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  1. niteshift38

    Chlorine freshness

    A method I have used in the past is to use PoolMath to find out how much 10% to add to raise my FC 2ppm. After adding that amount of older chlorine, I wait about 1/2hr (with pump running on high), then test FC again to see how much the "PoolMath Recommended" amount ACTUALLY raised my FC level...
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    Chlorinating a winterized pool

    I could see running a robot around as being enough to stir the water up as you are adding chlorine
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    Closing pool recommendations......

    I do as richierich said (I drain the water off the cover and pull off the leaves with a skimmer). One other trick I learned, is I re-connect my entire pump hoses about a week ahead of when I plan on opening my pool and then re-fill my pool (beneath the cover). I found it fills up the filter...
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    Pump/motor and I’ve about had it...

    A general rule of thumb regarding motors is, excessive noise AND excessive heat is almost always a result of the motor meeting resistance (binding)! Whether in the motor or pump can be isolated by separating the and running the pump alone. Sounds as though you are on the right track to isolating...
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    Closing pool recommendations......

    The "common" theory I've heard around here is that when you know the water temp will be below 65 degrees, the majority of the time, it's fine to close. As far as draining vs. covering (and winterizing), that's up to you and the style of pool (if it is NOT a pool that can be taken down, I would...
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    Recent rains, chlorine out of wack, cloudy water

    Going on the last part of your 1st paragraph, "Tests at .5 chlorine with 3ppm combined.". If that means .5ppm "Free Chlorine" and 3ppm "Combined Chlorine", something is consuming your chlorine in your pool. If I am correct, FC + CC = TC. Your CC should not be above .5ppm at any given time (maybe...
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    White River Pump Hums - Help!

    Hello and welcome! Question: When it hums, does it pop the breaker or a GFCI ?
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    Blue Wave Tidalwave Pool Pump Humming - Troubleshooting Exhuasted

    You stated: "If I place the filter on "waste" or "rinse" or "backwash," the pool begins to empty." Is the water draining under pressure, or does it seem as though it is just a "siphoning" type of flow?
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    Need help wiring 2 speed pump

    As jblizzle stated, 100% YES !!! I just upgraded my single speed pump to a 2-speed Pentair (1 HP) this season quite easily (also connected to a timer). Just to be safe, I upped the 2 times it runs per day by 1/2 hour because it runs primarily on low speed. P.S. I've also seen the savings on my...
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    Tadpoles, Frogs and Algae... OH MY! - Help me!!

    Hello and welcome !!! Don't be overwhelmed :D. I admit all of this is intimidating at first, but after a short period, it becomes rather routine (almost to the boring level ... LOL). The experts on here will walk you through the intimidating parts thoroughly and easily!!! As far as vacuuming up...
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    Low Speed Flow Rate

    Hopefully someone with more knowledge about those specs will chime in shortly to help you out. Sorry I can't be more help :(
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    Low Speed Flow Rate

    After thinking about it, you might be able to compare ratios using the RPM's on the label:
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    Low Speed Flow Rate

    Don't know if this will help, but this is the 2-speed Pentair pump I bought for my pool. The link below is to it's description page, but I don't understand how to read the "Performance Curve" they show for GPM. Hope it may help! Good Luck !!! 2-Speed Pump
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    Hayward pumps?

    I once had a rear wiper arm on an SUV break (only 1-1/2yrs old), and they fought me about giving me a new one at the service counter because I took off the broken one and brought it to them (only a nut held it on so I removed it). I ended up winning and getting a replacement, but only after...
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    Electrical questions......

    Sparkmaster, Thank you for pointing out my flaw in the way I was looking at it! My bad :(. Always learning :D. Reminds me of a saying an old teacher I had used to say ... "The only mistakes in life, are lessons unlearned" P.S. RATS ... and I paid for the kit to convert my compressor to 220v.
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    Electrical questions......

    Not to up on the newest NEC codes for a pool, but I do know the wiring should all be there to convert the plug to 110v by a qualified electrician (costing "X" amount of money). In agreement with Tim, either return the pump for the proper voltage one, or have a qualified motor shop convert it to...
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    Help! Cloudy Pool!

    Hello and welcome :D !!! QUIT using the pool store chemicals. Only use chlorine (or bleach which is the same but different concentrations) and trust your readings with an awesome test kit. Enter your numbers in pool math to get your PH up to 7.2 (I calculate 25oz of washing soda by weight) and...
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    First test results

    As Marty said, your PH will rise with the higher TA. As you keep adjusting your PH down, your TA will drop. Eventually your TA will hit your pools "Sweet Spot" (you will notice little to no change in PH)!!! As an example, I know my pools "Sweet Spot" is a TA of 70. When I open in the spring, I...
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    Chlorine loss

    Just as Demegrad9 stated, my daily FC loss also dropped a lot when I upped my CYA from 30 (pool opening reading) to 50 or just under (made sure I could see the dot at 50, but no way at 40). Good Luck !!!
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    Unable to Kill Algae and Clear Pool

    Adding to what Marty said, it might not be a bad idea to run your filter on recirculate till you kill off the algae and your test kit arrives to avoid plugging your filter a lot and having to backwash frequently. Good Luck !!!
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    FC and the sun

    Sounds like a well maintained TFP to me. If you have a little concern after a real heavy usage day, just give it a quick test later in the day. I wouldn't fret anything above 4. If close to that, just give it a couple ounce boost of chlorine before turning in for the night. Enjoy !!!
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    Another yelp for pool chemistry help

    As Marty said, "At that FC you are safe to swim"!!! The chart says just do NOT let it drop blow 8ppm (to keep algae from being able to take hold and be sanitary). At the same time, as long as you are below 39ppm (for that CYA level of 100) your pool is GREAT !!! Just takes more chlorine to...
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    Chlorine question

    Welcome :p Just a little trick I learned to do when I get a new batch of chlorine. 1. After testing FC in the early morning and plugging that number into Pool Math, I add the amount it says, and then retest 1/2 hour or so later to see if it got me to my target. 2. If it is different, I enter...
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    am I done with this slam?

    I think you are out of the SLAM also but, because you said you started at 30 CYA (20 to 25 rounded up) and are shooting for 40 CYA (30 to 35 rounded up). Without all the softener dissolved, I would shoot for the upper target number from the Chlorine/CYA chart for 40 CYA (chart says 5-7). My...
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    How Would You Grade my Installer's Plumbing Setup?

    All I can say is WOW!!!! Reminds me of the old card game Water-Works ... LOL
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    Motor broken

    That wiring MUST be replaced !!! If you are not familiar with wiring codes and methods, don't attempt it at all !!! Get a qualified electrician to do it. Remember, one OOPS, I Forgot that, didn't notice that, etc. CAN BE FATAL !!!!!!!!!!! (too often repair video's make it seem simply without...
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    Sand filter clogged by flocculant/clarifier?

    I made the same mistake once and let flocculant run through my filter sand :(. I tried the cleaner and "deep cleaning" the filter and still had similar results as you (having to backwash almost daily). I replaced my sand as a last ditch effort and that solved the daily backwash issue. Maybe...
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    Brought up CYA but still not holding Chlorine

    Also for reference ONLY, (even though my pool is an AG, vinyl and only 1/2 the size of yours) I cut my daily chlorine usage in half when I up my CYA from 40 to 50. With a CYA of 50, I target 7ppm every morning. Even with heavy use on occasion, the lowest I ever was the following morning was...