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  1. Mermaid Mama

    Solar cover strips? Will it work?

    In theory, we think it will work but I don't know what I don't know so here I am to humbly ask if it will actually make life easier with using the solar cover. I am 5'1" so I am struggling to get solar cover on and off our AGP. We fastened some utility on hooks to hold it but it fills with...
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    Gunite Pool/Spa in woods in Wake Forest

    Yes, I actually tagged yours as one to reference for that reason. So I keep thinking about the pools at the beach we go to every year at Oak Island, NC in outer banks. I have tried to search for information about the processes in here but found nothing. Luckily I just got back and took some...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    I think we have our situation under control. Thank you much. It passed the test last night. Last night FC 12 10:00 AM FC 11 3:00 PM FC 7.5 Kids swam 6:00 PM FC 7.5 Am I correct in my thinking? Going forward should I just try to maintain at 5 bc of all the trees or should I dial it down a bit...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Pump troubleshooting, return stream was looking different and gauge says it needs to be backwashed? Is this normal? I know you're not supposed to backwash with CYA but better now than in a day I suppose. I thoroughly rinsed and packed everything yesterday.
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Just tested 12:00 PM FC is at 1.0 CC at 0.5 4 lbs of CYA went in at 10:00 AM So lost a bunch since this AM. I don't know if this matters but we have trees hovering over and they are constantly sprinkling organics into the pool so thinking we should always shoot for 5? Do...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    So last night Chlorine was at a 6. That was an hour after we put in enough in to bring it to a 5. We didn't put solar cover on. And this morning it was a 4.5. So 1.5 difference. The CYA sock is about to go in. But it says we will need 5 lbs and we don't have that much so we are going to use...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    We are read the overnight test instructions and are slightly under the minimum of FC of 3. Should we add a bit more chlorine to bring it up to 3? We were at 2.5 at around 5:00 PM.
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Will add the CYA, thank you Richard. FC 2.5 after 107 oz of 12.5% CC I am not sure this time. If the picture looks clear to you than it's zero. I thought there might have been the slightest tinge of pink but really not sure. But after one drop it was definitely clear. I have done this test...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    I haven't added CYA yet bc i didn't think I was supposed to until I got the chlorine leveled out?? But I have everything ready to do it. We added another 70 oz of 12.5% about an hour ago to bring it to 5. This AM we put 38 oz. Just brushed it and was going to give it a little more time to mix...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    @kimkats Went to do the test to bring FC to 5 and it's already all gone from this morning. This AM we added 38 oz of 12.5% bleach to bring it to 3. So I am going to bring it up to 5 and brush it like you advised. If those results changes anything let me know. PH still at 7.8. Thank you for...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Great, we got the new sand from Leslie's and about to put that in. Do you have a link to that process? We used "backwash" instead of "rinse" the first time.
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    Leveling Area for Above Ground Pool on Astroturf

    We rented a transim for a day and it was $60 for the day and that will make sure you are level. Once you set up the stand you move a stick around and it beeps when you are level. We found the lowest point and that was our baseline. Good luck!
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Having a hard time keeping chlorine in the pool. This AM Water Temp 62 FC 0.5 CC 0.0 Does this mean I need to slam? We added Chlorine according to App as usual but by next morning it's gone. I was planning on doing CYA today should I still do that? Or try to get the chlorine up from all the...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Any advice how to get this super fine sand out of the pool? It goes straight through my net and Intex Auto Cleaner had a really tough time getting it. There is probably 6 inches of sand scattered all over. Also, is this going to mess up anything on our brand new pump?
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    I called Home Depot to tell them. And manager said this stuff is much finer than the play sand they sell.
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    I was reading some old comments from Duraleigh about their processes and thought maybe I got some bad stuff from them. My husband and I took everything apart and spent hours trying to fish it all out.
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Sand we put in was Quikrete# 1153 put looks super fine. The particles are supposed to be slightly bigger then Silca #20 like the manual calls for. I read that most people used Quikrete pool sand with Intex pump didn't have problems. Here is a picture of the sand. Is it supposed to be this fine?
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    Put everything back together and added more sand and still spitting sand back in the pool. And the pressure isn't right bc we tried putting the Intex Auto Cleaner on and it doesn't go anywhere. It's starts to go but stops and won't go even when given a push. Not really picking anything up...
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    Rainy icky mess and problems with sand in pool from filter-PROBLEM found! See note in first post.

    I made another thread bc I thought this maybe a separate thing but you can delete if that was incorrect. So I am pretty sure we did the rinse/backwash bc I read your instructions about how to do it that you gave in another thread about letting it run clear. We may have had the dial on...
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