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    Recommended?

    im fairly sure I don’t have algae. The water is crystal clear and I’ve always maintained the FC in the midrange appropriate to CYA levels. My FC levels are always equal to the total chlorine levels.
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    Recommended?

    Pool is 20,000 sq. ft. So I'm guessing that the robot would be recommended. The electrical cord is the only downside. I see many different Dolphin models, but scanning this forum, it would seem the S200 would be the most popular? Do the models with the overhead floats offer any significant...
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    Recommended?

    I have a pool that was re-pebbled last spring and have used the TFP methods since with good success. I brush the walls about once a week and use a pole-vac through the skimmer about once every two weeks. I have an in-floor pop-up cleaning system. I do notice that when I brush the walls or floor...
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    Have never used the pool store.
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    OK so let's say the test strip is the tie breaker. Odds lie in favor of the pH meter's accuracy.
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    Sounds fine, and I have a lot of respect for your experience and opinions here. For what it's worth, I also used the Aquachek test strip and got a pH of 7.2, so if that is worth anything at all, it would seem the pH meter is more accurate.
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    Oh I CAN get it now, but I just bought this one and will continue to use it for the time being. But there is more bad news. I just calibrated the device again today to 7.0. Tested the pool water with it. The readout oscillated between 7.1 and 7.2. I compared this to the Taylor phenol red...
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    I have the one linked in the above post, $15. It's not so good. Firstly, the instructions are horrible, they are a translation from a foreign country. Second, the calibration screw is deep-set below the plastic case and embedded in a circuit board. You have to fish the tiny screwdriver...
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    So I bought the pH meter, just received it. It comes with a packet of powder that must be mixed with 250 cc deionized water (not included) in a glass container (not included) for calibration. So I have instead ordered a pre-mixed solution for calibration and some deionized water that is...
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    Great info! I just ordered one.
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    So, they are a little more of a pain to use?
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    What would you say this pH level is?

    I too have had some difficulties discerning the color match. Is the pH meter considered by TFP to be a more accurate means of measuring pH?
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    Do I need to raise my Total Alkalinity?

    OK, the pH is 7.6 and it will be easy to keep it there. Poolmath it is.
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    Do I need to raise my Total Alkalinity?

    I have the same question as to whether I should raise my alkalinity. Tested levels with Taylor FAS/DPD kit are: TA = 60 FC = 7 pH = 7.6 CYA = 50 Borates = 50 (using LaMotte test strips) Using the same equation above to correct for CYA and Borates my TA is 37 I do need to add acid every...
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    Reducing Pump Run Time

    After reading this article several months ago, I cut back to 4 hours a day (at high speed on my variable speed pump). Mind you, this took place during the hottest time of year, in Arizona no less. My pool has remained crystal clear. I test the water almost daily.
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    Cooler weather

    Here in Arizona we've started to have a little cooler weather and some cloudy days. As expected, I'm not needing to add as much chlorine to the pool, but what I didn't expect was such a drastic reduction in the amount of acid needed to keep things in the 7.4 range. Just a quart of muriatic...
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    Summer Chlorine consumption

    I’m just going to use two floaters chock full of tabs and hope for the best!
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    Summer Chlorine consumption

    No possibility of a cover!
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    Summer Chlorine consumption

    I'll be taking a 10-day vacation in a couple days and so I'll have to use tri-chlor tabs in a floater. I'm guessing my CYA will be 50 when I return. I try to keep my FC around 6.
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    Summer Chlorine consumption

    Is it considered normal for a 20,000 gal in ground pool to consume 2 qt (12.5%) bleach per day in Arizona? My CYA is 40.
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    Adding CYA

    Why does TFP recommend putting. CYA in a sock and then in the skimmer? The instructions on my pack say to just dump it in the skimmer. I used the sock method anyway!
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    Assistance with balancing....?

    When I need to siphon my pool I use a pool vacuum hose (2"diameter), works fast.
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    Hard water

    Thanks for your experienced advice. I'm glad to see you let your CH go high, then exchange. That makes the most sense. I unfortunately have to run my spa spillover as part of the pool filtration process, which is 4 hours per day. The spa is on one of the Caretaker valves. Maybe I'll just get a...
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    Hard water

    I live in Scottsdale, AZ where the hardness of tap water is 250. When I filled my pool in June and started testing with a Taylor kit, my CH was 350. Naturally it has crept up as the warm summer has evaporated the pool water. It is now 450. I have already started seeing calcium deposits on the...
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    phasing out the pool guy?

    I recently got rid of my pool guy and it’s not too hard. Looking back, I realize that is impossible for any pool guy to do an adequate job coming only once a week. It is nearly a daily job, albeit a small one. In addition to chemicals you will need to brush and vacuum once a week unless you have...
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    Best Places to Buy Liquid Chlorine

    Great info, thanks!
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    They already told me don't call them til September, so the onus is on them. I'm making excellent progress with the dry acid technique in any event. Using the same amount of dry acid, just not mixing it with water.
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    It is actually not "Pebble Tec" but another competing company, but if it's not gone by the end of September I will do that. The problem with that method is that the fix will surely involve draining the pool which costs me $300 above my normal water bill.
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    Technique for removing embedded plaster dust

    I have a dark colored Pebble finish that is two months old. Like many darker Pebble finishes, mine was left with light cloudy patches on the bottom that I assumed was embedded plaster dust. The installer was of no help and basically disappeared from the scene. I've not read any reliable ways to...