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    Calcium testing with new reagents

    Hi all, I opened my pool this year with no issues, balanced things fine, and everything was balanced fine. I was using my reagents I bought last ~August to test things and all levels are in range of what I expected. There was a sale on refill kit a couple weeks ago so I bought a new set of...
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    pH over Winter

    I had my pool replastered in the beginning of 2017. We had issues that summer with pH/CH rising all summer. I was continuously draining the pool and adding muriatic acid to keep the pH in range (1-2 gallons a week). When we closed the pool, all the chemicals were balanced. I did everything the...
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    Residue on new plaster

    I got my pool re-plastered last April with a dark blue. We had some issues with it after the replaster, namely discolorations/staining, as well as both CH and pH rising consistently over the summer. I was going through about a gallon of acid a week to keep the pH in check. I also asked about the...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    I got my pool replastered at the beginning of the season. Over the last 2 months the calcium readings have slowly risen from 250 at opening to 525 as of this week. Besides pH levels which rise ~.8 every 2-3 days requiring ~1 gallon of MA each week, the rest of my readings are fine. TA is 70, CYA...
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    Solar cover and reel questions

    I've done research, I've read lots of posts here, I've looked around for covers and reels, so I figured I'd pose my questions here and see what thoughts everyone has. Again, I know the basics that are on just about every other post, so not looking for a rehash of how the covers work. Main...
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    Re-plaster chemical balancing

    So I got my pool replastered today, and the pool company told me how to cure it, what chemicals to add and when, etc, but I figured since I've been using the TFP method for the last several years, I'd double-check the process. Below is the process he laid out for me: 1. Once filled up, add...
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    Drainage around pool perimeter

    Hiya, Last summer a tree fell and destroyed most of our back yard (fence, deck, concrete decking of pool). Fortunately insurance covered replacing all of that good stuff, and it was already in a older (~25 yr old) state needing repairs. So during the repairs, they redid the pool coping/tiling...
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    Leaky drain plug on pool filter

    I have a Sta-Rite system 3 cartridge filter (see manual here http://www.pentairpool.com/pdfs/System3SMOM.pdf), and when I cleaned the pool a few weeks after I had things running, I tried to take the bottom drain plug out (first time I had done that) but it was pretty tightly on there so I...
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    Tire pressure valve stems in my PVC pool lines

    I've been doing a lot of work replacing the deck around my pool this summer, and I finished everything except for a bench-like area right next to my pool shed. Essentially all the equipment is inside the pool shed and the plumbing in/out of the shed goes out of one of the sides, under the...
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    First Winter with my spa

    I have an in-ground pool and spa that use the same equipment. I closed the pool in September and have left the spa up and running. I currently have it set to run every day from 7pm-8pm (after dark when the temp is starting to drop outside) and have the heater set at around 85 (higher if we're...
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    Question about water evaporation

    I have an in-ground spa that connects to the same equipment as my inground pool. This is the second winter I've had the house, and last year I simply closed the whole system at the same time. This year, I decided I wanted to keep the hot tub open for the winter. So 2 weeks ago I closed the pool...
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    Pool closing chemicals

    I just had a question about closing my in-ground pool this year. Last year I had the pool store come out and close it as I had only had the house/pool for a week's worth of use and wasn't ready to even try. I watched them do it, I opened the pool this year, and I feel confident to close it...
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    Is some algae to be expected?

    I previously had some issues with algae this season (first year owning the pool), but I SLAMed it and cleared it up. It's been a month now and the water is still crystal clear, the FC has stayed at ~6ppm with no issues, CC is around 0, and no dips in chlorine levels from what I've seen (SWG...
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    SWG hot tub...what chemical levels should I be at?

    So I know I can't be the only person with the same set up, so hopefully someone can chime in with how they do things. I have an in-ground pool with an in-ground spa. They both use the same equipment (pump, filter, heater, SWG), but you can turn the valves to draw in only pool water, only spa...
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    How do you know what 'size' SWG you have?

    How do you know what 'size' SWG you have? If I look up my model will it say what size pools it's designed for? The reason I ask is because I opened my pool this year (first time) and set my SWG to ~40% and had it running for 12 hours every day. This apparently wasn't getting in enough chlorine...
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    Best way to clean cartridge filters?

    I saw stickies for DE filters and sand filters, but not cartridge filters. So I've just recently purchased my house, and the cartridges for my filter (it's a large filter, so I have 1 very large cartridge, then one skinnier taller one that goes inside that one, model is in my signature) were...
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    Need to replace drain cover

    I just bought my house last year and when the company came out to close the pool and blew the air through the lines, we noticed the bottom drain cover kind of displaced when the large bubbles went past it. Over the winter, the pool was closed, then we opened the pool up and found that the cover...
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    Algae issues and chlorine problems

    It's the first time I've opened my pool and for the last 2 months I've been fighting problems with keeping my chlorine levels up which has allowed algae to grow. I'll give a rundown of events during that time, and have unfortunately spent too much money already. I also have been asking my friend...
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    Pool cover pump doesn't work with a hose

    I searched all over the internet for help and looked up the manual to the pump but nothing helped. I've used this forum for other information so hopefully someone can help me with my problem. I'm a new pool owner (in ground, solid cover) and just closed for the winter. The first time it rained I...