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    Currently Pooless, considering a build and some questions

    I posted last summer that we were getting ready to move from a home with an ABG that we installed to a home with an existing inground pool. Turns out that pool and home were a nightmare so we backed out and ended up buying a wonderful home:D with no pool:sad:. Doing without the pool hasn't...
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    Moving on up. Moving from a house with an ABG to an inground pool

    Hi all, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, BBB has been so easy to maintain my pool these last three years. We just found out today our offer has been accepted for a home with an inground pool. I don't have the exact stats yet but it looks to be a grecian style with steps on the side...
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    Pucks for vacation

    We are going on vacation for a week. I just bought a timer for the pool to run the pump 8 hours a day while we are gone. CYA is 40 so I am going to use pucks in a floater for the week while we are gone as I have no one to add bleach for me. Is it ok for the floater to be in the pool when the...
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    pump timer

    I have my pump plugged in to a twist lock outlet and I just turn on a switch above the outlet to operate the pump. We would like a timer though. I have done some looking online for a timer that I could just plug in and found one with the twist lock receptacle but reviews said that if your pump...
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    Need a new spa cover

    Can anyone recommend a site to order a new hot tub cover. I've priced a few they are all around $350 for what I want and all seem to offer free shipping. I just want to make sure I use a reputable company though.
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    Question about Sodium Bisulfate 93.2%

    I couldn't find MA at Lowes today so I grabbed PH Down which is Sodium Bisulfate. I've never had to lower my PH, it is at 7.8 right now. Usually I start the season off a little low and with areation and the kids splashing around it is up to where I want it in no time. According to the label I...
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    Well we are open.

    I was planning on opening the first week of May. I like to open early b/c I hate looking at the black cover all winter and it really bothers me to sit on my deck in the spring and look over at the cover. We were out this weekend quite a bit and on Sunday evening I noticed the water level under...
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    This site is awesome!

    I came to this site in 2010 when my agp was installed. I started with pucks and finished that first season as a reader but not yet a believer. When we opened in spring 2011 I finally got the test kit and started using BBB since my cya was already at around 80 with less than a full season of...
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    floater with pucks question

    I am going on vacation next week. I'm planning on bumping up Cholorine with bleach before we leave but after a few days I was going to have my dog sitter add a floater with some pucks to get me through the last three days of vacation. My question is she will be turning my pump on in the am and...
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    BBB question about closing

    Last year the pool was less than 2 months old at closing. I had the pool store close it up and I wasn't home when they came. We closed late Sept. and dh and I opened the poolourselves in late April. Water was crystal clear. I didn't have my test kit yet so I'm not sure what the levels were...
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    Good thing I was home.

    All has been well with the pool here. I had the filter running today and had the kids in the pool a few hours earlier. About an hour ago I went to wash my hands and as I looked up I noticed through the kitchen window that the pool water level was just to the bottom screw on the skimmer. It...
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    Dry skin

    We are having an awesome summer by our TFP, everything is balanced thanks to our handy dandy TF-100 and I've only needed to add bleach since we opened in the spring. The water sparkles and I'm amazed how easy things have been to maintain the pool and I actually feel like I have a clue what I'm...
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    Having our first real pool party this weekend.

    This weekend will be the first real pool party :party: :cheers: . We are expecting a few kids, in swim diapers, older kids and some rowdy adults. :whoot: Should I bump the chlorine levels before or after the party or both? Also, since I'm a little paranoid is it an issue for the kids or...
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    outdoor refriderator

    Not sure if this is the right place for this or not. I'd like to have a fridge outside so we can have drinks, cheese for burgers etc. on hand. We would probably bring it inside once we close up the pool and put it out in the spring when we open. Anyone have any suggestions on a small fridge...
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    Is anyone else in the closet?

    :oops: Another soccer mom was telling me that her family just purchased an intex pool and chemicals. She was asking me about taking care of the pool and said they plan to shock weekly per the pool store. She was asking me how often I shock. Since I started BBB in April I haven't and don't...
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    Back yard is coming together, before and after.

    Last year when we got the pool we were left with a yard of dirt and mud. We had a patio installed, then added rock to clean up the look and cut down on maintence. The pool doesn't look as sparkly as usual because it is a little cloudy this a.m. Excuse the pictures with the shovels and wheel...
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    Is this a major issue?

    Our above ground pool is just under a year old. Everything is going smoothly thanks to TFP. :goodjob: This year shortly after opening I noticed these divots in several spots around the inside edges of the pool. It looks llike sand has moved in a few places, I'm not sure what caused it or...
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    not sure where to put this, sore lil boy parts after pool

    NOT MY POOL, my parents' pool. This was an issue last year, several grandkids, just the boys had sore and kind of raw boy parts after swimming on and off for the day. My dad said his cholorinator wasn't working properly, and he was over cholorinated and that has since been fixed. He uses...
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    question about FC level

    I'm currently keeping my FC at 8 ppm, since my cya is 70. I understand it is higher than others because my cya is on the higher side. Is this level safe for us though? I have young kids 18 months and 4 years and I just want to be sure this isn't going to be too harsh for their skin. I'm...
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    Am I on the right track?

    I started using 6% bleach almost two weeks ago. My CYA is on the higher side, 70 (no SWG). I was told here and according to the calculator to keep FC at about 8ppm. I've been testing every other day at this point b/c it's been cool here and FC has been holding. Yesterday it was at 6ppm so...
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    Some BBB questions

    I'm going to add bleach for the first time today. The pool is a little less than a year old and I was using pucks before. My FC is at an 8 right now, I was told I should maintain this b/c cya is at 70. I'm planning on adding 1 1/2 quart of 6%. I read to add it infront of the return letting...
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    Tested for the 2nd time, what is next?

    PH= 7.2 FC= 8.5 (down from 27 about 10 days ago) CC= .25 TC= 8.75 TA= 80 (it was pink, should I have kept adding until the solution was really red?) CYA=70 I haven't added any chemicals to the pool since I pulled the pucks out with the last test. Should I add anything yet and if so what, I...
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    when and how long to run the pump each day?

    Last year when our pool was installed we ran the pump 12 hours a day. It was a very hot summer here. Now it is in the 70's and supposed to go back to the sixties next week. I'm wondering how long and when we should run the pump, (hottest time of the day? morning? evening? Should we increase...
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    Fed Ex man came today. First test a couple of questions

    :party: I got my TF-100 in the mail today. First test results. PH 7.2 FC 27.5 CC 0 TC 27.5 TA 140 CYA 60 I'm quessing my clorine is high? Water is clear and 70 degrees. I put in two bags of shock when we opened on Friday and have 3, 3" pucks in the skimmer. What should I do next? I'm open...
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    Should I make a trip to the pool store?

    I just ordered the TF100 a few min. ago. We opened on Friday and I tested the water a few times using the lame strips that came with the pool. It looks like everything is a little low, the water looks crystal clear. Should I bother bringing my water to be tested at the pool store or just wait...
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    Not sure if there is a problem with our pump.

    We opened on Friday, it was our first opening since the pool was installed last July. Everything went smoothly. Last night when I shut off the pump the water from the pump appeared to go back up into the skimmer basket, forcing the lid almost off. After a second this stopped. It happened...
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    We opened today.

    Before After Looking pretty good I think We managed to successfully put everything thing back together and get the pump running without a hitch. :party: It's looking good now. I need to order my test kit stat. I've been using pucks and I think I'm ready to go BBB.
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    Uut oooh! pressure gage

    I have a Pentair Sandollar sand filter. We paid the pool store to close the pool since it was our first close. I wasn't home when they came and closed it up last fall. They left the pump and currogated hoses infront of the pool and we stored them in the basement for the winter. About a month...
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    Newbie opening

    Since we just had our pool installed in July we paid the pool store where we purchased our above ground pool to close it up. They brought the cover, air pillow and disconnected the pump etc. I am considering opening the pool ourselves. We are newbies but we can handle this right? I'm...
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    Pool Step suggestions

    Still freezing in New Jersey but looking ahead to opening the pool for 2011. We put the pool in last summer and didn't get too much use since we spent a ton of time on landscaping, patio, and other installation drama. Now our patio is complete and leads up to the pool. We have a set of steps...