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    Can I address this pool leak in the Spring?

    Hi all, We closed our pool back in late September. I've noticed overtime that the water level was slowly going down. We're losing about 1/8" a day. For a while, I thought it might have just been evaporation. We have a mesh safety cover. I did a bucket test and the pool is consistently losing...
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    Do mesh safety covers stop evaporation?

    Hi all, Another evaporation question! I have a mesh safety cover (Looploc). I closed my pool a bit earlier this year. The weather has been pretty warm. Mostly in the 70s with a few days in the 80s, but I still went ahead and closed the pool. I check the pool chemicals about once a week and...
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    Hot tub cabinet panel broke and needs to be replaced. Service company ordered wrong size.

    Hi all, I have an Artesian hot tub. The cabinet panel on it broke after owning it for only a few months. It was under warranty from the company I purchased it from. They came out to replace it, but they ordered the wrong size panel. They said it's about .5" too long and 2" too tall. They are...
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    Winterizing return line and there is a small leak

    Hi all, I'm trying to winterize my pool lines. It's an inground 12k gallon pool with 1 return, 1 skimmer, and 1 main drain. I winterized the skimmer and the main drain without much issue. However, I'm having issues with the return line. I tried a few ways to winterize the return line. I didn't...
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    Winterizing main drain with just anti freeze?

    Hi all, I'm trying to come up with a way to winterize my main drain. Long story short, we can't air lock the typical way. Last year, I was brushing the pool and bumped the main drain. This caused a leak. It was determined that the wrong screws were used for the Hayward main drain. I was able to...
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    Pumped water out of pool and now I have water behind my liner. Anything I should do?

    Hi all, My pool is winterized with a mesh safety cover. The water level in the pool was very high after some snow and rain we had. I threw in a pump and pumped out a couple thousand gallons to drop it about a foot. Unfortunately, I didn't extend the hose far enough away from the pool. Only...
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    Help eliminating Iron from my hot tub

    I'm a relatively new hot tub owner. I'm on my second refill after purchasing the hot tub about 6 months ago. One thing I've been having a difficulty combating is iron. I'm filling it up from a well that does not go through a water softener. I am using two EcoOne hose filters combined to help...
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    What's causing this stain in my new hot tub?

    Hi all, I recently purchased a hot tub. After a couple months of frequent use, I noticed this brown stain down by the return. I'm not sure the technical term, but it's the water return jet that is running constantly and has hot water. What is this brown stain from? Do I have too many metals in...
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    Muriatic acid bad for fiberglass hot tub?

    Hi, I have an Artesian Oahu Elite Hot Tub. I was working to get the pH down and was using muriatic acid which is what I use for my vinyl pool. My local pool store said I shouldn't use that for the hot tub. I forgot what he said could get damaged, I think the steel on the jets? Regardless, I...
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    Leak in main drain pot

    Hi all, A few months ago I was brushing my pool when I hit the main drain cover pretty good. A few days later I noticed how much the pool had lost water and quickly found the leak down at the main drain. One of the screws that screws the gasket down to the main drain pot had come a bit loose. I...
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    Buying the right Muriatic Acid

    I see on the pool calculator it has an input for baume. I was planning to go up to the hardware store and buy some muriatic acid but it doesn't have the baume listed. It says Hydrogen Chloride - 31.45%. Is that 20 baume...
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    Do you get dead algae with proper chlorine levels?

    If my chlorine level is at the appropriate level for the CYA level, will I continue to get a build of dead algae? Or should there be no dead algae in a properly chlorinated pool? I guess I'm just curious to know if you will see dead algae on the bottom of the pool in a properly chlorinated pool...
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    Did lack of circulation cause my liner to fade?

    Hi all, My chlorine level was a bit high around 10 PPM. My CYA is around 30. It was around 10 for a few days and I sort of just kept it high because the pool was not in use and I wasn't able to check the chlorine level every day. We run our pump about 8 hours a day, but one day it was left off...
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    How to blow out return line?

    I have a return line that used to be a vacuum or suction line. It's much lower than a typical return line and the water level won't be drained low enough. How can I get the water out? I can easily plug it, but the water will still be trapped inside. Is that what this is for?
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    Stripped Screws in Hayward Main Drain Gasket

    Hi all, I had a leak in our main drain pot. I found one of the screws was loose and it was causing us to lose 1.5" a day. The hole must be too large as the screw was just spinning. I took it out and put some Teflon tape on it and put it back in. It still would not catch, but fortunately, the...
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    Help finding this leak!

    Hi all, I've been trying to find this pesky leak for a few days now. On Saturday, I noticed the water level seemed to be dropping quickly. Sure enough, we were losing about 1.5" inches a day. It seems as though we are losing the same amount of water regardless of whether the pump is running or...
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    Digging around pool for leak

    Hi all, I posted about this in another thread about trying to find a leak, and now I have sort of found it. I gently dug about around some of the plumbing and hit some standing water about 16" below the surface. This is right under my concrete pool deck. The concrete pool deck is only 3...
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    Leak - losing same amount of water with pump on or off

    Hi all, I'm trying to find a leak in my pool. On Saturday, I noticed it started to get lower pretty quick. I did a bucket test, but it was not needed as I clearly had a leak. I'm currently losing about 1.5" of water a day. So sometime between Friday and Saturday a leak started. The pool was...
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    Balancing pH after SLAM

    Hi all, I had a small bit of algae bloom so I went ahead and did a SLAM. Looking at it in daylight, I noticed no or very little cloudiness. It seems clear in daylight, but last night with a flashlight the deep end seemed a bit cloudy. At this point though, I think I'm just visualizing the water...
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    Help with slightly cloudy water

    Hi all, Our chlorine got a bit low for a day and we had a bit of algae form. It wasn't very much at all and majority of it was dead on the bottom. I followed the SLAM method and did another FC loss test last night and it only dropped .5 in about 6 hours. Water is still slightly cloudy. Just...
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    CYA not raising much

    Hi all, I have a 12k gallon vinyl poo. I've been trying to raise the CYA using Clorox Pool Stabilizer. I started at practically 0 CYA and added 6 cups (I've done 2 cups 3 different times). That should have gotten me to around 30. However, it's still immeasurable on my TF-100. It's less than 20...
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    How to clean this rust? Need new screw?

    Hi all, How can I clean this rust off? Also, it looks like the person I contracted last year to install a new liner put in a different screw at the top than what is under water. The ones under water are flat, while the one up top is more round. Do I need to replace that? I'm sure it's easier...
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    Pool ladder scratching liner

    Hi all, I have a ladder in our shallow end and today I noticed that it appears to be scratching our 1 year old liner. I noticed some white marks. The ladder does have end caps on them. It is a bit rough where the white marks are. I can't tell if the liner is being worn away or if it is just...
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    Sharp object under liner - what's the best course?

    Hi all, I noticed a sharp object under my pool liner in the shallow end. It's pretty small, but you can definitely feel it with your foot. I'm not sure what the bottom of the pool is. It might be grout, but a contractor made a comment that it was concrete. Seems like it's a bit harder than...
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    Keeping critters out of backwash pipe?

    I'm running a new backwash pipe and was thinking about how to keep critters out. Do you guys do anything special? I didn't want them to get in to the PVC and burrow. I'm not sure if they reasonably would or not. I tried this mesh termination cap. However, the pressure from the backwash just shot...
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    Sealing pavers by pool with wet look - too slippery?

    Hi all, I built a paver patio next to my pool. The patio is extended off a concrete pool deck so it gets a lot of foot traffic from the pool with people going to sit down. I'm planning to seal the pavers with SEK SureBond Wet Look. With just about any "Wet Look" sealer they warn that when the...
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    Any timing needed between CYA stabilizer and adding chlorine?

    My chlorine is getting burned up pretty quick because the CYA level is 7 PPM. It's currently sitting at 0.5 PPM. I'm planning to add some chlorine to get it up to 4 PPM. After adding the chlorine can I go ahead and immediately add the CYA via the sock method in the skimmer? Or should I wait? I...
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    Ditch the tabs and add stabilizer?

    Hi, I just got my TF-100 and have been doing some tests. My CYA is very low. I'm not able to accurately measure it using the kit. However, a pool store said it was at 5 PPM. Should I add stabilizer or use tabs such as these? From my understanding, if I'm using liquid chlorine, there is no need...
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    K1000 Test kit - shake or no shake?

    I received my TF-100 Test Kit which includes the K-1000 chlorine, bromine, and pH test kit as well. The instructions for the K-1000 say to invert the block to mix, but says "DO NOT SHAKE." However, the TF-100 is saying to "shake well" at that step. Which should I do? Does it matter?
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    Should I raise my cyanuric acid level before or while adding chlorine?

    I just got my pool opened for the year. We hired a local company to open it as it was our first year. We had a mesh loop loc cover on it. The water was pretty cloudy when it was opened, but the tech said it wasn't very bad and that it was rather normal. They did some treatment and then had us...