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  1. red-beard

    TFP has spoiled my family

    Is that what we're calling it now? I posted about seeing an indoor pool at my hotel in Boise, where you could barely see bottom.
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    Mapperton Live - English Manor - Pool Related

    Hilarious couple (He's English, she's American) exploring the Manor and Estate he has taken over from his parents. He is "minor" nobility, the Son of the Earl of Sandwich. They definitely need some help from TFP! Cleaning the Pool - It was built in the 18th Century (1700's) A year later...
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    What does your pool paradise look like?

    How much does it cost to run the heat pump? How warm do you keep the water?
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    Is pool depth of 7 feet safe?

    Your pool is essentially my pool. The shallow end is 3.5 feet and it gradually drops to 4.5 feet, over about 20 feet. Then it drops from 4.5 feet to 8 feet over about 10-11 feet. So my Shallow area is about 15 wide and 20 feet long or about 1/2 of my pool.
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    Is pool depth of 7 feet safe?

    (In the attached article, it has numerical pool types. Is there a link to decode the pool types?) Edit: OK, I see that the dimensional list is what designates the pool type and then the max height of the pool stationary diving platform is define later for that. My pool meets the definition of...
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    Constant battle - is this mustard algae?

    Mustard algae is a light yellow/brown and is a thin layer spreading in the shadow areas of the pool. I fought it for years, not understanding the FC/CYA relationship.
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    Contractor accused of taking more than $1M from families, leaving projects unfinished

    This is just reported on the news today in the Houston area. Very sad for all of those people.
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    What did you do to your pool today?

    Water was 81F at the end of the day yesterday and 80F this morning. It is 83F now, so it looks like a 2 degree gain. I need to check my FC and pH tomorrow morning to see if the cover is reducing FC loss.
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    What did you do to your pool today?

    Retrieved the solar cover from the storage unit. Water was 79F this morning. Cover should extend the season through November with a little heating near the end.
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    Some animal poops on my top step.
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    Planning for a new pool - Construction Specs Advice - Houston, TX Area

    Where are you in the area? We might be able to help guide you on some of the ways to not get taken by the pool builders. I wish I had known about this site in 2007 when I built my pool!
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    Tide pod challenge of pool maintenance…Vodka SLAM!

    Wasting Tito's is a serious offense. He could have used "Mr. Boston"....
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    New Build Confusion in Frisco, TX (Chlorination Decision)

    I installed my pool 14 years ago. Last year I switched it to Salt. So much easier to maintain. No issues with equipment. No extra issues with flagstone. You have 2 builders that love doing SWG. You have one that wants to install literally junk into your pool. I would stay away from the second...
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    Some animal poops on my top step.

    The ROUS's? I don't think they exist...
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    Some animal poops on my top step.

    That sounds like a Rat Turd.
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    Pool & Spa Build - Pflugerville (near Austin) - Need Help!

    Oh, another thing. Non-porous grout, aka epoxy grout. It expands and contracts without cracking. When I get the coping and tile redone in a few years, I will require this.
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    Pool & Spa Build - Pflugerville (near Austin) - Need Help!

    I have "flagstone". Pool was installed 14.5 years ago. The stone kept disintegrating and throwing "sand" into the pool. I know it was the sand stone since it the correct color. About 4-5 years ago, when my expansion joint was replaced, they offered to "seal" my coping. My coping is a med-dark...
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    Pool & Spa Build - Pflugerville (near Austin) - Need Help!

    On the coping, stay away from anything that is "sandstone". Sometimes called "Flagstone". It disintegrates.
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    PH 8.0 - OK if CSI Good?

    My FC is ~10-11, pH 7.7-8.0, TA ~75, CH 350, CYA 70, Salt 3000 ppm, Borates ~40, Water temp ~89F and a CSI of -0.1 to +0.08 (pH 7.7-8.0) I add about 1 qt of MA every 10-14 days to drop my pH from 8.0 to 7.7. I need to increase my borates but getting more boric acid is an issue. I may have to go...
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    1st pool build - Spring, TX

    A few people have that setup and it works fine. Just don't install any mineral cartridges no matter what the Pool Builder says. Make sure it is the one sized for 40K Gallons. This will ensure a long life.
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    1st pool build - Spring, TX

    All chlorine pools are salt water pools. When I converted my pool to "Salt", I tested the water and it was around 1000 ppm. I had drained and refilled my pool 4 months prior. ~3000 ppm is common for Salt Water pools. This is one third the level of tears and one tenth that of sea water. It should...
  22. red-beard

    Accessories suggested for TF-100 test kit

    pH meter. I run my pH at the "upper end" 7.6-7.9. I cannot for the life of me tell the color differences. pH meter is simple. I fill the little cap and turn on the pH meter and run the FC test while the pH reading stabilizes. I will also vote for the Speedstir. I thought it was a "joke" until I...
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    Mustard Algae - SLAM?

    I am skeptical it is mustard algae
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    Mustard Algae - SLAM?

    Is this a heavily shaded area?
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    Mustard Algae - SLAM?

    Is this at the bottom in the middle? MA forms in dark, shaded areas. Might be pollen or debris in the pool.
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    Mustard algae problem !

    Ducks can fly
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    Mustard algae problem !

    And I'm still pretty sure it is duck poop. That darkish color. Unfortunately, I've had ducks in the pool. After it sits for a while it disintegrates to a mess. Look at the second step.
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    Mustard algae problem !

    Test strips are not very accurate and the pool stores in general are not that accurate and have an "agenda" on selling you expensive products. I highly recommend picking up a Taylor 2006 or TFT100 test kit so you know the chemistry levels in your pool.