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  1. txnole

    solar or gas for heating. your thoughts if you would

    We have solar - love it. Amelia Island is on the Atlantic Ocean at approximately Interstate 10 to give you some perspective on latitude/climate. We have gas for the hot tub only; I wouldn't use gas for the pool for the reason metnioned above -its best for quickly raising temperature, not for...
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    New build in Highland Village HELP

    Highland Village? Nice. We used to live in the Mound. We have Pentair, automation, and saltwater. I wouldn't have it any other way. Our deck & coping is travertine. I know it is common to use Oklahoma Flagstone and other similar rocks in TX. once you start side cutting stones, some of them are...
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    Hello from Ted

    TED!!! :party:
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    Algae has won the me win the WAR!

    If your CYA is 100 (and it's probably not) then your FC is terribly low. You need to be MAINTAINING 13 in AZ at that CYA level. SLAM Level would be 39. Chlorine / CYA Chart How do you normally chlorinate? Pucks? IF so, your CYA is likely higher and the numbers above would get bumped up. If...
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    Pool Man says extreme heat in SoCal is causing green algae for many customers

    My favorite part of this story... POOL GUY: A lot of my customers are struggling with green algae. (((HINT))) Probably not the right pool guy!!! :joker: (((HINT)))
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    My pool water results from Leslie's

    Pool store testing is inconsistent and rarely produces reliable results, so we continue to recommend you have a professional test kit handy (TFT1000). You will save yourself countless hours and many dollars! Did you review the links provided in your last post? Those will give you a good starting...
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    Chlorine tab recommendations...I know, I know

    Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. You guys are saying ColorQ tests accurately against your TFT. Hmm..... wish listing?
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    4th of July Party!

    Happy Brexit 1776!
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    Still cloudy after 11 days

    The only way to do a SLAM is to do it until completed. Clearly dropping FC isn't working for you, so don't do that. :D
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    FC dropped overnight

    The SWG is best at maintaining chlorination, but not necessarily intended to tackle the heavy lifting. Use bleach to achieve FC target quickly and SWG to maintain.
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    Keeping FC up during slam

    In this instance, you would continue adding multiple times per day. Being a bit over doesn't hurt, but don't be fooled that it will decrease your SLAM time. More is not necessarily better.
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    Best idea to cushion bottom?

    Depending on the amount of cushion you're thinking... Styrofoam, corrugated honeycomb pads, maybe even play sand.
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    I did everything wrong, HELP!

    Welcome to the forum! All of our best stories start with, "My pool is nothing but a headache." A few of the moderators will be by shortly to review some basics but I'll add my two cents: 1) The goal of the Trouble Free Pool method is to self-maintain your pool in a few easy steps and saving...
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    Need help picking a robotic cleaner

    Huge believer in the Maytronics Dolphin robot cleaners. 90degree angles are a bit tough on any cleaner - mine are more rolling angles than right angles. Climbs walls to waterline and brushes well. Saves 90% of the labor.
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    Water overflow problem?!

    A gravity overflow drain shouldn't have forward flow, unless the "output" end is far under water. If this happening regularly then the drain pipe is either blocked (most likely where it terminates) or it is not installed properly. Running a gravity drain pipe isn't rocket science, so it's likely...
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    Assisting SWG with bleach question

    Richard is right - run your cell to maintain above the minimum and boost after a big storm or other "one off".
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    Advice needed

    Are the travertine pavers free layed (crush base, for example) or are they on the slab? Crush base in MS is going to move eventually and the deck level is going to be off. I think it's critical to get to a uniform level but I'm not sure what application is going to be best. For what you pay in...
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    Solar heater creation - pump needed

    I have and love solar, but this is NOT the application that's going to net you much warmth unless your willing to spend more than $900. Fix the heater and move on.
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    Salt Water Test Standard

    As a suggestion, move to a binary testing standard: either your salinity is (A) within sufficient range that your cell is operating per specification, or (B) your salinity is out of range for standard operation. If (A) then move to another chem test. If (B) then validate salinity using strip...
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    Central Florida pool Remodel

    Loving your inspiration!
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    Dolphin Supreme M Series Owner’s Club

    I'll echo the passion for the Dolphin (Z5 - the online brother). Ours is named Hiro (from Big Hero 6) and he lives up to his name. Love Hiro!!
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    Skimmer socks great price

    3M Hair nets - 100 for $9.10 .... can't be beaten ...
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    Spillover trickle

    Were you able to resolve? I believe flow to be the issue.
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    New to SWG

    Can't say that you did anything "wrong" per se or that 11 is completely off the charts. What are your full test results? CYA? Sounds like you just need to adjust your production levels to "dial in" the output needed for your pool and pump run time. For example, min runs well at 27% whereas...
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    Extending Wifi to the Pool Area

    It's overkill for you application, but the Hawking 5dbi Omni will completely cover you. Affix to home, power and you'll be shuffling between Willie Nelson and Boy George in no time. LINK:
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    South Florida Pool & Outdoor Living - STARTUP PHASE

    I like your idea of full refund on plaster and be done. It may not be perfect vs. your original goal, but it is lovely.
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    Mesh Networking Gear - Is It Worth The Plunge?

    I've had just about every make of router out there and I will never regret the cash I spent for the newer Apple AirPort Extreme. Great coverage range, great channeling, easy to manage traffic to bands, guest network, easy interface to manage port control, and six great big antennas built in to...
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    Filter Style Sanity Check

    Really love the water clarity - especially at night - from the Pentair cartridge.
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    Pump has stopped....what now?

    I'd look hard at the capacitor on the Pentair side, the sooner the better.
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    South Florida Pool & Outdoor Living - STARTUP PHASE

    Re: South Florida Pool & Outdoor Living - STARTUP PHASE I found a nickel on the ground last night so I'll throw in two cents. :o I disagree with Bdavis466 on the premise of "preferred". I think a large number of spillover pools are being designed as "always on" or "mostly on"...