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    Loving our SWG!!

    Hey all, I haven't posted in a while but wanted to pop in and say our Pentair IC-40 has made life sooooo much easier! We switched over last summer and it has been a breeze maintaining the pool since then. We added some Purple Magic and CYA shortly after bringing the SWG online and had to add...
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    We dropped the % to 60 and the FC got too low, so we bumped it to 75 and FC crept up a bit high, so now we're at 70. It's higher than I expected to run it, but we haven't messed with Borates yet. Everything is fine though, all the test results look great and we've never had a problem with the...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    WHAT?? Your night time temps are in the 100's? Wow! I had no idea there was any place in the US that had night temps that hot, LOL! Some people like water temps in the 90's, but so far 88 seems to be my top end of pool comfort. I really like it best around 85. Of course when it's 110 outside (as...
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    Sport Pool - Anyone Regret?

    Ours is 3-5-4. If I did it over again I'd probably deepen the 3 to 3.5 or 4 because when I swim certain strokes I tend to hit the bottom on that end. Before we built our pool we swam in several pools with deep ends and I noticed that we never hung out in the deep end. It's nice for doing deep...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    Here's the "License to Chill" recipe, the quantities are for a single drink, multiply each x 4 if you're mixing up a whole pitcher: 1 oz. tequila 1/2 oz. lime juice 1/4 oz. blue curacao 2 oz. margarita mix (we use the Margaritaville mix) For any non-"Margaritaville machine owners" out...
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    Need Fencing help

    I would suggest galvanized steel posts set in concrete. Even PT wood will eventually rot if exposed to water long enough. Galvanized steel posts last practically forever. Wood has gone up in price so much that steel posts typically don't cost any more than wood. "One installer concretes all...
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    MoCity Pool Build (formerly Pool dig / depth questions)

    Re: Pool dig / depth questions Other than that crazy last step and the steep slope, it's a very nice looking pool! The biggest problem I see is that steep slope, I think it's going to feel very awkward for anyone (kids or adults) to try and stand in that half of the pool. In that regard I think...
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    Paver Deck Install - Before or after pool is completed?

    Not sure if you're the same person that posted a similar question on Gardenweb, but here is the response I posted over there: I would recommend waiting until the grading is done and the decking is in before you install the pool finish and fill it up. The main reason is if you finish and fill...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    LOL! Well we were firing ours up a lot in the interest of judging various recipes, at least that was our excuse :) I found one recipe called "License to Chill" that uses blue curacao in addition to the tequila, that one was a big hit at our pool party last weekend! Let me know if you want the...
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    As a quick update, we were going to shock the pool over the weekend after our pool party, but by then the FC had slowly crept up to 3. That backs up the above comments that it takes an SWG a long time to raise FC, it's better at holding levels steady than short-term boosting. We added CYA to get...
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    Thanks so much for all the help, I think we've got a plan-of-action now :) We're going to get the water checked for CYA level and add CYA to get it up to at least 80 if it's not there now. We're also going to shock it with some bleach in case there's some algae growing that we can't see (plus...
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    Thanks guys, we'll go get some bleach :) Jason, I'm running the pump at 2200 on circulation mode, should I/ can I lower it more? Which reminds me of another question I had, for a given SWG percentage is it putting the same amount of chlorine into the pool regardless of pump speed?
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    Tasting Salt?

    Ours is at 3700 and you can definitely taste the salt. It's not a strong or objectionable taste, but you can tell it's there.
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    The water is crystal clear and the CC level has remained at zero, so I doubt there's anything growing in there. But thanks for the suggestion!
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    Thanks, it's not even a week old yet so I wouldn't think it would need cleaning, but who knows! I may open it up and look inside it to make sure there's no blockage.
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    New exposed aggregate deck is cracked!

    Quote: "The deck is only about 3 feet wide where it is cracked and the crack runs the full 3 foot width of the deck. The crack is about 1/16" at its widest point. The stress reliefs are about 6 feet apart in this area - they were formed when the deck was poured and then cut deeper after it...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    Quote: "I hear you on the MM...I kept it on my kitchen counter for a week and used it every night! Put it away but broke it back out yesterday for FD My stepmom turned me onto Agavero. Makes a really nice floater. One tip if you haven't already figured it do need to let the ice sit in...
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    TFP is getting busy (AKA Win a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500)

    It sounds like based on this thread that I'm not the only stang owner on TFP :)
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    Thanks for posting your numbers. Yeah, obviously I don't believe him or I wouldn't have posted this thread :wink: But the one thing I can't figure out is what could be causing this seemingly light output. The cell is working because it is generating some chlorine, just not as much as I expected...
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    What is your Pentair IC-40 run time and percentage?

    We had an SWG installed on our pool last weekend. We had originally wanted to get a Pool Pilot, but we have a very good relationship with our PB, got a good deal on the installation plus we get a 3 year warranty through the PB as well; so we went with a Pentair IC-40. BUT... it seems to me we...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    That's great to hear after everything you're finally able to SWIM!! :-D Sorry to hear of the skin problems, not sure what the issue may be with that. Salt pools are normally known for being good on the skin. It's possible you've got elevated PH with the new plaster and the water features, if...
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    New Build being bid, Lots of questions

    Regarding the in-ground pool cleaning, some people swear by them and others don't. My boss has one and doesn't care for it. He said he has to vacuum his pool out constantly. We have a pressure-side cleaner and it is quite effective. It's not perfect- it gets the hose knotted up a couple of times...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    VM, any updates on your pool? I hope everything is going smoothly and that you're swimming now :) Would love to see some pics of it all finished up!
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    New Pool and Pool House finally finished

    We're not worthy! We're not worthy! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: That's really fantastic!! It's so well integrated into what appears to be a substantially sloping site. I love the cozy feel of the patio just off the rear of the house and the way the pool and poolhouse are elevated above it...
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    TF Test Kit ?

    Unless you decide to go with trichlor tabs. I was shocked at how fast our CYA climbed. We started with our new pool at 0 CYA. 2 weeks later it was 20, another 2 weeks it was 35, another 2 and it was 50, next 2 it had reached 60 and then we shut the stupid chlorinator off and went BBB. And this...
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    Need some input on two bids and builders

    Wow, that is a VERY detailed price quote. That's actually good because you know exactly what they have and have not included. It's kind of hard to sort through all that info to see what the basic design is though (as Sean said). Do you have any water features? Spa? If no spa and no features the...
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    new pool owners....many problems after installation of a SWG

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, but you shouldn't be testing with strips because they are very inaccurate. You really need a good drop-based test kit like this one: The Taylor kit that you said you were thinking about is a good one as well (very similar to...
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    Vegasmom's Pool Build

    WOW that sounds really cool! I didn't realize those were firepots, that is going to look amazing!! Can't wait to see pics of everything up and running! Too funny about the dog! I'm surprised the water is that cold, but it does get nippy at night in Vegas doesn't it? Our water is holding...
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    Got GRAY ?? (plaster)

    Oops, one of my attachments got cut. I didn't know there was a limit of 3. This one is closer to what the color looks like most of the time.
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    Got GRAY ?? (plaster)

    The pool color and your whole pool area look really great Steve! For others thinking about gray plaster I've attached a couple of pics of ours with and without water. This is quartz plaster, color was what our PB called "sapphire smoke". It's kind of a medium gray color dry, but looks blue...