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  1. DeanP66

    DIY Solar Cover Roller

    If you go with 20' length poles, it may get pretty heavy. I have a 15' and a 16' pole and I can manage it, but if you go any longer, I would anticipate that it may be too heavy for you. Now if you cut the cover into 3 or 4 equal lengths, that would definitely lighten it up. Also, be sure to...
  2. DeanP66

    How is this for a DIY aerator?

    You can use either 3/4" or 1" pvc. I used 1" to give it a little more strength. You'll need: 1) 5 45's 2) 1 cross 3) 3 end caps 4) 2 90's 5) 1 union (to screw and unscrew it quickly out of either the wall or a pump) 6) a couple of feet of pipe (5' max) 7 a 3/4" threaded fitting that has a...
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    How much water is in a Circupool RJ30+ cell?

    You might try cleaning it with just water from a hose only. I've cleaned my friend's RJ 45+ a couple of times and I've noticed that just a strong stream of water through a hose will often times clean it out just fine. That way you avoid the muriatic acid on the plates whenever possible.
  4. DeanP66

    Balancing Water After Stain/Metal Treatment

    A good quality test kit like the TF-100 or the Taylor K2006C is a MUST! Test strips are unreliable and don't give you the accuracy you need. We call them 'guess strips' here. It looks like you have algae, and although you're not supposed to shock your pool for a while after a stain treatment...
  5. DeanP66

    Which filters do you use for the S200, Active20, or Warrior SE?

    Just ordered a Dolphin S200 from Marina Pool last week and when I opened the box, I noticed that it came with a 2nd set of filters that are pleated. Any advice on which filters to use? My pool doesn't get a whole lot of leaves, just mostly small debris from the wind.
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    First test on K-2006 - not going as planned

    Once you get your CYA up to 40 or 50, discontinue using the chlorine tablets. They contain almost half CYA and should only be used when going on vacation for a few days to a couple of weeks. Liquid chlorine is ideal to use because it doesnt have any CYA in it. Otherwise, you'll be chasing a...
  7. DeanP66

    High Cyanuric Acid and phosphates

    OCLT stands for overnight chlorine loss test. You basically raise your chlorine to the upper range and test it after the sun goes down. You then get up and test it again before the sun comes up in the morning. If you have a FC loss of less than 1 ppm, you pass the test. If not, it means that...
  8. DeanP66

    High Copper and CYA levels

    I tried the Culator product one time and I didn't really notice anything on the bag. itself. It says that you should see some type of color on the bag based on the type of metal in your pool. Not sure if it worked or not, but at $50 a pop, I won't be using it again.
  9. DeanP66

    Polaris 280 replacement bag

    I went with a silt bag. Can't remember which model that is, but it's a lot finer and picks up way more small stuff than the regular bag. I don't think it comes with a zipper though. Only velcro. That's the only one I would get.
  10. DeanP66

    High Copper and CYA levels

    Maybe take another sample to the pool store for the copper test. That's the only test I'd pay any attention to from them. For the rest, trust your TF-100. It won't let you down. If you still have copper, I'd go with a monthly maintenance dose of Metal Magic sequesterant. It will keep any...
  11. DeanP66

    Metal Magic in Salt Water Pool

    I've never used more than 2 quarts for my 20,000 gallon plaster pool. Are you planning on using ascorbic acid first? If the stains are bad or especially old, I would definitely use the AA first. Metal Magic is a sequesterant first and foremost, although I have heard people use it by itself...
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    Metal Magic in Salt Water Pool

    It really shouldn't make any difference what type of pool you have. Just be aware that the MM will lower your pH somewhat. I use half a bottle monthly for maintenance doses and it generally drops my pH .2 to .4 .
  13. DeanP66

    Pool Vaccum Head Experiences

    I have had the Swimline one from above and I have been happy with it for the most part. The screws do tend to rust over time, but for $16, it's easier to just buy a new one and not worry about it. I guess you could replace the screws and nuts if you wanted to, but that might cost as much as a...
  14. DeanP66

    Pentair Warrior SE vs. Dolphin S200

    Did you get the S200 or the Warrior SE? Everytime I call, they say that the S200's are out of stock.
  15. DeanP66

    Shade shelter for CircuPool controller box

    So, do you just lift it up and out of the way to use the control unit or does the front side swing open somehow? What program do I need to open that file with all the dimensions?
  16. DeanP66

    Acceptable Fill Water?

    Good idea on the aeration device. That's what I did as well.
  17. DeanP66

    Scale on my Circupool RJ45+ plates already???

    I just cleaned my friend's cell again today because the calcium buildup returned. I've been reading that adding borates might help keep the pH in the cell lower and help prevent some of the scaling. Anybody have any experience with this?
  18. DeanP66

    my antics in the pool store

    That is funny!!!:cheers:
  19. DeanP66

    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    That's not 2016, that's the 168th day of 2020. which means it's from June 18th. Plenty fresh!!
  20. DeanP66

    Few random questions

    Don't forget to turn off your SWG during the OCLT so it doesn't mess with the results.
  21. DeanP66

    What is the process of adding salt to a 32 x16 Intex pool?

    You won't need to add chlorine because the salt water generator (SWG) will make the chlorine for you. You will have to monitor pH which will tend to rise. You will need muriatic acid to lower it every so often. That's really the only chemical you will need to add, once you add your initial...
  22. DeanP66

    Which ranges should I trust?

    Is that from your own testing or what the pool store testing spit out? I wouldn't trust their readings. That's why we recommend everyone get their own test kit and test their own water. Either the TF100 or the Taylor K2006C are the only way to go. I had already bought the Taylor K2006C...
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    Which ranges should I trust?

    If your CYA and CH levels are high as well, you can kill multiple birds with the same stone (partial drain). Those two levels and salt as well can only be reduced with dilution (partial drain and refill).
  24. DeanP66

    Doheny's Discovery, S200, Active20, Triton owners club

    How much are those and did you have the option to buy the S200?
  25. DeanP66

    How to make a pool cover roller

    I copied mas985's idea. It's really the best solution. That first cover idea is rolled up into a giant mess. No thanks. Splitting the cover in 2 and using ABS pipe (because it floats) is a very simple solution that works great.
  26. DeanP66

    Switched to SWG

    Generating chlorine only at night may be your problem. During the heat of the day, the sun is consuming what FC is left in the pool to the point that it gets dangerously low until your SWG kicks on at 9pm. Try running it during the day. It looks like you have a variable speed pump, so you...
  27. DeanP66

    Considering SWG - installation question

    If you've already got the intematic timer, wiring the SWG would be very easy. You just run the power cable through a punch out in the intermatic box and wire it to the load side of the timer. There are generally 4 screws left to right. Screws 1 and 3 are for the line side which gets constant...
  28. DeanP66

    Does the brand of Liquid Chlorine 10% matters?

    The important thing is to check the manufacture dates on the box. It will look something like 20xxx, which means it was produced in 2020 with xxx being the day of the year (1-365). Make sure it's no older than 60-90 days because it can start degrading over time.
  29. DeanP66

    What pool light do I buy?

    Gaskets are sold separately, unless you buy the whole light fixture with cord. Since your light was working recently, there's a good chance it's just the bulb that went bad. Whenever you open the fixture to replace the light, you should always put in a new gasket. However, if you're just...
  30. DeanP66

    What pool light do I buy?

    Best way is to remove the single screw holding it in place, pull out the entire fixture so you can place it on the deck of the pool. This way you can look on the outside of the fixture for a label of some kind. You might want to check it with a regular bulb first to make sure the fixture still...