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    Water height under winter cover

    I’m using a tensioned permiable cover for the first time this winter. I drained the water below the tile line and closed my pool as I’ve done in the past (with just a tarp and weights in prior years). We we just got our first snowfall - about 7” wet inches. The cover is now weighted down and...
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    Pool light replacement / upgrade options

    Bought my house almost 2 years ago and it had an inground pool that was built in 1983. The single pool light worked fine and was plenty bright for the smallish pool. The night I was closing the pool last fall, I turned on the light and it flashed then went out. I figured the bulb burnt out and I...
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    Pool light burned out - help identifying model and suggesting replacement

    We recently purchased a house with a pool built in the early 80's. The pool light worked fine for the whole season, but when I went to turn it on a few days ago it flashed for a second and then went dead. Assuming the bulb burned out. I have zero experience with pool lights, so sorry for the...
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    Debating a new cover: Mesh or Solid Safety Cover in Northeast

    My pool is under oak and cedar trees and we get lots of snow and cold here. Last year I bought the house just in time to close it. I used the big green tarp and water bags the previous owner left. I closed in November and drained water off the cover but still ended up with some water / ice on...
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    My pH has been constant since June. Is this normal? This seems too easy...

    ​I'm not complaining, but just want to make sure I'm not testing incorrectly or something. When we bought our first house and it had a pool, I was worried the pool was going to be expensive and time consuming to maintain. It's been neither. This is was my first year with the pool, and I've...
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    Looking to increase size of pool deck - need advice

    We want to increase the size of the pool deck. We just bought the house last fall and would like to make some changes to the pool area. The grassy area in the top right of this pic is wasted space currently. We would like to increase the size of the deck to fit lounge chairs, a patio table /...
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    Should I buy a used Rapyak Pool Heater?

    Hi again. In my never ending quest to heat my pool on a budget, I have found somebody selling this Raypak heater locally. Their description is "Was working fine when removed but has been stored in the garage for several years". Asking price is "best offer". I have a few questions. 1. I...
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    Crazy to buy a used heat pump?--Update and question about my Aquacomfort Heat Pump

    I would like to get a heat pump and have seen a few on Craigslist that range from 5-15 years old. What sort of issues should I look for if I'm going to buy a used heat pump? Or do I need to suck it up and drop $3-4K on a new one? Thanks! Alex
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    Cracks at top of pool and question about test results

    Hi All - Just got my pool uncovered and the pump going this past weekend. I bought the house just in time to close the pool last October. First test results: FC: 0 CC: 0 PH: 7.5 TA: 100 CH: 175 CYA: 70 (I think...I will do this again this afternoon if the sun comes out) I know I need to...
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    First TF-100 water test on new to me pool. Was expecting high CYA... Few questions.

    I bought my house with just enough time to close it last fall. I haven't opened it yet but I've been anxious to see what I'm working with and to test out my fancy new test kit, so I scooped some water from under the cover yesterday and did some tests. FC: 0 CC: not tested PH: 7.2 TA: 90...
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    Help me decide how to heat my pool

    I bought my house last fall just in time to close it, so this will be my first season with a pool.<br> We are in MA so the swimming season is already pretty short, so I want to use a heater to extend the swimming season. The pool doesn't get a ton of sun (will chop a few trees in the spring to...
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    Best option for buying large quantities of liquid chlorine

    Hi All I posted a question about this in the "best places to buy liquid chlorine" thread...but looks like although it's a sticky, it doesn't get much activity. I realized the last post before mine was almost two years ago, so figured I would start a new thread. This will be my first summer...
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    Just bought a house with a pool - trying to learn about / close the pool!

    Hello all, First of all, I wanted to say that this place is great! I've spent a fair amount of time reading through various sections and have searched for my questions and read various threads, but thought I should introduce myself and post my questions. My wife and I just bought our first...