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    Calcium testing with new reagents

    I just got them a couple weeks ago (july 4th sale I think?) and they've been inside the A/C house, so shouldn't be an issue there. This is the first time i've used the full set to test since I got it. I tested based on OTPirate's suggestion of wiping the tip off between drops. I tested 4 more...
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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've always balanced out the standard chemicals using the pool math (ph/FC/TA/CYA/CH/Salt), but I'm not familiar with CSI. I see it on the Pool Math, but I haven't actively tried changing values to get that in range. I have always tried to get my other chemicals in the recommended ranges. I just...
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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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    one main drain bubbling more than other main drain when blowing out

    I believe the 2 main drains are directly connected together by a pipe and the second drain is for safety. If something blocks the first drain, it can still pull water in through the second drain and doesn't form a vacuum, holding whatever (or whomever) is blocking the first drain. So when you...
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    Residue on new plaster

    It's the TF-100 test kit. It has the Taylor K-1000 blue box for the pH/chlorine tests. I still haven't heard back from the builder, so i'll probably have to do sanding on the spa to clear the scale. The pool residue cleared up most of the way after several days of the filter running. It took 5...
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    Residue on new plaster

    Yes, I was wondering if anyone had any luck removing scaling without an acid wash or damaging their finish in the process by grinding it down. I've contacted the guy who redid it, and since the spa is the only thing with scaling, we could easily drain it and refill it if needed, so hopefully he...
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    Residue on new plaster

    The readings for the pool before i drained it were: ph- 7.8 fc - 7 cc - 0 CH - 500 TA - 50 Reviewed my notes, i was draining it about every 3 weeks below the skimmer line to drop the CH. pH i was going through about a gallon every week or 2. I opened the pool today and fortunately it's not as...
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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

    So I understand that being the case as it starts curing, but should it still be rising at this point, over 2 months after the systems's up and running when the pH is at normal levels?
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    No acid wash. They finished, then filled it and i added the acid to it. Interesting post about CH. I tested the water as soon as it was put in from the truck, nothing was out of the ordinary. Original CH was 125, TA 0. Once the acid startup (a week) finished, I raised the pH to ~6.5, added...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    @pooldv, I'm not running any additional aeration, and I'm okay with CH rising over the first few months, but the question is, is going from ~250 to 525 over 2 months normal? @Foxy, it's a blue plaster composite with quartz addition. I forget the brand, but I can find that out if you want. No...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    33,000 gallons, so we got trucks delivered with the addition of the garden hose. i haven't tested my tap water...are you asking about that purely if i filled the pool with tap water, or do you want me to check regardless? I think i have run the hose into the pool once this year for a couple...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    I don't think I've ever paid attention to that section of Pool Math, so I didn't realize it was there. At my current levels, it says -0.11, which seems perfectly fine. And yes, in my previous questions regarding startup/pH issues, that was one of the things I read. I followed that during the...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    Here is a picture of the darker discoloration I'm getting, right in the corner area. It's also on the sides of the walls and is coming out in several areas in a 'drip' pattern, like if you took a paint roller filled with paint over a wall and let the extra drip to the bottom. I tried to take...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    I'm testing using the TF-100 test kit. I'm not sure what CSI is, so no, i'm not monitoring that. I'm very dissatisfied with my pool company, to say the least. They just subcontracted out all of the work, and don't seem to know much about taking care of pools themselves. I found this out after...
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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

    After I went to bed last night, I started thinking about it, and thought instead of doing 1 log one that doesn't quite cover everything, I could do 2 covers width-wise instead, one for the deep end (including the love seat) and one for the shallow end (including the steps). That would mean I'd...
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    Solar cover and reel questions

    Follow-up questions: 1. The cover prevents water from evaporating out, but what about when it rains? Does it sit on top of the cover, or will it drain to the edge and into the pool? or will it sink it in places? 2. It's been asked before but I didn't see anything definitive. If I have a polaris...
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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

    I was told not to turn the system on until the pH was above 7.0. Since I can't bypass my heater, turning the system on now would corrode the pipes. Seems lower TA means less pH plus needed to get it back to 7, which is why i was thinking ignore TA until the pH is in normal range, then get TA...
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    Re-plaster chemical balancing

    Today is my day to start raising the pH. Current level is below the readable measure. TA was at 0 (adding the chemicals to the test kit produced a red color water immediately). Before adding the initial acid, I tested and TA was at 30, pH was at 8.4. I added 12.5 gallons of acid, so I entered...
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    Re-plaster chemical balancing

    Thanks Kim, I've actually been doing the TFP method for 3 years now since I bought my house with the pool, and I have the TF Test kit. So my problem is reconciling what i'm used to doing with what to expect now that it's replastered. And the pool builder seemed very "with it" the whole time...
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    Re-plaster chemical balancing

    Thanks, that is what I was looking for. So quick follow-up questions: 1. chlorine - tablets in the skimmers good enough without the SWG, or should I be adding liquid chlorine too? What level FC should I be aiming for? 2. TA - should I try to get this in level as soon as I bring the pH back up...
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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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    So, whats everyone paying for water ???

    Last fall I had my pool drained and coping/tiling/concrete decking redone. I had to fill the pool so they could install the pool cover by floating it on top of the full pool. Took my hose 6 days to fill it up, so today when they came out to replaster the inside, we had a truck deliver the water...
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    What is the proper way to replaster a pool?

    I just got my pool replastered today with a Quartzscapes blue plaster. According to the contract, the first thing was to apply a bond coat adhesive, then plaster over that. They also drilled out the old fittings and installed new eyelets. But essentially, they plastered over my old white plaster...
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    Drainage around pool perimeter

    Here is a picture of most of the back yard. I checked the drains they put around our retaining wall and looks like they have small slices out of one side every couple of inches that lets them curve. So priority: our house is at the very bottom of the hill, and our back yard is 'held up' by a...
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    Drainage around pool perimeter

    I can post different pictures later, attachment size was exceeded so i could only post the 2. GaryT58 looks like you're right and it is Deck-o-Drain, though i don't know if it's flexible to go around curves or if it's just rigid. Maybe there are slightly different types and i found the wrong...
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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...