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  1. giant_donut

    I thought I was doing Ok until ...

    I’d keep a few for when you’re away on vacation. With there being a shortage, try selling on FB Marketplace. Most places are sold out due to the current shortage of pucks. The previous owner had left almost 30 pucks and I have only used a handful. Comes in handy just to keep the pool dialed in.
  2. giant_donut

    I thought I was doing Ok until ...

    While it is not recommended, with your CYA at 80, you can still work with what you have. Just add more Liquid Chlorine to keep your FC at the ideal level. You don’t necessarily have to drain and refill your pool especially if you are under water restrictions. I had a high CYA but didn’t...
  3. giant_donut

    I thought I was doing Ok until ...

    FC is the most important measurement. You want the FC to be at the level of your CYA. Once you use Pool Math app, you can log your results. You don’t need to test TC. I just spot check CC every so often to ensure there is nothing eating the FC. TC = FC + CC
  4. giant_donut

    I thought I was doing Ok until ...

    You’d want it to be <1ppm. If it is higher you might have some Algae bloom. Please review the links provided (ABC of Pool Chemistry, etc.) it will explain what combined chlorine (CC) is in more detail. ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
  5. giant_donut

    Heavy Rain and SWG

    I live in Austin as well and have my salinity to 3100 ppm. It doesn’t seem to have dropped much from all the rain as of yet. Have you tested what your chlorine levels are using a TFP testing kit? Also have you tested salinity using the K-1766 kit? I agree with the post above, don’t add salt...
  6. giant_donut

    I added salt and the AquaRite says the salinity dropped

    The pros here at TFP will recommend you testing with a salt test kit (K-1766) for an accurate reading of the salinity. I would start there to confirm your salt levels are accurate before adding any more salt.
  7. giant_donut

    SWCG in Spa

    Hi TFP, I have a SWCG that is on the pool return side. I have shared the pool equipment configuration. Since the chlorine is being generated into the pool, what do I do when I use the spa mode? Do I chlorinate with liquid chlorine afterwards to make up for no chlorine generated in that time?
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  9. giant_donut

    Water getting greener after opening

    You won’t be able to reach SLAM levels with pucks. There are a lot of additives that over time might cause you to drain and refill the pool.
  10. giant_donut

    Water getting greener after opening

    Home Depot has muriatic acid in 2 gallon packs next to their chlorine. Their liquid chlorine is Pool essentials brand which is 10% sodium hypochlorite and it comes in a pack of 4 gallons.
  11. giant_donut

    New homeowner that came with a pool. Just getting started and need advice/direction

    That was pretty much my situation. Pool service I had relied on used pucks and the chemical readings were pretty far off thus making my pool cloudy. I got the pool under control using TFP SLAM process with Liquid Chlorine. My SLAM lasted a good 5 days and I was exhausted having to check on the...
  12. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I was curious how much chlorine is created with the salt cell so I ran a test. OCLT: 7:30pm FC = 5.5 ppm 7:30am FC = 5ppm No significant loss in chlorine overnight (yay!) ran the pump from 9am - 4:30pm at 60% output 6:30pm FC = 6.5ppm The cya is currently at 60ppm, should I look to...
  13. giant_donut

    Greetings from North Austin Texas

    Welcome! I’m from Austin as well and very new to pool ownership. Purchased a home last year with an in ground pool and recently started maintaining it myself with the help from TFP.
  14. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    Sweet! Excited to get this SWCG running! Here’s hoping to fewer bleached clothes!
  15. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I added 160 lbs of pool salt and brushed it throughout a number of times and left the pump running (with the SWCG off). After a few hours I wanted to test the salinity using K-1766 Test and confirm that my controller was also picking it up. I had received a reading of 2600 ppm on both (Salt...
  16. giant_donut

    Question About Switching to a SWG Pump

    I have a single speed pump and a T-Cell-940 which has a 1.74lb output capacity and is 40K gallon rated. I typically run the pool pump at 6-8 hours. Is that enough time to create chlorine for the pool? Or is it a little bit of trial and error where I test occasionally and increase the Chlorine...
  17. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    Just to be on the safe side i have a couple of questions: 1. Should I raise it to 3000ppm? 2. I have an approximate size of 20,000 gallon. To raise the salinity from 1800ppm to 3000ppm, Taylor test kit indicates to add about 200 lb of salt. Does that sound about right?
  18. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    Hi All, After some additional research I played around with the settings on the Control and I turned up the Pool Chlorinator to 30%. I went to Diagnostics where it says "Chlorinator Off Test Salt Level" and pressed +. After the delay it shows: -27.35V -3.67A 71 degrees 1600 ppm After...
  19. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I’m still in the works to contact our warranty company to see if they can replace the circuit board. However I would like to learn more about your Circupool Universal40. Is there a thread you can link me to about your project? I already have the salt cell so if I go your route, can I just...
  20. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I replaced the 20 Amp fuse as well as the 3 Amp fuse. No dice. I found this youtube vid Aqualogic Salt Water Chlorine Converter - No Cell Power Fix which has the same circuit board and it seems its the K1 part that might need to be soldered back on.
  21. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I’ll look to replace the yellow fuse. Just to confirm there is no Thermistor to replace in this board correct?
  22. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    This circuit board looks different than the ones I see on the YouTube vids to replace the Thermistor.
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  24. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    Service Person - Aqua King Pool & Spa LLC I didn't have the salt test kit by the time the service company came so I didn't have a reading of the salinity level to show them that the salt level being displayed via the controller is not accurate. They were probably in a rush to get out since...
  25. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    To an extent, yes, we went through turning the pump off when the chlorinator was enabled and the diagnostics showed "no flow" as the pump was not on. Once we turned it on that error went away. We checked for leaks and there were none. When the installer looked at the old SWCG, there was no...
  26. giant_donut

    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    I did that as well and the readings were the same just negative: -0.00 V -0.00 A 0000 ppm
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    SWCG previously installed but currently disabled

    Hi All, I had the Flow Switch and the Salt Cell replaced (thank you home warranty!). We had the salt cell replaced with a T-Cell-940. I purchased K-1766 and tested the salt. I haven't added salt yet to the pool as I wanted to share my current readings and the diagnostics with you all to...
  28. giant_donut

    Pollen Stains

    I have this too! I thought it was some copper stain or chlorine stain after I added SLAM level amount before going on a trip. I have an abundance of live oak trees and when I came back from vacation my pool was riddled with catkins. I’ve since cleaned it all out and the chemistry is fine but...
  29. giant_donut

    Vacation plan?

    I’ll just SLAM it then. Don’t want to raise the CYA any further. I have a floater and was thinking of using it in addition to SLAMing it but if two pucks will only add 5ppm it’s not worth it.
  30. giant_donut

    Vacation plan?

    I’m glad you posted this thread as I’ll be heading out for a week as well. I recently went through a SLAM and the pool is looking clear and the numbers are fine though CYA and CH has been high due to use of pucks by our previous pool servicing company. I’m considering bringing it up to SLAM...