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    New variable speed pump - what should the de filter pressure be?

    hmm ok i was more worried because i know if the filter runs high then something might be wrong with it so since its the beginning of the season and its 10 yrs old i wanted to make sure i wasn't missing a sign of something wrong.
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    How long does everything last?

    Thanks! we just replaced the pump this year. it was really loud and they said to replace the motor but i figured 10 years was pretty old so we upgraded to a variable speed one. I will see about the filter grids at the end of this season too then Any experience with pool cleaner and the pump for...
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    New variable speed pump - what should the de filter pressure be?

    We replaced our single speed pentair whisperflo 1.5hp pump with a Pentair IntelliFlo 011018 3HP Variable Speed Pump w/ Timer. We opened the pool this week and now i realized that when the pump is on different speeds the de filter pressure is crazy different. What is a good starting pressure - is...
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    How long does everything last?

    I looked around and didn't see any guidelines on this but it would be helpful to know ballpark for the different pieces of equipment. How long do pumps last? Filters? Heaters? pool cleaners/booster pump for pool cleaner? Our pool is 10 years old so just trying to budget.
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    Using bleach vs tabs - raises ph?

    Ok I remember when we put it in they said it does naturally rise so must have been the pucks keeping it in line those first few years. I'll just keep a better eye on it going forward. Thanks!
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    Using bleach vs tabs - raises ph?

    I switched to bleach a few years ago and have realized that our ph is higher these days and i have needed to use muriatic acid to lower it. Previously it has stayed low all season and never really caused a problem. Is that a result of switching to bleach? Does it affect the ph differently from...
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    Slow pool leak - are these the causes?

    We do have different pipes for the drain and each skimmer that all connect with handles so you can block off different ones. - - - Updated - - - Is it hard to fix the grout? Is there a recommended grout?
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    Slow pool leak - are these the causes?

    We noticed we were losing water a bit towards the end of last summer and it definitely got worse this summer. It did not leak over the winter so I know it isn't in the concrete part or bottom of the pool. We just did the bucket test and the first day it was a decent difference of about 1/2...
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    Discharge hose

    awesome thanks! definitely missing that $2 piece. We have the silver clamp - just have to try to stretch the discharge hose to get it on first but looks like that hose adapter will solve that!
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    Discharge hose

    We usually get a discharge hose from Leslie pool - works fine but is hard to stretch onto the filter output part. I was wondering if there was a better one out there that is easier to get on and stay on...
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    Tips to open without it being green?

    I think we opened it later than usual - may was a busy month and in the past we had more time. that looks like the only thing on your list - thanks! good to know for next year
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    Amonia - what causes the CYA to turn into it? prevent it?

    Re: Amonia - what causes the CYA to turn into it? prevent it ok thanks so nothing we can do over the winter to prevent it then thanks to this site it only took one day and a ton of bleach and we were back in business so not the worst thing in the world
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    When do you add bleach? evenings?

    I think I read that most of you test and add the bleach in the evening each day. How long do you have to keep the pump on after that? In the past we have set the timers to run the pool during the day so now I am thinking of changing the timing.
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    Tips to open without it being green?

    Trying to learn for next year. The first 3 or 4 years we had the pool, we opened and it was clear. Last year it was a little green. This year it was pretty green. What factors in to make the difference? Is it all in what is done at closing? Should things be done during the winter? Is it...
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    Amonia - what causes the CYA to turn into it? prevent it?

    We opened the pool - CYA was <20, FC = 0 and as I started bleach it wasn't holding at all. From searching on here it seems like it was ammonia. I just kept testing and adding bleach and the water turned clear and the chlorine started to hold. I didn't have time last week when this was all...
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    Solid cover - hurricane - will it be ok with 8in of rain?

    We took everything in from outside and looks like we will likely lose power There is already a bunch of rain water on it. We have a solid safety cover. Will it be able to hold a hurricane amount of rain? I know the commercials/ads show it hold elephants but just making sure we will be ok or...
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    Pump for pool cover in winter - recommendations?

    ok. I will call again. They have replaced them so far but I wonder how many times they will or if one will make it to 3 years. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a better one that I didn't know about since I just found this whole website this year and certainly learned a lot!
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    Pump for pool cover in winter - recommendations?

    I found it using a search and everyone recommended the Rule one which we have. My experience is consistent with the amazon reviews where it works great for about 3/4 to maybe 1 whole season and then it dies :(
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    Pump for pool cover in winter - recommendations?

    We have had to replace the pump for the pool cover once a season at least since we built the pool 5 years ago. (solid cover, it pumps the rain off) I did a quick search and there doesn't seem to be a lot of different options. Anyone have one that they recommend? Is this necessary?
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    Store chemicals in winter/snow

    Thanks Is there a shelf life for the DE or the chlorine tablets?
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    Store chemicals in winter/snow

    no DE for the filter and chlorine tablets (i think tri)
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    Store chemicals in winter/snow

    also how long do they ;last?
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    Store chemicals in winter/snow

    de, tablets (leftover from before i learned of this site so now we only use them when on vacation) and a few things of shock - cal hypo i think
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    Store chemicals in winter/snow

    Where are you supposed to store chemicals over the winter? I am in NJ so we get cold/snow - not sure if that changes the answer. Outside? garage? I did a quick search and saw the post about keeping certain things separate.
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    Recommended level for lots of direct sunlight?

    ok thanks! no problems, just getting everything set up - added cya a few days ago so going to wait a few more days to see where im at
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    CH test - floating things?

    I read the extra instructions thread but still didn't see anything are there supposed to be/normally floating things, it seems in mine there are pink/purple floating things even when the rest of the liquid is very blue so it didn't seem like a fading endpoint because it wasn't the whole thing it...
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    Recommended level for lots of direct sunlight?

    The recommended level in pool school says to ask for advice for a bunch of things. We have lots of direct sunlight - there are no trees to shade it. What do I need to do differently than the recommended levels given in pool school?
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    other chemicals - harmful or just a waste of money?

    ok great! - im going to try to get rid of the other stuff i wont be using but ill hang onto the algaecide we have for the winter and i wont buy the nature2 cartridge next year
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    other chemicals - harmful or just a waste of money?

    I saw that they aren't part of the basics but just wondering if they were ever used (special situation, open/close) or if not, if there is a specific reason to their absence like the added ingredients in the shock and chlorine tabs.
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    other chemicals - harmful or just a waste of money?

    After being on here the last week I found out that our shock adds calcium and the chlorine tabs add cya. Are these harmful, useful, or neither/do nothing.... algeacide - 60% liquid polyquat? stain and scale products? nature2 filter? I am planning on using the methods on here so just...