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    Extended closing

    I just shut down my heat pump last Saturday and installed my solid Loop-Loc on Sunday. My pump is still running on a slow speed. I won't shut down until the water is close to 60F. Right now it is 72F.
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    Forum changes

    Do I have to scratch my screen?
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    Tried to deep clean my sand filter first time ever....think I messed up bad :( What are my options

    It was probably hard to take apart because sand was on the center white pipe when it was inserted in the multi-port head. Now that you got it apart, make sure the center pipe is clean before reinstalling the multi-port. You could try a dry lube like a silicone spray but I would stay away from...
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    Forum changes

    What changes were made during this latest update? I do see some changes with how new content is listed. Just curious if that is the only change.
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    WIll Phosphates damage the pool heater?

    I have used Orenda. If you're going to use one, that one works great.
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    Pool Solar Cover - Does moisture in 50% of the bubbles mean it's not doing its job anymore or should I keep it for another season?

    "Technically, all you really need for a pool cover is a large sheet of plastic. Plastic meets the requirement of being a vapor barrier." Swimming Pool Covers When the bubbles start breaking, it means that you should be prepared to replace the cover. I have gone a whole season with a solar cover...
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    Chlorine smell

    There’s 2 kinds of adults I always say….. 1) those who pee in the pool 2) Liar Liar pants on fire’s.
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    Do I need to balance water if closing right after filling (new liner)?

    Besides what is already mentioned, you'll get organics blown in from the wind and carried by the rain unless you are using a solid cover.
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    I will do me. I can understand the overall warning because some people will forget to close the bottom returns.
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    How Long Can You Delay Liner Replacement, if at all?

    Chemical engineer working as an environmental engineer. One example would be during an equipment malfunction. To paraphrase the regulation, equipment should be repaired as soon as practicable.
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    Because as a chemical engineer, I understand density of solids and liquids, solids dissolving in water and concentrations. I don't know where this surge of high salinity water comes from. I'm more than willing to adjust my thinking if explained to me. It would come from salt on the bottom of the...
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    How Long Can You Delay Liner Replacement, if at all?

    I use it frequently in my job.
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    Covered with Loop Loc but not closed - pump running

    The effort I put in during the fall to wait to shut down after the water drops below 60F pays itself back with clear spring openings. I never have opened to a green pool.
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    Covered with Loop Loc but not closed - pump running

    I did that last year with my pool. I have a Loop-Loc solid cover. I turned off my SWG. I vacuumed my pool by hand before putting on the cover. The FC level stayed level over the time. I think the cover delays closing the pool since the air layer between the cover and water is somewhat insulating...
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    Aqua cal heat pump tripping breaker

    I assume this is a new heat pump. My several year old heat pump started tripping the breaker recently. The problem ended up being a bad capacitor.
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    Closing the pool late this year

    Turning down the output on the SWG is the right thing to do. Lower water temperatures and shorter days along with lower sun angle means your pool needs less chlorine. Leave it at 20 and see which direction the FC goes. It may need to be even lower. I have already lowered mine to 20% and still...
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    New Pool, New to TFP and a $1000 power bill!

    I don't have a chiller. I just have a heat pump. My total electric bill has not exceeded $400 and that includes all my electrical usage including two AC systems.
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    During the swim season, I cover my pool with a solar cover during the early and late season. I only remove my solar cover between around June 15 through September 15.
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    How Long Can You Delay Liner Replacement, if at all?

    I would schedule it as soon as practicable.
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    Switching to salt, do I need a new test kit and routine?

    Is this advice only if your main returns on the bottom of the pool are open? Salt is heavier than water and sinks to the bottom of the pool. If 100% of your return water is through the skimmers, why would you need to turn off the SWG while adding salt? At all points in time while physical salt...
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    Why is that? My VSP is connected to my intermatic timer. I don't control my VSP using the timer dogs to turn it on and off. Instead I just run my VSP 24/7. But if I did use the timer, the power to my SWG was also controlled by it so if the pump turned off, so did the SWG. The SWG could not run...
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    Safety cover durability

    What kind of safety cover? My mesh Loop-Loc safety cover lasted 13 years. It was aging but would have lasted another year or two if my daughter's dog had not gotten on it and scratched a hole in it.
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    Copper Ionization

    That is a good question. Every time I tour a "for sale" house with a pool, one of the first things I do is head for the equipment pad. UV system - nope I don't want that. Puck chlorinator - nope. Spa - rather not have. But when I go to sell my house, buyers will see basic vinyl pool, no water...
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    Copper Ionization

    I wasn't sure where to put this post. I've been browsing the housing market for the past year. My wife and I may consider a move if everything is right. Things on the list to convince us to move - first floor master bedroom, 3 car garage, and a good sized backyard that has a pool or a pool can...
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    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Not just steaks. Pork loins are one of my favorite meats to sous vide. I can take a venison roast and make it really tender.
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    Chlorine explosion - Help

    It's a challenge this time of year. I kept having to lower my SWG down until the output was at 20%. That was a good setting until I starting using my solar cover again. The FC jumped from 5 to 10 ppm in a week. So now I've got to decrease it again. I will probably start at 15%. That'll change...
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    Effects of Adding.... tap water.

    To throw a kink into the equation, what about changes in chlorination methods during the year by your water utility? My utility uses chloramines to treat tap water for 11 months of the year and switches for one month to chlorine.
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    Minimum distance heat pump to above ground pool?

    There is a chance that one of the tiles could vibrate from the vibration of the heat pump fan and make a noise. You could try using a plastic pool equipment pad. Pool Supply Unlimited | Equipment Pads
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    Help using Hayward VS pump speeds/timers

    Exactly as proavia said. Now if you want to return to 1150 rpm, you could pre-program one of your preset speeds to 1150 rpm. For example, set Speed 1 to 1150 rpm. After you have finished swimming and no longer want to run the fountains, you would press Speed 1 once to override Speed 3. Speed 1...
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    SWG,VSP, and Heat Pump run time optimization

    In my response, I put an asterisk in my reply. While you are experimenting, look at the RPMs needed to turn on the SWG and heat pump when your filter is dirty and when it is clean. I found the RPMs to be different.