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    Mystery Skimmer

    @InyoRob Any thoughts on which door this might be? Dimensions seem to be 8.25" x 6" or 6.25". I ordered this weir door off Amazon, but the spring loaded rods on the bottom don't push further in, just out, and it's a touch too wide. I was going to email InyoPools directly, but figured the...
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    New member - johntniman

    Whatever it is doesn't seem to be organic. I have 0 CC tonight, with FC still in range and PH looking OK. The water does seem to be clearing, but it's not TFP clear for sure. I just cleaned the vacuum to let it run around some more and topped off my FC - I'll give it till Friday and see how it does.
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    New member - johntniman

    There are plenty of birds and their associated "organic material" around the pool, unfortunately :/ I pressure washed it off on Saturday, and ran the vac before I went for my swim. Dirt stirred up from the spa makes sense, but there shouldn't have been that much dirt in the pool - I've been...
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    New member - johntniman

    A strange thing happened over the weekend. I've been monitoring my chems daily and keeping everything in line. Pool was very clear Saturday and I even went for a swim. I added some MA because the PH was a little high, and some chlorine to keep it in normal levels. When I woke up on Sunday...
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    New Empty Nesters buy house with a pool

    Just because this part didn't seem to be addressed yet: It depends on how much of a hassle getting bleach is. I'd start at around 10 gallons (whatever the % chlorine) - your pool is about twice the size of mine, but sounds like it's in better shape than mine was when SLAM started. If it's too...
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    Cloudy pool, added floc last night

    This is what I did when I SLAMed, and the robot helped. Clean the filters after each run - they'll get dirty fast. You probably also don't want to leave it in the pool for an extended time during SLAM because the chlorine is so elevated. Running it should be fine though. Lots of brushing...
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    CO2 vs MA

    Interesting clarification, thanks. The hardware store MA is 14.5% and, while I'm not sticking my nose in the jug and sniffing, I hadn't been "knocked back" by the odor the way I've read some people suggest. That helps explain it.
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    Help with Pool bid???

    Both. With a SWG, it will only be generating chlorine while the pump is running. Which means you need to run your pump a lot. Which is a lot cheaper with a VSP. I don't have a SWG, but the savings from a single speed pump to a VSP was significant even for me. You'll save a lot more than...
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    Making your own bleach/liquid chlorine?

    Have you looked at hardware stores? At least in Vegas, both Home Depot and Lowes carry 10%. Lowes is 10%, 2 gal for just shy of $7. Being in Reno, you probably have to worry less about it being stored outside. [Edit:] Maybe HD doesn't carry it up there. It looked like it did on the site.
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    Mystery Skimmer

    Here's a better picture of the inside of the skimmer door. I don't see any markings. The tabs at the bottom seem less common - most weir doors I see have holes on the assembly that tabs on the weir door slot into. Possibly related, one of the drain covers on the bottom of the deep end came...
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    New member - johntniman

    Sadly they're not out this far west, but I saw that sale and was jelly. Right now the Lowe's 2/6.98 is the best deal, and I saw some 114-dated chlorine there last weekend. I'll get my PVC and unions from there, too - I should consider replacing the valves, but it's not necessary just yet.
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    New member - johntniman

    Pool is looking more clear now - it could be clearer, but I can't complain much. I did order a new multi-port for my sand filter and 300# of Mystic White II filter sand. Next weekend I'll probably have 100 questions about PVC cutting / gluing / unions, etc. As an aside, Thanks very much for...
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    New member - johntniman

    Good deal. Yes, I'm brushing at least twice a week. As soon as I can manage it, I'm going to get in the spa and clean that out well, too. The water is so cold right now, but I suppose that's a fair trade for not being the usual 100+ outside.
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    New member - johntniman

    Brief update: The pool seems to be getting a bit cloudier again. Still blue though. I've been testing and adding chlorine daily to hold at 7-8 FC, and there's no indication that there's any algae activity (loss of no more than 2ppm FC per day, usually closer to 1, 0.5 CC or lower, but it has...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Interesting. I found this but it's only 6%. $34.80/10 for even 10% wouldn't be too shabby given Amazon rewards points :D
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    New member - johntniman

    Thanks! I'll do it the slow way. It doesn't seem like TA really hurts anything, and that it getting balanced over time will be fine. One other maintenance question. FC for CYA/50 should stay between 6-8. For daily testing, the FC meter on the block with the PH test only goes up to 5. With...
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    Plaster Pits

    I have a plaster/gunite pool that I just finished the SLAM process on. All this was pre-existing, but now that the water is sorted I wanted to get some opinions on my pool's surface. It looks like the plaster is pitting. I'm not sure how old it is, but I'm sure it was poorly maintained by the...
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    New member - johntniman

    OCLT passed last night no issue. 0ppm loss. Full set of final results: FC 8 CC 0 PH 7.5 CH 250-350 (very little difference between 10-14 drops, but either is fine.) CYA 30 (added half the amount needed to get it to 50) TA 170 The TA is the only number out of range, but significantly so...
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    New member - johntniman

    Water is quite clear (I can see the print on my Dolphin from the second story window) but I lost 1.5ppm FC in my OCLT test. It was just a 1 drop difference, but I'll run another OCLT tonight just to be sure. CYA is holding at 30, and I'll wait to add more until I pass OCLT.
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    New member - johntniman

    I only lost about 3.5ppm today. It was a little overcast, but that's a drastic change. I put in way less than the gallon. Pic of the current status attached. I'm a SLAM believer, but hopefully won't ever have to do it again thanks to TFP.
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    New member - johntniman

    Pool is very nearly there. I've been losing about 7-8ppm FC each day, or about a gallon's worth of liquid chlorine. Yesterday the pool was clear enough to see the print on my Dolphin and clearly make out the bends in the treads. Might have even passed the quarter test, but I'm on call all week...
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    New member - johntniman

    Yep! I've been running it with the fine filters once or twice a day throughout the process. It does pic a lot of stuff up for sure. I ran an OCLT this morning and passed that. FC remained the same as my test last night, CC is 0-0.5 (just a sliiight change with one drop) so the only SLAM...
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    New member - johntniman

    Pool is coming along, still a bit cloudy though. Gave the filter a good backwash. 19 gallons of chlorine down and counting - my war chest will need restocking before the weekend!
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    How do you measure your chlorine

    I got a glass pyrex (4 cups) because I wasn't sure about chlorine (or MA) and plastic. Other than generally being careful and not wearing anything I don't mind splashing, nothing really. I figure even if I somehow dumped it on myself I'm right there at the pool anyway, so I could just hop in...
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    Mystery Skimmer

    Sounds good. Thanks, Jim!
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    Mystery Skimmer

    Yes, there's certainly nothing like that in there.
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    Mystery Skimmer

    Possibly, though the pictures of the weir door on Inyo don't look like they would match up. I've looked around for markings and didn't see any, but the water level is a little high. I'm letting it evaporate out about an inch or two, which should give me a better look into the mouth of the...
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    Mystery Skimmer

    The open hole goes to the pump, and gets suction. There's no suction on the clogged hole, although the center of it doesn't seem to be entirely closed off. It could possibly go to the main drain? I'm not sure what the deformed PVC is from. It looks intentional, in that it is mostly flush with...
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    Mystery Skimmer

    I have a skimmer that doesn't look quite right, but I'm not sure what the skimmer is. The biggest issue looks like it's a pipe that's been ... clogged? Sabotaged? I'll let the pic speak for itself, but it's the hole with the crumpled looking PVC in it. The second issue, and the one that I...
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    New member - johntniman

    Just got back. Pool is looking real good - maybe another few days of SLAM and I should be set. Looks like I'll have to fix a drain cover when I get in the pool.