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    I have a green pool

    So, last evening we got a thunderstorm with pretty intensive windy gusts... as result this morning the bottom my pool was about half covered with leaves and other tree debris. I skimmed about 5 lb of stuff from the bottom. That made me think about all the people down in Florida right now likely...
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    The hidden work of pool ownership

    When people talk about how much work comes with a pool they are usually talking about how much work a non TFPC pool requires to care for it. For that matter I take an average of 10 min per day to care for my pool. Actually less than 5 min in most days, but then there are full tests, dropping the...
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    Why Dry Acid is bad for a SWG?

    I'm not sure if The Deep End is the right place for this question, but it is somehow related to chemicals and it is definitively not a must know to own a pool. I have a bunch of Dry Acid that I brought when I ordered my pool (before TFP). I don't have a SWG, but I'm considering to get one in...
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    Levels after rainy Memorial Day weekend

    I got a LOT of rain over the the extended weekend, around 4" of rain. So, I got quite some dilution on my water and few things did not go the way I expected. On Thursday evening my numbers were: FC: 3.5 CC: 0.5ish (very light pink) pH: 7.6 TA: 85 CH: 150 ** CYA: 27 ** BOR: 40ish In preparation...
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    Is there an extra long power cord for dolphin e10 psu?

    I recently got a Dolphin E10. It seems to do it’s job on my small pool pretty well. My only complaint is the length of the power cord. Have anyone come across an extra long replacement power cord? Some thing the the range 10-14ft would be ideal. No, I don’t want to use an extension. Yes, I...
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    Need help with "pool chemicals"

    When I ordered my pool, before finfing TFP, I also ordered a bunch of "common sense" checmicals.... well, sometimes common sense is misguided. Now that I know a little better I'm need to help to identify some of the Crud I got and find out how to dispose of it. From picture one (left to...
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    Should I SLAM?

    Yesterday I had several kids in the pool... in the evening water was clear but got 1ppm CC on when tested (FC 2, CC 1, TC 3, CYA 20 **, PH 7.5), so I added enough chlorine for 10ppm (I didn't use pool math all the way and didn't account for the 2ppm I already had, so ended up with 12ppm rather...
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    About to try borates, but…

    I read quite some interesting stories about how great a pool with borates feel, so decided to give a try. I’m going with Boric Acid for ease of use. Pool is quite new, but seems I got a good handle on chemicals. My CYA is intentionally low due to necessity of using trichlor in near future. My...
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    Skimmer basket "floating"

    I have a Hayward SP1091WM skimmer on my AG pool. Frequently when my pump turns off the skimmer basket "floats" and after entangles with the skimmer weir preventing water flow into the skimmer and letting air into my system. I tried adding a medium (about 2" long, 1" wide and 3/4" thick) well...
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    Hello from northern NJ

    I finish putting together my little AG pool last week and had my inspections done Today. I'm glad I found TFP before putting too much CYA in my water... BTW, now I also understand why my sister's 25+ years old pool needs so much algaecide. I already got a TF100 and I'm throwing the test strips...