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    Unable to remove lid on Pentair filter

    Hello all, we have an old Pentair Clean and Clear filter. It is difficult if not impossible to remove the lid for cleaning filter. I have done all the usual things, drained air/water. I lubed it last time we finally got it off. I tried to gently pry with screw driver but I was afraid to damage...
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    Seasonal Pool Adjustments

    Hello all this will be our first winter with a pool in Arizona. The day time temps are still in the high 80's but lows are in 50's We will leave the pool operational all year. Water temp now at 74 degrees. Currently running 8 hours(6 30 am-2:30 pm) I do not have a freeze sensor on the pump.. I...
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    Alkalinity levels/vacation

    Hello all getting ready to leave on 1 week vacation. Numbers this morning FC 7.5, TC 7.5, CA 350, Alk 60, CYA 40 PH 8 I plan to put 1-2 Trichlor pucks in a dispenser while we are away. My understanding is that the pucks lower your Alk levels and PH. So should I add some baking soda to increase...
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    Clarification on Chlorine

    Hello all, I have been maintaining my Chlorine at the higher end of the range 5-7 usually 7 so that I can skip a day of adding bleach. We do not use the pool frequently. However yesterday I did go in the pool. Levels were 7 and my skin and eyes had irritation and bathing suit was loosing color...
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    Calcium and Stucco Dust

    Helllo all. Questions on calcium levels. About 2 weeks ago my calcium levels were dropping below 200 so I added some calcium. Levels then up to 300. At the same time we were having some work done on the house. Contractors were filling some cracks in house stucco and doing roofing. I did not...
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    Slamming questions

    Hello everyone, my recent testing results showed a CC of 0.5. FC 4.5, CYA 43, PH 8( just added more MA) ,Ca 300. TA 70.. The pool looks good, water is clear. My husband did note a small odor. I do not see any alge. Is a Slam indicated? Per your instructions I read that if your CC is .5 or...
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    Pool Jet not working possible air leak

    Hello all my husband and I are trying to understand the circulation system to isolate a problem. I have read your materials but still have questions. One of the pool jets closest to the skimmer is not working. All of the other jet's are fine. Pool is clean, Weir valve working... I did not see...
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    10 Day Vacation

    Hello all, we will be going on a 10 day vacation mid July. I have been adding all chemicals as recommended daily but I have no one to do this while we are gone. Currently I am adding Muriatic acid 1 cup several times a week and Chlorine about 4 cups daily to maintain CL at about 5. My CYA...
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    Pool Draining and possible black alge

    Hello all, as you previously recommended I have been postponing partial drain of the pool due to heat but am now thinking I should just do it if I can safely. It has been 116 in Tucson lately. Temp does not drop below 85 until at least 9 pm at night. I need to drain apx 1/2 of an 8000 gallon...
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    High CYA and High Clorine

    Hello all I have a few questions. My pool guy let my CYA levels get to high. I have recently let him go and am trying to manage on my own, Here are my current numbers. I have a few questions. I had water test done at pool store and also compared to strips. I have tried using the pool test kits...
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    Skimmer and Pool Vacuum Pressure

    Hello everyone, we are totally new pool owners. I am having a great deal of difficulty achieving the correct balance between getting the pool vacuum to work and the pool skimmer. I have attached pictures of my current diverter valve settings. If I turn the valve to increase flow on the skimmer...