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  1. wysocki

    Poolmath pH suggestion doesn't match prediction

    So this morning I did a test of pool water, fill water, (and for kicks, the softened house water). Here's some results: POOL FILL SOFTENED PH 8.1 8.2 8.5 TA 60 80 90 CH 325 100 <=25 Interestingly, my TA has dropped from 70 and CH has risen from 300. The pH still tries to climb. I...
  2. wysocki

    Poolmath pH suggestion doesn't match prediction

    @PoolStored "...upper portion takes in the affects of everything else.. Use the top area..." Yeah, that's why it's weird that the bottom area is much more accurate. @JoyfulNoise I don't notice a significant swing in TA when I acid down. I'll check it all again tomorrow in addition to my fill...
  3. wysocki

    Poolmath pH suggestion doesn't match prediction

    Yeah, TA is 70 according to the readings 1 hour ago from my TF-100 kit. AND it's interesting that the poolmath even accounts for this in its pH calculation there. But it's way off!?! Why are the two projections so different then?
  4. wysocki

    Poolmath pH suggestion doesn't match prediction

    I'm using the old Poolmath calculator online and although the numbers look pretty good (except for the salt), I'm having difficulty dumping enough MA into the water to get pH below 8. And I'm confused by the difference in the recommendation next to the pH row and the Effects of Adding section at...
  5. wysocki

    Dumping salt water in the woods

    My SWG pool has an excessive amount of salt in the water. I need to dump some of the water out and refill with fresh water to bring the level down. I have 3600 ppm of salt in the water now and I need to dump about 3000 gallons of it to bring it down to 3200 ppm. I live on a hillside in Southern...
  6. wysocki

    Accuracy of Taylor K-1000 test kit colors

    Just went with SWG so I bought a Taylor TF-100 test kit and it came with a K-1000 kit just for quick chlorine & ph testing. The chlorine test has colors to match for .5, 1, 2, 3, 5 ppm. But I'm puzzled though because the 2 & 3 colors appear to be identical. Some of my friends even think the 2 is...
  7. wysocki

    TA not lowered after adding acid to lower Ph to 7.0 and aerating

    I'm trying to understand all this, but I have a problem adjusting my SWP with the various opinions in addition to the official "optimum recommendations" from sources I should trust. For example: TFP Hayward & Pentair TA 60-80 80-120 CYA 70-80 30-50 Why are the TFP recommendations way...
  8. wysocki

    Calmat Electronic Scale Protection - in a pool?

    I've been struggling with scale buildup on my tile at the water line for years. I just converted to a SWG, but I don't think that's going to solve my scaling issue (CH=300). I recently purchased a Calmat water treatment system for my house plumbing after getting some rave reviews from friends...
  9. wysocki

    Lower alkalinity without aeration?

    I just drained and refilled my pool after a bout of 110+ CYA. Now my numbers are a lot better, but my TA is a bit on the high side. I"ve read that I should add acid to decrease PH and TA then aerate to increase the PH back up to normal. I've even bought an aerator, but then I read the...
  10. wysocki

    First time with the TF-100!

    Last night when the pool was full, I did a quick check: TC:0 and pH: 8 so I dumped in a gallon of 12% chlorine and a gallon of acid. Ran the pump overnight. This morning I did a full test with the TF-100: pH: 7 FC:5 CC:0.5 TC:5.5 CH:225 TA:120 CYA:<20 I may have overdone the MA and CL a bit...
  11. wysocki

    First time with the TF-100!

    Ok, I bit the bullet and had it blasted with MaxxStrip, tiles repaired, and then drained all leaving only about 3000 gallons (10%)! Refilling it now and I realize I'm panicking about what to do next. I did a quick check of the water which is now about 1 foot from the top, and it shows no...
  12. wysocki

    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    All the links for "local HASA dealer" in the first post of this thread are broken.
  13. wysocki

    First time with the TF-100!

    Yes, I did the dilution test for CYA, it came out to 50 (and x2=100). I guess I'll bite the bullet and do the drain next week. Guess I'll scrub the tiles to dump that calcium into the water first. The water has never been changed (22 years) so there's bound to be a bunch of mineral buildup. Stay...
  14. wysocki

    First time with the TF-100!

    Thanks for all the replies. Brings up two questions: 1. Could I live with 100 CYA? Would it just mean that I'd be adding more chlorine? 2. Changing the water has complications. If I open the drain valve on my filter, I could only drop the water about 2 feet before the side intake would suck air...
  15. wysocki

    First time with the TF-100!

    Finally decided to actually do something about my always-slightly-green pool: bought a TF-100 test kit! Took longer to do the tests than I pictured (about an hour) but maybe it'll go faster with experience. I've been pretty much relying on chlorine disks in 2 dispensers to handle the pool...
  16. wysocki

    Shaken, not stirred?

    Just got my TF-100 kit today and was reading the instructions (could really use some improvement). TFP has WAY more info than was provided with the kit, which has rather conflicting messages in its limited documentation. Maybe James Bond could clear this up?:
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  18. wysocki

    Tip to make cleaning your Hayward filter easier

    I have to clean my Hayward 60' filter a few times a year and once I removed the filter pads from the case, it was a real pain to unbolt the rod that goes through the unit, as well as replacing it when I had cleaned the elements. I solved the problem by using my moto-tool to grind a slot in the...
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  20. wysocki

    Make household bleach from pool chlorine?

    I see a ton of articles about how to use household bleach as a replacement for pool chlorine. I can't find anything on the reverse! I'm out of household laundry bleach and I have a ton of pool chlorine (liquid) and chlorine pucks (Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione) and bags of pool shock (Clorox Xtra...
  21. wysocki

    Install hand rail underwater in existing pool

    Wow! You've opened up a huge can of worms that I never knew existed, James! I've never heard of bonding before. I always "knew" that all my pool electrical devices had to be tied to a common "ground" before, but I've now been through a few hours of videos by Mike Holt about this topic and it's...
  22. wysocki

    Install hand rail underwater in existing pool

    Great idea, thanks! I'll have to look around for some styles. Gotta figure out what would work best with my steps which are in the corner and pretty small.
  23. wysocki

    Install hand rail underwater in existing pool

    My pool is about 25 years old, replastered about 15 years ago and in good shape. I just had the concrete decking overlaid with 1" thin pavers. Now the wife wants a railing installed to ease access along the steps into the pool. Shouldn't be a problem anchoring it through the pavers into the...
  24. wysocki

    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    The switch in the antenna is set to wifi. As long as the antenna is the only thing connected to the motherboard, it works great! The setup program shows full strength to the wifi router and the app is very responsive, never gave me any problems. As soon as I connect another device though, it...
  25. wysocki

    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    You're clear. With the IQ20 on one of the red plugs (either one) and the other empty, I have internet (but no pump nor Allbutton obviously). If I connect the pump OR the Allbutton OR both on the other plug, the internet dies but the pump/Allbutton works. Pulling that second plug off immediately...
  26. wysocki

    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    With the IQ20 you don't have to do the ethernet cable thing. You connect your phone to a hotspot in the IQ20 to do the initial setup and point the IQ20 to your wifi router. When I was working with Zodiac last week, they did a "flash" of my unit, which I assume installed the latest patches to the...
  27. wysocki

    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    Thanks for the guidance via the menu, PoolClown. I would have thought that the online setup would cover the same features that the Allbutton does. Also, regarding the expansion board, I had heard of this issue when I first hooked it up a couple years ago. But it's worked fine all this time and...
  28. wysocki

    iAqualink IQ20 won't work with anything else attached

    I installed an IQ20 to my pool 2 years ago. It came with a motherboard which replaced the Jandy RS4 board that was there. It was controlled by an RS4 wall controller and a spa side 4-switch. It was heaven. Then last month, I noticed strange things happening - like the lights and booster pump...
  29. wysocki

    Which vacuum cleaner is best to clean algae on walls?

    I have a 3-10' deep gunite pool with rounded corners and vacuum port on the side. I need to keep my chlorine level low for medical reasons so I get a bit of algae that I need to manually sweep the walls and bottom regularly. I had a Hayward Navigator and it helped keep the bottom fairly clean...
  30. wysocki

    Flo-Pac Deep Diver vs. King-Fin Brush

    I bought the King-Fin and I do like the downstroke action, but I agree that the upstroke really doesn't follow the plaster. Also, when downstroking at the water line, the fin flips up and gives you a nice cool shower! I've learned the best way is to do the rim horizontally first then keep the...