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  1. TomGallopavo

    Starting procedures for new pool, new pool owner

    That’s the cya I use, put it in a sock by the return and squeeze it. Yeah just dump some chlorine bleach in there using pool math...good to go. Bring pH down with muriatic acid (HCl).
  2. TomGallopavo

    New pool owner

    This is my fifth year with our pool and tfp. Started before the pool was filled. Never have slammed and this year, honest to God, I have not gotten to 100 bucks on chemicals. I keep wanting my pH to go up so I can add some HCl...oh well I can etch my garage and paint the floor I guess.
  3. TomGallopavo

    Concerned I Have the Wrong Cell Size

    Call the pb and talk to him, maybe he’ll credit you the old one and you can upgrade. I have the same size pool and I think mine is rated for 25k and it runs 8 hours at 50% at this time of year. Zero shade on the pool.
  4. TomGallopavo

    Wedding cake steps- crud in bottom

    Take a cup of bleach and add nine more of water and scrub it off with a brush. You don’t want straight bleach on your skin. If your doing tfp and your water is fine why worry? Do it once a year...when you close or open. The inside of my ladder probably looks like that. Just an idea.
  5. TomGallopavo

    Wedding cake steps- crud in bottom

    If they were mine I would clean it with bleach water like 10% and throw them back in the pool and save the money for cigars, whiskey, and bbq, but that’s just me.
  6. TomGallopavo

    Best online pool store??

    Pool factory was good to us...would recommend.
  7. TomGallopavo

    Helping a friend get a new pool ready

    You can lead a horse to water something something...
  8. TomGallopavo

    Where's the bottom of my pool?

    Just get the test kit, do what they tell you, and read pool school...
  9. TomGallopavo

    Where's the bottom of my pool?

    You are lucky to stumble on this place. I did five years ago before I built our pool. Had the test kit and posted results of our well water before it was up. Was given plans here that I followed. Read, listened, and learned. I will not spend a hundred bucks on chemicals this year. I tested...
  10. TomGallopavo

    Salt Test Results

    The white color is silver chloride, it is much less soluble than the red silver chromate. It will not turn red until all the chloride is out of solution. This titration is extremely accurate. Trust it.
  11. TomGallopavo

    Thank you

    Your wallet is gonna thank you...And your girlfriend and her friends will have no choice but to admit how amazing the water in your pool is...
  12. TomGallopavo

    I am really liking my WaterGuru!

    TFP too much work??? Uhhhhhh...no.
  13. TomGallopavo

    Help with Hayward Chlorinator Install

    I have these little foam balls I stuff in the return and skimmer after I blow the lines for winter...perhaps you could find some to do the same. While you’re at it install some valves...
  14. TomGallopavo

    Pool facelift, foam bottom, new liner, paint, salt system, finally a lighting question.

    Beautiful work! Not sure if this is what you are talking about but we love this light, 5 years and going strong, also helps great with the circulation. https://media.thepoolfactory.com/media/catalog/product/a/q/aqualuminator-light-new-sharp-2013.jpg
  15. TomGallopavo

    First time with a pool

    “ I can see now why as a kid our parents always said no to getting a pool- it’s too much work and too expensive” If you follow the advice you will get, this statement will be proven to be patently false. With a robot and an swg I do barely anything and will get no where near 200 bucks this...
  16. TomGallopavo

    Questioning my Equipment supplied by PB

    I don’t know about your swg, but I used to keep my pool at the low end of salt concentration so people couldn’t taste it. It would run 8 hours on full and kept the fc about right. A couple years ago I accidentally dumped too much salt in when opening. Too much as it was at the top end of the...
  17. TomGallopavo

    Newb here

    Last year I didn’t hit 150 in stuff and still had a thing of cya, 2 bags of salt, and some bleach. Bought two more bags of salt a month ago when I opened, some bleach I haven’t used and some hcl I haven’t used yet. I usually go through 2 hcl so that’s 30 bucks. I seriously might be under a...
  18. TomGallopavo

    Third year of TFP!!

    Tfp is all I know...it’s “perfectly” ordinary!
  19. TomGallopavo

    Feeling a bit Gun Shy

    Once I get the cya right I stop testing for it...for a while anyway. You don’t need to test for calcium because you have a vinyl liner correct?. The range for mine is 0-650, I think It’s 100 right now. Keep that fc up and you should be fine. The fountain will raise the pH. After a while of...
  20. TomGallopavo

    Is our pool sloping too much?

    Ask your lumberyard for ground contact wood. We use it to build barns, goes straight in the hole, no concrete.
  21. TomGallopavo

    Light for AG?

    No leaks. You can adjust the tightness. You can rotate the flow so you can see when the pump is on or point it down so you can’t...or dissolve salt. :). I heard there is an led version, you might look for it.
  22. TomGallopavo

    Favorite AGP gadget / accessory?

    Once you get the swg dialed in and with a bot, you barely do anything...
  23. TomGallopavo

    Light for AG?

    We have been very happy with this one and it helps circulate the pool. Five years and going strong... Aqualuminator Pool Light For Above Ground Swimming Pools
  24. TomGallopavo

    Treating the pool for almost a month now, with little to no results.

    Haha my filter is way dirtier than that, hose it off and it will work great.
  25. TomGallopavo

    Above ground draining?

    I suppose if you hooked up the vacuum, opened the filter, it would work. I would just set up a siphon with the vacuum hose and let nature do the work.
  26. TomGallopavo

    Ducks!! How to keep them out of the pool?

    Glad you said it first...love me some duck.
  27. TomGallopavo

    Is our pool sloping too much?

    I’m not one of the experts but I’m up early to go turkey hunting. If I remember correctly the rule they use is anything over 1 inch is unsafe. Hard to tell but it looks like more than that.
  28. TomGallopavo

    Feeling a bit Gun Shy

    I add borax because in my mind it makes the water sparkle more and feel luscious...does it really? Maybe. My pH just goes up slowly so I add HCl periodically...
  29. TomGallopavo

    Feeling a bit Gun Shy

    Yes get fc up.
  30. TomGallopavo

    Feeling a bit Gun Shy

    I have a similar pool. If I were you I would make sure the fc and cya are what is recommended. Not salt water correct?