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  1. SuzfromTexas

    Jandy PLC 1400 replacement salt cell

    Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've been on the forum. I believe I need a new salt cell. It's been almost 5 years since the system and pool were put in. I've raised my cell to 95% and my FC continues to go down. My remote shows a message of "Check aquapure general fault". No other...
  2. SuzfromTexas

    Rooftop Infinity Pool

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/behold-the-rooftop-swimming-pool-thats-confusing I really laughed at myself when my first thought was, "You can't have that type of infinity pool! There's no trough!". Then I realized my pre-tfp days first thought would have been like others, "How do...
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    Hurricane prep tips

    Flooding Procedures for Pools When the rain is coming down multiple inches by the hour, an overflow drain may not maintain the pool water level. For some people, that could mean water coming into the back of the house. Appropriate water level in the pool: Normal circumstances: halfway...
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    Freezing in Houston

    It's been below freezing here since about 7am this morning - holding steady around 27 degrees. Very rare to be freezing so many hours. Plus, it's been sleeting most of the day which means weighted tree branches which can then break on our overhead power lines. Then no more power. The forecast...
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    Warning for swimming dogs

    I read this article on the Nextdoor forum. It explains 'dry drowning' in dogs (somewhat different than in humans). It may be rare, but it still seems worthy of a quick read. Prevention is easy - make sure your pooch takes breaks from swimming. I'm always looking out for my grandpuppy when he...
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    What I've Learned from TFP with each stage of a pool build by Twinkiesmommy2009

    I just saw a post which reminded me of this great list of suggestions or things to watch for during the different stages of a pool build. I was pretty sure Twinkiesmommy2009 had written it, but my memory was too vague to remember exactly what it was. So... I PM'd her, and she answered...
  8. SuzfromTexas

    Laptop to use by the pool

    I'm looking for a laptop with keyboard to use out by the pool. Sooooo, it needs to have a screen that shows up well in the bright sun - at least under the umbrella. Are there any that can take the heat? I've never had a laptop, so I'm clueless. No major computing tasks - reading TFP and...
  9. SuzfromTexas

    regulator vent for pool heater

    I'm getting conflicting information regarding my pool heater problem. It won't ignite. Warranty guys for the heater said a component blew out due to water in my gas line. They said this since when they turned on the heater, they heard a gurgling sound. The heater seemed to ignite, but they...
  10. SuzfromTexas

    Filter pump losing prime

    From what I've read on here, my pump is losing its prime? It happened once yesterday. We noticed one of the returns was gurgling loudly. The water in the pump basket was swirling like a hurricane. We shut the system off and took off the lid. The gasket (? black rubber ring) looked perfect - in...
  11. SuzfromTexas

    clean up method after 8 more inches of rain

    We missed the flooding NW of us yesterday in the Houston area - The Woodlands, Conroe, etc. Today we were hit though not to the extent of yesterday's floods. Ours came down quickly - we had about 8 inches of rain in the afternoon alone. So, again our street was a raging river with water up...
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    What do the wings on the handle of the M5 Dolphin do

    I saw this briefly on a YouTube video - 'wings' that slide out on the handle of the Dolphin M5 and maybe others. I didn't know about this, so I checked my Rosie, and sure 'nuff hers slide out too. I checked the manual and online - didn't have any luck finding out what they do. I bet Patrick...
  13. SuzfromTexas

    Using Pool Math to calculate amount of boric acid to add

    I want to add borates to my 10 month old pool. I've read as many articles about it on TFP as I could find, and am excited about making the addition. I just ordered the 55# pail from Duda ($82.44). So being the intelligent person I am (not), I later checked out Pool Math, and it calculates I...
  14. SuzfromTexas

    Need advice after 15-20 inches of rain last night

    We had a lot of rain last night and bad winds (understatement). Our pool overflowed for about 4 hours with an overflow drain to the street. We lost power from about 4:30am to about 3:30pm, so no pumps running. The water looks very murky, almost with a greenish tint - can't see the bottom even...
  15. SuzfromTexas

    Salt test level doesn't match the system read out

    I've been testing the salt level in the pool since it was switched over the end of August (a month after the pool was filled). The Taylor salt test was always neck and neck with the read out on the PDA for the salt level. Yesterday and today the salt test readings have been 2400 and 2600. I...
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    Pool math says not to add MA; pH 8.2

    I just calculated what I need to add on Pool Math. For the pH, it says I don't need to add any MA, even though my TestKit says it's at 8.2. Here are my numbers this morning if needed. SWG system currently using 22,000 for the pool gallons water temp: 69 water looks great FC: 9 (I'll...
  17. SuzfromTexas

    AquaPure link disappeared from Jandy AquaLink RS PDA

    I have been using my remote, the Jandy AquaLink RS PDA, to adjust my salt cell. It's been working fine. Tonight, I needed to adjust the percentage down on the salt cell. When I went to the Menu section on the remote, the "Set AquaPure" option has disappeared. It's gone. I've looked...
  18. SuzfromTexas

    Trouble getting the right balance

    I've been doing this about 10 weeks - feel like I should have this down by now, but don't. I get one thing in balance, and then something else goes out of balance. I have a SWG system, so I've been playing with pump run times for FC and pH. I'm not doing it very well. Here are today's...
  19. SuzfromTexas

    I haven't taken them seriously enough - mosquitos

    I was going to post this on my build thread, but due to the importance, I decided I should do a separate thread. The guy who takes care of miscellaneous pool things for my PB has been out of pocket lately. He's been so great about taking care of my pool since it was filled July 24th. He and...
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    Suz's pool salted today for the first time - any suggestions?

    Since my new pool was filled a little over 4 weeks ago, I knew it was soon time for the salt startup. My pool guy has been out of pocket for the last 10 days due to his son being in Texas Children's Hospital with meningitis. A few days after the pool was filled, he pretty much let me follow...
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    Suz's new pool tests

    First day test numbers: July 25th, 8:30am Water temp: 87 degrees Water visual: murky; greenish teal FC: 1 (same results on TF100 and Taylor 1000) CC: 0.5 pH: 7.5 TA: 60 CH: 75 (down from yesterday's test (not sure an accurate test; and tap water test 3-4 weeks ago....)...
  22. SuzfromTexas

    Leak in new spa after first fill

    I just finished filling my brand new pool. I've been checking the water level and went to turn off the water. The spa was filled last evening about 6:30. Now at about 3:30, the water in the spa is down about 3 inches. A man from the pool builder company is coming out this morning to start the...
  23. SuzfromTexas

    Metal wires sticking out of gunite and low area in shallow end

    I'm putting these 2 questions in a new thread, so I might get some quick answers..... I'm expecting the pebble finish this week. 1. I noticed this morning two fine little wires on the outside of the gunite near one of the underwater steps. They were both on top, and I could pull them out...
  24. SuzfromTexas

    Fourth of July Flag cake

    This may not be outdoor cooking, but considering the day, I thought it was appropriate. This is an easy-peasy cake that my boys loved when they were little and still do. In fact, we had it today! Basically, it's just strawberry shortcake with the flag on top made out of strawberries and...
  25. SuzfromTexas

    Wall Whale brush

    Divin Dave gave the tip yesterday about the Wall Whale brush. It sounds great, but it is out of stock on Amazon (the XL version seems to be gone indefinitely). So I went to the Gabco website. They offer the brush with nylon bristles, stainless steel, and a 50/50 option. Which type of bristles...
  26. SuzfromTexas

    Sealing Travertine coping and pavers

    Since I will be using a SWG system, I plan to seal the Travertine coping and pavers. From what I can find online, Dry-Treat sounds like the best sealer for what I need. Also, when I was looking at the stone place, I ran into another pool owner just getting ready to put in the same coping and...
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    Suz's tap water for practice

    I finally tested our tap water to practice using the kits. Here are my results with notes on what I THINK I should do if this were pool water (SWGS): FC = 1.5 should be 4-6 ppm; add bleach PH = 7.2-7.5 ok TA = 230-250 should be 60-80 ppm; not sure what to do CH =...
  28. SuzfromTexas

    NEW Blue Surf Pebble Sheen color

    Pebble Sheen has a new color. I don't know how long it's been out, but I just saw it on the PebbleTec website. It's called Blue Surf. I had heard they had Tahoe Blue from their Pebble Tec line available (but unannounced) on the Sheen line of colors. So I thought maybe this was it but with a...
  29. SuzfromTexas

    Question about Coping cuts

    First of all..... Guess what's back? Yes, the rain - unbelievable!!! I have a question about how two of the pieces of coping were trimmed to fit around edges. I know it sounds picky, and it may be. But that's why I'm asking you guys since I'm in foreign territory. Everything else so far...
  30. SuzfromTexas

    Separate Thread(s) for Photos of Plaster Colors, Aggregates, Vinyl Liners

    I am struggling with trying to choose a pebble finish. I have read many posts regarding finishes, but often the threads and/or posts are old, and the pictures are no longer available. I know this topic has been beat to death, but I see this struggle over selecting a pool finish, EVERYWHERE! I...