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  1. CraigChing

    Winter cover cleaner: Good Idea or the next PoolRx?

    We let our mesh safety cover air out on the driveway, sweep it off once dry, then accordion fold it so it lays out easy for closing, and store it up high in the garage, away from any pests that could get at it in the mesh bag. 3 years and so far so good!
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    Reopening the Pool this weekend for the first time

    Your TA appears to be lower now than it was before. I wouldn’t worry about TA too much, your pH will rise and you’ll then use muriatic acid to lower both pH and TA (enough to lower pH to 7.2). For now, I’d probably aerate a bit to get the pH up, you want your pH in the 7s. You can choose to...
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    Just opened

    Good luck! And share your results, maybe you need more help if it doesn’t work, but if something does work for you, maybe you help someone else!
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    Testing a new pool

    Just so you know, after mixing the CYA reagent with your pool water and mixing it well, you can perform the “dot” part of the test multiple times to practice. Just pour the mixture back into the bottle, give it a little shake, and do it again. You should read this if you haven’t yet: CYA -...
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    Testing a new pool

    Understood. My comment was more about the CYA measurement from Leslie’s. Definitely get practicing the CYA test and report what you get here.
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    Just opened

    Have you read: https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2019/01/18/stains-in-your-pool/ Some on the forums have success with filtering with polyfill.
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    Testing a new pool

    Start practicing your CYA test if you’re using pucks. I don’t trust that Leslie’s report given you just started the pump and your test shows a good pH compared to what Leslies has. We trust your testing with a good testing kit over a pool store’s testing.
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    Draining Pool

    By the way, I have the Superior 1/2 HP pump as well and recommend it. I’d get the bigger one for sure as you won’t get the advertised flow rate out of your pool and you’ll want as much as you can get.
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    Draining Pool

    It will, but as Marty said if your pool water is much cooler than your fill water, it will mostly stay on top. Filling from the skimmer just helps preserve that by minimizing disturbance.
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    My New Old Pool Dig Out

    Wow! I was following this thread from the start! What an amazing journey! 😁
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    New owner of in ground pool with pH/alk problem

    I can’t second getting the speed stir enough! I just got the sample sizer as well which is a luxury, but not having to crouch down to see the meniscus is pretty nice! And I feel like it takes the subjectivity out of getting the sample size just right. Being a stickler for precision, I’ve tested...
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    New owner of in ground pool with pH/alk problem

    It depends on how fast and to what level. Listen to @Texas Splash , he’s the expert. Don’t lower pH until it hits 8.0 and you might find that your pool likes 7.8 which is perfectly ok! Definitely get a good kit with a CYA test like TF-100 or Taylor K2006c. The “c” is important if ordering the...
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    New owner of in ground pool with pH/alk problem

    I’m Craig, not sure we know Sneaux’s name yet! 😝 apologies if I’m wrong! 100% on the rest of what you said though! 😁
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    New owner of in ground pool with pH/alk problem

    Oh, the poolmaster also doesn’t have a CYA test which is THE key to maintaining proper chlorine levels!
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    New owner of in ground pool with pH/alk problem

    I’ve used the poolmaster to double check my Taylor kit early on in my testing experience, but ultimately you’re going to find the chlorine test is really limited, especially for how the TFP process works. Get the TF-100 instead as soon as you can and let the poolmaster go. I just yesterday...
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    Featured Bought a home and over my head

    Ditto what @CrystalRiver said, just want to add that pictures of the pool itself will also help.
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    Dirt on the bottom of the pool

    One thing I found when vacuuming a lot of sediment (happens to me on opening) is using skimmer socks to capture as much as you can before it hits your filter. I was vacuuming yesterday after opening and I probably had an algae bloom last fall because I had a lot of sediment. I was backwashing...
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Oh my god! That’s funny, thanks for sharing! 🤣
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    May the fun begin - conversion of 15 yr Baquacil pool

    Looks like the vat of acid from Rick and Morty.
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Well, after opening the filter backup (my fingers are still raw from all those bolts!), the cause was obvious. What I didn't mention was that I had put all the bolts back on with just the bolt and nut attached and was going to tighten them later. But with all the activity of opening the pool...
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  23. CraigChing

    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Thanks Kelly! Looks my agenda for tomorrow is set!
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Does it matter if it was wet in the o ring groove? I did spray off excess sand with a hose before installing the o ring.
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Yeah, I’m resigned to a do over, but what did I do wrong so I can be successful next time? Can you tighten the bolts too tight? How tight should they be? And for the lube, be generous? Or just a slim bit all around?
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    Yeah, drips here and there every few seconds. I thought I got all the sand off the surface, I could’ve gotten sand on the o ring when installing that, it was a bit challenging getting that big o ring around by myself.
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    Hayward s200 sand filter leaking

    I recently replaced the zeo sand in my filter with regular sand. I’ve put all the bolts back on (what a pain!) and now it’s leaking. I did replace the o ring and lubed it, maybe I didn’t use enough? I’m also concerned about how tight I should tighten the bolts. When I took them off, I could just...
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  29. CraigChing

    CYA, FC... Max?

    Hey Cory! Welcome to TFP! I’ve been living with high CYA the last couple of years. I won’t promise that what I’ve done will work for you, but I basically have been doing what you’re suggesting, keeping FC around 9 ppm so I can still measure pH properly. If you want to see my numbers for the last...
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    Shrimp or copepods in pool?

    I showed my wife this thread and said “pass the zesty Crosse and Blackwell!” I do believe the sound she made was a gagging sound 😝