degrees. I believe. There was a lot going on, so I need to test again. Anyway, i set it for 85 and water temp on the heater read 84 degrees. I set it down to 80 for the night, so the unit would turn off. I know gas is really...
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    What is this? It is sand?

    I think that's a winner. In fact, we got a heater this year, because of how much neighbor's trees have grown in 7 years. Of course, I order a heater and my neighbor tells he he's getting two gigantic evergreens taken down! Still, we want to use the pool more, so the heater was the right call...