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  1. Sotex

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    Good info in this thread for sure! Here in San Antonio we are also getting record lows. Single digits last night with rolling blackouts. We covered our equipment, didn't drain, etc. Basically did stuff we shouldn't have. The pump came back on and immediately went into "Thermal mode". Everything...
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    Pool Landscaping Forum

    Excellent. Makes sense. I just didn't dig far enough.
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    Pool Landscaping Forum

    I've looked through the different forums and can't decide where I should pose landscape-related questions. Maybe "Everything Else"?
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    San Antonio - Tiny stuff on the surface!

    Enjoyed the spa last night. Thankful to live where we do!
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    San Antonio - Tiny stuff on the surface!

    After a couple of days of extra skimming and running the pool a little more and at higher RPM, things are back to normal. I'm confident your explanation is exactly what happened. It's crazy to think all that stuff is flying around and we don't notice until we see it floating on our water. My...
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    San Antonio - Tiny stuff on the surface!

    Went out to test the water and started skimming. I see these tiny specs on the surface. I’m in San Antonio so don’t know if this is some pollen in the air or what?!? Can anyone help?
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    Design & Build Cocktail Pool, Bulverde, Tx

    So cool!!! Can't wait to see it once finished with gunite!
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    Need advice on VS pool pump - 1.5hp pump died

    Welcome from just down the road in Leon Springs. We love our Pentair! Just caught up on the other responses. I'll leave the technical details to the pros in this thread.
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    Tell Us About Your Avatar!

    OK - changed mine. I like my wife much more than college football.
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    Tell Us About Your Avatar!

    Amen!
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    Tell Us About Your Avatar!

    I'm missing college football. Figured I'd post a pic of the view from our seats the first few years McLane Stadium at Baylor was open. Sic 'em Bears!
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    My New Pool in SCHERTZ, TX

    What a great design! Hola from Leon Springs!
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    Robot cleaner that is great for walls

    Email worked for me!
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    Big PB or a little guy?

    Re: the subs. This is so true! Most of our subs work for the "top" two PBs in the SA area.
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    Big PB or a little guy?

    I think we were among the first 10 pools our PB did here in SAT. Have been VERY pleased with the outcome!
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    What’s the best way to lower alkalinity without lowering pH?

    I don’t think I’d add anything. If you did, Borax has the least impact on TA.
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    What’s the best way to lower alkalinity without lowering pH?

    I'm also trying to lower my TA in order to get my pH more stable. However, I'm in my first year so my pH is expected to rise more than a more established pool. Recently I've been adding about 18 ounces/day to get/keep my pH down, but (oddly) my TA remains at 110 or so! I don't understand why. I...
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    Construction Delays? High Demand/Covid Delays = Long Waits

    My appraiser experience helped me for sure. Many were saying to wait until the 2021s come out as that is when prices on 2020s would normally be low, but I knew this is a weird time in our life and NOTHING is happening as we expected. Once I reviewed my deal with others in the industry (I'm no...
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    Construction Delays? High Demand/Covid Delays = Long Waits

    Just bought a truck and at almost 50 years old, I've only bought brand new three times - Honda Odyssey, Honda Element, and Honda CR-V. Shopped for used trucks and what I wanted were all $35,000+. Many of those should have been at $28,000 but no one was negotiating down. Ended up buying a new...
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    Storage of All Pool Chemicals

    I noticed I had a new drill bit I left out on my workbench in the garage had rusted virtually overnight. Now I know why! My MA was stored just below the workbench. I'll be storing it somewhere else now.
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    OCLT - Thanks TFP!

    Thanks for validating my hypothesis and personal plan of attack!
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    OCLT - Thanks TFP!

    That’s my goal as well. Figured the muriatic acid is getting two birds with one stone.
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    OCLT - Thanks TFP!

    I'm also trying to dial down my pH a little bit. It's been bouncing in the 7.8 - 8.0 (sometimes higher) range and I'd like it to be maintained closer to 7.4. I'll test again now and add to get my FC to 8. Thanks!
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    OCLT - Thanks TFP!

    Here in San Antonio, chlorine seems to evaporate into thin air! I was having trouble maintaining my FC at a level needed relative to CYA (not a SWG pool). Decided to do an OCLT. 6.5 last evening and 6.0 this morning. I remember thinking the 6.5 was borderline and could have been closer to 6.0...
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    I'm Surrounded!!!

    Got my first yellow jacket sting last weekend. Luckily the pain only lasted about 10 minutes.
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    Leslie’s test confirmation

    That was an amazing price! I pay $22 here in San Antonio and it's one of the better deals. Home Depot and Lowe's only have 10% (I believe) and they store it outside. Our WalMart never has the good stuff in stock. I tried another local pool place and they charge $28 for a 4-pack of 12.5%! Makes...
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    Leslie’s test confirmation

    Good points! I was only curious and would not trust Leslie’s for readings. I do think Josh did a pretty good job. My TA is actually 130.
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    Leslie’s test confirmation

    After using different types of bleach, I’ve found that Leslie’s 12.5% works best for me and the price isn’t horrible especially considering the convenience of using 12.5% v 10% or less. I ran in to grab a case and decided to let them test my water. I figured it could also help me confirm if...
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    Hello from San Antonio

    Welcome from Leon Springs!
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    Hello from Dripping Springs, Texas

    Yep - Mazama!