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  1. BowserWowser

    Winterizing - to cover or not

    Thank you for sharing! I am so relieved/excited to not have to get a winter cover. I feel like this pool has been nickel and diming me for almost a year, and the thought of dealing with another heavy/bulky object with my lack of storage was stressing me out! I'm thinking maybe a mesh cover just...
  2. BowserWowser

    Winterizing - to cover or not

    I'm thinking we may try to go topless 🤭 It took 3 adults to get our solar cover on. Without a deck, just hoisting that bad boy up to get it on the pool was ridiculously challenging...I had read about people putting the solar cover on every night, but there is NO. WAY. I'm also concerned about...
  3. BowserWowser

    Winterizing - to cover or not

    I read the Pool School AGP winterizing article, and it has a bullet in the process for "if" you're using a winter cover. As a first-timer, how do I decide? We typically get a week or two of below-freezing temps in January/February. Sometimes, we get no snow at all (at least never more than a...
  4. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    My pool has been perfectly clear since the SWCG finally started working correctly! Still tinkering with it to get the chlorine levels right, as it's been too high, but not enough to hurt anything. Put the solar cover on today for the first time since it's been cooler at night, and the water was...
  5. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    I'm pretty sure I just Googled it, 27' round 54"
  6. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    We got the SWCG correctly wired, and now it says we have to clean the cell (probably since it's been running with unbalanced water for, oh, as long as our pump has been running). So I added a couple gallons of chlorine last night and some stabilizer. I want to keep the pump running to keep...
  7. BowserWowser

    Saltwater Aurora all-resin pool build thread!

    I have one, too - 28' round. The only time I worried about the "sturdiness" was when it was filling, and the walls were bowing in a bit, but once the water level was high enough, it was all good. Honestly, I don't have any basis for comparison since I've never really swam in an AGP as an adult...
  8. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    I know, I'm working on it...I have to go hunting for liquid chlorine because none of the store websites will let me purchase online nor tell me if they have any in stock. Livin' la vida constantly annoyed :LOL:
  9. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Hi. Me again. We went on vacation and then returned and had to drain the whole pool so our installer could fix the divots - he smoothed out some messes made by mole crickets under the liner as well. Refilled the pool (which took DAYS...), and now it is up and built and perfect, right? Of course...
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  11. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    They're kinda killin' me with the constant asking to go swimming. Sorry, kids, but I still have to work. I can't just hang out in the pool with you all day! (And they're managing to get sunburn on their faces despite using sunscreen 🤦) SWCG should finally be hooked up Monday. Tested my water...
  12. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Well, we have enjoyed the pool since Friday. Now the installer has to at least partially drain it to replace a nearly brick-sized divot that has appeared at the bottom near one of the uprights 😭 It's right where the idiot electricians dug their way-too-close trench, so it's almost certainly...
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  14. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    oh whoops, that's the same thing I linked to! I can handle less than 2 bucks, even if I lose it and need to replace it occasionally :D
  15. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    I went and stole the rubber stopped from my kids' bathtub, and it works perfectly! https://www.walmart.com/ip/Peerless-Rubber-Flat-Sink-Stopper-in-White/36883565 We hooked up the basic Walmart manual vacuum to get the heavy stuff off the bottom. We got the stairs in the pool but are still...
  16. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Woohoo, first rookie mistake this morning! Had a storm blow through yesterday, so I emptied my skimmer basket this morning because it was full of pine needles and bugs. Some got down into the basket in the pump. I turned the pump off and opened it. Silly gravity - WATER EVERYWHERE. I don't see...
  17. BowserWowser

    Pool finally up and running - and tropical storm coming

    PH was low anyway, so all good! I'm less worried about getting wet and more worried about falling on my butt in all the mud around the pool, so...letting it fly :D
  18. BowserWowser

    Pool finally up and running - and tropical storm coming

    So, I've been keeping my pump on high constantly since I didn't have any chlorine in it yet (until late yesterday). Other than my electric bill, could that cause any issues? It's still running now, but the storm arrived earlier than expected, and it just started POURING out a few minutes ago!
  19. BowserWowser

    Pool finally up and running - and tropical storm coming

    I just had to go research because I have the TF 100, but I don't see any mention in the test kit instructions of FAS or DPD...I wish terms would be used consistently. I searched DPD on TFP, though, so I know what that is now...if that's the test I should do for the FC, what is the yellow Cl test...
  20. BowserWowser

    Pool finally up and running - and tropical storm coming

    New pool is up and running with the exception of the SWCG (electrician is coming Monday afternoon to wire that up and bond everything). So, some super pool noob questions: When testing, the yellow test on the thingy with the yellow and red sides is the result I log in Pool Math as FC, correct...
  21. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Yeah, our pool guy had said it would be fine. I'd previously read online that we would need to add about 8 gallons of chlorine since we started from 0. I don't know where I read that, but we've only added 3, and now our chlorine test result is darker than the darkest yellow on the test 😅 But...
  22. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    In today's excitement, I did my first water testing - more to see how than to really test for results since there wasn't anything added to our water yet. My husband dumped the salt in the pool last night, but the SWCG isn't all hooked up yet and won't be until Monday afternoon, so...I put some...
  23. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    We don't have any kind of ledge, but I already have an idea of how we can pretty easily secure weights under the steps if we need to. We'll see how it all sets once everything is built. Since we don't have a deck, it has a "bridge" to connect to the outside steps, so the whole thing may be...
  24. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Yeah, I'm a little paranoid. Aiming for super longevity, and a pad isn't a huge expense, so figured why not.
  25. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    I won't! I've read on here enough that that's asking for nasty buildup inside the stairs.
  26. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    Oh, and we started building the stairs, but I didn't have a pad to put under them to protect the liner, so we haven't put them in yet. And the liner pad says it won't be delivered now until July 15 😭
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  28. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    My installers just wrapped up for today. Skimmer is in, pump is in, filter is in, and the plumbed part of the SWCG is in. Electricians now have to come back to install the big, heavy part of the SWCG (yes, I'm sure that is the technical name for it) and do the bonding. All the glue is curing for...
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