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    Closing ph and chlorine

    My last cya check prior to putting on the winter cover was 70 if I remember correctly. I’m writing this from work and my log book is at the house.
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    Closing ph and chlorine

    I have my winter cover on waiting for the water to get below 60 to winterize everything. Ph is 7.2 and chlorine is around 12ppm (didn’t do a recent drop test but that’s close). Do I need to lower the chlorine level and bump up the ph or is that solid?
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    SWG with fountain

    My SWG is quite oversized and I’ve managed to compensate in the past. But with this ordeal I’m definitely onboard with holding some bleach to keep up. Gonna continue to monitor the SWG performance running it overnight to try to learn a bit more about its performance. I only got the pool last...
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    SWG with fountain

    Came home after SWG ran at 100% for 8hrs to find FC at 4. The wife got me some liquid bleach so I added enough to bring that to about 6 and shut off the SWG to let it cool off AND Added 1.5lbs of cya. Reset my SWG timer to run during the night enough to provide 2ppm and will monitor time see...
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    SWG with fountain

    I didn’t realize CYA could degrade, but that would explain the constant low levels I see when I do the full gambit of testing. I did run a full test last week and found CYA at 40 and added 2lbs to bring it up and haven’t done a recheck. I have been adding CYA after every test because I tend to...
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    SWG with fountain

    The results are in. Measured FC at 2.0 this morning so passed the overnight test. I pulled my SWG and cleaned with acid solution and got no bubbles, suggesting it’s clean. Also cleaned my filter while the system was empty. Turned it on superchlor and will let it run while I’m at work and see...
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    SWG with fountain

    FC 2.5 after dusk and 30min after Swg was turned off. Have a bad feeling about this because it’s been running wide open almost all day 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ Either it has scale and isn’t working (seems unlikely with the amount of gas I see coming from my return, or I’ve got some algae brewing. This will be...
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    SWG with fountain

    Just an update...ran my SWG until dark last night and then turned on the fountain to run overnight. Been running the SWG all day and am up to about 2-3 FC. Should be able to get it up high enough to run the overnight test tonight. Didn’t have any liquid chlorine to get it up to normal...
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    SWG with fountain

    It’s super hot in central NC so I’ve been running a small fountain 24/7 to help cool the pool off. I’m noticing my chlorine level drop pretty low on a setting that typically keeps everything steady. It seems to me that running the SWG with the fountain attached is somehow severely reducing the...
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    SWG Life

    So I googled a bit and searched briefly on the site for threads about SWG life and didn’t see this question answered. Will it affect the SWG life to run at a higher rate for less time compared to running at a lower setting for more time? I have both my pump and SWG on timers so I can run it as...
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    Homemade wood heater

    I’m trying to avoid buying a better pump but still want to add some outer coils to the barrel. I could possibly split the inside/outside to provide parallel paths and might could get up towards 4-5gpm that way. I have a friend who is a plumber so can get that split made pretty easily. My intake...
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    Homemade wood heater

    I’m actually pulling from around 2’ deep in the pool and returning hot to the skimmer to mix. The return eye is pointed as far down as I can get it.
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    Homemade wood heater

    That’s honestly a completely doable idea and would justify me spending more money on it since it would be double-duty. I also will be in the market soon for a new smoker???
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    Homemade wood heater

    All this social distance free time I had made me want to get the pool warmed up for cheap. After some youtubeing I made a heater out of a 55gal drum, copper coil, and my winter cover sump pump. I’m Getting about 20 degree rise at 3gpm and have calculated that I should get about 10 degrees if I...
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    Homemade solar heater

    Holy cow. How much tubing do you have? I used 150ft and got 6degrees but only at about 1.5gpm
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    Wood fired heater

    Anyone ever used a barrel and a coil to make a wood fired heater? I’m still on the hunt for a cheap way to get the water warmed up. I made a $35 solar setup yesterday that’s getting 6 degrees of temp rise but it’s way to small. Was thinking about getting a barrel and a coil and starting a fire...
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    Homemade solar heater

    So I got bored today and went to lowes and spent about $30 on materials and made a solar heater. Specs are 4’x4’ ply sheet with 150’ of 1/2” irrigation tubing coiled and a heavy duty shower curtain to cover it. Performance: 85 degree ambient air 136 degrees in the box 62 degree pool water 68...
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    Central NC Pool Opening

    So it’s February but I’m already looking toward opening season here in central NC. So I considered a solar heater but decided to wait to see what happens since this will be our first opening. Questions are, at what outside temp should I pull the cover off? Is it effective to float black trash...
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    870 powder bricked

    Sorry I missed this reply. It’s grayish. I can take a picture when I get home
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    870 powder bricked

    Hey guys. Just got my TF100 kit and the 0870 powder is all clumped together and pretty hard. Is it ok to put t in a glass bowl and grind it back up? Just want to make sure this is normal
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    Solar Heater

    Doing a bit more research and finding that there is lots of cheap Crud out there. Now looking at something like this.
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    Solar Heater

    Anyone have any experience with solar heaters similar to this? I have a 16'x20' roof over my pool deck that I could use to mount several and get some extended use out of my pool but wanted to get actual feedback, instead of vague reviews. Since my pump is on the opposite side of the pool, I'm...
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    Filling up pool for the 1st time

    you can find CYA on Amazon pretty cheap and 2 day shipping...can't beat it. I ended up getting several chemicals there because of the price.I will note though that most are sold in somewhat bulk amounts so I also went and got some buckets from lowes to store the extra for next year.
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    Above ground closing caps

    Apologies for this likely being covered but I’m too lazy to search more than 5min. I’ve got the water drained out of the simple plumbing, filter out and rinsed and set aside also. Do I need to worry about plugging the skimmer and return lines as well? Both have valves to close which will be...
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    pH up on covered pool

    The trip was friggin amazing!! Spain was the most amazing place ive ever been! Pool was zero maintenance. Had a friend check to make sure pump was good and water level didn’t drop for some reason, but all was perfect...just this small pH drop.
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    pH up on covered pool

    TA is 90. And yep, pump still runs about 6hrs per day with the cover on. Waiting until the water drops below 60 degrees to fully close, per the pool school recommendation.
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    pH up on covered pool

    So my pool is covered for the winter but not closed because it’s too warm outside. Chlorine level is solid but pH is down to 7.2 and the calculator says to add about 2lbs of borax. Can I just slowly add this to the slimmer since the pool is covered?
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    Covered and now vacation

    Thanks. And valid point on the vacation length...2 weeks is half my paid time off for the year so I call it long ?
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    Covered and now vacation

    Back at end of October. Chlorine is 5+ right now. I didn’t get the nice TFP test kit this year and mine only goes to 5 and it’s above that level. I also did a solid vacuum today before covering, if that matters.
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    Covered and now vacation

    So I put the winter and leaf covers on our pool because it’s getting cool and we’re leaving soon for a long vacation. I have a timer that will run my pump and swg while we’re away. Question is, is there any chlorine usage when the cover is on? Should I set the swg to low and only run it 2-3hrs...