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    Procedure on Sale of Home/Pool?

    This may been obvious to some, but I'm selling my home (with my in-ground pool) later this month and is there a standard process for turning over the pool to the new owners? I've saved all of the equipment manuals, plaster instructions from the mfg, and proof of purchase for the one item that...
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    RayPak Heater-Instructions on CL PPM

    The instructions for my new RayPak heater state that free CL should never exceed 5 ppm and it recommends CL of 2-3 ppm. Of course, they do not adjust CL for the level of CYA. The instructions also state: "Automatic chemical dosing devices and salt chlorinators are usually more efficient in...
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    RayPak Wiring Help

    My new Raypak is due to arrive on Monday. It's replacing my 4 year old Pentair Mastertemp. The Mastertemp is connected to my Easytouch 4 and it looks like the wiring for the Raypak is similar. It will be a 240v connection. Anything unusual I should be aware of? I've wired things into the...
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    Pump Will Not Turn On

    My pump has never given me a problem until now. It was working fine today until I turned my Easytouch to spa mode to run the heater for an hour or so as I occasionally do. The valves turned to go into spa mode but the Whisperflo turned off during the switch to spa mode and I can't get it to...
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    How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    My pool light is burned out--at least I think it is. It worked fine for about a year, then stopped. I also want to check behind it for black algae. The problem is that the Phillips head screw is stripped. I really don't want to drain my pool 2.5 feet or so to drill it out. Any ideas? My...
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    Why I Love Rain

    Came home today to a pretty good thunderstorm in West Houston and I decided to test the rain water. pH was below 6.8 (bright yellow result--way lighter than the 6.8 color sample) and TA was 10 or less (one drop turned it pink and the color didn't change with the second drop). With my fill...
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    Pentair Mastertemp 400

    My Mastertemp 400 is about 3.5 years old and I had my first issue with it two days ago. Starting temperature was 76 degrees (can't believe the water is still so cool in late May in Houston) and the target temp was set to 95. For the first 30-40 minutes the burner cycled on and off every 3-4...
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    Should All Drops Be the Same Size?

    Last year when I ran out of R-0009 I bought a .75 oz. size bottle at Leslie's to resupply my TFP-100 kit for that one reagent. I'm still using the 1.0 oz. R-0007 and R-0008 bottles that came with my refill set from the TFP website. I notice that the drops from the 1.0 oz. bottles of R-0007 and...
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    Problems with Polaris 280

    I'm having problems with my Polaris 280. The wheels stop turning every few minutes. I can pick up the unit and spin the wheels manually and it will work for a while but the wheels eventually will stop moving and the unit will creep from the water coming out of the back of the unit until it...
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    Strange Black Spot on Bottom of Pool

    Last Friday I noticed a black spot on the bottom of my pool. It's about 3/4 inch in diameter. I've had black algae at the water line and in some poor circulation areas before, and it's clearly not algae. My pool water is crystal clear. I rubbed it with Vitamin C and it did nothing. I tried...
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    TF 100 CH test

    When performing the CH test (with a 10 ml sample and using 3 drops of the 0011L) my sample barely turns violet/red. It's extremely faint. Is this normal? It's very hard to tell when the color changes to blue and when it does change you can barely tell. The reagents are about 18 months old...
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    Algae on Tile Grout Above Water Line

    I did my annual scrubbing of my pool tile yesterday and what I thought was black scum from dirt/sunscreen/etc. was in fact algae. My pool has always been sparkling clear and I've never had cloudy or green water. I've never noticed any algae in my pool so I was surprised to see algae growing on...
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    Is pH of 8.0 always a problem?

    I've touched on this issue a few times, but I don't think I've ever had this specific question. Here's my issue. I've had rising pH since my pool was built 19 months ago, although it's slowly getting better. I have a spill over spa (although the water doesn't have far to fall--the top of my...
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    pH test with TF-100

    I've been testing my water with my TF-100 for well over a year. Before that I used the same Taylor pH test with the five pH levels (6.8, 7.2, 7.5, 7.8 and 8.2). I probably test for pH every other day and sometimes every day. So I've had a decent amount of practice over the last 18 months...
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    Gunite Curing Time

    The recent shotcrete curing thread and the one about possible calcium nodules has me concerned. Gunite was applied to my pool in mid August 2011, but because the delay caused by my PB (I eventually had to fire him and finish the pool on my own) the gunite was exposed until early December 2011...
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    What Causes TA to Increase?

    I've searched the forum and found at least one post where someone says that TA can't increase on its own. My pool is 14 months old and after about 11 months of adding about a gallon of MA (in 30-36 oz. portions) every week my pH finally stabilized somewhat. I now go through a gallon of MA in...
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    Why Does Wet Edge Recommend pH of 7.2-7.6?

    I have Wet Edge Luna Quartz plaster and my pool is about a year old. The pH has only recently stabilized and the sweet spot for my pH seems to be around 7.8. I still need to add some MA about once a week or so (which is way down from the amount and frequency of just a couple of months ago)...
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    pH Finally Stops Rising

    After 10 months of adding about a quart of MA every 2-3 days (way more for the first 6 weeks) I was getting skeptical of the often repeated statement that pH will rise during the first year of a pool. I thought I was destined to keep buying about 4 gallons of MA each month for the life of the...
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    What Does Clean Cell Tell US?

    The inspect cell light on my Aquarite was blinking which signifies that the 500 hour inspection was due. I inspected the cell and it was perfectly clean. Can I assume that because the cell was spotless that what I thought was scaling on my plaster is just normal mottling? In other words, if I...
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    Cost of RO in SE Texas?

    With the drought continuing in SE Texas I may soon have to replace more water due to rising CH levels. I've done this before the mandatory water rationing rules were put into place, but if you follow the restrictions a full or even a 50% replacement is impossible or impractical (we can only use...
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    Where is Calcium Coming From?

    I recently replaced about 40% of my water to lower my calcium from the high 600 range to the low 400 range. After the replacement my TF-100 showed CH at 410 earlier this month. Today the CH test was up to 500. We've had some rain lately and I've only added water twice in the three-four weeks...
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    Why is CH Rising?

    Last week I replaced about 40% of my water to reduce my CH. It had been 675 and after the refill it was 380. I tested this morning and CH is 440. I've been trying to lower my TA before topping up the borates from 30 back to 50, so I've been adding MA every day to get my pH back down to 7.2...
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    Knocking Sound Coming from Return

    I'm hearing a faint knocking sound coming from one of my returns. The same return also has a few bubbles coming out of it. They don't come from the opening of the return, but they come from the small space between the plaster and the return fitting. Could this be from my SWCG? The flow from...
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    Pressure did not return to the original startup pressure

    Just cleaned my CCP 420 for the first time since the pool was completed in December 2010. It was more work than I expected. It was hard/time consumming to clean the gunk from between the pleats. The original pressure was 19 psi and before I cleaned it the reading was 26 psi. After soaking...
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    Calcium is 800 Should I be Concerned?

    Just tested calcium again with my TF-100 and I got 800. Here are my complete results. The pool calculator says that the saturation index is .16 which is balanced. But should I be concerned about the calcium? By the way, two pool stores put it closer to 300. FC 7 (still adjusting the SWG...
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    What's This on My Plaster?

    In the last couple of weeks I've noticed some splotches on the bottom of my pool--mainly on some of the steps and in the shallow end. They could have been there longer or just not as noticable. Please see the attached photo. It's the lighter colored sort of round marks. They don't come off...
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    Pool Store Gets It Wrong Again

    Yesterday I needed more MA so I took a water sample to one of my pool supply stores for a test. Here are their results and my commentary: FC 4 (probably too low) TC 4 (CC=0 is correct) pH 7.8 (probably correct) TA 80 (too low) CYA 90 (too high) CH 340 (???) Salt 3700 (probably accurate)...
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    Preventive Care--When do you first notice algae?

    I was at a hotel yesterday on business and I passed by the hotel's swimming pool. The water was clear, but it was green as grass. No algae was floating on the surface and except for the green color the water looked clean. My question is how to you know when you are first starting to get...
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    Added Borates and TA is Up

    I added Borates to my pool last month and I love the way my water looks. I made sure the water was balanced before I added them and I followed the instructions very closely on adding 20 Mule Borax and MA. From a week to 10 days after adding the Borax/MA my TA has consistently stayed around...
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    First Test Results with TF-100

    My prior kit was a Taylor kit from Leslie's that contained the same pH and TA tests as my new TF-100. It also had the FC test in which you drop five drops of two different kinds of chemicals (I forget the numbers) and it turns purple, not shades of yellow. In any event, the test results from...