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    Now that I haven't spent all my $ at the pool store - hangers for brushes/nets for above ground

    The sun is one reason that I want to put them on the side of our pool ... as they will be more shaded on the one side of the pool than where we currently have them stored.
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    Extra precautions when power washing?

    Will do! It's gonna cool off next week too, so may bump up the chlorine a little since we won't be swimming.
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    Extra precautions when power washing?

    I'm planning on powerwashing our deck ... maybe not this weekend since there is of course rain in the forecast ... but since my pool is sparkly I don't want to get junk in it! So, do you take precautions when powerwashing? or just try and power wash away from the pool? My hubby thinks I am...
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    Mothers Day Gifts-pool related

    My hubby is buying me new umbrellas and chairs for the deck =)
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    What did you do to your pool today?

    Slam is finished, pool is open - although a wee bit chilly for me at 76* ... Cleaned up the deck ... this weekend I want to powerwash the deck and get new umbrellas ... although since my water is beautiful I am a wee bit nervous about getting junk in it with powerwashing! I don't have a pool...
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    Been a fan of TFP for a while ... but been away!

    Yes - NC is beautiful ... but we try to keep that a secret! It is growing fast enough =)
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    Now that I haven't spent all my $ at the pool store - hangers for brushes/nets for above ground

    Tis the problem with being a TFP person ... now that my water is super clear ... I've been on google and youtube ... both can be dangerous places for a pool owner! Anyway ... Looking for a way to possibly hand the brush/poles/nets over the side of our above ground pool. Has anyone DIYed...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Party all day and party all night! LOL ... just kidding ... I'm not 20 anymore! Party until 9pm! haha!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Last summer I never thought I would see the water that clear again! So glad I didn't give up! And that I learned about those dates on the chlorine bottles! That tidbit alone has saved me a huge headache!!
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    Bleach, Chlorine Tablets, and Pristine Blue (Oh My!)

    There are a lot of people that use other methods, go to the pool store, and in general enjoy their pools. The TFP method is about knowing why and what you need to add to your pool to keep it looking great, instead of going to a pool store to have them make suggestions. I live a good distance...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Slam is officially over! Water is super clear! I can finally give the pump a break!
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    "Quality" chemicals vs. Chemicals at Menard's (or anywhere else)

    Your test kit will arrive soon, and I am absolutely no expert, but I would start reading here ... start with "pool school" link ... and if you have questions about pool equipment and what you have/don't have ... take pictures of things and post them here. This forum is a huge resource of...
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    Optimum pool saga continues need help

    Definately be the squeaky wheel ... throughout the process! Take lots of pictures and ask lots of questions!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Later testing ... FC 9 CC 0 PH 7.5 TA 50 Did not recheck CH ... CYA - added stabilizer for 30 yesterday I see swimming in my future!!!
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    Optimum pool saga continues need help

    My husband is a commercial construction superintendent and so this is why I post this ... but the reason they wont install it is that you cannot get the necessary compaction needed in saturated soil. If they came and installed it today, by the end of the summer you would have a lumpy mess under...
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    Been a fan of TFP for a while ... but been away!

    You are gonna be my NEW best friend Texas! hehe!
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    Been a fan of TFP for a while ... but been away!

    I found TFP back in 2013 when we set up our pool, but been away for a while! Just got finished with my slam to open and working on the backyard oasis for the season! pool is 78* hopefully swimming in a couple days! Hubby and I live in the boonies in central NC on almost 7 acres ... have...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Been working on the oasis!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    OK thanks! ... the app is new to me! I do appreciate the link to the bleach dates earlier too ... the pool store I got the gauge at wanted $7 for a gallon of 10% ... so got my gauge and went to walmart and was able to get the new stock of 10% after checking the numbers!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    and I actually put it in the pool math app ... but it didn't note that the borax would raise the TA ... I remembered something about messing with one would mess with the other ... and I have notes about putting my hose above the water when filling
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Excellent! 2 birds, one stone and no $ I like it! ... I only picked up borax from reading my notes in my book I made in 2014!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Ok, I have borax, but not baking soda ... will have to get that tonight
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    Noon results - added about 1 inch of water after backwashing this morning ... I didn't redo the CH test ... stabilizer added yesterday and overnight to get to CYA 30, so no reading for that yet. FC 10 CC .5 PH 6.8 TA 40 Do I work on PH first or TA first? Water is clear - not snobbish clear...
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    Questions for Optimum Pool Owners

    You could do astro turf - but I would make a sort of foot wash ... maybe with some river rocks or pavers to stand on with a hose to wash off little feet ... teach them to do it every time before they get into the pool
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    And ... I would probably be more inclined to fix if this pool was newer ... but when we put it up we knew it would only last about 5-10 years due to some rust issues. We repaired the worst rust spots, but this pool is going on probably 20-25 years old ... So we set it up knowing that it was a...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    I'll see if I have some plumber dope or putty ... I am slightly afraid that the whole housing is cracked, so I don't want to pull off all of the caulk if I don't need to ... we have never really had any pressure build up on the filter and before all of this I was told it was due to the filter...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    I have a drip coming from where you screw in the pressure gauge ... I removed it and wrapped it again with more teflon tape - wrapped many more times than before, but when you screw it back in you can tell it is not tightening back up. There is a lot of caulk or silicon or something on the...
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    I hope so! everyone here is ready to swim ... especially since we have 3 loads of gravel and a load of mulch to spread! I have no idea where all the gravel is going ... at least one load is for the driveway though!
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    TF-100 refills, CYA reagent, and My SLAM!

    and looks like not sunny all day ... chance of thunderstorms this afternoon ... and I think my husband figured out what the mystery sand is ... the people we got the pool from have a masonry company ... the sand is a weird bluish greenish color and much coarser than play sand or the beachy-pool...