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  1. OrangeAndBlue

    Not understanding the lure of robotic cleaners..

    It should be the same. Those foam scrubbers don't last that long and I always just replace with the cheapest generic ones I can find on Amazon in a multi-pack. It's the blue plastic bit that seems to be doing the main thing to prevent the excessive spraying by diffusing the stream. I got...
  2. OrangeAndBlue

    Not understanding the lure of robotic cleaners..

    Attach the Tailsweep Pro to the Polaris tail. That completely eliminated the spraying issue for me. https://www.polarispool.com/en/products/accessories/tailsweep-pro
  3. OrangeAndBlue

    Not understanding the lure of robotic cleaners..

    I really would like to get a robot but somehow I just can't make the numbers / benefits work to replace the Polaris either: I run my Polaris about 2 hours a day on average (probably more like 90 mins actually, but I'll roll with these numbers): That is 2.6kWh savings per day (2h x 0.2kW vs 2h...
  4. OrangeAndBlue

    Automated Testing

    There may be 280k members on the forum, but how many of those actually truly follow TFP methods regularly vs just signed up one time. Even if it is 280k faithful members, that's not a big market really and a pretty small fraction of all pool owners. On the whole that is not a very big market...
  5. OrangeAndBlue

    Automated Testing

    Interesting thread here. I think it would be great if there truly was a device that could accurately and reliably test my pool water to TFP standards instantly just by sticking a probe in the water. I'd buy that. However I doubt we would see something like this anytime soon. I just don't...
  6. OrangeAndBlue

    Cloudy pool, algae covered floor, no chlorine...

    Lowes and Home Depot usually carry CYA, but it's a bit pricey in my opinion - usually around $20 for 4lb. Academy sometimes has it cheaper, but it's hit or miss. I've found the best deals on Amazon in larger quantities, such as this one ($38 for 10lbs)...
  7. OrangeAndBlue

    Cloudy pool, algae covered floor, no chlorine...

    Check your Home Depot for their private label (HDX) muriatic acid that is sold in a box of 2 one gallon jugs. In my experience it's usually on a pallet somewhere outside and not in the paint department. This is absolutely fine for pools (even says it's for pH control right on the box). Not...
  8. OrangeAndBlue

    Tips and Tricks

    For those of us who don't have an auto-fill built into our pools. Make your own with with a cheap and simple float valve intended for cattle troughs. Hook up a garden hose and voila! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B4GTPK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This will also...
  9. OrangeAndBlue

    Heavy Rain Wrecks My Pool!

    We definitely get our fair share of heavy rain events here in the Houston area. When it gets really heavy I do freak out a bit as the overflow drain can't keep up and water starts to get dangerously close to the coping. I've never seen it go over the coping, but I'm guessing it's just a matter...
  10. OrangeAndBlue

    Cloudy water, running pump 24/7 for over 3 weeks

    Wow! I have never seen a pool store water report before so I'm a bit shocked by this. Just wow! I hope they're not all like this..... :brickwall: You've come to the right place and the fine folks here will help you out and get that pool clear again. Study up on the pool school articles and...
  11. OrangeAndBlue

    What's your PERFECT pool temp? What's the minimum for you to jump in?

    Low to mid 80s is ideal. Mid 70s and up is fine. I'll get in for a bit from upper 60s on. That's tolerable and not really fun, but it's okay if I'm moving a lot - e.g. swimming laps. Once it's above 90 I pretty much only go in at nights or early mornings. That lasts a good 2 months or so...
  12. OrangeAndBlue

    What did you do to your pool today?

    got a free refill curtesy of SE TX spring rains
  13. OrangeAndBlue

    Can water chemistry affect pool plaster ?

    How long ago did you get the TF-100 and how old are those reagents? I just learned the hard way that reagents do go bad and will give poor results if not replaced regularly.
  14. OrangeAndBlue

    New Pool in Houston, TX

    I have the exact same setup at my house. The entire house including all of the spigots on the house exterior have soft water from the softener, and only the sprinkler system is regular hard water. I had the pool builder plumb a couple of outdoor spigots next to the equipment pad off the...
  15. OrangeAndBlue

    What's your current pool temp?

    78 yesterday afternoon and 76 earlier today. I went for a quick dip after my run this morning.
  16. OrangeAndBlue

    New Pool in Houston, TX

    ....oh I forgot to mention: We only have one skimmer in our pool. It has never been a point of complaint for me, but I guess I don't know what it would have been been like if we had 2 skimmers. I can see how 2 skimmers are probably better, but it's not something I have ever noticed or wished...
  17. OrangeAndBlue

    New Pool in Houston, TX

    Another Houston area (Katy) pool owner here chiming in: We're in the 4th year of owning our pool now. Our coping and perimeter are all flagstone and natural moss rocks, including the water line. We have an SWG and have followed TFP methods since day 1. A few points: There is no damage...
  18. OrangeAndBlue

    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    Our pool fared fine as we never lost power for more than 20 minutes or so (crazy lucky!). It ran continuously through the entire freeze. Our landscaping, on the other hand, did not fare so well. We had a number of Japanese Blueberry bushes and trees as hedge around the perimeter of the pool...
  19. OrangeAndBlue

    Deep Freeze, pump concerns

    No - you should have a breaker switch on the panel, or at least on your main breaker box for the house, switch that completely off to kill the power to all of the pool equipment. Your pump should have some thumb screws (1 or 2 probably) somewhere at the bottom on one side. Unscrew those if you...
  20. OrangeAndBlue

    3 day deep freeze, how to protect the pool

    Darin - am I understanding you correctly here? You're saying that even over 4 hours without power, your pumps and equipment didn't freeze while sitting idle, and then started right back up? How did you keep them covered to manage that?
  21. OrangeAndBlue

    3 day deep freeze, how to protect the pool

    Oh no JJ_Tex! I had been rooting for you, but seeing how brutally cold it is still going to get tonight, and then even the rest of the week.... It's impressive you kept going even when your pool looks like a snow cone slushy. I hope everything starts back up smoothly for you when this is over.
  22. OrangeAndBlue

    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    There will no doubt be lots of busted sprinkler systems and backflow preventers when things thaw out.
  23. OrangeAndBlue

    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    So far so good here in west suburbs of Houston. I covered the equipment pad with tarps yesterday (don't have extra blankets unfortunately, so it's tarp and some towels over some of pipe only). The pump is turned on to run continuously. It's a single speed pump so it's going full blast - not...
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  25. OrangeAndBlue

    Any risk in running pump in 10 degree weather without a heater?

    We will be in almost the same boat down here in Houston. I plan to run the pump continuously and I think that should do the trick, but I'm also thinking about the backup plan in case the power goes out. I was going to do these same things but I'm wondering if it's really necessary to drain the...
  26. OrangeAndBlue

    Do I need pool shock?

    No - it's the same stuff. It seems to come in different packaging and as a different SKU number in different parts of the country. The HD website tells me the one you linked here is not available at my store. The one I linked above has over 300 in stock at my store. This stuff is not going...
  27. OrangeAndBlue

    Swim University now says fc/cya 7.5%

    It should also be noted that Swim University is not some big company or some entity that is deeply entrenched in the "traditional pool industry". The guy who runs it is a serial website/youtube/podcast entrepreneur who has several of these small website businesses. He runs (or has run) tons of...
  28. OrangeAndBlue

    Baja Shelf / Tanning Ledge Depth -- what do you like and why?

    We primarily use it to sit directly on leaning against the coping or to put adirondack chairs and lounge with butts in the water as you mentioned. Our shelf is 12" water depth and it seems perfect for that. AT only 9" I suspect my butt would stay dry sitting on the chair, but I suppose it...
  29. OrangeAndBlue

    Do I need pool shock?

    Skip the pH down above and instead just get muriatic acid. It's sold at HD and Lowes for about $13 for a box of two 1 gallon jugs. I find stabilizer is usually pretty expensive in the stores but I've been happy with this stuff from Amazon at a much better price. A 10lb bag usually gets me...
  30. OrangeAndBlue

    What did you do to your pool today?

    Fishing firework debris out of the pool this morning. Neighborhood was like a war zone last night.