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    Using 3" tabs on 1 week vacation

    While I have an SWG, it is currently 7 yeas old and I suspect the cell may go south on me at any time. The last one I had lasted about 7 years so I may be on borrowed time. So I test my FC every day now just to be sure it's still working. Since I won't be able to test while on vacation, I was...
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    Possible suction side leak.

    I’ve been noticing air bubbles coming out of my returns lately and wondering if I have a suction side leak somewhere. Although the bubbles come out of the returns, I never see any in the pump basket. It looks air tight. I checked each of the 2 skimmers by plugging them one at a time. I also...
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    Raypack heater PRS code

    Any help with this? The code says to clean my filter/strainer but all that looks good and I am getting plenty of pressure through the lines to the returns. I also tested the PRS switch on the heater with an ohm meter and when the pump is off, I get an open and when the pump is on, the ohm meter...
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    Metal Magic availability

    I have metal staining in my vinyl liner which requires a quart of MM once a month. This maintenance dose makes my liner look new within hours and if I keep up the monthly dosage, it never stains. However this year, the ProTeam MM has been hard to find. I am reluctant to switch to another product...
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    Testing tap water for hardness with TF-100

    So, I was told that my town delivers "hard water" to my home. This prompted my wife to tell me I needed to install a water softener system. Before I look into that, I decided to test the water for CH using my TF-100 kit. I used the same procedure I use for my pool testing. My results were about...
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    Polyquat 60 and Slam

    I have to close tomorrow (9/21) which is a little early for me, but we are going on a 10 day vacation on 9/27 and want the pool all wrapped up before I go. I usually bring FC to SLAM levels before closing. I've always had good luck with this, opening clear in the spring. I happen to have a...
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    DE replacement usually leads to DE in pool

    Not sure why this is happening. I only change my DE once...... about mid way through the season. My process is quite simple. 1) drain filter and then plug inlet with rag (my water level is higher than filter inlet) 2) remove cartridge and spray it down inside and out 3) put cartridge back in and...
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    SWG says "insufficient water flow"

    My SWG is 11 years old and I replaced the cell 3 years ago. This year, when I turn it on, I immediately get the solid red light "insufficient water flow". I cleaned the cell with acid and it looks good. I checked the wires (visual inspection) going the the flow sensor and they look good. The...
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    Delay pool opening - crappy weather

    I was planning on opening my pool this weekend as typically I open it the first weekend in May. The weather has been so horrible in New England this spring and now I have no incentive to do it this weekend. The forecast for the upcoming week is 50 degrees and rainy through Thursday. Then maybe...
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    Lowering water below returns versus keeping water level high for closing - pros/cons

    I've been closing my pool the same way for the past 12 years. I chose this method because the first year, I had the pool company close the pool and this is how they did it. So I have no reason for doing it this way other than copying them. I blow out the lines from the equipment side while the...
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    Near disaster - Polaris pump Quick connect failed today

    A couple of years ago, I had to replace my polaris booster pump with a new one. The new ones come with quick connect plumbing to suck the water from the return line and then send it to the dedicated polaris line. This morning, while the booster pump was running, one of the disconnects failed...
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    Metal Magic and FC consumption

    I opened my pool to some staining this year. I put in 2 quarts of ProTeam MM and within hours, all the stains were gone. However I noticed a huge FC consumption. Does anyone know if MM will consume FC and if so, for how long? I should add that the night before I put the MM in, I passed OCLT. So...
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    Removing anti-freeze

    I am trying to figure out the best way to remove the antifreeze from my lines this year. It seems easy enough to flush the antifreeze from the skimmer lines. Just switch to waste, remove the skimmer plugs, prime the pump and turn it on. However, not sure how to flush it from the 3 returns...
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    2 week vacation in September - Close pool???

    I usually close my pool the first week of October and it's always crystal clear when I open in early May (Boston area). However this year, I go on a 2 week vacation starting Sept 13th. The big question is...should I close before I go?? My current thinking is to close on the 12th (day before I...
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    SWG stopped working

    Everything was great this year until today around 6:00pm when I took an FC reading and it was 1.0 :eek: yesterday I took the reading at noon time and it was 6.0. I keep it around 6.0 and it's stayed there pretty much since I opened it. The different thing I did yesterday was to turn it off for...
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    skimmer baskets fill up when I go on vacation

    I always worry about my skimmer baskets filling up and restricting flow if I leave the pool unattended for periods of time. Especially in the spring when there are lots of things falling into the pool. I have 2 skimmers and a bottom drain. If both skimmers fill up and have restricted flow...
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    Threaded plugs for skimmer

    I want to try to use threaded plugs this year instead of gizmo for my 2 skimmers. My only concern is the other purpose which the gizmo provides, which is ice expansion protection. In each skimmer, I have 2 threaded holes....one that goes back to the pump and the other is just blocked off and...
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    Plugging lines

    Hard to believe I'm already thinking about closing but it's only 6 weeks away :-( Anyways, every year I struggle with plugging my lines after blowing them out. Maybe I'm anal, but when i blow then plug them with the threaded plugs, I can always see tiny air bubbles until I turn off the blower...
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    Air bubbles coming out of Polaris return

    I've been noticing that I get small amounts of air bubbles from my Polaris (pressure side) return. I cannot see any visible bubbles from either of my other 3 returns. the bubble are there even when the Polaris booster pump is not turned on. I've attached a picture of my setup. You can see that...
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    Trouble with SWG Math

    Having a hard time figuring this out........ My SWG claims a production rate of 1.38 lbs. per day. ( I assume this means when the dial is set to 100%) I've had good success running my pump 10 hours per day with the SWG set at 50%. So I did some math....... 1.38 lbs./day = 22 oz./day of...
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    Metal Magic Maintenance Dose after successful treatment

    Just opened the pool this past weekend and I was Happy to see that the MM treatment I did last September to remove the metal stains is still holding up. The liner looks great!!! Here is the procedure I followed...... Removing Metal Stains with MM Now to keep it that way. The maintenance dose...
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    Is my Booster pump dead? Polaris 280

    Opened the pool today and tried to startup up my polaris. As soon as I flipped the switch I saw sparks and then just a hum. It's going into it's 10th season. Is it dead or might it be repairable?
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    FC loss in SPA without use

    I've been curious about this...... I thought the only ways to lose FC was via sunlight or organics. However when I re-fill my spa, I add 2 tablespoons of DiChlor to get the FC to 13. Then 5 days later after no use or exposure to sunlight, FC =5.5. What is consuming the free chlorine? Is it...
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    calculating di-chlor to gt CYA to 30

    I am ready to switch to the di-chlor/bleach method of sanitization. Just want to make sure I am figuring this correctly. For my 330 Gal sap, PoolMath says that 10ppm FC is about .8oz di-chlor Since 10ppm of FC via di-chlor raises CYA by 9ppm, I should be adding a little over 2.4 oz of...
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    Using anit-freeze as insurance

    I closed my pool and as usual, I noticed tiny air bubbles after plugging my returns (maybe one tiny bubble every few seconds). This happens every year and I've never had a problem, but maybe I was just getting lucky. I think it might be hairline faceplate cracks so I plan to replace those next...
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    Question about blowing out equipment after lines are done

    I am closing the pool this afternoon and couldn't remember the order in which I should remove the equipment plugs (if it matters) once all the returns and supplies have been plugged. For example, Should I relieve pressure/drain the filter first, then remove the Polaris plugs, then the heater...
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    Polyquat30 versus Polyquat60

    I have to pay the pool company to close my pool this year because I just won't have time to do it. This is the first time I have had them close it since I've owned the pool. Anyway...I asked them about the chemicals they use and they said the only thing they will add is 2 quarts of Polyquat30...
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    Removing Metal Stains with MM

    I started a thread about this over in the Chemistry section of the forum but I've changed my course of action after doing some reading here. I was going to do the AA treatment, but noticed a few people have had some success with just using ProTeam Metal Magic and the process seemed a lot easier...
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    thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

    Each year, i have tiny bubbles after plugging my return lines with the threaded caps. The bubbles are tiny and they always go away once I turn off the blower at the pump. However, it still doesn't give me a great feeling. I've tried teflon tape but still get bubbles. I was wondering if the...
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    Starting AA treatment - Question about FC

    Hi, I'm starting an AA treatment this weekend to eliminate the staining of my liner. I've already done the vitamin C test and have started to lower my FC. Unfortunately, it's been rainy/cloudy and lowering the FC is taking forever. First question...how critical is it for FC to be 0 when I...