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  1. BoDarville

    Heater doesn't click on

    Two quick things to rule out before calling for service... 1) Did any part of the heater get wet recently? With all the rain that much of the country has had, this could be a possibility. It's happened to me on occasion, especially during wind-driven heavy downpours even with top of heater...
  2. BoDarville

    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Home Depot has their HDX 10% liquid chlorine in a 3-bottle pack. Just be sure to check the dates on the box (they are in Julian format). Word seems to have gotten out as I am noticing faster turnover vs. previous years, especially since Clorox diluted their chlorine from 8.25% back to 6% a...
  3. BoDarville

    Outdoor TV help please

    Another vote for a standard TV. Ours is wall-mounted under a solid patio cover well out of the way of weather exposure. Going on 5 years now. I was advised to go this route by a professional A/V guy. I would have to go through about 8-10 comparable standard TVs to equal the cost of a...
  4. BoDarville

    Outdoor kitchen under pool house overhang

    I have 2 gas grills under a patio cover that appears to be about the same height as yours - only difference is that patio cover ceiling is made of wood and not vinyl. Still, I think you should be OK. After several years, I've never had an incident, but I do keep an eye on the grills when they...
  5. BoDarville

    What's your current pool temp?

    85 heater-assisted degrees plus an unusually sunny and warm May (typically our wettest month of the year).
  6. BoDarville

    New Member from Northern California

    Welcome to TFP!
  7. BoDarville

    Chloromax Texhnology?

    It definitely does seem that way. But there is hope! Another company, unrelated to bleach, tried a similar approach and it finally caught up with them: Gillette, Bleeding Market Share, Cuts Prices of Razors. The same thing could happen to Clorox if enough of us fight back by considering other...
  8. BoDarville

    Chloromax Texhnology?

    You and I must have went to the same school because whenever I see some new marketing jargon emblazoned on a product or a change in the packaging, I go straight for the label. Marketing jargon such as "Now with CLOROMAX Technology" is designed to catch and divert your attention. I'm...
  9. BoDarville

    Chloromax Texhnology?

    Lowe's and Home Depot also carry liquid chlorine (bleach with at least 10% concentration of sodium hypochlorite). Will check next time I go there. My concern with buying this product at either store is that it usually sits outside in the garden and patio area. While it is usually kept out of...
  10. BoDarville

    Chloromax Texhnology?

    Might be time to consider converting to a SWG pool.
  11. BoDarville

    Chloromax Texhnology?

    I've noticed the same thing. Went to Costco recently and all they had was this "new" Clorox with "Cloromax Technology". Sam's is beginning to stock it too. Looks like the warehouse clubs have no choice as it appears to be all Clorox's doing. The Clorox web site no longer lists the...
  12. BoDarville

    Newbie getting started. Please advice on best pool solutions and where to buy

    Welcome to TFP! For the CYA, I would use the Clorox Pool and Spa Stabilizer - this is what I use when I need to increase CYA. It consists of 100% cyanuric acid and this is exactly what you want for increasing CYA. The Natural Chemistry product contains additives that are not necessary. Stick...
  13. BoDarville

    Official 2017 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Re: Official 2017 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread Thanks for the info. BTW, here is a link to the Grill Toppers that look like...
  14. BoDarville

    New owner/Saltwater lots of ?'s

    Welcome to TFP! Yes, if your pool is currently in good shape, it should be relatively easy to maintain. The answers to your Q's can be found here: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry, Chlorine CYA Chart, Water Balance for SWCGs, Determine Pump Run Time. If you need any clarification on the info in...
  15. BoDarville

    Refilled Pool after Draining - Ready to SLAM But Have Questions

    Richard and I are essentially saying the same thing. Since I have it written up, I'll post - if nothing else, it is validation that our recommendations are consistent. Make sure pH is between 7.2 and 7.8. Adjust if needed. Add 3 ppm chlorine (using liquid bleach) to the water and maintain at...
  16. BoDarville

    Official 2017 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Re: Official 2017 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread JoyfulNoise: That salmon***Official-2017-BBQ-Smoking-Grilling-Cooking-Baking-thread***?p=1233294&viewfull=1#post1233294 looks fantastic! I enjoy salmon with "citrus-y" notes. My...
  17. BoDarville

    Public Pools and the Importance of Maintaining Proper Chlorine Levels

    Saw this article this morning: Add it to the pile of reasons why it is increasingly unlikely that I will go to a public pool or water park. There is a statement near the end of...
  18. BoDarville

    Spa Gas Heater Wont Heat!!!

    Since the pilot lights, gas is getting to that point. Given that the burner is next in line in the gas flow, odds are good that is where the problem lies. It could be as simple as an obstruction in the burner tube - very likely if it has not been used for 6 years. Spiders and mud daubers love to...
  19. BoDarville

    Wet trichlor pucks tabs - left in sun to dry, put back in bucket, fumes

    I have taken partially-used trichlor pucks out of a floater, thoroughly air-dried them in the sun, and placed them back in the container with the other pucks without any incident. I do this because I strictly manage CYA levels and I don't want to have the CYA needlessly creep up by keeping the...
  20. BoDarville

    IRS Listing Showing TroubleFreePool as an Eligible Charity for TY 2016

    For those of you doing your taxes for tax year 2016, I thought I would post a listing from the IRS web site showing Troublefreepool as an organization eligible to to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions: If you would rather link directly to the IRS web page, here is the (long)...
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  22. BoDarville

    new pool in Panama City FL, help!

    It sounds like you have metals in the water. Water that turns a clear green soon after adding chlorine is a good indication. When you have iron in the water, you need to use sequestrant to bind to the iron and prevent it from depositing as stains. Unfortunately, sequestrant breaks down over...
  23. BoDarville

    Buying gas heater online....yay or nay???

    I understand that what you witnessed to your neighbor's house is very difficult to get over. However, to help put your mind at ease, consider the big picture of how many houses/buildings around the world have natural gas appliances (furnaces, cooktops, ovens, etc.). If natural gas were that...
  24. BoDarville

    Divin Dave

    Divin Dave: I wanted to pass along a note of thanks for your time and the contributions you made as a moderator. As a former moderator, I have first-hand knowledge of the commitment involved and everyone who signs up for this deserves thanks and respect. I also understand that real-life...
  25. BoDarville

    Cleaner recommendation needed for small, odd shaped inground

    A little late to this party, and it already seems that nire878 purchased a cleaner. For anyone else facing a similar situation, here's my $0.02... My pool has two ledges - a small one in the deep end that is about 4' long, about 18" wide, and about 18" or so below the surface. The second (and...
  26. BoDarville

    Age Verification to buy Bleach?

    A quick update on this...I have made two separate purchases of liquid bleach since I started this thread a few weeks ago. The subsequent purchases were from the same warehouse club - one at the same location and the other at a different location. No age verification at either store (thankfully!).
  27. BoDarville

    Age Verification to buy Bleach?

    Thanks everyone for the replies. Based on the responses, it seems like (and I hope) my experience was an isolated one of a cashier having a moment. We will soon find out as I usually buy bleach (2-3 cartons) on a weekly basis at this time of year. I hope this does not become a more widespread...
  28. BoDarville

    Age Verification to buy Bleach?

    I just returned from an extensive travel period topped off with a scuba diving vacation in Cozumel. Upon returning home, I ran several errands that included purchasing bleach at a warehouse club to restock my nearly-depleted inventory. The bleach comes in a 3-bottle carton and I bought my...
  29. BoDarville

    New guy - First time pool owner

    Welcome to the forum! Begin with this article: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry. This boils everything you need to know about managing pool water chemistry down to one page.
  30. BoDarville

    1st timer - loved the idea of having a pool

    Welcome to the forum! To learn water chemistry quickly, begin with this article: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry. This boils everything you need to know about managing pool water chemistry down to one page.