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  1. Lilypad

    I want to swim today-sparky pool with little green powder in bottom

    To prevent bleach "polka dots", open the liquid chlorine bottle, lower into the water and tip to pour when the spout is near the water. Easy and no splash back. Cap it, dunk it to rinse off. Done.
  2. Lilypad

    What to do after mouse?

    ^^^^Exactly! That joke about two guys camping and a bear is headed towards them. One reaches for his track shoes. The other says "that’s crazy, you can’t outrun a bear". The guy replies "I know…I just have to outrun you!". One of my favs…🐻
  3. Lilypad

    What to do after mouse?

    +1 on the Frog Log. Beats seeing me on my security cam running around the pool like a lunatic trying to net the stinkers. 🤣 Oh, and no carcasses in the skimmers anymore!
  4. Lilypad

    Chlorine smell

    Testing and caring for your pool not only becomes fun, but you will spend so much less money on chemicals too. Almost everything we use can be found in big box stores, supermarkets or online. Don't fall for the "Free test/Now I Have to Buy Something" guilt trip at pool stores. Avoid them, do...
  5. Lilypad

    TFTestkits.net

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    TFTestkits.net

    Walmart, Lowes, Ace Hardware. Not sure if Pinch-a-Penny has locations in Austin.
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    TFTestkits.net

    Link opens for me in Safari on iPad.
  8. Lilypad

    Use pool time shock to chlorinate?

    @Comeby There are also Pinch-a-Penny locations near us, as well as One Stop Pool Supply. Ace Hardware also, but tends to be pricey. Check Lowes too.
  9. Lilypad

    New to Pool ownership - high CYA and algae

    Also, Lowes, Ace Hardware, Walmart, check Leslies (don't buy anything else!) or if you’re close to Deptford, check Ocean State Job Lot.
  10. Lilypad

    Algae Help!

    It's been great to see you learn, question and then, the AHA! moment(s). Kudos to you! We have been there and, as you've seen, stayed around for a lonnnnggg time to help others here. The best part is no matter what life or Mother Nature throws at you, you now know what to do to get the pool...
  11. Lilypad

    Lowes is rolling out a crappy new bleach

    I saw that too and decided it depended on whether it was stored outside (3%) or inside (6%). :ROFLMAO:
  12. Lilypad

    tf-100 test results

    Keep an eye on the FC. It may drop more than you expect due to possible algae growth when your level was low. Great job getting the TF-100 test kit! Glad to have you here and ask any questions you have...plenty of knowledgeable folks here, as you've already noticed!
  13. Lilypad

    How do i change my signature?

    Upper right in the blue bar. Click on your name/avatar. Click on signature. Edit away!
  14. Lilypad

    Lowes is rolling out a crappy new bleach

    The Ace Hardware in Rock Hill shows HTH liquid chlorine in stock. Expensive though @$6.99/gal.
  15. Lilypad

    CYA and a Thank you

    Use for chemical additions and for your FC & CYA levels.
  16. Lilypad

    Algae Help!

    That's great when you get an unsolicited compliment like that! It's sometimes difficult to see the subtle changes as you get towards the end of a SLAM. Keep going...we're with you! Give the gardner/pool guy our website!
  17. Lilypad

    Long weekend away...how do I care for my small pool?

    If you have someone who can come by and add chlorine, you can leave the pre-measured amount for them to add.
  18. Lilypad

    Adding a lot of bleach

    Your signature shows you are testing with strips AKA "guess strips". Highly recommend you purchase one of the recommended test kits so you know exactly what is going on with your pool! Either the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006C (must be the C version).
  19. Lilypad

    Need Help!

    Following your progress Charity! Keep on going, it's turning a corner now. And think of all the pool knowledge you’ll have for next year. Unstoppable!
  20. Lilypad

    What do you use to measure/ add

    I also pour straight from the bottle....both chlorine and muriatic acid. I prefer not to transfer chemicals to another container if at all possible. Only handle it once. Lower jug halfway into the water, tip to pour, cap it, dunk to clean and done. I'm not worried about slightly...
  21. Lilypad

    CYA Shortage?

    Try Ace Hardware...not cheap, but they have it. Shows the one in Richardson does and Lakewood is getting some tomorrow. Carrollton also has stock.
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  23. Lilypad

    Algae Help!

    And if you do, expect to be buying $$$ worth of "try this and come back if it doesn’t take care of it". Know what you’re putting in your pool. Know why. We will help! It’s what we’ve all learned here and are happy and proud to have pools that look like this...
  24. Lilypad

    Adding tabs as a backup

    Yes. The key is testing and knowing what’s in your pool and effects what you’re adding. Keep an eye on the tabs. Slower release of FC and you’re aware of the CYA and to watch that (it will build quickly). Use to see how much it will add. You can always use liquid chlorine as primary or, in...
  25. Lilypad

    Typical Beginner - First TF100 Results

    Pool Essentials is great. Welcome!
  26. Lilypad

    Hello - I'm here for my last hope!

    If you can...become a TFP Supporter. Great way to say thanks! https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2019/01/22/become-a-tfp-supporter/
  27. Lilypad

    Can’t get any free chlorine reading

    Turn off the pump. If the filter gauge doesn’t go to zero, you need a new one.
  28. Lilypad

    Can’t get any free chlorine reading

    Gauges can go bad, so give it a look. I know TSP can help clean suntan lotion/oil from the cartridges but I have never had to use it. Someone else will chime in with more info for you!
  29. Lilypad

    Can’t get any free chlorine reading

    Does your filter pressure gauge go to zero when the pump is turned off? Could be time for a replacement. Try a high pressure nozzle to get deep into the pleats. Don't use a pressure washer as they are too strong for the filter media.