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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

    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

    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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    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

    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

    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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    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

    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

    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...
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    Round solar heater

    Anyone have experience with the round solar heaters that are available online? My roof is on the opposite side of the pool from my pump so it’s not practical to plumb to the roof type solar heaters. Looking for a real review of the more compact round ones before pulling the trigger. Also saw a...
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    Early Closing?

    So this is my first year with my pool and I've read teh section in pool school for closing and it mentions to wait for the water to drop below 60°. My problem is, we're heading out of country for vacation for the last 2 weeks in October and I plan to close before we leave rather than waiting...
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    First Cleanout with cartridge filter

    Just did my first cleanout with my cartridge after the pool is a month old. Not because the pressure raised, but just to see what it looked like. My pool is 13k gallons and I have a 190sqft cartridge that’s manufacturer rated for 30k gallons. It was a little tan, but not bad at all. For...
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    What to do with torrential rain

    For pool chemistry, is there an ideal practice for pump running when you get a TON of rain? Is it best to kill the pump so the overflow drains off the top rather than mixing in the rain water and having well-mixed water drain out? Trying to minimize my water balance effects if that’s even...
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    Dry ice fun

    I searched and don’t see this topic...anyone ever suspended a block of dry ice in a float on a calm evening to make some fog over the pool water. Seems like a fun idea if it won’t do anything crazy to the water.
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    Cartridge Filter Maintenance

    I've had my pool for a few weeks now and have no reason to believe I'm at the point that I need to clean my cartridge filter, but I have questions after installing a fountain and seeing that the filter pressure changes based on the flow through the fountain/bypass unit. When the pump was new...
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    CYA Storage

    So I found a good price on bulk CYA but it comes in a bag...no biggie. Gonna put it in a lowes bucket but is it ok to store long term in a shed that likely hits over 100 degrees regularly?
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    SWG Settings for Longevity

    General question about running SWG...I run my pump on low 24/7 at the moment because it's so stinkin hot and obviously I don't run the SWG all the time, only run it based on chlorine level. Question is, is there any affect on SWG life if I run it at 100% for shorter periods of time compared to...
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    Pool Cooler

    Anyone ever plumbed in an automotive style radiator with some electric fans to cool off their pool? I'm thinking of a parallel path on the clean side of the filter that could be used as needed to run the water through the radiator core to pull out excess heat when needed. Thoughts?
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    Vinyl liner and CH

    I took a water sample from my newly setup pool to the local shop and they measured the CH at 0 and recommended I add something like 33lbs of calcium chloride. I did lots of reading and found one website (besides here) that says CH doesn’t matter in a vinyl pool and many others mentioned that...
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    Salinity testing

    So I just installed a new 24’ round 4’ deep pool with a salt system. The salt cell recommends 3500ppm which came out to 370ish lbs of salt according to the table in the manual. We added 9.5 bags which should get us right in the ballpark but my test strips are giving me a reading of over 5000ppm...