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  1. ta2dwonderwoman

    Hard sided pool vs soft...

    We have had our intex for 4 seasons now and it has done fantastic , but as we close this season out I'm noticing that we're losing quite a bit of water and I'm considering getting a new pool for next year because I can't find where a leak is happening. I can pinpoint approximately what section...
  2. ta2dwonderwoman

    Salt test question...

    When I use my drops to do a salt water test I'm wondering if I stop counting as soon as the color changes to something kind of pinkish or do I go ahead and put another drop in and make it go completely brick red? It seems like every time I do the test there comes a point where it changes to a...
  3. ta2dwonderwoman

    TA - important to adjust or not?

    I read in pool school: There are two reasons to lower your total alkalinity (TA) right away, because you want to slow down the rate that the PH rises, or if high TA is contributing to a high calcium saturation index (CSI) which puts you at risk of calcium scaling. You shouldn't lower TA just to...
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    Heat pump, special care?

    hey guys! I got a heat pump at the end of last year and was wondering if you all have advice on things I need to do in order to keep this thing running properly for as long as possible? anything I need to know? thanks in advance! so ready to get pool clean and warm~!
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    Bleach in ladder???

    We have a ladder that has to be filled with water and I'm wondering if it's okay to add a little extra bleach to that as we fill it up to hopefully discourage any algae from growing in there since it has no circulation... has anyone else used this method and has it worked out okay?
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    just getting a bit antsy... SPRING IS SPRUNG!

    I am so ready to start doing stuff with my pool already...but we are still getting into the freezing temps at night, but daytime is in the upper 40's to mid 70's most days right now...I am thinking of just hooking up my pump/filter and letting my robot get started on the cleanup of dirt on the...
  7. ta2dwonderwoman

    Leave equipment out or not?

    Here in Kansas we are finally getting into the cold part of December and temperatures are consistently dropping to or below freezing. I finally went ahead and disconnected all of my equipment from the pool but have not removed it from the pad and put it away yet. My question is this: is it...
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    Can I leave my pump running right now?

    I was hoping to get further into the fall before we have freezing temperatures at night but it looks like we'll be dropping down around and just below freezing several nights coming up soon. I went out today after work and pulled my swg totally cleaned it dried it off and stored it and will...
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    Swamp issue...asking for a friend in Oklahoma

    My friend is just ending first season with a pool and I think shut it down a bit sooner than he should have based on water temp because it was clear when he covered it and now it is a green mess. I want to guide him as I try to teach him the ways of TFP, but being kinda newish myself want to be...
  10. ta2dwonderwoman

    controlling PH rise...

    I have been using muriatic acid to bring ph back down as it rises, usually once a week or so, have to add 20 oz or so...problem is that I have a lung condition and am not thrilled about the risk of breathing the fumes. I have done pretty well with it, but frankly, have breathed in a few good...
  11. ta2dwonderwoman

    Amazon smile!!!!! Free money for TFP!!!!

    If anybody makes purchases on Amazon please consider going to AmazonSmile and choosing tfp as your charity... I have made four orders since I discovered this, generating a generous donation of $0.19... I don't think tfp has been an option for very long so therefore only a little over $40 has...
  12. ta2dwonderwoman

    Heat pump finally!

    my heat pump is up and running! And we now have professionally installed electric out by the pool and no more extension cords across the yard! I have to say that the booklet that came with it was not all that helpful at first glance that I figured out enough that I think I've got it set up...
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    how to connect Hayward HP50HA to intex pool

    our electrician is coming today to get our electrical all done for us...so when I get home, in theory, I should be able to get all of my components hooked up and running. my question is this: I know the Hayward and the intex hoses/hookups most likely are not compatible. wondering if anyone...
  14. ta2dwonderwoman

    Looking for clarification about the electrical connections on my heat pump

    We got our heat hump in and after looking at it a little bit we are a bit confused about the electrical hook-up spots... one side says it goes to the power supply and one side says it goes to the pump but I'm not understanding what that even means because I was under the impression that the...
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    heat pump on the way...placement question

    ok, so I have been studying how heat pumps work and it seems to me that they pull heat from the environment around them...if that is the case, would it be prudent to place the heat pump on something that might absorb and then radiate heat? like something black, or metal or concrete perhaps...
  16. ta2dwonderwoman

    Meanwhile in kansas...

    El Dorado pool shut down due to unusual vandalism
  17. ta2dwonderwoman

    Heater help?

    We are seriously considering an electric heat source of some sort for our pool but want to stay around $500... I'm wondering if anyone can guide me towards something that might possibly accommodate that price range or let me know if that's absolutely not even a thing,... Thanks in advance for...
  18. ta2dwonderwoman

    What can you read through the water in your pool?

    I can read my husband's toes through my tfp water!
  19. ta2dwonderwoman

    My lights so far...

    When the day slips into the night and the sun dips behind the trees... When the fireflies compete with the stars to see who is most lovely... When the birds and bugs go to sleep and the frogs and coyotes come to life... You float on your back and slowly circle around while the peace folds you...
  20. ta2dwonderwoman

    I ♡ tfp...

    We don't have our pool quite to where we want it eventually however we have done a lot to it in three years and the most recent thing that we did was add more umbrellas because I am a redhead and also a sunlover which is not always a good combination... even though I do tan more than most...
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    Crazy TFP lady .... leading them to the clear waters!!!!!!!!!!

    so, I have now turned into a crazy lady! I found a guy at walmart (in Wichita ks, in case he does look here and happens read this post!) staring blankly at all the chems...I schooled him on the spot and hope he finds us here at TFP so he can have an amazing summer of swimming and not battling...
  22. ta2dwonderwoman

    new to SWG's - need guidance

    so I took the plunge and got an SWG this year...I need to know what to look for as far as when to clean it? I am seeing a bit of white buildup on it, not a lot, just a smidge around the edges...just looking for a push towards when the right time to clean it might be? thanks in advance!
  23. ta2dwonderwoman

    ok, who is right? me or hubby?

    so my intex agp is out of level by about a row, maybe a row and half of squares on the liner from one side to the other...I say we can use the jack and shim method to raise up the low ones and put it somewhat more level, he says that will only level the top rail and do nothing for the bottom of...
  24. ta2dwonderwoman

    At the risk of sounding stupid...

    I bought a solar cover for my pool which is basically a giant bubble-wrap sheet of course , It has been on my pool for a couple of days-and I'm noticing that when I test my fc levels they levels are much higher than they had been before I started using it so my question is does it block enough...
  25. ta2dwonderwoman

    what should my fc be?

    I have seen in pool school that it should be a min of 3 with a target of 5 - but in the poolmath app it is showing a range of 1-3 I have a basic SWG that does not allow for % adjustments, I just have to run it longer or shorter periods to adjust my FC. right now I am running 8 hours a day to...
  26. ta2dwonderwoman

    Think i found the "leak"...duh moment of the year!

    Think i found the "leak"...duh moment of the year! So, i found that on two different days recently that i had lost 2-4 inches of water, seemingly overnight.... it has been kind of hard to pin it down because of all the backwashing I've been doing in the process of getting the pool...
  27. ta2dwonderwoman

    Lights!!!!

    I have been searching for a light or our pool but I didn't want something that operates off of electricity or batteries and everything solar that I keep finding pretty much floats which is not what I'm looking for... I found this on Amazon today, it connects to the return jet and the lights...
  28. ta2dwonderwoman

    Pool just needs to get warm now!

    :paddle: All balanced, mostly clean...just need it to warm up!
  29. ta2dwonderwoman

    Finally...test numbers

    I have been working on the pool for about a week now getting things done so that I could get to the point of being able to get some good numbers to share... right now I think all of my numbers look really good except possibly my total alkalinity and I do have a question about that. In one...