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    Broken Pipe / Freeze damage

    I'm strongly considering having someone close it this year. It's not the cost...it's that I take pride in doing things myself. We'll see. That guarantee is nice though!!! Really the cost of this fix isn't that much - probably $1,200. I just hate having the yard dug up and the kids can't use...
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    Broken Pipe / Freeze damage

    Rented it from SunBelt Equipment Rental. $200 a day but I rented on a Friday and returned on a Tuesday (Memorial Day weekend so they were closed Monday).
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    Broken Pipe / Freeze damage

    Yes, it worked very well. I was going to buy a camera on Amazon but American Leak Detection out of Pittsburgh was able to fit me into their schedule on short notice. Their camera is detectable from above. They are able to tell exactly where the camera is and the depth. Turns out, mine is...
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    Broken Pipe / Freeze damage

    So this is the 2nd major problem we've had. The first was a slice in the flex pipe that wasn't noticed during installation. A season of lost water and torn up concrete to fix the leak. This was the builders fault and he fixed it - Questions about a possible leak....#frustrated I closed the...
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    How to drain water in winter - inground with mesh cover

    Well, to close this out, I figured out a decent solution last night. I bought a rubber hose (so it folds up easily) and put valves on both ends. I hooked it up to our laundry sink and ran water through it. As water was coming out, closed both valves. I carried it out to the pool deck and...
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    How to drain water in winter - inground with mesh cover

    I understand what you're saying. That's not easy in my situation. Our spigots are turned off in the winter for freeze reasons - and the distance to get hoses out there is far. If I left a 2nd hose in place, it would freeze up and not be usable (until a warm day thawed it out). I could...
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    How to drain water in winter - inground with mesh cover

    Thanks but what do you suggest as a "water source" that will suck the water up and into the hose? I've considered doing this with a Water Transfer Pump but it will have to self-prime as the hose will be empty. Self-priming transfer pumps are probably in the $500+ range and not what I'm...
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    How to drain water in winter - inground with mesh cover

    Ok...I'm frustrated with finding a solution to drain water from my pool. It's an inground pool and has a mesh cover. We get so much rain and snow melt all winter that I have to continually drain it or it will overflow. And, I don't like knowing the water is above the bottom of the skimmer...
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    Help closing...does the mesh cover change numbers anyway?

    Ok...just bringing closure to this thread. I waited until the pool was down to 62F with more cold weather approaching to close. My numbers were all ideal and I circulated 1 jug of polyquat 60 for about 24hrs. This was my first time closing but I think everything went well. Only trouble I had...
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    Help closing...does the mesh cover change numbers anyway?

    Thank you for the help. I have a Loop Loc mesh cover - Mesh Safety Pool Covers | LOOP-LOC. It's new...just bought it last year. I'll do a slam and try for the overnight test. Been looking through some other posts and think I should do the Poly 60. I don't know anything about it though...
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    Help closing...does the mesh cover change numbers anyway?

    Current numbers: FC- 5 CC - 1 PH - 7.4 CYA - 50 Do I need to adjust these numbers before closing it up? I'm in Western PA and we have some 70 and 80 degree days coming. We get LOTS of rain in fall and winter. I have a MESH safety cover so the rain water drains into the pool. I'll have to...
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    Pump that will maintain water level...

    We've had record rain here in Western PA...seems like it's NON-STOP! I'm frustrated that I don't have a good way to lower the water level. With a cartridge pump, I don't have any way to pump to waste. If I put a submersible in, I have to be there to take it out when the level is low enough...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Ok...thank you both. I'll raise it back up tonight. I have no other options. Just seems to me that if there was live algae in there, i wouldn't pass the overnight test and I would have combined chlorine showing. I'll go with high FC until I get some crystal clear water.
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Thank you. Again...I just don't understand how continuing to SLAM will help my situation. Adding more FC into the pool is only wasting money as I don't have a CC issue and I'm not losing FC overnight. I have dead algae and the filter is not picking it up. At this point, I have to assume...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Went to pool store yesterday and had water tested. I verified everything with my TF100 and salt kit but couldn't measure phosphate, borates and dissolved solids. All other numbers were same. FC 10 CC 0 PH 7.3 CH 50 TA 90 CYA 70 Salt 3200 Phosphate 1000 Borate 50 Total dissolved solids 4600...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Can I ask what is causing the cloudy water? I know the criteria and I've read all about the slam process. I held my pool at 29 FC for 5 days. The green went away. I'm now sitting at 12 FC with 0 CC and not losing any FC overnight. That's 2 parts. But the water is still cloudy (for the...
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    Pool Pump Priming Issue

    Frankie, I have prime issues as well. Once I'm primed, everything works great - but it takes some effort to get it going. One of my problems is that the equipment is a good distance away from the pipes AND it's a rise to the equipment pad. So when I open the pump lid, everything drains out...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Thanks but I'm done slamming. I didn't lose CL overnight. Now it's just cloudy so I want to let the CL come back down and hopefully adjust the pH as needed.
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    13 FC 0 CC 60 CYA 7.7 pH 75 CH Still cloudy....
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    I think the plan then. We've had a lot of rain lately so that may have raised it.
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    OK...then should I let my fc drop back to normal levels (or under 10) so that I can adjust my pH?
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Still cloudy... Though my pH is reading 7.3, is there a chance it's actually much higher? Maybe the high CL level is giving me a false reading? Maybe that's causing the cloudiness?
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Question for you... If the cloudy pool is because of all the dead algae floating around, why should I keep the pump running? Why not shut it down and keep the water still - allowing the dead algae to sink to bottom, and then sweep it up? Seems more efficient than trying to turn over all of the...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Thanks. Yes, I have had it cranked up for a bit. I'm giving it a break right now and running at 2300. I had it running at 2800 for about 18hrs. I'll bump it back up tonight.
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Interesting...thank you both for your contribution. Meanwhile...I'm still here with a cloudy pool :( I cleaned the filter this morning. FC is not dropping too quickly anymore so I think I've killed off all the algae. CC was 1 this morning so I'm not done slamming yet. I'll keep the FC at...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Thanks. I have a BIG filter so I have never seen it go up in pressure - but I'll keep an eye on it. Maybe I'll turn up the pump a bit so I can increase the rate that it filters.
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Current state....day 4 of SLAM Still holding the CL at 29. CYA has dropped a bit (maybe because of rain) and is at 60-65. PH is 7.2. CC is .5 (sometimes 0). Can I add CYA mid-slam? And what causes the pool to be so cloudy??? Is it dead algae floating around?
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    So confused, CC levels going up during SLAM? Started normal

    Haha...I was thinking the exact same thing. I have 25 jugs (so far) from my slam and recycling isn't until Thursday. It'll look awfully suspicious to both the garbage men...and my neighbors. "Look honey, we have Heisenburg living next door to us" :p
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    This is probably a silly question but is keeping the CL this high for this long bad for the liner (or equipment)? I'm guessing not since SLAM is done by so many on here I just feel like dumping THAT much CL in will bleach out the liner or cause corrosive issues with the equipment. Just...
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    Still green....SLAM'ing help

    Thank you for your confidence. I agree...this looks better than it did 2 days ago. I just thought it would clear up faster - like it does when I first open it. Maybe it's different because water is warm (currently 85F). 2 days ago: