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  1. Ashbourne

    Liner decision: Tan Flora or Stone Canyon?

    I would definitely go with the Stone Canyon. You will be able to see all the lighter "swirls" in the Tan Flora grow "dingy" each year, until they are very dull looking; also, the water level will probably fall in the middle or the bottom of that pattern and the natural fading (from sun and...
  2. Ashbourne

    UPDATE -safe to swim? Worst Pool Store Ever!

    Re: Worst Pool Store Ever! Just to give you some encouragement - in February my pool turned green because it was really hot and I was sick for 3 weeks, unable to care for it. It stayed dark green until early April when I could clean/open it. I got it to light green and then cloudy/blue within a...
  3. Ashbourne

    Just had to drain more than half, because TDS was over 2500

    Re: Just had to drain more than half, because TDS was over 2 No offense to your friend, or your friendship, but if you continue down the path he's suggesting you will continue to have problems. But that's up to you. Sometimes we have to learn the harder, longer, more expensive way. I knew...
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    Want to raise pH via aeration for TA lowering - get air leak

    Re: Want to raise pH via aeration for TA lowering - get air Here's what I built two years ago for my return...brought the pH up from 7.2 to 7.8 in two days. download/file.php?id=6372&mode=view download/file.php?id=6373&mode=view
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    Recommendations or ideas for guest gear storage?

    When we have a pool party it is usually at least 10 adults and 15 or more kids - so there's a lot of "gear" that ends up getting stacked by the walls, chairs, etc. Does anyone have any ideas for outdoor cubbies or other shelving/storage units that are somewhat decorative (i.e. not metal...
  6. Ashbourne

    My New Pool

    I don't think you have a cartridge filter, you have a DE filter, correct? You may or may not need to clean and/or add DE to it at certain points - I'll let someone with that knowledge speak up. I have a cartridge filter and I clean the four cartridges twice per year when everything is running...
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    Foreclosure swamp and errant pool service?

    (Welcome to TFP!) I would not floc either - you can do this without it. Here was my pool when we started cleaning it (it only got to this point because it got really warm and I got really sick in February!) and when we finished - the only two things I put in it were CYA and bleach...
  8. Ashbourne

    New Build in Central Texas

    Gorgeous, Vonrussell! Thanks for sharing pictures. Can't wait to see more!
  9. Ashbourne

    18 days and finally done!

    Re: 7 days and counting I have to make the rounds...Target, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowe's, and then around again! My color is almost where it should be and then it will just be a waiting game for the filter to clear the rest of the cloudiness. Glad to see you are finally done!
  10. Ashbourne

    18 days and finally done!

    Re: 7 days and counting Still going strong here too, LS1M, and still greenish-hazy in the deep end. It seems like I've made very little progress in the last week. Nothing to do but keep on keeping on. I tell myself, it didn't get this way overnight, it's not going to get fixed overnight either...
  11. Ashbourne

    18 days and finally done!

    Re: 7 days and counting If it makes you feel any better, I'm on day 9 and I'm not even at cloudy blue yet :) I got really sick for almost 4 weeks in January - February and couldn't maintain my pool, which had been its usual beautiful sparkling blue all winter. It turned into a dark green muck...
  12. Ashbourne

    My new build

    Chris, if you have Paint (go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint) you can size your pictures down before uploading them.
  13. Ashbourne

    what do we do with the antifreeze?

    Theresa, To open my inground pool, I just reverse the steps I did to close it (as far as getting the lines back open and parts reinstalled) - then I start testing and adjusting. And if you used pool antifreeze, it is okay to go into the water once you start the pump. It will probably affect the...
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    Any advice?

    Well, the deed is done and I think we escaped without any damage, at least that I can tell so far. Fingers crossed. Thank you all for your ideas and advice. Several times yesterday DH threatened to just go in with his bathing suit on but I made him wait until I could pick up the wetsuit. He...
  15. Ashbourne

    Any advice?

    Thanks for all the advice. DH offered to go in himself so I'll stand by for help. I'll talk to him about using a rope, great idea if he can get it tied around! I do worry about him a little down there - he's normally kind of rough-handed and who knows how much more he'll be so when he's shocking...
  16. Ashbourne

    Any advice?

    Yes, Candi, those images of people going into the water on New Year's Day immediately came to mind, followed by the thought I always have when I see them doing that..."Why?! No!" IO Sports said theirs are not for diving, but they pointed me to a dive shop down the road from them. Called them...
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    Any advice?

    Aha...just googled wetsuit rental - Inside Out Sports rents them, I think I'll give them a call...
  18. Ashbourne

    Any advice?

    Thanks Dave - the closest diver I know is in Houston TX! If I could get a wet suit I would definitely dive in and get it myself. Maybe I can rent one somewhere? I haven't measured the temp yet but I would guess probably 60 to 65. What is the temp where your system is so shocked that you can't...
  19. Ashbourne

    Any advice?

    It was our first winter closing/covering our pool. Unfortunately we don't have deck locks so it was weighted down with water bags, which worked well when they weren't leaking :roll: Anyway - several of those bags failed and we ended up using a few old cement edging/landscaping blocks (about...
  20. Ashbourne

    NC RENOVATION

    Welcome to TFP and thanks for sharing your pictures. What a beautiful setting - can't wait to see the transformation! Our situation was so similar to yours! 26 year old pool...leaking...deteriorating liner...had to wait several years to get this done because there were bigger issues to deal...
  21. Ashbourne

    My sad little swamp...

    I'm sure you'll have it sparkling again in no time. Just a side note - I'm not sure if you've ever closed your pool before but if you're in somewhere as cold or colder than NC, I highly recommend it! We closed ours for the first time this year, following the closing instructions here, and it...
  22. Ashbourne

    Pool Build - California Dreaming - 3 Years Closer

    Re: Pool Build - California Dreaming Still watching, still amazed! Have a safe trip back.
  23. Ashbourne

    Frost Heave - thoughts please

    Just wanted to say I'm sorry you're going through this. I am in the Charlotte area with new concrete pavers (with stone dust) installed last year and it's great. Before that the deck was brick pavers with sand for the first 20 years of its life and it appeared to have held up pretty well also...
  24. Ashbourne

    Waiting for warmer weather

    Very cool. Thank you all for everything you put into this site!
  25. Ashbourne

    Reformed pool owner

    Welcome. This place has literally changed my life. Last year was beautiful, easy, lovely and my husband was converted from wanting to fill in the pool with dirt. The winter was easy as well (first time closing the pool, and we followed the closing instructions). For the first time ever I am...
  26. Ashbourne

    Checking in from Huntersville NC

    Welcome...we are in Mint Hill.
  27. Ashbourne

    Not using a winter cover this year in NY, My plan and...

    It is so interesting to read others' experiences. We have the opposite - for the first four years of owning our pool, we did not close it down or cover it. It was awful...such a mess, so much work to keep leaves etc. out of it (we have A LOT of trees, including sweet gum). Last summer we bought...
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    Pool Build - California Dreaming - 3 Years Closer

    Re: Pool Build - California Dreaming Happy New Year spillmar, just wanted to check in and let you know we're still following along. Thank you for the progress reports. It's looking amazing, even with 10K gallons of muddy water :-D Hope you will not feel too self conscious sharing your build...
  29. Ashbourne

    Who's still here?

    Happy 2011! I check in now and then...still so thankful I found this place in 2010! We closed/covered our pool for the first time this year and I am so glad I had pool school to walk me through it. Every now and then I peek under the cover and I see sparkling blue water...counting the months...
  30. Ashbourne

    Question about non-safety pool cover

    Hi everyone, Just wondering if anyone has (or knows where to order) a non-safety cover for an inground rectangle pool with steps. I could have sworn I found a site that offers these, earlier in the year, but now I can't find them again. Everywhere I've looked, the only "with steps" covers they...