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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Before I change the gasket I tried lowering my pump from 2600 gph to 1500 gph. I swept the bottom and have been running the pump for 6 hours now and no debris. Does this help indicate anything else? Thank you
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Lines are correct. Is this a sign the spider gasket needs to be replaced?
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Thank you for responding ... In the beginning of the season I replaced the laterals and 300 pounds of sand (which is what my filter calls for). I didn't swap the lines but I will certainly double check them.
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    The short story ... I vacuumed the pool last night leaving the bottom spotless. I backwashed, rinsed and then shut off the pump. We've been having power outages recently so I've been powering the pump manually. Before starting the pump this morning the pool was still spotless. I started the...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Just tested: FC 6 CC (There was no change in color when test performed so does that mean my CC is 6, the same as FC?) pH 7.6 TA 70 CH 225 CYA 30 CYA test is so much easier to do when the pool actually has CYA !! What would cause the hardness to increase? Is it time to raise...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Tested just now: FC 3 pH 7.8 TA 80 CH 150 CYA 20 (finally) Pool temperature hit 82 for 5 wonderful days .... down to 78 today. I've been using a large hairnet on the skimmer basket and am amazed at all the little things it "grabs". I've been running the pump much, much less than I use to and...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I'll post test results and picture in a few days .... really enjoying the pool with these crazy Hotlanta days. Thank you!
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    SLAM stopped Sunday morning. The pool is crystal clear. Tests this morning: FC 5 CC pH 7.5 TA 90 CH 150 CYA <20 No clue why CYA dropped. It's been a week since I added stabilizer and it's still not showing up. Last year I had to do several "drain and refills" to get CYA down. I'm...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I haven't added any more stabilizer. It's been about 3 days since I put in the initial amount. So, I've just been "teasing" the algae with the small amounts of lq I've been adding since I missed the pool size on the calculator. I just swept again and I still see a bit of green dust coming off...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Oh poop .... my calculator reset to 10,000 gallon pool size. I'm sooo glad you caught that and adding more lq now!! Please let me know about pH and TA and if I should do anything about CYA yet. Thank you!
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    at 30 minutes Taylor test is 3/6 and using the R-0870 it is 7 drops of R-0871 (3.5)
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I slowly poured 153 oz. in the pool, not measuring exactly but most went in front of the return in the deep end and less in the shallow end. At 15 minutes using the Taylor kit I see 3/6 and using a spoonful of R-870 in 10ml's of pool water I counted 9 drops for water to clear (4.5). I try to...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Please confirm, Slam FC using CYA of 30 is 12 so with 0 chlorine I'm adding 153 oz. of 10% lq. I'll test for chlorine in 15 minutes and again in 30 minutes. Do I need to do anything with pH or TA?
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Just tested: FC 0 CC pH 7.2 TA 80 CH 125 CYA 0 I repeated the CYA test several times, pouring the water back in to the mixing bottle and back in to the CYA tube. The sun isn't "bright" yet so I tried indoors too. I then poured everything out and started over ... still filled the...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Thank you for the quick reply and good thoughts ... great to physically be with family. I drove a total of 2756 miles!! I added 28 oz. of stabilizer in a sock in front of return. I'm able to add chemicals almost any time. I restocked chemicals a few weeks ago and have plenty on hand. I've been...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I'm back from a 10 day trip visiting family I haven't seen in person since before the pandemic. Before I left I raised Chlorine to 12 and not having anyone to take care of the pool I shut off the pump. I returned Monday afternoon to a pool with leaves and branches but mostly clear water, and...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Very good news ... thanks so much. I'll keep doing daily tests for pH and chlorine and post everything next week.
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    8pm last night the FC was 5 Just testing now: FC 3 ( I've been checking and adding liquid chlorine each evening. Should I add LC during the day too? ) pH 7.5 ( Should I raise? ) TA 90 ( Should I lower? ) CH 150 ( I did add about 25 lbs. of calcium chloride Monday, even...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Glad you're okay. Pool is clear now .... last Saturday my friend tricked me in to a lunch out while her husband flocked the pool. He came back Sunday and vacuumed to waste. I'll post today's test results later. I read many more posts and decided in addition to using the wrong CYA/FC chart...
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    Sand in pool after replacing laterals and center pipe

    Can you update us on what happened? I'm seeing sand in my pool after replacing laterals ...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Am I using the correct DE product? Pool today.
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    Better, but still cloudy. I've been keeping chlorine at 12 and running the pump 24/7 (at 3450) and brushing sides and bottom. Last needed backwash was 3 days ago. I added DE after backwash and pressure has only gone up 3 so I haven't backwashed again. I haven't tested for anything else. Any...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I started using the DE Saturday afternoon. My clean filter gauge is a "shakey needle" at 16. Two 1/4 cups (a total or 4 oz.) of DE raises the needle 1-2 pounds. The pressure gets up to 20 in about 4 hours. I backwash, rinse and repeat the 4 oz. of DE. Should I cut back to 1/4 cup (2 oz.)...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I've never used DE ... have read and re-read the directions. The local Walmart has 10 lbs. for $9.88 so I'm off to the store!! I'll let you know what happens. Thank you
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    The pool hasn't changed much and is still cloudy. I check chlorine every day at 8am and 8pm keeping it at 12. There's very little change overnight. This morning it dropped to 11 and I added 33 oz. of chlorinating liquid after a brief backwash and rinse. I'm brushing the pool several times...
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    The cover is off, last year was my first year

    I'm getting low on R-0870 and R-0871. Where can I purchase these?