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  1. Wishbone851

    Solar Sun Rings or Blanket?

    Updating on this thread - I purchased a 15' round solar cover and it does the trick of retaining a lot of heat and it has kept the pool very warm. We haven't used the heater at all this week (although it's been hot and muggy since we purchased it). I haven't had a problem with it as far as the...
  2. Wishbone851

    Dead Bird in Skimmer

    This morning, we sadly found a dead baby bird in the skimmer. I'm sure it happened early this morning or late last night - all of my chemicals tested out fine this morning (before we found him) - do I need to do anything special? I hate to slam it this morning - it's hot as hades and sunny...
  3. Wishbone851

    Solar Sun Rings or Blanket?

    It's just typical pool fencing, but the pool is buried by about a foot, and the ground around it hasn't been backfilled (building a deck if it ever stops raining here). Because if this, its difficult reaching into the pool on the back end...so I really have to get in to access the far end of...
  4. Wishbone851

    Solar Sun Rings or Blanket?

    I have a 24' round pool and recently purchased a 106k btu Rheem heater. I'm looking for something to try to retain some of the heat overnight. I'm thinking about getting a regular solar blanket cover, but since i have to keep the pvc fencing around the pool, it think it's going to be difficult...
  5. Wishbone851

    Quickest Way to Lower TA?

    My CH is very high...over 400...unfortunately I'm on a city well with terribly hard water. My only true option for that is to drain some and have fresh water delivered, but every water company near me wont deliver less than 5000 gal.
  6. Wishbone851

    Quickest Way to Lower TA?

    Here are my most recent levels...can anyone suggest the best wat to lower my TA? Can I leave the return nozzle aimed up while adding muriatic acid? Should I disconnect the heater piping until I get the level down?
  7. Wishbone851

    Opening For the First Time

    A million thanks for the help and advice! I still have some chlorine pucks leftover from last year...would it be okay to put a couple in my floating duck to slowly raise my cya over the next couple of weeks?
  8. Wishbone851

    Opening For the First Time

    Ok...so once the pump was running, I added a gal of 12% chlorine....15 mins later I'm getting a fc reading of 9 and a cc reading of zero. My cya level is still less than 30...the solution is virtually clear when I add it. Suggestions on when to try another fc/cc reading??
  9. Wishbone851

    Opening For the First Time

    LOL -- Thanks for clearing that up (no pun intended!!). In that case, my CYA is virtually zero....the water is clear after mixing and dropping into the view tube. (My CYA was so bad last year that it did look like skim milk - thanks to too many pucks before I found this site and switched to...
  10. Wishbone851

    Opening For the First Time

    So, here's the crazy thing - i just ran the test with straight water from my tap -- levels are also over 100 - dot never disappears. I think I need to buy a new bottle of reagent solution and try again? I bought the kit late last year, and kept it inside over the winter - it is not even a year...
  11. Wishbone851

    Opening For the First Time

    We purchased a 24' round above-ground pool last year and we are opening it for the first time. We removed the cover yesterday, and I was thrilled to see clear water, with just some dirt on the bottom to be vacuumed up. We let it fill up to the skimmer overnight (and my water is HARD), and I...
  12. Wishbone851

    How to Get Ahead of Pool "Accidents"?

    One is six, and I have no concerns about him. The other on is 3 - and his potty training has been a nightmare. We used to set up a baby pool in the yard when they would come, and twice he even went #2 in it. He's my concern.
  13. Wishbone851

    How to Get Ahead of Pool "Accidents"?

    Praying for rain! :kim:
  14. Wishbone851

    How to Get Ahead of Pool "Accidents"?

    I'm a newbie pool owner, and I am just getting a hand on keeping my my water crystal clear with balanced chemicals... but this weekend I have family staying with us for the weekend with two little ones - I KNOW both will have accidents in the pool (and I know I won't be informed of them). Is...
  15. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    AH, you already answered my next question -- how long do I have to wait between adding MA and Chlorine? And for my target of 7, I will increase my 10% bleach to 66oz. Thank you all, again!! I was so upset last week and felt like this pool thing was going to be a complicated nightmare. It's...
  16. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    Test Kit is Here -- YAY! Now What?? First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke - Page 2 ^see that thread for full story, and list of chemicals that I've added since install on June 28^ Today I was thrilled to see a box on my doorstep when I got home, so I flipped my filter to "on" for an hour...
  17. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    I have to correct that - it was 1lb, 12 oz - for a total of 28 ounces - that was my mistake (when writing, not when adding it to the pool - she sold me 1 lb bags, so i just pulled 4 oz out of one of the bags and dumped them in. What frustrates me the most is that no one told me that all these...
  18. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    1lb PLUS 20oz - total of 36 ounces - - - Updated - - - Sooo...the duck is coming out (er, staying in without the trichlor pucks, just because he's cute when he lights up at night) We are considering draining the pool by half and having it refilled with city water (to lower both the CYA and...
  19. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    So - here's my rundown - Pool was installed on June 28, fully filled with city-well water by the 30th. At that time, Leslie's told me to just put 3 3" jumbo tri-chlor pucks in the duck (done) July 2nd they sampled my water and told me to add: 4 lbs of Dry Acid (1 lb per hour every 4 hours)...
  20. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    Since I won't be seeing my test kit until sometime next week and we have great pool weather predicted for this weekend, is it safe to swim in my pool "as is" - or should I add some liquid chlorine (bleach) to be on the safe side?
  21. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    Thank you - all of you. Looking at test kits now - wish I could find one at a brick&mortar store. No patience to wait for shipping!! lol - - - Updated - - - On the subject of hardness, my husband and I were honestly discussing draining the pool halfway and having it filled with city water...
  22. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    According to my "Water Analysis" - "Optimizer Plus enhances water quality, softens water and prevents algae." In fairness, the pool store totally ignored that section of the report - focusing only the high pH and low chlorine. I figured I'd put the whole report on here.
  23. Wishbone851

    First Time Owner - Frustrated and Broke

    My pool was installed 2 week ago and we've had nothing but problems trying to get our chemicals balanced. I've brought water samples to different stores, and rec'd different readings each time. The most current reading (today) is: TA: 235 pH: 8.4 Hardness: 672 Free Chlorine 0.1 Total Chlorine...