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    Pool lighting options in currently unlit pool

    Thanks cowboycasey. Looks like a great option, but I don't see where it threads into the 1.5" opening. Looks like it is designed to replace Pentair Aqualumin lights, which I am not familiar with.
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    Pool lighting options in currently unlit pool

    I have a 20x40 in-ground vinyl lined pool. The pool was installed with no lighting of any sort, making night swimming impossible. I have considered a few options to remedy and looking for any feedback you all may have. The first would be installing submersible LED "puck" lights, suctioned...
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    Newly filled pool with city water

    Thanks to both of you for the help. I'll start the SLAM as soon as the water level is up!
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    Newly filled pool with city water

    Thanks for the speedy reply! Would adding some algae treatment (poly) be wise?
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    Newly filled pool with city water

    Also, levels I was going to target were: FC 6 pH 7.3 TA 60 CYA 50 Sound good??
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    Newly filled pool with city water

    Just got a new liner installed yesterday and am in the process of filling with city water. Prior to old liner being removed, the water turned into a chunky green swamp. Plumbing is all still winterized as the pool was never opened this spring (hence the swamp). While the pool itself it...
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    Stains on bottom of vinyl pool

    Upon opening my pool this spring, I found that once I had vacuumed away all of the piles of leaves, worms, dirt, etc... there were stains left behind. The stains are brown and are primarily around the edge of each pile of crud, with the center being lighter or not stained at all. I don't...
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    Granular Bleach??

    I'm covered on the flannel shirt front. I also live in the PNW - the birthplace of sasquatch - bonus points?? Thanks for the feedback...
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    Granular Bleach??

    I am curious if such a thing exists as a granular pure sodium hypochlorite as opposed to liquid. I am interested in buying more bulk quantities for simplicity and storage. Everything I see is in tablets that also contain CYA and other chemicals. Am I searching for sasquatch? Thanks everyone...
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    Rain Water Filling Closed Pool Back Up

    I appreciate all of the help on how to remove water from the pool. I actually have access to a really handy little transfer pump that will work great. My question really pertains to whether or not it is necessary. We typically don't get a lot of rain over the winter months in Eastern...
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    Rain Water Filling Closed Pool Back Up

    When closing my pool this fall I drained the water down below the skimmer intake and the return jets. In fact, I drained it until my pump would no longer maintain a prime. I must have a leaky valve from the skimmer to the pump because even when turned off and pulling only from the bottom drain...
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    BBB convert with a shelf full of pool store chemicals

    I also have some trichlor tabs left with a chlorinator on my return line. When going out of town for a few days do most forum members rely on trichlor tabs to get them through?
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    What time of day do you aim to have "optimal" FC?

    Just wondering about everyone's theory on what time of day you would want your FC to be at target level. I like to add my bleach in the evening out of convenience. If my target FC is 8 and I am at 7 at the end of the day, I generally add 1 full gallon which brings my FC up ~3ppm - putting me...
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    BBB convert with a shelf full of pool store chemicals

    I found this forum and began the BBB method a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, that was AFTER the pool guy opened my pool for me and stocked my shelf with pool store goodies. In particular, I am left with a full bottle of GLB Algae-X and some Clear Blue water clarifier. I realize that when...
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    Pool circulation and pump motor rebuild

    I had a pool store owner tell me yesterday that he wouldn't recommend installing a timer for my circulation pump. His reasoning was that your money can either be spent on power or extra chemistry to make up for lost circ/filtration time. At least with the pump running 24/7 the water will be...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    No, I didn't add any of the products he asked me to. This morning my FC is 22, CC is about 0.5. I have vacuumed and brushed daily. I have continued to have dead algae build up on the floor of the pool daily but the level has dropped significantly. Had I not SLAMed the pool and just given...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    I am on day 6 of SLAM now and getting extremely frustrated. I've been through around 40 gallons of 10% liquid chlorine and continue to fail OCLT. The only positive I see is that I lose less each night, but I still lost 4 ppm last night. 5 the night before. 8 the night before that. The water...
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    Pool circulation and pump motor rebuild

    Thanks for the link! As soon as I finish my SLAM process I will be giving that Detroit a rest for a bit - or at least when I am trying to enjoy the pool.
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    Pool circulation and pump motor rebuild

    How often do most people run their pump/filter? Mine is not set up with a timer and I believe the previous owner ran it 24/7. I would like to set up a timer for the 1HP sta-rite motor and flow max pump. Any recommendations on timers and run times? Also, has my motor sounds like a Cummings...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    thank you for all of your help! this forum is a life saver for a noob like myself. Looks like I have the CC on the run and the FC well into shock territory. I am maintaining above 28ppm currently. I did lose 7 ppm FC overnight, so will try again this evening. I have noticed what looks like...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    CC has gone to 0.0 and FC continues to fall at a rapid rate between chlorine additions. Just had my FC drop from 28 down to 21 over a 2 hr span during dusk. Being the sunlight would be very minimal at this time of day, is it just organics that are chewing up all of that FC??
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    Is it normal for my perfectly clear water to now be cloudy as my FC level nears shock level? Where did the cloudiness come from?
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    so, just keep adding chlorine until FC gets to shock level and level and continue the SLAM process as normal?
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    My pool is crystal clear and has been for about a week. I am only doing the SLAM to get my CC down. I did test the water last night 1 hour after adding chlorine. I found varying levels of FC and CC and a couple locations throughout the pool depending on whether I was sampling near where I...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    I began the SLAM process last night. Based on my numbers and a 35,000 gal pool I should have needed about 11 gallons of 10% liquid chlorine to bring my FC to a shock level of 28. I poured the 11 gallons in last night after the sun was down and tested the water this morning prior to the sun...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    I ran a complete test again today on the pool since the original test was my first and I wanted to be certain I had numbers correct. The only major difference I came up with today is that CYA appears to be closer to 65-70 when tested in open shade on a bright sunny day, vs when I tested last...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    I would really like to avoid draining and refilling at all costs. It's 35,000gal in-ground vinyl pool and city water here is quite expensive. The funny thing about the CYA is that when the pool guy did a professional testing a little over a week ago (test done prior to any chemicals being...
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    New pool owner trying to put it all together!

    Had the "pool guy" open my pool because I had no idea what I was doing. Been reading on this forum and others about BBB method. Just got my Taylor K2006 test kit today. The pool was opened 8 days ago and I have been using the cheapo paper test strips to monitor my pH and FC while waiting for...