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    Hard plumbing - psi & vacuum hose diameter

    I just found this post on another thread (making me think the diameter of my hose --1 1/4" -- is too small for the suction of the pump): Thoughts? Today, 02:05 PM Back To Top #6 Zrock -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join Date:Jun...
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    Hard plumbing - psi & vacuum hose diameter

    Thanks for the response. We did not change the pump. We changed the skimmer, the sand in the filter and hard wired the plumbing. The suction is MUCH stronger with the hard plumbing. I was wondering if the suction was too strong for the 1 1/4" diameter hose. When vacuuming, the vacuum head...
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    Hard plumbing - psi & vacuum hose diameter

    We just hard plumbed our above ground pool. The pressure/ suction is much higher now. The pump used to run between 5-10 psi. Now it is running closer to 15 psi. Is this normal/okay? When I vacuum the pool with our 1 1/4” diameter vacuum hose, it doesn’t seem to be pulling as well as I think...
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    Liner Lock

    Thank you for the quick reply! I went to the Teddy Bear Pools website and submitted my question.
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    Liner Lock

    We had to have our liner replaced after approximately 7 years because a tree fell on our pool. At the time the liner was still in good shape and would not have needed replacing had it not been for the tree falling on it. The second liner we had installed started coming down after 2 years. I...
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    Replacing liner in AGP. Should we add a main center drain?

    The main drain would not be on the pool wall. The main drain would be in the center bottom of the pool.
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    Replacing liner in AGP. Should we add a main center drain?

    We just had someone come out and give us an estimate to replace our liner. He recommended adding a main center drain. We had not previously considered this. Do others on the forum have main center drains in you AGPs? What are your thoughts? He also recommended replacing our old skimmer with...
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    how does debris get in the pump filter

    We have a sand filter. We back wash 2-3 times each summer. We replaced the sand about three years ago. It looked like we probably didn’t need to replace it.
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    how does debris get in the pump filter

    Hi engrave, I have the asked your questions 1) an 3) you listed under “By the way” and am interested in the answers as well. As for 2): We use them all the time and have done so for about 11 years. 4) We reuse our socks until they get a hole in them. We have had socks in the past that would...
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    Seal Skimmer for winter (best method?)

    I think this is the RovaSeal product. I think this is what I'm going to try just because I couldn't find any other options. When I looked for reviews, there weren't very many and about half of them said it leaked or failed. I know the Aquadoor product works because we have used it for several...
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    Seal Skimmer for winter (best method?)

    Each year when we winterize our pool, we change out the skimmer faceplate and put the Aquaseal lid on it. Changing the skimmer faceplate is a pretty arduous task (and cannot be done by one person) to do with water in the pool and draining the water would defeat the purpose. I have looked on...
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    vacation and chlorine tablet use

    I am a newbie and just converted from Baquacil to the BBB method in May (and loving it!!!). I had just gotten my CYA level up to 30 right before we left on vacation. We weren't sure how long we were going to be gone (a week at the most). Before we left I put enough Clorox in the pool to get...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    That is very helpful! Thanks for be being patient and providing info as I'm learning!
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    I'm wondering if I might be using the calculator incorrectly. When I tested last night and the pH was 6.8, I put 6.8 with a goal of 7.4 into the calculator. It then calculated to add 239 oz. of borax -- which would be 3.14 of the 76 oz boxes. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Okay - I think our conversion if officially complete. I have some questions regarding chemicals and timing between adding and retesting. I bought the liquid CYA at a pool store. I only added one gallon, waited 24 hours and tested. The CYA is still at zero. I thought with the liquid CYA...
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    CLICK HERE to Become a TroubleFreePool.com Supporter!

    This is a great website!!! After going to pool store and spending lots of $$ last summer, I was able to accomplish in less than a week what I could not accomplish all summer! THANKS!!!
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    first am check of water: FC = 14 CC = 0.5 I read on another post that the conversion is complete when: 1) you lose less than 1 ppm FC overnight 2) your CCs are less than 0.5 ppm 3) your water sparkles. We have met these three criteria :party: We will test again tonight, change sand Friday...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    -- just tested the water: FC = 15 CC = .5 I am so excited that the results are where they should be. I will test again first thing in the morning - then repeat tomorrow night. If all results are good, I will proceed with adding CYA and changing the sand. Thanks to eveyone on this website!!!
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    The pool is looking so good!!! The water is so clear!!! We are planning on performing the overnight FC Loss test tonight. If we pass in the morning, we will be adding CYA tomorrow or maybe Thursday. I haven't made it to the pool store to buy the CYA yet. I am thinking we'll get the liquid...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Now that the water is clear enough to see the bottom. We can see that there is "yucky stuff" on the bottom. It kind of looks like the algae we used to get on the bottom; but not as orange (more brown). Is this from the conversion? I'm thinking it's not safe to get in the water??? If...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    -- Thanks for the words of encouragement from everybody! I think the water is about the same color as it was around 8am this morning; but it does look a bit clearer. You can actually see the bottom - not sure if you can tell this from the attached pictures. FC = 1.5. I will be adding 4 jugs of...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Attached are pictures from this morning. The water is looking more blue than green. FC = 2.5 According the caculator we are to add 596 oz (approx 3.2 jugs). It looks like it's going to be a sunny day so we are going to go ahead and add four jugs.
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    approx 9am FC test = 14.5 approx 10am FC test = 6 calculator: add 429 oz (approx 2.4 jugs). Will be adding 3 jugs momentarily. Water looks a little bit greener than previous post at 7am (pictures attached).
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    We added four jugs of Clorox last night around 9pm. This morning (7am) the water is a little bit less green; but there is foamy white stuff floating around on the top (pictures attached). Just tested and FC = 5 (I'm surprised it is this high - I'm guessing since we put the last dose in after...
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Thanks - I will add more Clorox now.
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    I just retested (I have the TF-100 test kit with the extra DPD Powder & extra FAS/DPD Chlorine Test). The FC level is 1.5. The calculator now computes adding 644 oz. of Clorox. How often can I test and add more Clorox? It's only been about 3 hours since I initially started the conversion.
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    New Member & converting from Baquacil to Chlorine

    We have only been pool owners for one year and it was a miserable and expensive year spent fighting mold and algae. We could not wait to get our pool covered last fall just so we could quit throwing money into it. I found the TFP website over the winter and ordered the test kit. We...