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  1. needsajet

    ecoFINISH aquaBRIGHT longterm review

    For what it's worth, light colors make the pool look bigger, and it's easy to see a stray worm or leaf that's not yet been picked up by the cleaner. Same for pool toys and swim goggles. Underwater swim-outs, ledges and steps are easier to see with a light finish, which is good for older people...
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    Planning SWG install, need advice

    I think your plan is fine as is, but I'll just mention a couple of observations. You have a bypass which diverts water past both the heater and inline chlorinator. With SWCG, the bypass would normally only bypass the heater, but it would require a bit of plumbing to achieve that change. That...
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    Need assistance with Plumbing plan

    Welcome to TFP! Good to have you here :) One quick question that I think others besides me will ask. There are quite a few 'small circle small v' symbols, standing for "valve". In most cases, they are upstream from a jandy 3-way valve, so they seem redundant to me. The 3-way valve can: Close...
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    Mustard algae treatment with higher CYA (75)

    The is the best reference, for sure. Some people, myself included, keep a jug of pool chlorinating liquid or 10% bleach on hand. Before a pool party, I add a quart, which looks after the extra FC demand.
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    Mustard algae treatment with higher CYA (75)

    Yes, certainly. SWCG targets are a bit lower, but for now, if it were my pool, I'd keep it at the non-SWCG levels, just in case of a surprise. Either way is fine.
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    Mustard algae treatment with higher CYA (75)

    If it were mine, I'd keep FC up to 10% of CYA for a while, although it's not necessary, just peace of mind. I would add FC at 5ppm to raise it to 7ppm for a while, or set the SWCG to keep it around 5-7 ppm FC. I would also avoid raising CYA for a week or two, but I'm very conservative. The TFPC...
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    New Orleans: Plaster Done & Pool Filled & Cabana Begins

    Yep, I prefer for the grout not to stand out too much.
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    New Orleans: Plaster Done & Pool Filled & Cabana Begins

    bottom left grey for me, possibly middle top grey
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    VS Pump speed

    Re: drilling pipe. I'd recommend you mark the spot where you want the gauge. Consider a position for it to end up being out of the way but still readable. If it were mine, I'd plan it to extend backward toward the brick alongside the filter, as long as the reading side would be facing out. Take...
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    Auto-cover rests on water - Achilles heel of algae management?

    If it were mine, I'd keep it open during the day, and see how it goes. As they say, pools need to breathe. Alternately, opening it for a couple of hours every day would do the trick.
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    Feedback On Equipment Selection

    Cartridge is a very good option also, as mentioned. Here's an article you might enjoy: https://www.troublefreepool.com/wiki/index.php?title=How_to_select_pool_equipment#Selecting_the_best_pool_filters If you go without a multiport valve, include a draining outlet on the system somewhere else...
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    Auto-cover rests on water - Achilles heel of algae management?

    No, not after a long period of little use. Is the pool open when the sun is shining? That will help burn off CC.
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    Auto-cover rests on water - Achilles heel of algae management?

    CC after a pool party is normal. The FC removes ammonia added by people. Just part of its job. Can be all from perspiration and can be from other sources. This aspect is not related to algae, unless minimum FC levels drop too low because of doing that part of the job.
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    Feedback On Equipment Selection

    Be sure the saltwater chlorine generator (SWCG ) is the large model T-Cell-15. Otherwise looking good to me. Nice to keep anything electric in Hayward brand in case automation is added later. Sand vs. DE... tough one, but for lowest maintenance, least effort, go with sand. For the most...
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    VS Pump speed

    I have the flow vis on my own pool, but not on the other pools. Many here at TFP regard the flow gauge as unnecessary, because everything needed to know in terms of flow, which isn't much, can be determined other ways, and I respect that perspective. That said, it's very handy being able to...
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    How often having to add salt?

    I add salt twice per year. After biblical rains which we get every two or three years, that adds an extra time. Most chlorinators have a wide range, for example mine is 3500 to 5000. I add salt to get to 4500 and then don't worry about it for a fairly long time. I test salt once a month at most...
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    Best mobile pool vacuuming setup

    Yes, if vacuuming to filtration and not to waste, certainly. Since you're doing that and will be backwashing afterwards, you won't need to worry about the pressure jumping after you're finished. As a one and done sort of thing though, you have to be prepared to monitor the filter a few hours...
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    In pool Return diverter valve

    If it were mine, I'd use a tee and two cheapo PVC ball valves probably 1". That's fairly small and cheap, then see how it goes. Out in full sun PVC ball valves jam up within a year, so keep that in mind. You can also do a lot with garden irrigation stuff - worth a look. Pool 3-way valves are...
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    Best mobile pool vacuuming setup

    The poolies down here usually put a robotic cleaner in for a few days, and charge appropriately. You'd need one that can be scheduled to run reasonably often if contamination isn't too bad, or come back and clean it in a couple hours. Nothing cleans dust out of a pool as well as a robotic...
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    How often do you have to add water to pool?

    Hopefully you get a chance. I have a clear bucket for this purpose, I set it on the top step with brick in it to hold it in place, then fill it to the same level as the pool water. A normal bucket is fine, some people put a piece of tape at the water line in the bucket and same in the pool. You...
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    How often do you have to add water to pool?

    Good to meet you via TFP :-) Try the "bucket test"... fill a bucket of water and see if it goes down the same amount as the pool. (comparing evaporation, has to be done when the pool is not in use) In the hottest, windiest summer days, we lose nearly 1/4" per day, not including splashout...
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    White / Gray Cloud When Brushing, Vacuuming

    Fair point, yeh. Dead algae would not have much impact on FC levels, no. They're just be an indication that there are live ones getting killed off by chlorine.
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    New to BBB

    Welcome to TFP! Good to have you here :-)
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    White / Gray Cloud When Brushing, Vacuuming

    You don't see the free-floating live algae cells. They're invisible to the naked eye. When a pool shows green, there are bazillions of cells floating around. Long before that you'll see overnight chlorine loss unless the pool is TFPC clean. Usually report all the numbers. If it's old test...
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    Auto-cover rests on water - Achilles heel of algae management?

    My experience has been that covers can contribute to algae problems. On a bubble cover, you can see the algae growing on it after storage, and sometimes on top while in use. As they get old, algae starts hiding in the bubbles that are no longer sealed, or along the edges. The cure is to do a...
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    I just became "that lady" at the pool store...

    It actually amazes me that in this day and age of water conservation, that counties or states are not all over the excessive use of stabilised chlorine in swimming pools.
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    Auto-cover rests on water - Achilles heel of algae management?

    Does the auto-cover park underwater by any chance? I helped out with one of those a few years ago. Is the autocover demountable? i.e. could you take it off and lay it upside down on your driveway or lawn? Like Rocket above, I'm also wondering if you've done the and know if you have an algae...
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    Zodiac MX8 Slowing Down (too slow)

    I just thought of a better way to back-flush the cleaner suction line. Remove the pump (two unions to undo, then slide it out of the way). Close the three valves that do not go to the cleaner suction line. Stick garden hose in. Tape it up with duct tape to try to get a seal. Open the valve to...
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    White / Gray Cloud When Brushing, Vacuuming

    Welcome to TFP! Good to have you here :-) Often the powder is dead algae carcasses, and it's easy to rule out, which helps with diagnosis. To rule it out, do this test: Also, what's your calcium level by the TF100 kit? No need to post pool store results here, we'll ignore them anyway, lol :)
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    VS Pump speed

    I had this problem on our new pool as well. I did most of the plumbing myself, and the builder thought I was nuts when I back-flushed all the lines before finishing the connections, until he saw all the debris that came out, lol. Everything had been taped up, but shooting the pool and plastering...