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    Not sure its worth to open early in the future

    I get the drill of closing late, and opening early. I have done that the past few years and have opened to a relatively clean pool in late April. Usually only takes a couple of days to have everything balanced and in order. However, I must say from about the second week of May to Memorial Day...
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    Open to 0 CYA for the 3rd straight year

    Opened the pool yesterday. Once again I have a CYA of 0. I use the liquid CYA every season so I wonder if that has something to do with it? I wait to test the CYA after filter has been running and mixes the water up for several hours, and I bring the water to room temp.. My CYA at the end...
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    Opening with extreme cold water

    In a few weeks I will be doing my opening. Last year when I opened my water was 42 degrees. That is the norm for an early New England open. Sticking your arm in water that cold is not pleasant, not to mention you lose all strength almost immediately. Taking out plugs, and plugging in the...
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    CYA testing at 20ppm

    As I am going on vacation for the second half of September I am closing my pool earlier than I would like this year. I plan on closing early next week prior to our trip. In an attempt to get the water as cool as possible prior to closing, I shut off the heater yesterday and took a full reading...
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    Your thoughts on closing a bit ealry this year

    I know its still early in July but I am trying to plan ahead and would like some input from others on this board. I usually close my pool around Oct 5th -10th. This year my wife and I will be traveling to Italy the last two weeks of September. Usually by the last week of September I have...
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    Slightly Cloudy Water after adding liquid CYA

    I noticed yesterday that my water was slightly cloudy. In the morning I added half a bottle of Liquid CYA as I wanted to increase my CYA levels for my new SWG cell that was replaced earlier in the week. While my cell was down I was keeping a close eye on my levels and using liquid cholorine...
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    Pentiar IC 20 dead?

    Last week I decided it was time to get the SWG up and running for the season. Did the Taylor salt drop test and I was at 2200ppm. PoolMath said I needed to add 93lbs of salt to get to 3400ppm. Water temp was 82 degrees when I did the test. I added 80lbs of salt. Running the Taylor test...
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    TA test results and other issue

    Had our pool opend today by local pool company. I like to use them as if there are any issues with equipment over the winter they will take care of it on the spot. I then do all the balancing of the levels once they leave. However this year the guy forgot that I would be doing the balancing...
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    Shivers of plastic in water (see pic)

    Just peeled the cover back to drain out some water before I open next weekend. In addition to the leaves and twigs, I notice a a lot of shivers of white plastic. Seems I got a lot of junk in the pool this year compared to most other years. Now I did have an issue this winter with my water...
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    Concerned about plumbing

    Doing some pre-opening prep work today and noticed something that has me a little concerned, but maybe its fine. When we did our build we plumbed for a future waterfall. We have a 2" pipe sticking about 3 feet above the ground. I could swear when they did the install they put a plug at the...
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    Pool is a block of ice, but is ready to overflow

    Pool was winterized in mid October this year. To avoid the issue I am having I took a little more water out this year than in the past. I would say it was a good 12 inches below where I normally keep it in the summer. Up here in New England we have had a very cold winter thus far starting...
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    Cloudy water

    To start there a few things I should mention. This is my second season with the pool, and the first "issue" I have had. In the past we have always had a solar cover on when the pool was not in use, but for the last month we have been going without as it looks nicer, and my wife and son can use...
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    IC40 flow issue

    Put salt in the pool yesterday to start using the SWCG for the season. When the pump is running at full speed of 3440 I get all green lights. Once the the pump slows down to my run speed of 2250 I get a red flow light. I upped it up the quick clean speed of 2750 and still red light. Last...
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    having an issue getting prime

    As of late we have a had a LOT of pollen, blooms, and garbage from the trees blooming falling into the pool. I lot of it tends to cluster on top of one of the bottom main drains. Over the last few weeks I have had the valve position mainly pulling from the skimmer to clean all the stuff from...
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    How do you all deal with flowering trees?

    Had the solar cover off today to run the Polaris and brush the pool. It was snowing green from the flowering trees. I left the cover off for a bit to let the skimmer catch them with a skimmer sock. Wind picked up and too much was getting into the pool. I could not take it any longer so I put...
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    FC not drifting down very fast

    Second season with my pool. Normally I run a SWCG, but due to low water temps I have yet to turn on. Water is between 57-60 degrees. I opened the pool on April 13. Water was crystal clear, and still had a FC of 2.0 from last fall. The CC was 0.0. Water temp was 44. Laying on the side of...
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    New label, or just wrong bleach??

    So my wife picked me up some bleach today at the store. Not sure if this is the right kind to use. Normally the bleach I have bought is 8.25%, and the label doesn't have so much writing on it. This bleach is only 6%, and has much more writing on the label. It does say regular though. She...
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    Anyone in the Northeast open yet?

    My pool is scheduled to open on 4/20. However, with temps in the mid 60s today, and in the 70s and 80s over the next few days, I am thinking of pushing ahead my opening to this week. As of today my water is crystal clear when I peek through the mesh cover. I would like to open to that. Not...
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    Boston opening questions

    As I look out my window and see the sea of white snow overing my pool and lawn, it is hard to believe that pool season is around the corner here in New England. Our pool was built last spring so this will be our first opening. As part of our package with the pool builder, they had a company...
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    First New England closing

    First time closing with our new pool. Actually a company is coming to close as it was included with our new pool. I will be doing all the chemicals though. When do most of you in the New England area close? The heat pump is still doing a great job of keeping the water at 85. However, with...
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    Winter cover and closing for liner over steps

    Now that the pavers are installed around our new pool, they will be coming out to measure to order our winter cover. Our pool has liner over the steps. Here in New England, most people drain pool to just below the returns and blow out all lines. My question is with liner over steps is it safe...
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    constant higher than target FC ok?

    First few weeks with our first pool. Here are current readings. FC: 7.5 TC: 0.0 PH: 7.2 TA: 110 CH: 220 CYA: 70 or 80 We have yet to establish a good summer weather pattern here in the Boston area. We will get a nice day in the low 80s, but then have several rainy days in the 60s. We...
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    New Pool open for first rough weekend

    Okay, let me first say that I have been coming to this site for a couple years reading everything before we put in our pool. With everything I have learned I was ready to take this on. Construction started in early May, but luckily the pool was filled and ready to go just before this long...
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    What Pentiar filter is this?

    This filter looks smaller than I thought it would be for my 295sq feet, 9250 gallon pool. I know it's a Pentiar, and I thought it was supposed to be a clean and clear model but can't find a matching picture online anywhere. I am out on the road this week and it was installed today. All my...
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    Storing acid

    Is it ok to leave a bottle of muriatic acid in one of those giant rubber storage bins? I just bought a bottle for the first time in preparation for our new pool. I thought the bottles were vented, but the kind I bought is not. The rubber bin would be stored in my garden shed which at one...
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    New liner pool outside of Boston, FINALLY!!

    I would first like to start out by saying how happy I am to finally be able to start a thread on our pool's construction! This has been years in the making. Just met with the builder and they will break ground in 3 weeks, and we just got approved by the town for all of our permits. Our pool...
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    Interesting story to share

    Just spent some time this past week down in Bonita Springs FL. Family was swimming in the community pool for the condo owners surrounding it. Whoever is in charge of keeping it maintained should be let go, or spend some time on this site. First off, the water level was a good 3 inches low...
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    When to purchase test kits

    So I just recently received a bunch of amazon gift cards for Christmas. I have family that will be in town until just past New Year's. In the past they have given us department store gift cards and we then go to the mall and pick out whatever it is we want. We do this while they are here so...
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    Signing contract on Saturday last minute depth decision

    Signing the contract on Saturday for our pool for first build next spring. As the plan stands now the pool will be 3' deep in the shallow end, and 5' in the deep end with a gradual slope. I am worried that the shallow end will be too shallow. Pool length will be 28.3, including stair...
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    Delayed until next spring, now I have concerns

    After a long summer of being delayed for various reasons getting our retaining wall built, we are now delayed until Spring to start the pool build. We are going to sign the contract in the next two weeks for the pool build to lock in the price for a Spring build. I have a few concerns. The...