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    First Salt Test

    So we've been at this house and I've TFP'd this pool for a bit over a year. I have not replaced an exceptional amount of water - just what's used by backwashing the filter when needed. Every now and then I'd get a hint of a salty taste from the water. My curiosity got the best of me so I...
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    House Sitting for a Friend

    We're house sitting for some people in the neighborhood. They have a dog and a bird that we're feeding. Big pool in the backyard but they didn't ask us to do anything with it. I believe they have a service. I was bored and nosy so I grabbed a sample and brought it home. FC 0.6 CC 0.2 pH...
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    Sudden CYA Loss

    I'm stumped here and looking for input. June 4 Test Results: FC 3.0 (yes - low for my CYA - but never got below that and that was the only time I have been below min) CC 0 pH 7.6 TA 90 CH 275 CYA 50 June 18 Test Results: FC 6.5 CC 0.5 (just barely pink) pH 7.6 TA 100 CH 300 CYA 20 (This...
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    Another CYA Test Question

    After some really high FC usage during the day (around 8 ppm) and no significant FC loss on an OCLT I'm questioning my CYA testing. This video says 'back to the sun' but is shown opposite. Should the test tube be in the sun or in my shadow? It makes a difference when testing...
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    What Pucks To Buy?

    First, I'm a TFP believer/user and have only added bleach and acid to my pool over the last year or so that I've owned it. Things go as expected and I don't have any problems that I can't blame on myself. However, we've got a couple trips planned this summer that will take me away longer...
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    NEC Question - Maintenance Disconnect

    I was doing some reading on the NEC prompted by another thread here in the pumping station. Feel free to move this post if it is better placed elsewhere. NEC 680.12 requires a means of disconnecting power to equipment for maintenance. I cannot find what is considered 'means'. For this...
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    Water Feature Pump

    The picture below shows my water feature of the 3 spill pots. This picture shows my pump setup. The one on the left is the pump for the feature. It is a Pentair Challenger High Pressure CHII - NI - 1 1/2F. As you can see, the (3) outputs to the individual pots are severely throttled...
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    My photo test thread

    http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r491/johnsweaver/IMG_20160221_143526_zps1yibuxkz.jpg
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    HTH Liquid Chlorinator @ Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart has these two gallon (actual 128 oz. gallons) packs of 10% for $6.47. This is cheaper than my usual purchase of the 3 packs of 121 oz. gallons of 8.25% Clorox for $9.45 at Costco. Generally I'm happy with the Costco purchase because the bleach is fresh and I'm there weekly anyway...
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    Stenner Pumps - Why 220V?

    I'm in the midst of planning a Stenner pump install and a lot of the threads I'm seeing indicate that many people have used 220V models. In my equipment area, I've got a standard GFCI receptacle on it's own breaker that I was planning on wiring to the timer/switch and using a 120V stenner...
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    Learned a Lesson - and a question

    It had been a relatively event free first winter managing my first pool here in AZ. Relative to summer, chlorine demand went down to almost nothing with the shorter days, lower temps and no swimmer load. I'd almost say it's been on cruise control. Then a couple weeks ago we had a big wind...
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    New Pool Owner - First Day Today

    Today we took possession of our first home with a pool. Before I found this forum a couple days ago, I knew precisely zero on how to properly maintain a pool. I know slightly more than that now, but not much. A couple days ago, I ordered a TF-100 and it's the way but not due to me until...
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    Cinic - Tempe, AZ

    Hello all - I'm an Arizona native that just closed on our first home with a pool. I plan to do the maintenance myself and have already ordered the TF-100 test kit. Just thought I'd briefly introduce myself before getting into any questions. Thanks for the site and I look forward to wrapping...