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  1. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    What are these???

    Look up "springtails." They're a pain to get rid of.
  2. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    New Member and New Pool Ideas

    Just my 2 cents, but you may want to consider downsizing a bit. With a pool that size, you'll be in the 36K-38K gallon range, which is a BIG pool. Going smaller will save you $ on every level; construction, heating, chlorinating, balancing, and beer (to ease the muscle pain after brushing).
  3. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Solar blanket recommendations (incl. liquid)

    I cut mine lengthwise at the seams between the bubbles into two major sections. The sections overlap a couple of inches. I pull it off onto the deck, fold each section lengthwise and roll it up. I'm able to do it alone in a few minutes. When I put the cover on, I reverse the process and pull the...
  4. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    water boatman?

    Look up "springtails." They're more common but a pain to get rid of.
  5. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Got Taylor t 100

    Great job on ordering a good test kit! I read your first post. I bet you're a believer now. Enjoy the pool!
  6. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Please I can't get my pool to be Clear and it's been 2 weeks!

    I don't know much about cartridge filters, but I'm fairly sure you don't want to use clarifiers with this type of filter. I bet your filter is clogging because it's doing what it's supposed to be doing...removing stuff. I'll give you a bump for some more advice regarding your filter. Looks...
  7. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    what type of shock should I use this summer?

    Greetings neighbor. If you plan to make the switch to liquid chlorine, you can pick up the good stuff in refillable containers at Gary's Pool Supply in Upland, or Mountain View Pool Supply in Rancho Cucamonga.
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    Jim, I run about 5 hours at low RPM (just enough to open the flow switch on my SWG) and 2 hours at 2500 RPM to run mu suction cleaner. My SWG is able to generate enough FC in the 7 hours of run time set at 75%. I'm on a Time of Use plan, so I run at night to save on energy costs. I do run the...
  9. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Noob question, what are these?

    They appear to be anti-entrapment intakes, so you will have two intakes for each source. Do you have a water features that pull water from the pool?
  10. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Please I can't get my pool to be Clear and it's been 2 weeks!

    Make sure the bleach percentage on the app matches the bleach you're using. Otherwise, is it possible your pool volume is less than 33K gallons? CYA level would have no effect on the FC test.
  11. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    First time with TF-100

    How's the water look? Test results look good. If the CYA test fell between 40 and 50, call it 50 to be safe. Maintain your FC level based on the CYA/Chlorine Chart. Save the sticks for vacations or times when you're not able to dose. They should last a long time.
  12. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Adding SWG to current setup - Cost and feasible?

    You could probably make it work, but the box would need to be wired so the pump is not on the load side of the circuit. Folks here are sometimes cautious about giving advice on electrical work. When the time comes, you could post for assistance. Having the timer will save you a bit of cash.
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    Adding SWG to current setup - Cost and feasible?

    Do you have any automation, like a control panel in addition to the controls on your pump? You pump receives constant power. Pump cycling is achieved through the pump's control panel. The Intelliflo Superflo has no way to power the SWG on/off. Your SWG requires a separate power source with a...
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    Adding SWG to current setup - Cost and feasible?

    Generally, you want a SWG rated for twice the size of your pool. The production ratings are based on running the SWG for 24 hours a day 100% CL output. Going larger allows you to run the SWG for less time at a lesser output, which means your cell will last longer. If your closer to 10K gallons...
  15. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    5 month old pool. I don’t think it should look like this...

    I'm no expert, but do I have the same style cantilever coping. My pool has a gap between the bottom of the concrete deck and top of the tile line that is filled with flexible silicone. Your concrete appears to be finished down to the tile line with no gap. I'm guessing the concrete is expanding...
  16. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Adding SWG to current setup - Cost and feasible?

    If your gonna take care of the pool yourself and you have a hectic schedule, a SWG is made for you. Once you get your SWG dialed in, you can scale down the frequency of testing. Go with a system designed for a 40K gallon pool. Pricing varies, but I would budget $1200-$1600 for the SWG...
  17. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    broken pipe

    Have you tried to adjust the valves to bypass the main drain suction until you can get it repaired?
  18. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Do they make a drain plug wrench?

    I would probably just use a piece of scrap metal and a monkey wrench, but something like this should work...
  19. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Acrylic Slide Repair

    THIS is the only JB Weld I've used. Not sure how it would hold up on a crack that wide...
  20. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Springtails Everywhere!

    Springtails live in moist soil and mulch around the pool. I'm on day 4 after spraying a Bifen-based insecticide around my pool. Although the numbers have dropped significantly, they still find their way into the pool and where they die and float on on the surface. I'm going to try a stronger...
  21. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Acrylic Slide Repair

    I think your biggest challenge is going to be color and texture matching. This is probably why the repair kits are $150+. I've done lot of repairs with JB Weld on plastic, glass, metal and ceramics and all have help up, but JB Weld is black. It would probably stop further cracking, but it won't...
  22. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Please I can't get my pool to be Clear and it's been 2 weeks!

    For the most part, liquid bleach is pH neutral. The main reason you want to drop your pH prior to SLAM is that you won't be able to achieve accurate pH tests with a FC level over 10 ppm. Lowering pH buys you some time since you won't be adding MA during the SLAM. During the SLAM, you'll only...
  23. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Why does CH go up?

    I totally understand.
  24. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Why does CH go up?

    I know they're kind of a pain, but a solar cover would reduce evaporation and, in turn, reduce the amount of calcium added to the pool via fill water.
  25. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Please I can't get my pool to be Clear and it's been 2 weeks!

    You read the result after adding the 5-drops of R-0004. Don't worry about the "acid demand test." You can determine demand by using Pool Math.
  26. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Please I can't get my pool to be Clear and it's been 2 weeks!

    No reason to wait. Post up some results. Take you time with the testing.
  27. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Solar blanket recommendations (incl. liquid)

    If you plan to use a reel, there's likely no reason to cut it. If your pool is rectangular and the elevations on each side the reel will sit are the same, you're a good candidate for a reel. If you have a skimmer on one of the long sides of the pool, attach the clips securing the straps adjacent...
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    Acrylic Slide Repair

    @jonlee did a slide repair recently.