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    New Pool build in Southwest Florida

    We have a similar shaped pool with spa in Tampa. Couple suggests after going through this process: 1 We also had are spa originally far away from the home. But if you plan on putting a TV under the lanai , having the spa closer makes for some fantastic TV viewing in the evenings and cooler...
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    Spa no longer spilling over during regular daily schedule

    Side view. Not sure if that's helpful.
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    Spa no longer spilling over during regular daily schedule

    Here's a picture of the suspected check valve (Still don't know what that is, LOL)
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    Spa no longer spilling over during regular daily schedule

    I don't see any where on the screen logic where I can program the spillover. Our pool guy did everything on the box outside. Is there a TFP link that shows how to do this? :)
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    Spa no longer spilling over during regular daily schedule

    If the "Spa Makeup" refers to the spa return there is a valve there but we took the handle. For the life of me I can't remember why but it made sense at the time.
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    Spa no longer spilling over during regular daily schedule

    When the builder originally programmed our pool, we set the spa returns to run during the daily pool schedule so we could circulate water in the spa and enjoy the spill over during the day time. A few weeks ago the spa returns stopped working during this normal cycle, so the spa water hasn't...
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    8 months into new pool, first signs of algae

    Haha just a typo. Get lazy on my phone.
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    Intellichlor ic40 - please help me understand these settings

    Have two questions: 1. There's a pool output and spa output in the picture. What's the difference, and does it really matter if the spa returns are on when the pool mode is on (i.e., for the spill over / waterfall affect)? 2. The salt level shows 3050. But when I utilize the salt kit I...
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    8 months into new pool, first signs of algae

    Is slamming necessary for that little algae? It's literally just that one spot in the spa with nothing in the pool. Was hoping increasing the salt output would be sufficient, or maybe just slamming the spa. Or are you suggesting a slam as a way to avoid a potentially worse situation and get...
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    8 months into new pool, first signs of algae

    Added it in the original post. CYA is 55
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Wanted to update this thread. Followed the advice given and after 2 weeks the calcium flakes disappeared. Haven't had any issues since with visible flakes. Better news, my calcium has gone from 600 to 475 in 4 months. Why? Because we've had some wicked rain in the past 4 months in Tampa and...
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    8 months into new pool, first signs of algae

    Pool was completed November 2018, and eight months later we have the first signs of algae in the corner of the spa. After reading the first page I feel silly even posting about this, so I'll take the ribbing like a champ. :) TC has been between 1 and 2 the past four weeks using TF-100 (and I...
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Appreciate all the insight. My takeaways from the last dozen posters is to: Lower/balance out the TA, pH. Minimize evaporation Consider a water softener All these are in play. I got the TA and pH down and the flakes went down significantly. Evaporation is just something we’re going to...
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Pool goes from 3.5 to 6 feet with a 10*5 sun shelf and a 7*7 spa (interior volume).
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Went home for lunch and measured everything again and results are below. Not sure how to interpret the CSI number.
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Thanks Marty, CSI calculates to 1.28. So pool is leaching bad?
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    In the past 4 months I’ve had to replace a third of the volume in the pool, so that’s definitely not the culprit (weather is in the 60’s, sunny, with low humidity). I’ve never used calcium hypochlorite, but it’s possible the horrible pool cleaner we used for the first two months while I was...
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    Frustrated with calcium levels in pool - may be time for water softener

    Currently live in Tampa, SWG pool was completed 4 months ago, we have no screen enclosure, and the heater has been set for 90 degrees 2 of the last 4 months (i.e., we’re getting a lot of evaporation). I’ve had no issues maintaining FC, TC, pH, TA, and CYA. Unfortunately, my calcium levels...
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Here's the back of those three valves infront of the heat pump.
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    The middle valve in front of the heat pump is the spa return, but that looks off already. Ignore the comments, too. Had no idea what I was saying. :D
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Correct they acid and pressure washed the pool then filled it. Pool looks significantly better, but I’m not home to inspect. I hope it’s just a valve issue that’s allowing the water to drain in the pool, unfortunately we’re kind of going blind cause the orientation is tomorrow and my wife...
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Hose is connected to a sump pump, not sure what that brown liquid is, it’s probably coming up from the drain. And now now my wife tells me the spa isn’t holding water. Fun times...
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    And the fun begins. Le sigh... Wife just sent me these pictures. Marcite went in yesterday, acid and pressure washing is today. I'm livid. Called the PB and they said the acid and pressure wash should eliminate all the chalking, blemishing, feathering, etc., but I'm highly skeptical. Is it...
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Hi Kim! The head sales guy for my PB left to another PB half way through our job. I have a great relationship with him and keep frequent contact since he's building our outdoor kitchen. When I mentioned the plastering watch list his response was essentially "NOPE". A pool builder and/or...
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Fantastic information. Thank you for sharing on such short notice!
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    Marcite plaster pebble finish goes in tomorrow - advice/links would be appreciated

    Apologies in advance for the lame/lazy request. :) I learned yesterday that our pool company had an opening and can get the marcite, plaster, pebble finish completed tomorrow (originally it was scheduled end of November). Of course I jumped on it, immediately cancelled work plans, booked a...
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    Build in Tampa - Pool, spa, lanai, outdoor kitchen, oy vey

    And this is why TFP is such an incredible community/resource. :D I had no idea what this was, just assumed it was a lazy mistake. Is a check valve a better solution than the Hartford loop? Is yes I"ll look into it.
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    Build in Tampa - Pool, spa, lanai, outdoor kitchen, oy vey

    Re: Build in Tampa - Pool, spa, lanai, outdoor kitchen, oy vey Anyone need PVC piping? We have plenty LOL Wanted a gut check on the plumbing work. The waste gate needs to be finished and vented perpendicular to the wall. The six sigma travesty PVC looping high into the air needs to be cut...
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    Does this shelf/stairs look correct?

    Did your PB design that swim-out as a shelf? I've NEVER seen that and in Tampa it would fail inspection (just asked my PB). We're building a pool now and had similar issues with the steps. They'll be fine. The crew that installs your finish will correct with plaster (or whatever the...