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  1. Gopherboy6956

    Near constant possible Algae fight - clear water but silt on the bottom

    This is my third year with a pool, first with a steel sided AGP. Last few years have been pretty easy - I test every other day, keep levels in check and things have been great. Early this year, I noticed things were getting cloudy and I had a dark colored silt on the bottom. Vacuuming it...
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    Solar Cover Clamps?

    I got a new (and better) solar cover this year, and i'm having trouble keeping it on the pool with our North Dakota wind. Previously I had an Intex 18' and cheap cover, and it would take a real storm to even move that a little. Now I have an steel side AGP and it seems like slightly above...
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    Slightly Cloudly water - Chemicals in balance - Floc or clarifier?

    My new AGP has been up and running about 2 weeks now - I have all the chemicals in balance, with the exception of CYA - i'm slowy working myself up to that level as I dont want to over-do it. Anyways - pool just isn't super clear. I have a Hayward sand filter (150lbs of sand) and 1.5hp pump...
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    Cutting additional return in Steel AGP

    Has anyone added an additional return and/or intake to their steel sided AGP? I just got one, and want to basically add a vaccum port intake into the pool, as well as potentially a 2nd return for better water churn. I definitely will drain the water below the area I want to cut, as I dont...
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    Steel Sided AGP- Resin Top Cap question

    I just got my new 18'x52" AGP up last week - install went great, got her level within 1/4" (thanks laser level) and I didn't have any problems now that it's filled. I'm wondering if there's a trick to these resin caps (This is a Signature RTL from Pool Factory) and getting them on and looking...
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    New AGP with 1.5hp Pump - 2 intakes vs just the skimmer?

    I just setup my new 18' AGP and did the plumbing for pump and filter. After I got the skimmer and return in (the kit is from The Pool Factory) I started filling the remaining water. It seems that unless the skimmer is over half full, the pump is too powerful. It would completely drain the...
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    Max Free Chlorine for pool heater?

    I have a RayPack 156A coming that i'm going to be installing this year. Reading the manual, I see it says ideal free Chlorine is about 2-3ppm, with 5ppm being the MAX, as in, it will damage the copper heat exchanger over that. I regularly try to keep my pool around 4ppm, but often will target...
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    Installing new Semi-Inground AGP

    Hey Everyone - been around here for a few years - currently have an Intex XTR 18' setup. It's a solid block of ice, but it was always just a test pool to make sure we actually wanted to have a pool. After two seasons it's time to go perminent, mostly so I can backfull and landscape up to the...
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    Fargo, ND Pool Heater - Gas or Heat Pump

    Hey All - Starting to plan ahead for Summer 2021 here - and this year i'm looking at switching out my Intex XTR 18" for a steel sided AGP. I also want to get a pool heater this year, as the last two years have shown that the pool would have gotten a lot more use with one. Of course - the...
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    Closing AGP and leaving it up... In North Dakota.

    So - This is probably a bad idea - but i'm gonna do it anyways. More on that later. I have an Intex XTR 18" Round pool with Sand filter. I am going to leave it up this winter with some amount of water in it. I will put the filter, pump, hoses in the heated garage. My questions are this...
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    Fargo, ND 1st Above Ground Pool Closing

    Hey Everyone - After reading several threads about pool closing including the blog article - I have a few questions that might pertain more to my situation and climate. I'll start off by saying it might not be a great idea to leave my Intex XTR 18' up over the winter (average high temps of...
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    Things are going well - Should I SLAM

    So - this is my first season having the pool up since spring and first season with a TF-100. I primarily use liquid cholrinator and borax for my chems - and really - for the last 6ish weeks - my numbers have consistently come back in good shape. Add some Chlorine here, some borax there to...
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    Chlorine Quick Test above 5ppm

    I know that my TF-100 is the best bet for getting accurate chlorine levels, but is there a quick tester like the one that comes with the TF-100 kit that goes beyond 5ppm? I like to use that little tester every day we are in the pool just to check, but my recommended FC level for my pool is...
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    Pump Inlet and Outlets - Why so high?

    Just a general question I've been wondering - why are the inlets and outlets for the pool so dang high in the pool wall? On my Intex XTR 18x52", the outlet into the pool is only like, 2 inches below the recommended water level. The inlets are maybe 10" below the water. Why wouldn't you at...
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    Pool Temp Comparision - Can't Figure it out.

    Ok - Trying to figure something out here - Need some input. Both my neighbor and I have 18' above ground pools. Mine is a 52", his is a 48" - so we're talking what - like 600 gallons difference between the two. Today - which was a 92ish degree day, my neighbors pool was about 87 degrees. Mine...
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    Overwhelmed - Chemicals and Levels for 8500 Gallon Above Ground Pool

    I setup my Intex XTR 18' pool a few weeks ago - and am just getting started with the chemical maintencance process. I have the Auqa Check test strips and have got a chlorine tabet float in the water. I tested last night, and the results were: Total Hardness (Low, probably around 75ppm) Total...