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    Clogs or jams during backflush

    I did the deep clean. The sand was bad but not nearly as bad as the sand in the example video of the deep clean process. My issue was more a white screen connected at the bottom of the multi-way valve assembly. I loosened it up and lifted it right off of the sand tank. The white screen was...
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    Clogs or jams during backflush

    I have a intex sand pump connected to my above ground pool. Today, when I was doing the backflush that I do once a week, I noticed the amount of water being flushed out started to reduce in quantity until it became just a trickle. I could her something building up in the canister so I shut it...
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    What level of FC causes the fade?

    I tried to put my numbers in my signature before but when I hit save it always says I used too many lines. Here are my current water chemistry numbers: FC: 7.5 in the morning and 5.0 after dusk pH: 7.5 TA: 70 CH: 120 CYA: 75 Salt: 3,000 Borate: 50 My pool has no...
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    What level of FC causes the fade?

    I had a Intex pool that I slammed and the liner bleached out/ faded badly and unevenly. It looked awful. I don't recall at what level I took the FC up to but it was not above 12 if I recall. Now I may need to slam my new Intex pool. The Mustard algae slam says to take it up to 42 until I pass a...
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    Lots of algae under and behind the ladder...

    Thank you for that. I was out of town last night so I won't get to do this until tonight. Hopefully my liner won't bleach out. I recall taking my FC up for a slam half as high as this one with my last pool and the liner faded out badly. It looked awful after that.
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    Lots of algae under and behind the ladder...

    Very well. Remind me about the SLAM please. The Trouble Free Pool Math says I need to add 675 oz.s of 8.25% bleach to get my FC up to 42. I ran my SWGs all this morning so I suspect my FC will be around 7 tonight when it starts to get dark. I want to do the slam tonight so the FC will be at a...
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    Lots of algae under and behind the ladder...

    I put a new ladder in my above ground pool a few weeks ago. Today I saw some yellow under it in inside of the pool side of the ladder. I moved it over 3 feet and there was a huge perfectly yellow/orange square of algae under it. After kicking at it under water a few times. it turned into a huge...
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    Borax

    The other liquid options I saw cost about $50 a bottle and I would have needed about 6 bottles based on what I had read. So that's $300. Maybe Boric acid and what I was looking at are different and have different costs too. The 20-Mule Borax was about $60 total and the Muriatic acid another $20...
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    Borax

    Thank you for your replies with links too! I will do the same. I will try to answer your post in order I received them. I will pre-dissolve the Borax and add as you suggested. Now that I think of it, I did see one guy do it like that but then he cast it out over the middle of the pool from a...
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    Borax

    I will be adding BORAX to my pool soon. I'll be adding it while in the 20 Mule Team Borax form. All the videos I see show adding it by pouring it into the skimmer while the pump is on. I don't have a skimmer. Can I just pour it into the pool and get in and kick it around until it dissolves? I'll...
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    Help do the math please...

    Thank you folks for your answers! I appreciate it. I will hopefully come back in a week or so and let you know my results. Have a great day!
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    Help do the math please...

    I have completely refilled my pool being it is a totally new above ground pool It has 6,818 gallons of salt water in it and no CYA. That is right. I have not added any conditioner yet. I went to that place who's name will not be mentioned and bought a 4-lb. tub of their branded conditioner. The...
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    Leak!

    Great answers. I had tried and re-tried the spraying of soapy water on it and never detected anything. I tried to listen real close all the way around inside and out and found nothing. I overfilled it and got in with goggles and searched the entire underwater portion of the ring and there were...
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    Leak!

    I have the pool listed in my sig. The air ring around the top has a leak. It leaks just enough that if I don't fill it up once in the am and again in the pm, the pool will collapse in the night. I have tried spraying the whole ring with Windex to find the leak and I have soaped it all up with a...
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    Water bugs...

    It's 9:03 PM and I'm going to call it. I think it is a very young version of a type of water beetle from the predaceous diving beetle family. predaceous diving - Google Search
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    Water bugs...

    OK, I got a few more close ups. 1. Water Boatsman in a glass: 2. Same Water Boatsman on kitchen countertop formica: 3.What is this little tiny beetle? This one is about 3 times bigger than the one in the picture with the dime but is the exact same kind.
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    Water bugs...

    I went back to the pool and skimmed one out of the water. I then got a teaspoon and got it with a drop water and poured it out onto my white formica kitchen counter top. I snapped some shots and have attached them here. As you can see they are definitely tiny, shiny, hard shelled beetles. They...
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    Water bugs...

    This year I have found four different types of water bugs in my pool. I have identified several of them. 1. Water Boatman (3 of them) 2. Water Scorpions (1 of them) 3. Water Striders (3 of them) 4. Some little black dots 1/4 to 1/2 the size of a dog flea that stay on or near the surface but can...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    I'm well overdue for an update here. On April 26 I finally decided to go ahead and remove the new filter to check it's condition. The pump water flow was still awesome and the pool was still clean. Picture1 is what I took out. I put it next to a brand new still in the bag Intex A filter I had...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    It is about another week now. I come home from work and see my pool swirling as my filter and SWG work together to keep my water clear. The pollen still lines the edge of the pool with a yellow line all of the way around but my neighbors tree seems to have finally stopped dropping little leaves...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    I won't remove and clean this filter until the pressure drops at the return jet. So far the pressure still feels like the first day I put it in! There is lots of pollen an very small leave debris floating on the top right now. Their is still some pollen/dirt/sediment or whatever you want to...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    Re: Never buy INTEX type A filter again I did as I said I would and got my hands on one of these Rinz-N-Re-uz Filters. I will try to update my progress with it through the season so that those of you who were curious about them can see what I find out about them. So far I'll say this: - I...
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    Vacuum my pool using my filter pump?

    Thanks folks for the replies. Yes, it is one of the rubber above ground pools. I love it. Each one will get better and better over the years I suspect but this one will go another year or two I suspect. Hey freetime, the model you listed does not come up anywhere but the updated version does. It...
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    Please suggest a heater...

    Folk's I'm looking to buy a electric pool heater for my above ground 18' x 48" round rubber pool in my signature. I have looked around a little bit and have not been able to determine how many BTU's are required to raise my water temp 20 degrees like from 70 to 90. Naturally I'm not looking to...
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    Vacuum my pool using my filter pump?

    I have the pool in my signature. I'm wanting to vacuum it out like a in ground pool. I have seen before where you could get a hose that could be connected to my Intex 2,500 gph filter pump. This way I could vacuum the pool and everything that gets sucked up goes into the cartridge filter.\\I...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    Re: Never buy INTEX type A filter again Congrats to you that you can make your filters last without having to do this extra stuff. If I don't clean them this well they will clog in a day reducing water flow and them my SWG won't work. I use the pool a lot with my family when weather permits. I...
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    Unicel replacement for Intex filters

    I switched to the Unicel C-5315 (Type B) filters last year. I bought 2 from Amazon and have a bucket where the one that is off sits and cleans in a chemical bath while the other one works. Every few weeks I swap them out. They are far better than the intex filters I still need to use up and...
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    Intex SWG with Copper question.

    I hate to kick up such an old post but it is still relevant so I thought I'd show the answer to the question about how to remove the copper and how to close the holes where the copper once was in the SWG: http://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/55776-How-to-remove-copper-bars-in-Intex-SWG
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    What does the math say???

    Whooop! There it is. You're saying that losing 30% of 10 FC being 3 FC is harder for my SWG to replace than losing 30% of 5 being 1.5 FC, It all seems so simple now! Yep! My SWG would only have to work 1/2 as hard to replace 1.5 PPM of FC than 3.0 of FC. Thank you!
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    What does the math say???

    Beautiful DogsHouse_MyPool. I sent JasonLion a private message asking him for some info and he had suggested I post my question here and that someone like you would come along and post a likely good answer as you did. I want to complete this topic so I dug up my owner's manual and pulled the...