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  1. thefloatqueen

    Pump and filter shopping!! Need some recommendations PLEASE!!

    Hi everyone! I’m currently pricing out equipment for my new pool. I know VS pumps are pushed heavily on TFP, but with how cheap my electric is and me having a 7,500 gallon AGP, it would take several YEARS to recoup not even the entire cost of a VS pump. I know, I know — July 21st, 2021 VS pumps...
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    Are pump prices about to go up due to demand?

    I just ordered a new above ground pool that will not be installed until April. I’m buying new equipment for it and want to get a nice new VS pump and cartridge filter. With everything going on, is the demand for new pool pumps and equipment driving up the prices due to the recent...
  3. thefloatqueen

    Pool frozen almost to the very top and no way to drain :(

    As many across the country are experiencing, we got a ton of snow and it is up to the bottom of the top rail of my Intex Ultra Frame pool. The water level pre-snow was right below the skimmer but frozen at least a couple feet so I had no way of draining water out. I have a brand new AGP on the...
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    Overlap vs Unibead liners? Help!!

    I’m customizing my brand new above ground pool on thepoolfactory’s website and I am on the fence about liners!! I am contemplating just getting the liner that it comes with for now and ordering one separately when I find one I really like since they only have a few choices for the unibead liners...
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    Should I buy a new AGP now in case the price gouging returns/continues in 2021?

    I’m sure many of you noticed in the spring and summer of this year, Intex-type pools were priced extremely high due to demand from the pandemic. I love my Intex (thank God I bought it in 2019 for less than half the price that it is selling for now!!!!) but want to upgrade to a more permanent...
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    Help with patching under water!

    So my trouble free pool is giving me trouble lol. I knew the day would come after getting lucky two summers in a row. I have a small leak/hole on the floor of my Intex Ultra Frame pool and I need to patch it ASAP! It is a slow leak but I’m sick of having to add hose water every 1-2 days. I...
  7. thefloatqueen

    How long after adding stabilizer can I swim?

    Supposed to be a scorcher today and I’m trying to get everything in balance early this morning before my swimming festivities. I need to add around 6 oz of dry stabilizer via the sock method and I’m wondering if I should do this before or after I swim? Does it matter after all the granules are...
  8. thefloatqueen

    First small pool party....ideal FC level?

    So I’m having about 5 people over today for a small get together (swimming/floating/day drinking) and this is my first time having more than a couple people in the pool at once for an extended period of time. It is going to be sunny and HOT all day so I’m not sure what I should adjust my...
  9. thefloatqueen

    Trichlor and PoolMath help!

    So I’m trying to bring my CYA (once again) back up to 40 from 30. I decided I would use trichlor pucks to do this while closely monitoring my CYA levels. I believe a 3” tablet weighs around 7 ounces so I checked the “effects of adding” on the PoolMath and the increase in FC and CYA amounts seem...
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    *UPDATED* Is liquid stabilizer worth it?

    My CYA somehow dropped to 30 (probably from rain and having to add fill water from evaporation) and I am going through bleach like crazy! I have a little bit of granule stabilizer left but I absolutely abhor doing the sock method so I’m contemplating buying liquid stabilizer from Amazon for $30...
  11. thefloatqueen

    How long after adding an inch of hose water can I re-test?

    The title pretty much says it all. Due to evaporation and a VERY hot, humid, and sunny day coming up tomorrow, I added an inch of hose water into the pool while the pump was running. I’m still running the pump now and am wondering how long I should wait before re-testing the water and adding...
  12. thefloatqueen

    Speedstir battery dying! Help lol

    Finally time to change the batteries on the Speedstir! I’ve been dreading this day lol. Going back to manually testing SUCKS! Anyways, I cannot find a screwdriver small enough to unscrew the bottom and change the batteries. WTH was Taylor thinking? Talk about making things as annoying as...
  13. thefloatqueen

    Why all the dichlor hate?

    So between heavy rains, splash out, evaporation and having to add fill water, etc., my CYA dropped from 50 to 30. With all the sun and hot temperatures lately, I noticed I’ve been adding A LOT of LC each day. No algae at all, always keep my FC well above the minimum required and vacuum and brush...
  14. thefloatqueen

    CYA test is making me crazy!!

    Title says it all. I’ve been testing my CYA lately after all the hose water I’ve added throughout the past month, lots of rain, etc., the dot always disappears just a tad above the 40. Should I just call it 50 to be safe? I tested the same sample 3 times with my back turned away from the sun...
  15. thefloatqueen

    Liquid Chlorine and pH question!

    So according to PoolMath, LC/bleach isn’t supposed to have any effect on pH. However, mine has been jumping up lately (TA is 70) when I add more than a couple cups of it. I did some research on Google and it seems other sources are saying LC does increase pH. I’m waiting on more acid to arrive...
  16. thefloatqueen

    Is this bleach ok to use? **PIC INCLUDED**

    This is all I can find at Kroger this morning. It says it is 7.13% chlorine (never heard of this percentage but whatever). The “concentrated” part is what worries me. Everything else is just regular plain bleach. I only bought 1 bottle since I am unsure and wanted advice before buying more...
  17. thefloatqueen

    Temporary trichlor question....

    Hi everyone! If my CYA is 40 (just BARELY over 40...a couple lines above the 40 mark lol), how many trichlor pucks can I get away with using until my liquid chlorine arrives in less than a week? I really do NOT want to increase my CYA much. They are the 3” (8 oz.) ones. I have two individual...
  18. thefloatqueen

    Which Aquabot Rover for my AGP? UPDATE!! **PICS INCLUDED!**

    So I’ve been wanting an Aquabot Rover robot vacuum for my above-ground pool but the reviews are so all over the place for the different models. Can anyone recommend a good model that is compatible with AGPs? My budget is no more than $400! Also, would it be dumb to buy a gently used one off eBay...
  19. thefloatqueen

    Anyone opening early?

    It has been so unseasonably warm this winter and now that April is approaching (I planned to open first weekend of April) and I see no freezing temperatures coming up, I’m thinking about opening early. I did not use a cover and my water is crystal clear (I’ve been scooping all fall/winter)...
  20. thefloatqueen

    Can I test yesterday’s water sample?

    I filled up my sample bottle with water yesterday and it was super cold so I let it sit and forgot about it until this morning. Is the sample still good to test? I could go and get a fresh sample but the water has a tiny bit of ice on the surface in the middle so I don’t know if it’s too cold...
  21. thefloatqueen

    Intex pool and homeowners insurance...

    My Intex Ultra Frame has been up since late July and I’m keeping it up all winter and plan to do so until I buy a “real” pool. We are currently shopping around for new homeowners insurance and have no idea what to put for the “do you have a swimming pool?” question. It is not a “permanent”...
  22. thefloatqueen

    Closing without Polyquat....should I be okay?

    After a change in the forecast, my closing day has been pushed forward to today so I have no time to let my FC drift down. I bought some Poly 60 from Amazon (I can still return it since it’s unopened and I have 30 days) a week ago but will not be using it to close my pool due to time restraints...
  23. thefloatqueen

    Closing after raining all night?

    Today is the day I planned on closing due to below-freezing temperatures heading our way in the next couple days. I scooped the leaves out and my water is crystal clear (will test shortly but did test last night). Rain is stopping in the next hour (it hasn’t been too heavy but it rained all...
  24. thefloatqueen

    Anyone closed with a mesh cover and opened to crystal clear water?

    I bought a really nice micro-mesh cover from In The Swim that I will be putting on (hopefully) tomorrow or Wednesday when I close my pool. To those who have mesh covers, do you open to clear water in the spring or is a mess inevitable? I brought my pool to SLAM level 3 days ago and waiting for...
  25. thefloatqueen

    Can I upgrade my membership?

    I am already a bronze supporter but would like to become a silver or gold. How do I go about doing this and how does the pricing work with me already being a Bronze contributor? Thank you!
  26. thefloatqueen

    Change username

    Hello! I would like to change my username. Who do I need to contact about doing this? A mod? Thanks!
  27. thefloatqueen

    Closing pool super late! Questions!!... *pretty pics included!!* :)

    Still haven’t closed my pool yet (waiting for latest possible time) and have been scooping leaves out and cleaning out the skimmer basket throughout the days nonstop. I’d say I’m doing a pretty good job considering all the trees behind my backyard! ??‍♀️ Yay for crystal clear water and pretty...
  28. thefloatqueen

    Is my pH low enough to be corrosive? *PoolMath screenshot included*

    I tested my water around 7 AM eastern this morning and was surprised to see my pH is 7.2. Is this considered corrosive? The pH drop is (I am assuming) due to rain and me having to add dry acid last night since somehow the pH got up to 7.7 (this was pre-rain). I added a tad more than recommended...
  29. thefloatqueen

    Lower pH first or increase TA first?

    Good morning, fellow pool people!! ? It is supposed to be in the low 90s today so I’m about to try to get my water perfect for probably one of my last days of floating and swimming. My TA is currently 60 and I want to increase to 80 (PoolMath app has this set as my goal). I understand this would...
  30. thefloatqueen

    Mesh or regular winter cover for Intex Ultra Frame?

    I am looking at winter covers for when I close my pool. We have woods about 50 feet or so behind where the pool is but when it’s windy, leaves really fly into the pool but I go out several times a day to remove them and any small debris (I’m OCD and work from home lol). I always keep my...