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    preventing leaves and debris from getting into loop-loc mesh-covered pool

    Our pool is surrounded by trees so we always close it during the last week of October, before most of the trees lose their leaves. It is always a swamp when we open it each year because there is always a lot of leaves and debris in the pool, even though the mesh cover was on tightly the whole...
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    water trickling out the backwash line

    Thanks for the advice! The whole multiport assembly was replaced last year because it was leaking out the waste line. When it leaked last year, we lost a lot more water than we did this time. Would running the pump for a few minutes in the off position cause any other damage to the pool...
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    water trickling out the backwash line

    Last night when I went to turn the pump off, I discovered that we had lost an inch or two of water during the day and there was a big puddle of water near the backwash line. Earlier that day, my husband cleaned out the pump basket and mistakenly turned the pump back on when the Jandy lever that...
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    Accuracy of Taylor test strips

    I would like to purchase some test strips for my son to use when we go out of town. I want to make it easy for him to test since he is taking care of the pool for free. Taylor makes some test strips now that are supposed to be accurate, according to their website. Has anyone tried these...
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    How quickly does chlorine degrade after manufacturing date?

    A local store has 10% liquid chlorine on sale for $8.99 for 4 gallons, which is cheapest price I could find in my town. Manufacturing date was April 2nd, and it has probably been stored inside the store the whole time since I remember seeing it there in April. I plan on using it within 2 weeks...
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    Aloha fiberglass calcium scale all over pool

    It took about a week. I increased my calcium levels gradually, instead of adding all of the calcium at once since I had to add a lot of calcium. After each calcium application, I brushed the walls and floor of the pool real well several times. Once I finally got to 300 ppm, the chalky white...
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    Order to add chemicals

    I need to add muriatic acid, a bag of salt, and 20 pounds of calcium to my pool. (PH is 7.8 or 8.0, salt is 2800, CH is 130, FC is 5, CC is 0). I assume that I should add the muriatic acid first. After adding the muriatic acid, how long should I wait before adding either salt or calcium...
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    Vacation advice needed

    Thanks for the advice. I thought about using a floater, but I was afraid that it would get stuck in a corner near the wall, or near the ladder, like it usually does. If I could figure out some way to get the floater to stay in the middle of the pool in the deep end, would the chlorine cause...
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    Vacation advice needed

    We are going on vacation for a week in June, and I need some advice on what I need to do to keep the pool from turning into a swamy mess while we are gone. We do not have a timer, so we can't run the pump and SWG a few hours a day, and I do not feel comfortable running the pump 24-7 while we...
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    Aloha fiberglass calcium scale all over pool

    I had a chalky white substance on the walls of my fiberglass pool last year. I originally thought it was calcium scaling, but a fiberglass pool pro said that it was caused by low calcium and high PH. When I tested the water, the calcium level was only 100, and PH was 7.8. I increased the...
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    backwashing during a SLAM

    Is it harmful to your sand filter to backwash often, or backwash when chlorine levels are really high? There is a tree next to my pool that is dumping seeds and tiny leaves into my pool constantly, so I'm concerned that I won't be able to clear this pool up unless I vacuum once a day during the...
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    Advice needed before I start a SLAM

    We opened up our pool yesterday, and the water so green that we can't see the bottom. I checked all of the chemicals with my Taylor K-2006 test kit and everything is within normal limits except for CYA which was 0, PH which is either 7.6 or 7.8, and CC which is .5. I was very surprised to see...
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    submersible pump advice needed

    Thanks for the advice. I don't have somewhere low to drain to so I think I will try this submersible pump since it is so cheap. I wish I could use an automatic pool cover pump so I won't have to mess with draining out water periodically but I don't think it would work well since I don't have a...
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    submersible pump advice needed

    I need to purchase a submersible pump to pump water out of my pool over the winter periodically when the water level gets close to the tile line. I've got a mesh cover that lets rain into my pool so I will probably have to pump water out several times over the winter to keep the water below the...
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    Looking into a fiberglass pool and I have lots of questions!

    I am not a moderator in this forum but I've learned a lot about construction of fiberglass pools this year because I had crack in mine. If I were you, I'd definitely consider getting your pool backfilled with gravel and consider getting a sump tube installed so it can be safely drained for...
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    concerns regarding closing at shock level

    I really don't want to mess with adding more chlorine later this fall or in the early spring before we open. It is just really hard to get the loop locks on and off and I think it would be difficult to get the chlorine distibuted around the pool well enough with a brush unless a lot of those...
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    concerns regarding closing at shock level

    My pool professional wants to add an oxidizer, PH buffer, and a stain inhibitor to my pool before closing. From reading this forum, I know that I don't need these things since my pool is clear and balanced, so I told him that I would handle the chemicals myself this year. My water is already...
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    return fitting leak in a fiberglass pool

    It was leaking on the outside of the return fitting.
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    return fitting leak in a fiberglass pool

    This summer, one of my return fittings in my fiberglass pool started leaking. My pool was losing over 1/2" of water a day. In order to fix it, a pool professional had to drain my pool below the returns and put some silicone caulk around the fitting. He warned me that I might have to do this...
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    questions regarding adding PolyQuat

    Thanks for the advice. If I raise the FC up to shock level today (which is 20), FC will probably be around 14-16 by Friday, since we aren't experiencing much chlorine loss right now. If I add the PolyQuat with the chlorine level that high, will it just lower the chlorine level? Or should I...
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    questions regarding adding PolyQuat

    A local pool professional is scheduled to come to my house on Friday to close my inground fiberglass pool. I've got a mesh cover so my pool professional is going to add PolyQuat to my pool since the cover lets in water and light. Last year, my pool was a swamp when it was opened back up so I...
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    balancing pool before closing

    I appreciate the advice. I will increase calcium to 220 just to be safe and chlorinate with Dichlor until my CYA gets to 40 and then switch to bleach. After I add the calcium, how long do I need to wait before adding Dichlor? Does the pump need to be run 24 hours after adding calcium since it...
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    balancing pool before closing

    I'm trying to get my pool balanced this week so I can close it before the leaves start dropping. I tested all of the chemicals and everything is within normal limits except CH which is only 100 and CYA which is 30. I need some advice on what levels to increase CH and CYA to since I have a mesh...
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    Closing a fiberglass inground pool with a mesh cover

    I have some questions about closing an inground fiberglass pool. 1. How much do you need to lower the water when closing it if you have a mesh cover and you plan on blowing out the lines, put in winterizing plugs, and a gizmo in the skimmer? Do you have to lower it below the returns since...
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    cleaning up pool after repairs

    Thanks for the advice. We ran the pump for a few hours and the white substance is now gone from the top of the water so I guess we don't need to use floc. There appears to be a lot of this white substance on the floor of the pool now so maybe the movement of the water knocked some of it to the...
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    cleaning up pool after repairs

    A fiberglass pool professional repaired a crack in our fiberglass pool yesterday and a lot of water had to be drained out of the pool to repair it. There is a white substance floating at the top of the water now that we desperately need to vacuum up. The walls are also covered in a chalky...
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    preparing to drain pool for repairs

    A fiberglass pool professional is going to have to drain out more than half of the water out of my fiberglass pool to fix some cracks in the shell of the pool. We have really nice grass so I'm concerned about dumping out all of this pool water into the yard. Currently, my chlorine is at 4, CYA...
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    alternative ways of adding muriatic acid

    Is it safe to add it in front of the shallow end return in a fiberglass pool, even though there are steps right by the return or would it be better to apply it in the deep end as close to the deep end return as I can get or in the deep end on the opposite side and then stir/brush afterwards...
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    alternative ways of adding muriatic acid

    It is hard for me to get close enough to the return in the deep end to add muriatic acid slowly in front of the return jet as recommended on this site. Since I can't slowly add it in front of the return like recommended on here, what is the safest alternative way to add it? If I bought a new...
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    fiberglass pool leak detection

    ​My inground fiberglass pool is leaking approximately an inch a day with the pump on or with the pump off according to several bucket tests. My pool pro couldn’t find the source of the leak after dye testing my pool, so American Leak Detection is coming to our house today to pressure test the...