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  1. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Hairnets in Pump Basket?

    I can't use hairnets in my floating weir skimmer basket. Does anyone use these in the pump basket...
  2. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    CSI and CH

    Assuming the CSI level is neutral or nearly neutral and other levels are maintained within recommended ranges, are there any negative effects in maintaining a lower than recommended CH level (175-200)? Will there still be a risk of calcium etching/leaching despite the neutral CSI? Just curious.
  3. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Tile Maintenance

    I'm having my tile media blasted next week to remove waterline scale. Now that I have this chemistry stuff figured out, I think I can avoid tile scaling issues. I also want to do a better job of maintaining the luster of my freshly renewed tile. I'm thinking about picking up a tile scrubber...
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    Waterline Scale Removal

    After a recent drain and refill and dialing in my chemistry and CSI, I'm ready to have the waterline calcium scale removed. I now understand how to avoid calcium deposits so I'm ready for a nice clean start. As I start my search of local vendors, I thought I would seek input that may help me...
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    Ducklings vs. TFP

    My father-in-law just completed a 100% drain and refill on a 19K gallon IG plaster pool (non-SWG) and he has been successfully converted to the TFP method. Unfortunately, a mother mallard hatched 11 ducklings in his yard a few weeks ago and have taken up temporary residence. Only 7 ducklings...
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    Calcium Hardness/CSI Question

    My father-in-law just completed a 100% drain and refill on a 19K gallon IG plaster pool (non-SWG). I'm helping him to get his water balanced. He tested the fill water with his new TF-100: FC 0 CC 0 pH 7.8 TA 180 CH 180 We plan on working our way up to a CYA of 40 with Instant Liquid...
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    CYA Test Directions...Update?

    I've read a few threads mention that water temp plays a role in the accuracy of the CYA test. Since CYA levels are critical to proper pool maintenance, maybe the test instructions can be updated to include a note regarding cold water samples. I'm not sure if this is possible, but it may help new...
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    Shoudl I SLAM?

    I joined TFP about one month ago. Prior to that, let my FC levels drop and ended up with some algae. I shocked using Trichlor powder, cleaned my filter and went on to TFPC. Since joining things have been very good. I have clear water and have no problems maintaining FC levels despite high CYA...
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    WiFi Switch/Timer for Booster Pump

    I'm looking for recommendations on a WiFi smart switch/timer for a waterfall/rock slide booster pump. The pump is now controlled by a mechanical Intermatic timer box located in a weather-protected equipment shed. The pump is a 2 hp Pentair Whisperflo. Power supply to the pump is 220 volts/20 amp...
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    Negative Effects of High Chlorine Levels?

    Due to my high levels of CYA, I need to maintain an FC level of 6-9 ppm (SWG pool). I have a 2-year old with somewhat sensitive skin. Will exposing her to the higher chlorine levels create any problems for her or others that use the pool? I know I have some challenges ahead based on my high...
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    Any RainSoft TC-M Water Conditioner Experts?

    Our home has a RainSoft TC-M Conditioner Series Water Treatment System which was likely installed in 2004 or so. It functioned well for a few years. A few months ago, I noticed a significant amount of black residue in the water. I can best describe it as a charcoal like substance you would see...
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    World Record?

    My wife and I were out picking oranges in the backyard and came across this morphed citrus... The orange on top was placed for reference. I've never seen anything like before. I estimated the measurement at 9" in diameter and went inside to research the world record. Turns out it the Guiness...
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    Managing CH/CYA

    I am trying to manage my water chemistry to avoid calcium scaling and/or damage to my finish or equipment. I'm relatively new to TFPC. I know my CH and CYA are high, but my goal is to work with my current chemistry as far as I can take it. An algae bloom would probably push me to do a drain and...
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    TF-100 Test Results

    I received my TF-100 kit and completed my first round of tests. Results: FC - 6 CC - 0 PH- 7.5 TA - 100 CH - 800 CYA - 90-100 With the exception of CH, the results are pretty much what I expected. I performed the 10 ml CH test and stopped after 20 drops thinking I did something wrong. The...
  15. Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

    Hello...New Member

    Hello All, Just wanted to check in and say hi after getting registered. I'm on my second pool and have cared for the two I have owned for about 10 years. This is the first year I will do it right. I, like many others new to the forum, have relied on pool store guidance and chemicals. I recently...