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  2. Rattus Suffocatus

    Pool Math........The App

    Yeah, I can believe it. I am debating buying another one, but they are way too pricey for what they are, agreed. I started to experiment with solar a bit with homemade coils early in the spring (using an external pump) and I think I actually measured a noticeable difference-- but I had to give...
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    Pool Math........The App

    Here in the desert, covering the pool or uncovering the pool would make a major difference when heating it up. Swamp cooler effect is major here. My solar cover is about toast after only two seasons, but I refuse to buy one until next year. I probably lost 2 weeks of swim time by only...
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    Forum changes

    Sorry. I had a sample size of one there. But whatever you did do after searching for that date forever cleared the message for me before seeing Mr. Seyfert's reply so it wasn't a total waste! :) It wasn't persistent enough that I decided to take the effort to move the mouse over to that "X".....
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    Forum changes

    I knew this looked familiar. I used to be very active on HomeBrewTalk 5-6 years ago. And yeah, I have had DejaVu since I started here and never got why. I don't even think I remember my username over there anymore, I think I had Iowa in it so I'd probably need to change it anyway. Sad. I am...
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    Either way. Most SWCGs actually only run at 100% (newer Circupools like the Edge are the exception, as they seem to using a switching variable supply instead) and turning the percentage down is actually reducing the run time (they pulse on and off, reversing polarity at each pulse).. but...
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    The Great Slapulator Pool Saga

    About two hours 15 minutes south of you (used to fly out of Mesa a lot when I was moving from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, so I am familiar with Gilbert), and if anything we were slightly wetter than you were this year. I think we are the "greenest" in 75 years but it's all starting to dry out. We do...
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    The Great Slapulator Pool Saga

    So, yeah.. the porta potty is now gone... and I did...get...elected...to... the HOA board.... Like they say in the military, never volunteer for anything...ever..... So no fun during Halloween after all...
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    Unless you drain, or had an overflow because of (monsoon) rains like I did this year. But even then it was like 2 bags of salt to get back up to the correct level. No biggie... That had the side benefit of lowering TA and CH in my case though...
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    It really only matters if the cell and controller is happy. I have found that keeping it just above the midpoint PPM (look in the manual generally 3500 PPM but some are different) for the cell seems to be the best bet, at least with my Circupool Universal 40.. which is similar to the Hayward...
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    It takes a day or two to fully mix in salt. It looks to be mixed in an hour or two, but really you need at least 48 hours to fully have it equalize to the entire volume of water. It's always better to add too little and add more than to add too much. I'd just keep adding half of what pool...
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    Attaching temp sensor in PVC pipe.

    I was going to do this at ground level. So it might have worked, actually.. especially because I would have run multiple pumps with smaller panels. The head loss is what the pump has to overcome ultimately. Yes there are "ultimate" flow rate levels, etc for maximum efficiency but I wasn't...
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    The Great Slapulator Pool Saga

    Well... I dunno. I actually am running for our HOA board (because I am stupid like that) but I don't think we will have a quorum again... the original landholders can keep control forever that way (despite not owning any of the lots anymore). Arizona law favors them greatly... the gaming of...
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    The Great Slapulator Pool Saga

    Yeah.. it does look nice, honestly. One of our neighbors has had a porta potty in their front yard for over six months with their pool build (and I don't know how they get away it frankly, no one else had one ever), so it seems builds everywhere are taking forever now. I told my wife if it's...
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    Pool Over-Drains After Heavy Rain

    Yeah.. beat me to it. I was going to say a siphon was created somehow when I saw the first post. You can try to catch it after a storm and see if you can see it happen or you cold just try to see if there is some way of breaking the siphon and implement that solution preemptively.
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    So… How’d everyone’s Labor Day go ?

    Yeah, it's just a pain to haul it off to the dump (or recycler) and buy another one... Need to dispose of it on the next weekday I have off and then maybe I buy another one on my Christmas break when I have time to redo the tap collar... Or not.. but if not then I need to start selling off my...
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    Winter storage of SWG cell

    You certainly can if whatever freezing spells you might have can be compensated for by running the pump. I ended up leaving mine in last year because if I set the timer correctly, most of the winter I could still have it generate Chlorine if I told it to turn on after noon... If I couldn't have...
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    So… How’d everyone’s Labor Day go ?

    So, I know you guys are dying to know about the beer fridge. Unfortunately, the compressor did lock up. So, the big issue is getting rid of the old one. If my wife allows it I might get the $200 Chinese chest freezer special at Wal-Mart sometime before the end of the year. Even with the...
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    What to do with pool in freezing IA winter?

    I moved from Iowa to Arizona four years ago (rural .. north of Cedar Rapids). I only had small Wally World style pools (Intex and probably the Bestway IIRC) in Iowa when the kids were little, and I took them down every year. Doing that pretty much destroys them after 3 seasons or so. The...
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    So… How’d everyone’s Labor Day go ?

    A storm came through on Sunday that took out the compressor (or starting components, hopefully) in my beer fridge (modified chest freezer). Fingers crossed that the 3 n 1 hard start kit gets the compressor going again. That about summed it up for me. Sad day indeed as I probably won't...
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    What to do with pool in freezing IA winter?

    Wow, it doesn't freeze solid in Janesville? :) (He's well aware that I am quite familiar with that area now... since I lived there for a couple of years in the past.) I shouldn't talk, tho.. my solar cover in in three main pieces now, and several little ones.. so likely that will be my...
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    Recently got TF-100, looks like my pool is in bad shape

    Get the CYA down, and the rest will follow. The comment about the SWCG is pretty spot on, though as in most cases you want to keep the levels higher... Otherwise those numbers, even the CH isn't all that bad....If your fill water is much lower CH, then the partial refills will lower that as...
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    Working From Home #COVID

    Well, I actually miss fly over country. That's who I am and always will be, like it or not. (I said NEAR Georgia not in it, certainly not ATL) But yeah, Arizona is now becoming VERY expensive, VERY quickly. I'm ready to move back into the country with a low population and retire.. I should...
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    Working From Home #COVID

    Yeah, and now the natives can't afford to stay. In theory I've made well over $100K on my house here in a year. On paper. In theory. Actually paid for the pool. Be nice to go before that changes. Kinda makes sense to move out now at retirement. Best laid plans of mice and men oft go...
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    Poolsmith CO2 injection for pH control

    Yeah.. never buy a new tank. Buy your initial one from an "exchange". You won't get attached to it that way. But I guess I am lucky in that the fire extinguisher places I used were only like $5 more than the welding shops, and in both cases they use "food grade" CO2 for both the extinguishers...
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    Working From Home #COVID

    I've been forced back into the office a few months ago. The work-at-home crackdown is coming.. be prepared....
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    Poolsmith CO2 injection for pH control

    CO2 is crazy non-linear over temperature. It is just a bizarre gas to work with-- it can be completely stable at the triple point-- literally at all three phases (not plasma, obviously) at once. So, yeah a high pressure gauge on a tank is really only a good indication if you still have liquid...
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    Consensus on acid injection - before SWCG or after?

    I try to keep TA under 100 but struggle. And yeah, it should be much less. I don't have a heater so I can keep the pH a little lower to lower the CSI, but it still flakes from the TA. I have had flakes like crazy this year because I've not been able to keep up with the pool. I am almost...
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    Consensus on acid injection - before SWCG or after?

    I really ought to add borates, but until I put a fence up around the pool, I can't keep the dogs out of it, and I rather not risk even slight amounts of toxicity to them. But since I have one that can't seem to leave the pool or the solar cover alone, I suspect that if I don't move first, a...