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    Robot use for spring opening

    He’s off and running! So far so good. As I mentioned above, there’s not much debris on the bottom this year. The robot clouds the water a little bit, but mostly when the impeller outlet blasts an area with the flow.
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    Robot use for spring opening

    That’s another question I should have asked Margret from Marina Pools! I imagine it does based on the literature. Thanks for the response. I’ll give it a go once it gets here. (with this robot, I’m becoming less and less useful to my family!! LOL)
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    Robot use for spring opening

    Our new Warrior SE will arrive during the upcoming week and I have an initial question for current robot users: do you use your robot to vacuum the pool for the first time right after spring open? Or, do you still hook up the hose & vac head and vacuum the bottom to waste? Currently, our water...
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    AutoPilot salt question

    I think I know the answer to my question, but I want to check here with the experts first. I have a PoolPilot Digital SC-48 that's giving me an error message to add salt. It's reading only around 800 ppm. I used Aquachek salt test strips and they show the level at around 3500-4000. Based on...
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    Back from vacation: pool disaster

    Quick update: the pool lost 9 ppm overnight (about 45% of the FC) the foam is gone and the water is getting pretty clear. CC's are down to .5 and the FC is at 8ppm. I am currently dissolving the first 5 pounds of cya to see where that gets me. I'd like to know what caused the cya to drop to...
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    Back from vacation: pool disaster

    Just got back after 10 days to find what every pool owner hopes to never see: cloudy, green mess. There are several issues going on. First...the pump has developed a leak to where it's losing probably a couple inches (or more) per day--it's hard to say for sure because it's been raining...
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    Winterizing Autopilot

    Cool...thanks. The way I've closed in the past is to pump the anti freeze through the plumbing until I see a small pink ploom in the water at the returns/drains. That way I'm positive there's no water left in the pipes. It takes around 18 gallons (less than $50). Wasteful? Maybe...but I view...
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    Winterizing Autopilot

    I'm getting ready to close the pool and this is my first winter with a PoolPilot (Auto Pilot SC-48). I've seen differing opinions on removing the cell or leaving it in the line over the winter. (The area where I live gets pretty cold through the winter--the pool will freeze solid). In the...
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    chlorine output

    Thanks for the responses guys-- I added 1.75 lbs of cya yesterday. Sean- My unit is brand new this year and has been running a little ove two weeks. I checked the cell anyway and it looks brand new--no build up, scaling or obstructions. I just ran a second salt test (using AquaCheck strips)...
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    chlorine output

    I've had my Auto pilot (SC-48) running for a little over 2 weeks now and I have a question about the amount of chlorine it's producing. I have it set to run for 12 hours (7p-7a). I'm at 50% on power level 3, yet it only raised the free chlorine level by .5 ppm. Here are my numbers: cc 0 fc...
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    getting ready to start the Autopilot

    We got the manifold all plumbed in last night, and we're getting ready to power up the Autopilot. Here are my numbers: FC 3 ph 7.2 alk 90 cya 40 salt 3500 I'm going to raise my cya to about 70, but my real concern is with the low ph. After getting the alk down to 90 (from 120) using acid...
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    It Can Happen to Anyone - Zero Chlorine, CYA-->Ammonia

    In other words, my amonia problem has probably been solved about 3 cases of cl ago? :oops: Okay...so when there is 0 FC loss overnight and 0 cc, I should just let the cl level drift back down to around 5 ppm (given my cya of 40). Correct? Jason- is there a chart that shows the rate cl...
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    It Can Happen to Anyone - Zero Chlorine, CYA-->Ammonia

    Richard- any idea what the break point of these organics is? I saw in an earlier post that you added 12.5 ppm of cl. At the time you had 0 cya. I'm experiencing a similar situation to the one you've described in this thread and I'm wondering if normal shock levels aren't strong enough. I...
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    cheap liquid chlorine!

    I used the first bottle out of a case this morning...raised my FC 5 ppm. Using the pool calc it worked out to 11.5%. cl concentration.
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    cheap liquid chlorine!

    I just got back from The Great Escape and they're having an unadvertised liquid chlorine special: 4 gallons for $8.99. Yes, it's 12.5%...no, there isn't a limit on how many cases you can buy. The manager told me their stores in Chicago are in a price battle and are trying to undercut a...
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    potential problem?

    Okay...here's an update. I found a post on another thread that helped me a bunch: circulate the water; then test. We took the cover off the pool yesterday, fired up the pump and let the water circulate for 24 hours. Huge difference. Here's the new set of numbers: FC 1 CC .5 TC 1.5 ph 7.5 alk...
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    potential problem?

    We cover it with a mesh safety cover, so the snow and rain go right into the pool. I remember the drop off in years prior, but not to this extent. Like I said, we haven't opened the pool yet (we had freezing temps and snow less than a week ago). Early next week is my target to get the pump...
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    potential problem?

    We're still a few weeks away from opening, but I wanted to test the water to get a feel where things are at. My numbers shocked me. Here they are: TC 0 ph 6.8 alk 30 cal 40 cya <10 The water is still pretty cold (maybe 50), but I let the sample get up to room temperature (let's say 72)...
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    It Can Happen to Anyone - Zero Chlorine, CYA-->Ammonia

    I don't mean to thread jack, but this is pretty interesting and I'm starting to wonder if I have this same problem. What are you guys using to test for ammonia levels? Is there a Taylor test and if so do you have the number?
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    Will it fit?

    Yep..I like that idea. I'd have 8" (possibly 9") from the heater inlet and the '+'. The thinner line is 1/2" and feeds the 2 fountains. The return line is 1 1/2"
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    Will it fit?

    I'm thinking about installing a SWG this spring. I'm wondering where (and most importantly IF) one will fit with my current set up. Here's an overall view: There's only about 9 inches of clearance between the concrete pad and the return plumbing: The fence is vinyl and probably not a...
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    Vacation procedure

    Unless I missed it, I haven't seen a thread devoted to what all of you do prior to heading out of town for an extended stay. Instead of 'winterization", call this a "vacationization" thread. Since we all live in different climates, I don't know if we'll get a definitive "here's what to do to...
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    Can anyone spot what I'm doing wrong?

    I should have posted an update earlier, but I think it's mission accomplished. The cl consumption is a little under 2 ppm per day. I think in total, it took 8 days at 20 ppm or higher before the massive chlorine decline started to slow down. One thing I did was change the bulbs in the...
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    Can anyone spot what I'm doing wrong?

    I too questioned my cya result and I've tested it 4 or 5 different times. Between 70 and 80 is what I come up with. My cya level was really high last season (the last test I did according to my log was in July and it was over 100). I drained around two feet of water at closing time (early...
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    Can anyone spot what I'm doing wrong?

    Hi gang-- I just opened about 2 weeks ago. I've run the vac several times, brushed the walls and run the sand filter 24/7. Here are the numbers (18'x36' 23,000 IG vinyl pool): FC 17 cc 0 ph 7.5 alk 120 CA 200 cya 70 The water temp is 60 and the pool is crystal clear. Here's the problem...
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    Solar Covers

    Thanks for the replies. I'm sure 12 mm is thicker than the one I have currently. Have you noticed a difference in heat retension vs. the traditional blue stlye? (Of course, that assumes you've used the blue kind in the past :wink: )
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    Solar Covers

    I've been reading a few threads about which solar cover works best, and I've decided on trying the clear instead of blue next season. intheswim.com has clear with a silver backing and Leslie's has traditional blue. Where are you guys finding clear and who has the best price? Any suggestions...
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    Solar cover question

    I'm questioning the cover because my numbers are in good shape: FC 13 (It's high because I took it up to shock level last night) CC 0 ph 7.3 TA 170 CAL 250 CYA 60 This is the third season with our 23,000 IG with vinyl liner. I use a 30" sand filter that I've been running 24/7. The...
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    Solar cover question

    I've been fighting cloudy water issues this season and I'm wondering if my solar cover might be the source (or at least part of the problem). I've never cleaned it and I read somewhere that bacteria or algae can grow on it when it's rolled up. How do you clean it and with what...or is it even...